First There Was A Mountain Then There Was No Mountain Then There Was

Reveries: You may call him mellow yellow (quite rightly) but creatives on Madison Avenue are calling pop icon Donovan Leitch and asking him if they can use his tunes in their commercials — and he’s usually happy to make the sale, reports Brian Steinberg in The Wall Street Journal. Lately, you may have heard Donovan’s […]

Hall Enjoys Sailing And Other Important Factoids

Night Agency interviewed Steve Hall of Adrants last week. Here’s an excerpt: Night Agent: Steve Hall, what did you have in mind when you started Adrants? Were you launching a revolution or were you just bored? Steve Hall: I wish I were that insightful. Actually, I started it during a period of unemployment in March […]

Make Customer Satisfaction Your Religion

David Pogue has some rules for electronics makers who want some consumer love this holiday season (and beyond). Worship at the altar of good design and make customer satisfaction your religion. These should be your commandments. I. Thou shalt not entomb thy product in indestructible plastic. II. Thou shalt hire native English speakers to translate […]

Finally A Good Use For Outdoor

We Make Money Not Art points to this AP Photo from Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, where advertising billboards are repurposed to serve as rain covers on the tents of earthquake refugees.

The Power Of Lazarus

Fortune has named O+M CEO, Shelly Lazarus, one of the most powerful women in business for 2005. According to Fact Monster, Shelly graduated from Smith College in 1968 and earned an MBA from Columbia University in 1970, where she was one of four women in her class. She started working at Clairol, but within a […]

Ford Hawks Mobile Office Concept

USA Today: Ford Motor says it will soon offer wireless mobile offices in its F-series pickups, an option aimed at building contractors and others who do business on the road. Pricing isn’t finalized, but it would cost around $3,000 for a wireless-equipped computer, printer and global positioning system, Ford spokesman Alan Hall said. Add-ons like […]

Yugo Woman Puts Sexy Spin On Table Tennis

Steve Is Bored contemplates the rise of table tennis. Now that poker (the new hockey) has become mainstream programming, I recently read that the next big thing in televised sports will either be darts or ping-pong. The latter might have an edge because Killerspin (the ‘Nike’ of table tennis) is marketing Biljana “Biba” Golic as […]

White Castle’s Consumer Generated Content

2005 GRAND PRIZE WINNER Morning Crave 10 White Castles 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 10 eggs 1 tbsp. chopped onion Dash of pepper 1 tsp. salt 1/2 to 1 lb. crumbled bacon or sausage 4 cups milk 1/2 tsp. dried mustard 1 tbsp. parsley flakes Line bottom of greased 9” x 13” casserole dish with […]

Wal-Mart Secret Agents Cause Melee In Manhattan

The New York Times: Wal-Mart Stores came to Manhattan last night for a peak at a movie about itself. But before it got the chance, a Wal-Mart consultant was told to leave the theater after the director accused him of trying to secretly record the film. Minutes into the premier of the film, “Wal-Mart: The […]

Crispin Would Rather Burn Out Than Fade Away

Lewis Lazare: He’s baaaack! Thomas Kemeny that is, the plucky Columbia College/Chicago valedictorian who graduated last spring with the dream of becoming an ad man. Soon after graduating, Kemeny departed for an internship at the very hot and happening Crispin Porter + Bogusky ad agency in Miami. Now Kemeny has returned to Chicago, where he […]