Showin’ Trucks At The Fair

USA Today explains Texans’ fascination with pickup trucks. It’s a cultural thing. That’s the explanation. Some facts to support this argument: More than 27% of vehicles registered in Texas are pickups, compared with 20% for the rest of the nation. The article goes on to explain that the State Fair of Texas, an event attended […]

Web-Two-Point-Dough Blues

Greg Storey at Airbag has written a pensive peice on “blahgs.” His piece was inspired by Jeffrey Zelman’s question, “Are you still fired up about blogging?” Storey’s answer: Not so much. Our content is all starting to look the same because of the tools used to manage it and web-two-point-dough has homogenized the Internet. For […]

It’s Not A Website, It’s Your Customer’s First Point Of Contact

Randon Culture points to this Financial Times story on corporate websites. At the center of the story is BP’s decision not to scrap its site altogether in 2002. For companies, websites are often a first point of contact with the outside world. So how can they make the best impression? Someone – though not necessarily […]

Revolutionary Toothbrush? You Be The Judge

USA Today reports on a new line of toothbrushes that play music while you brush: The brush, in development for two years, will come in 18 varieties, each with a different two-minute song clip — the amount of time dentists recommend for a good brushing — from a popular artist. When the user pushes a […]

Find The Viral Strand In The Brand’s DNA (Or Don’t Do A Viral)

From Ad Age: How much buzz does it take to sell Milwaukee’s Best? Apparently a lot more than 3 million hits on YouTube and 197 blog mentions. Proving that viral sensations don’t always immediately translate into sensational sales, the bargain beer’s video of its “Beer Cannon” that fires cans of Milwaukee’s Best Light to destroy […]

A Screen Is A Screen Is A Screen

The New York Times reports that celebrities appear in 20 percent of TV commercials, up from 10 percent a decade ago. And it’s not just more celebs, it’s better celebs that are finding their way into brand’s mini-productions. Oscar-winning actors like Nicole Kidman, Sally Field, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro no longer […]

“Sev” Buys Start Time At The Cell

USA Today looks at a Texas-based convenience store’s wishful thinking. The Chicago White Sox have agreed to start weeknight home games at 7:11 p.m. under a sponsorship deal struck with the convenience store chain known for its Slurpee frozen drinks, the team announced Wednesday. White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert would not disclose the value of […]

Decorating The Cat

Idolator and FishBowlNY are both reporting that American singer/songwriter Cat Power is the new face of Channel’s jewelry line. She has previously made commercials for GAP and Cingular. Ms. Power, a.k.a. Charlyn “Chan” Marshall is known for her minimalist, often pastoral music, sparse guitar and piano and ethereal, Southern-styled vocals. She’s also known to be […]

Audi Defines Its Space

Ad Age reports on Audi’s latest experiential offering. Aiming to elevate its brand in the U.S., Audi of America held the official grand opening today in New York for its first U.S. Audi Forum, a “brand experience” center that can be rented out for events. Audi Forum in New York, the largest of nine such […]

Talent Zoo Launches The Break Room

The ad world is filled with juicy gossip and wild stories. Talent Zoo has launched a new section on its website called The Break Room (accessible from the home page) where you can share your anecdotes and read others pertaining to the biz. Like this one: The account manager at the ad agency I work […]