Russians Succumb To IKEAization (See, We Really Are Alike)

Russia Profile: It’s 5 p.m. on a grim and rainy Saturday afternoon in November, and finding a parking place near the IKEA store in the Tyoply Stan region of Moscow seems to be impossible. The gigantic parking area is completely full, and the line of cars waiting for available spots stretches for at least another […]

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Going To Great Lengths To Compete With Starbucks

Lewis Lazare: Maybe it’s the name. Dunkin’ Donuts, after all, doesn’t suggest it’s a chain that puts quite as much emphasis on its coffee as it does doughnuts. But starting this week in the Chicago market, and nationally as well, Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing a new ad campaign from Hill, Holliday Connors Cosmopulous/Boston that hopes […]

Brands Top The 2005 Billboard Charts

Thirty-five percent of the top 20 songs on the 2005 Billboard chart contained brand references. According to strategy firm Agenda, Inc., 2005 was the year that: Missy Elliott’s Jell-o made the boys say hello, Mariah tottered back with a bottle of Bacardi, and the widest possible range of brands were showcased in the Billboard chart; […]

Everything That Rises Must Converge

Kristi Arellano of the Denver Post queried local ad execs about Crispin Porter’s imminent move to Boulderado. Pasquale “Pocky” Marranzino, president and chief executive of the Denver ad agency Karsh+Hagan (a division of The Integer Group), said his firm uses the Colorado lifestyle as a recruitment tool. “It’s succeeded in some cases and not in […]

Six Percent Out The Door

NYT: Across the country, the National Association of Realtors and the 6 percent commission that most of its members charge to sell a house are under assault by government officials, consumer advocates, lawyers and ambitious entrepreneurs. But the most effective challenge so far emanates from a spare Madison, Wisc. bedroom in the home of Christie […]

Carmaker Does Soft Sell For BET

Adweek: The True Agency has created a 30-minute original program for luxury carmaker Infiniti that features five black artists talking about design without once mentioning the brand. Nor are there any commercial breaks. Instead, the conversation ends after 25 minutes and segues into images of Infiniti’s various models. The program, moderated by former New York […]

Fit Your Content Onto The Tiny Screen Or Else

Scobleizer wants content his way. And what Scoble wants, Scoble gets. Right? Now that I have a sooppeerr dddoooppppeeeerr new cell phone (the Cingular 2125, it’s freaking awesome) I am looking at a lot of Web sites and RSS feeds. One thing I wish is that Web site developers/designers would look at their site on […]

Blogging’s Poster Boy Strikes A Pose

Wired has a revealing profile of Jason Calacanis, the first to make millions by selling his blog business. Here’s some background information from the story: The story of Calacanis’ rise in New York’s new media world goes like this: A bartender and a nurse in the outer reaches of Brooklyn have three sons. The middle […]

The AdPulp Interview: Marc Babej

Writer, brand strategist and entrepreneur Marc Babej, was kind enough to “sit” for some questions over the New Year’s break. Marc is a frequent contributor to the comments section here and a prolific blogger in his own right. He manages all this while running Reason, Inc., a firm that specializes in strategic insight and development. […]