Willie Whiskey

Inspired by Willie Nelson’s 1978 hit song of the same name, Old Whiskey River is an 86 proof, small batch bourbon. According to the brand’s site, the bourbon is handcrafted by seventh and eigth generation master distillers in Bardstown, which is located serendipitously, in Nelson County, Kentucky. Willie has truly made his mark on the […]


Playlist: Market research firm Intelliseek reports that iPod users are among the most likely on the Internet to create and spread consumer-generated media. The company also thinks this will increase with the proliferation of Apple’s new video-enabled iPod hardware. iPod users are twice as likely to have authored a weblog than consumers who don’t have […]

Adfreak And Adrants Take A Bow

We opted to pass on the big advertising story du jour, wherein Apple copies an old Lugz ad. Hey, we can’t cover every single story. Anyway, Adfreak and Adrants were obviously wiser in their editorial decision making, as they’re choice to cover the story is now a story in and of itself, in The Gray […]

Nancy Vonk Speaks On Canada Morning TV

Nancy Vonk appeared on a show today called Canada AM. See the video and the related story here. Vonk says she never expected French to step down. “When I wrote that piece, I absolutely didn’t have an agenda to push him out of his job at all. Frankly, I’m glad I didn’t know as I […]

Topical Humor Causes Major League Consternation

USA Today: The latest “Got Milk?” commercial hit a little too close to home for Major League Baseball. Poking fun at the league’s steroid scandal, the television ad for the California Milk Processor Board talks about a player getting pulled from a game “after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.” In the next scene, a […]

“We Goin’ To Sizzler, We Goin’ To Sizzler…”

The Los Angeles Times reports today on Sizzler’s attempts to make a comeback in the minds of consumers. Every change has been focus-grouped to within an inch of its life. And scarcely for nought: When the company brightened the color scheme and decor of a prototype restaurant outside Sacramento, visitors remarked on the sudden improvement […]

French Makes The Funny Pages

Equal parts vanity project and career suicide, Words & Pictures is a new webcomic produced by a creative team eager to bite the hand that feeds them. New strips are published every Monday, with the latest weighing in on the Neil French scandal.

Blogging Is Good For Business. No, Blogging Is Bad For Business

Two interesting stories about blogging & business pop up today. Read ’em back to back and then make up your mind. In Ad Age: “What Blogs Cost American Business” About 35 million workers — one in four people in the labor force — visit blogs and on average spend 3.5 hours, or 9%, of the […]

If You’re Thinking It Someone Else Is Doing It

I wrote this iota on October 4th. Because blogs are structured in reverse chronological order, they lend themselves to tracking a campaign through time. Imagine a promotional tour that stops in 16 cities over a 16-week stretch, where contestants show up and participate with the brand in some fashion. A blog can be used to […]

Freakonomics For Supper

Steven Levitt, a University of Chicago professor and author of Freakonomics, will share his insights on how ad executives can tell if their ads are working at an invite-only workshop at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place later today. The event is the first of three to be conducted by the Advertising Research Foundation.