Get Your Ass In A Seat

Bob Morris’ “Age of Dissonace” column in the Sunday Times examines punctuality, or the lack thereof. Are you punctually challenged? You’re not alone. According to a San Francisco State University study, 20 percent of the population is chronically late for business meetings and social engagements. Freud traced the inability to manage one’s time to being […]

Tiffany v. eBay

NYT: A year ago Jacqui Rogers, a retiree in southern Oregon who dabbles in vintage costume jewelry, went on eBay and bought 10 butterfly brooches made by Weiss, a well-known maker of high-quality costume jewelry in the 1950’s and 1960’s. At first, Ms. Rogers thought she had snagged a great deal. But when the jewelry […]

Inside The MINI Pitch

This is a must read. BusinessWeek reports on the MINI pitch, and the creativity of the pitch process itself. There was plenty of face time and driving but the agencies were also required to perform in front of one another as each tried to impress the client-to-be, an unheard-of concept in the notoriously competitive ad […]

Abercrombie’s Top Dude Doesn’t Do Ugly

Benoit Denizet-Lewis for Salon: Mike Jeffries, the 61-year-old CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, is the Willie Wonka of the fashion industry. A quirky perfectionist and control freak, he guards his aspirational brands and his utopian chocolate factory with a highly effective zeal. Those who have worked with him tend to use the same words to […]

Nevada Says Even The Bears Are Moving Out of California

The State of Nevada is attempting to lure more California businesses tired of high taxes, and has started a website called Missing Bear to suggest that even the wild California bears are leaving. From the AP: “We still think there is a real need there for companies that want a way out. There is an […]

Cingular Making Faces

According to Cellular News, Cingular Wireless has managed to get is applying for a patent on the concept of using emoticon on mobile phones. While the aim of the patent is to enable the displaying of MSN style graphics on handsets, they also want managed to patent the delivery of text based emoticon – so […]

Doner: MIA From The WWW

Nearly every ad agency on the planet has a website, be it good, bad, or ugly. Except for one, it seems: Southfield, Michigan’s Doner Worldwide, who does work for Mazda, Six Flags, DuPont, and Blockbuster, among others. They do have registered and for use as an email domain. But no site. Poking around the […]

How To Throw A Strike

B.L. Ochman has some suggestions for pr flaks who want her to pay attention to their story. What’s Next’s Pitching Rules for Flaks Publicists, please paste these to your refrigerator or filing cabinet 1. don’t pretend you’re not a publicist 2. don’t lie 3. if you forget rule 2, refer to rule 1 4. provide […]

Sedgwick Rd Sticks It To Tobacco

Putting gross things–like a cockroach–in your mouth is disgusting. So why smoke? That’s the gist of this new campaign for Washington’s anti-smoking efforts, care of Seattle agency, Sedgwick Rd. [via Adrants]

Bollywood: The New Canada

Adweek: Carmichael Lynch takes a subcontinent turn at the exotic in a new television commercial for Gibson guitars. The spot, shot on location at a palace in Mumbai, India, continues the company’s strategy to present its guitars as the ultimate gift. The 30-second execution depicts an opulent Indian celebration. As an empress tries to impress […]