Wal-Mart’s Too Trendy!

Saw this in the New York Times and I had to chuckle: The chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores, H. Lee Scott Jr., said yesterday that the introduction of upscale products, like silk camisoles and 300-thread-count sheets, had proved “choppier than it should be” and that the company had “moved too far too fast” with fashionable […]

Agencies In Strange Places: 13th In A Series

Lewis Lazare looks north today, past Lincoln Park all the way up the north shore to the land of lacrosse, country clubs, private schools and 10,000 sf homes. Dangel Advertising in Lake Forest is the new national ad agency of record for Crate & Barrel and its sister brand CB2. The north suburban agency will […]

The Dew Is Looking For A New ‘Do

“zero proof moonshine” According to Brandweek, extreme is so not. Mountain Dew is undergoing an extreme makeover, scrapping its 13-year-old “Do the Dew” theme and dumping its “extreme” positioning, which many now consider tired. Frank Cooper, vp-marketing put in charge of the PepsiCo brand less than a year ago, is leading the charge, challenging the […]

There’s A New Blog On The Communications Block

Conscious Media Maker is a blog for entertainment, media, advertising and public relations professionals who are committed to bringing about more realistic, three-dimensional representations of people of color. [HAT TIP to High Jive]

Yahoo Bets On “The 9”

LA Times looks at Yahoo’s Media Group in Santa Monica and their search for DIY video talent. “The 9,” an online show that features sites and videos from across the Web, has become a quiet hit for Yahoo since it launched in July. As many as 6 million viewers a month watch host Maria Sansone’s […]

10 Shares And You’re A Millionaire

USA Today reports on another milestone for The Oracle of Omaha. For $100,000, you can buy a high-performance Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG coupe, a 74-day round-the-world cruise in a Royal Suite on the Queen Mary 2 — or one share of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) stock. The price of a share of Warren Buffett’s company Monday became […]

North Korea Ain’t Trying To Hear That

This is a picture from space of a country that does not allow its citizens to go online. A glimpse into a black hole, courtesy of The New York Times: [T]he stark realities of life in North Korea were perhaps most evident in a simple satellite image over the shoulder of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld […]

From A Land Down Under, Where Women Glow And Men Plunder

Aussie expats living in America are bumming. According to NEWS.com.au, the island-nation’s favorite spread will no longer be available for purchase in the U.S. The US has banned Vegemite, even to the point of searching Australians for jars of the spread when they enter the country. The bizarre crackdown was prompted because Vegemite has been […]

Wave Your New Credit Card And Wave Your Money Goodbye

Somewhere, right this minute, some ad agency people are working on a credit card or retail store account creating ads touting the benefits of new credit cards that you don’t have to swipe through a machine. Here’s hoping they don’t sucker too many people into believing that these are secure transactions. From The New York […]

Why It’s Not Rocky VI

The new Rocky movie is called “Rocky Balboa,” not Rocky VI, for a reason. Of course, the Rocky character has been resurrected so many times now that the story is absurd, but the marketing behind it is interesting, if only as another example (as if one were needed) of how everything we consume is elaborately […]