J&J Prooves Ideas Can Come From Anywhere (Much To The Chagrin Of Creatives Everywhere)

Brandweek is reporting on Johnson & Johnson’s request that major media outlets compete to deliver creative concepts. In a move that has consequences for its ad agencies, media sales execs, and individual brand managers, Johnson & Johnson has commissioned an image campaign by staging a creative jump ball among at least three media conglomerates. Creative […]

Customer Retention A High Stakes Game

Reuters: Match.com is accused in a federal lawsuit of goading members into renewing their subscriptions through bogus romantic e-mails sent out by company employees. The Match lawsuit was filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by plaintiff Matthew Evans, who contends he went out with a woman he met through the […]

WPP Pulls French From Panel

Ad Age: Controversial creative Neil French was the most talked-about speaker on the first day of Asian regional advertising conference AdAsia — even though his appearance was abruptly canceled at WPP Group’s insistence. More than 1,000 delegates are attending the Nov. 21-23 AdAsia conference in Singapore, and many were eager to hear Mr. French, who […]

TiVo To Go

NYT: Beginning in 2006, TiVo owners will be able to watch recorded television shows on Apple’s video iPods and on Sony’s handheld PSP game machine. The announcement builds on TiVo’s release in February of an update to its video recorders that allows its users to transfer programs to personal computers and DVD’s, as well as […]

Big News Flash: Agency/Client Relationships Still Have Problems

The New York Times serves up this big scoop today. Actually, the NYT story summarizes a new report from Salz Consulting in New York. “This has not been a great year,” said Nancy L. Salz, president of Nancy L. Salz Consulting in New York, which has sponsored the Salz Survey of Advertiser-Agency Relations since 1986. […]

GM Has Red Tags, Pink Slips And An Unfortunate Media Placement

I always have Yahoo as the home page on my browser, so I couldn’t help notice this little juxtoposition: There are any number of reasons for GM’s new job cuts, but creating the types of cars that rely on price-based promotions to sell can’t be helping much.

Banana Republic Only Sells Clothes To PC Users

I was going to say something positive about Banana Republic’s current story-based campaign, where the print work teases and then directs one to HolidayStory.com, but no. BR’s site does not support Safari. We’re sorry, but we do not support the version of the browser you are using. We’re working on supporting Safari. Please check back […]

The Brave Men Of 706 Union Avenue

I saw Walk The Line today, the film about Johnny Cash and June Carter. There was one poignant scene early in the film that I’d like to discuss. After happening upon a session with Elvis at Sun Records in Memphis, Cash came back around and asked Sam Phillips for an audition. At the audition, Cash […]

Radical Catholics And Progressives Have Something In Common

Life Site: A Catholic civil rights group is calling for a boycott of Wal-Mart stores after learning the retailer has replaced all reference to “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” in its advertising and in-store greetings. The Catholic League has historically highlighted incidents of anti-Christmas shenanigans at businesses throughout the nation. Commenting on the hostility to […]

When Black Friday Comes I’m Gonna…Save Some Cash

Otherwise known as “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year. And it’s notorious for early bird “doorbuster” specials and one-day sales. Now this website will show you what’s on sale at various stores during Black Friday, in many instances with actual PDF’s of sale inserts. Happy Chanukah, Merry […]