Vodka For The Smart Set

Books sales aren’t what they used to be. In fact, reading isn’t what it used to be. Hence, now more so than ever, literary writers need sponsors. According to the New York Times, they’re fiding them. In a continuing sign of the blurring of boundaries between literature and advertising, a campaign for Svedka, a Swedish […]

Paradise Lost

Summer camps are getting unwanted publicity on the interweb, according to an article in the New York Times. Summer camp directors have a new scourge, and it is not mosquitoes or impetigo. It is the Internet, specifically sites like MySpace, Facebook and Friendster, where young people often post personal or revealing information. Camps say they […]

Put A Target On Your Butt

Without a doubt Target, a.k.a. “Tar-zhay” is an iconic brand, on par with Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola. Much of the discount retailer’s brand advertising has crossed over into art. Now, the logo is crossing over into high end fashion. According to the Washington Post: Target Corp. has licensed its bull’s-eye logo and name to consulting […]

BMW Takes Interactive TV For A Test Drive

Clickz reports on BMW’s efforts to engage an audience known for avoiding advertising. BMW this week became the first advertiser to use TiVo’s new interactive advertising features within a program, embedding interactive tags into an episode of Speed Network’s Test Drive series featuring its new M line of cars. The tags, first introduced last August, […]

Choose Your Words Wisely

Lewis Lazare despises the new Evian campaign. Evian is coming at consumers with a new print and online effort from Euro RSCG/New York that feels horrendously wrong-headed. For reasons we can’t begin to fathom, Euro has decided to advertise Evian as the water to “detox” with, a word with strong drug-addiction associations that really doesn’t […]

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Improper Use Of Packaging

Remember the guy from Arizona who built his own furniture from FedEx boxes? FedEx sued him for improper use of their packaging. Now, we have a new case of improper use of packaging. Two MIT students built a raft made from Gatorade bottles and paddled it across the the Charles River. After getting Gatorade’s attention, […]

Everyday Hero Takes AOL To Task

In the Age of Consumer Empowerment (made possible by millions of interlinked communications devices), companies that continue to practice draconion customer service will not only be outed, they will be forced to change, or face extinction. click for the You Tube video While watching Keith Olberman on MSNBC last night, I learned about one such […]

As Good As Radio Gets

There’s a ton of crap in the iTunes podcast directory. Which makes it all the more pleasing to find a truly great program. etown, produced by Nick and Helen Forster in front of a live audience in Boulder, Colorado is among the best of the best. Michelle Shocked and Nick Forster (of Hot Rize fame) […]

iPod Hubris Foreshadows Fall?

What happens to mega-brands that leave competitors in the dust? Bob Gilbreath, former brand manager of P&G’s Mr. Clean and self-styled evangelist of Competition, thinks that they can falter and ultimately fail when their power becomes absolute. Here’s his take on the ubiquitous iPod: Today, as Apple is celebrating its success and the failure of […]