Thousands Pause For Chicken

Wall Street Journal reports that KFC successfully used a form of subliminal advertising to drive traffic to its stores. The fast-food chain’s spot was designed to circumvent Madison Avenue’s latest nemesis: digital video recorders that make it easy for viewers to skip ads. A single frame contained a code word — “Buffalo” — which viewers […]

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Commercials Provide “A Totally Anonymous Way To Practice”

Former AdCritic editor, Jim Hanas, provides interesting detail on Capote director Bennett Miller—at 39 the youngest nominee for this year’s Best Director Oscar. While covering the advertising business, I became aware of Miller because of his commercials. Between The Cruise and Capote, Miller shot more than a dozen campaigns a year, all in a style […]

A Little Action On The Side

Jason Fried of 37 Signals likes the side business idea. At SxSW a few weeks ago I spoke about starting a side business instead of quitting your job. Build something on the side. Give it a go and see what happens. If there’s something there, then take it to the next step. It’s hard to […]

How Often Do You Pay Attention?

Steven Levy of Newsweek brings up a great point about widespread attention deficit disorder, or what he calls continuous partial attention. According to former Apple and Microsoft executive, Linda Stone, CPA stems from our desire to be “a live node on the network.” A live BlackBerry or even a switched-on mobile phone is an admission […]

MySpace Too Risqué For Mainstream Marketers

From MediaPost: MySpace has grown to 60 million members, and now accounts for around 12.5 percent of all online display ads. But major brand marketers continue to shun the site. Reasons for avoiding MySpace include concern about its potential for criminal use, especially given recent well-publicized reports about sexual predators searching for victims on the […]

Fresh Squeezed Google Juice

Todd Malicoat presents the top 10 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) lies told by ad agencies. 1.You really need metatags …if this was 1999. Now you need social bookmarking, press releases, content syndication, a blog and someone to run it, some viral content as linkbait, and about 500 more good sites linking to yours with your […]

Newspapers Are Ad Friendly

From Lewis Lazare: The newspaper industry is fighting back. Amid repeated claims the Internet is stealing advertising and readership fire-power from newspapers, the Newspaper Association of America, representing more than 2,000 newspapers nationwide, is launching a massive print and online campaign (you were expecting commercials?) this week from the Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., to […]

MPAA Sends One Of Their Own To Firing Squad

Derek Powazek wrote a perfect headline—SXSW to MPAA: STFU—for his post on Kori Bernards, the Motion Picture Association of America exec who dared show up for a panel in Austin last week. Powazek describes the “hour-long firing squad, as one audience member after another directed angry questions her way.” He said he almost felt sorry […]

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