Sukle Strikes Again

Sukle Advertising + Design has been busy cranking out some of the Rocky Mountain region’s best work for years. They do it again here, on behalf of Denver Water (although they have yet to address the utility’s web site). [via BMA]

In High Stakes Games Of Semantics, Supreme Court Places Blame On FTC

According to USA Today, big tobacco saved a ton of money yesterday. The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Philip Morris USA, declining to disturb a court ruling that threw out a $10.1 billion verdict over the company’s “light” cigarettes. Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court threw out the massive fraud judgment against Philip Morris, […]

No Such Thing As A Freelance Ambassador

Spike Jones at Brains On Fire points out that the term “brand ambassador” has variable meanings. Since Spike’s preferred definition is on the lofty side, it rattles him that there is a seedier side to the term. This weekend I received an email from a woman who wanted to offer her “brand ambassador” services, plus […]

Milwaukee Ad Man Does Service Right

Cause-related marketing has long been a means for the agency community to give something back. Many agencies support causes big and small with pro-bono work. Now, there’s a new twist on this model thanks to Serve Marketing in Milwaukee–the nation’s first and only nonprofit advertising and marketing firm, according to Utne Reader. Based in Milwaukee, […]

Penguin Introduces New Coloring Books

Penguin Books U.K. is introducing the consumer generated content idea to its book design. MyPenguin “Books by the Greats, Covers by You” currently has six titles available. More will be offered should the blank covers sell.

Gunning For X-Mas Sales

Stacey Burling of The Philadelphia Inquirer looks at a Philly-based company that seems to relish repeatedly stepping over the lines of decency. Urban Outfitters — no stranger to controversial products — is offering the 5-inch-long, Chinese-made gun ornament for $6 in its stores and catalogs this year. ”Bust a cap in your tree with this […]

Spooks Turn To Advertising

Associated Press investigates recruitment advertising efforts made on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization with a lot of new employees–40 percent began working at the agency after the Sept. 11 attacks. The agency started in 2002 with black-and-white ads. Last year, the agency’s television ads during Washington Nationals baseball games were so quiet […]

Sexy Ad Gets Massachusetts Legal Briefs In A Wad

In the pages of GQ or Maxim, you wouldn’t think twice about the above ad, which is for Jiwani, a tailor specializing in custom-made suits. But place the ad in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and you’ve got a controversy on your hands. Slate examines the controversy: Evidently, at least two-dozen readers of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly were […]