What, No Eggs Benedict?

Hilton Head Island, SC is a ritzy enclave with exacting planning standards. Overt signs of commerce are frowned upon. After all, the Yankees who troll its shores and explore its golf courses, toiled mightily to leave all that sordidness behind. Which brings us to Island Packet columnist, David Lauderdale, and his piece today on Cracker […]

Free Speech Not Free

Consumerist points to a maddening customer service story. Matthew Ghali created GoldenGateVW.com, to share his poor customer experience with Golden Gate Volkswagen, and its owner, Mathew Zaheri. In May 2003, my fiancee (now my wife) and I took her Jetta to Golden Gate Volkswagen for a few simple repairs. This experience at Golden Gate Volkswagen […]

Look What eBay Spawned

Peer-to-peer is so much more than file swapping. It’s people helping people is what it is. Prosper, America’s first people-to-people lending marketplace, was created to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone. The way Prosper works is intuitive to people who have used eBay. Instead of listing and bidding on items, people […]

Celebrating Two Steves

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow […]

Houston Tries To Muscle In On Minneapolis And The Rest

From Ad Age: Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S., with the Census Bureau pegging its population at slightly over 2 million. But it’s the 18th largest ad market, much to the dismay of local marketing executives. “We’ve taken a major hit,” Lou Congelio, president of Stan & Lou Advertising, told his local brethren […]

Sun Trust Asks A Local To Show Them Around Charleston

From Adweek: Rawle Murdy has been hired by SunTrust Banks to help the company promote its expansion into the Charleston, S.C., market, the shop said. SunTrust has announced plans to open seven branches in the area in April and several more during the next 12 months. The independent Charleston shop will coordinate events and sponsorships […]

A Bullet Point For Someone’s Resume

Lewis Lazare reveals that during 2005, Staples sold no fewer than 500,000 replicas of its Easy Button as a desk accessory. When this happens–a genuine viral response driven by TV–you know your work is working. Conversely, when one of your peers gives you a little trophy for your desk, all you know is some ad […]

127 Addys for Tampa Agency, Retirement Delayed

I don’t know how much entry fees are at the Tampa ADDYS, but local Tampa agency Pyper Paul & Kenney hauled in 127 ADDYS this year. Someone must’ve sold a boat or two to pay for all those entries, but nevertheless, congrats to the folks there. That’s a sweep and a half. PP+K’s honors included […]

Any Motor City AdPulpers Out There?

I’m taking a new ad gig in Detroit. Just wondering if we have any faithful (or unfaithful) readers up there. Drop me a line if you’re there, at dgoldg@mindspring.com. Thanks!

Will Paid Word-of-Mouth Do The Trick?

From Ad Age: Troubled by the worsening reputation of drug companies that is ranked just above tobacco and oil manufacturers, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is out to win over a skeptical public — by turning its entire sales force into a PR machine. In an unprecedented mission, the $35.4 billion pharmaceutical giant has quietly anointed its […]