It’s The Network (For Ads)

Thanks to this latest development from Verizon, cell phone users on their network are now primed to be distracted not just by calls, text, games and the mobile web, but by banner advertising. The New York Times has the story. Beginning early next year, Verizon Wireless will allow placement of banner advertisements on news, weather, […]

Iron Mike Dabbles In Vinyl

Lewis Lazare reports that former Bears coach Mike Ditka–a man with many business interests–has started a record label. The label’s first release contains Frank Sinatra songs performed by crooner John Vincent. Chicago’s DiMeo & Co. was tapped to assist with marketing, Web site design and CD label design.

National Rifle Association Invests In The Art Of Propaganda

Wonkette unearthed a “super-secret advance copy” of the gun lobby’s latest propaganda piece. As the GOP learned last month, and you need some Grade A propaganda to get people riled up again. Let no one accuse the NRA of shirking its duty. Freedom In Peril: Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century, is a […]

Internet Traffic Is Flattening

Some intelligent people are discussing “the de-portalization of the Internet.” The image below–care of Edgeio–is a graphic representation of the changes currently underway. Fred Wilson, a.k.a. “A VC” says: Back in the first Internet era, it was all about amassing as large an audience as you could on your website. But the first Internet era […]

Rotten Dusenberries

If jolly ol’ Saint Nick stuffed your stocking with an Amazon or Borders gift certificate, our friend George Parker has a word of caution of you. Seems that last year, BBDO veteran Phil Dusenberry released a book of memoirs called “Then We Set His Hair on Fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall of Fame […]

Highly Localized Lifestyle TV

Wall Street Journal takes a look at Plum TV, a startup television network focused on local television in high-end resort markets. Plum TV broadcasts on six TV stations in some of the most exclusive resort areas in the U.S.: Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, the Hamptons in New York and the Colorado ski towns […]

Bebo Bonanza

According to Google, “a year’s worth of search speaks to our collective consciousness.” If this is true, our collective consciousness is particularly concerned with social networks. Here are the top ten search terms on Google for 2006: 1. bebo 2. myspace 3. world cup 4. metacafe 5. radioblog 6. wikipedia 7. video 8. rebelde 9. […]

Talkin’ ‘Bout Brands

Promo Magazine breaks down some word-of-mouth numbers, revealing just how brand-centric our culture has become. Americans make about 4.5 billion brand impressions a day just through conversation. In fact, a mere 15% of the population makes 1.5 billion brand mentions to friends each day, according to new research on word-of-mouth marketing. The study, conducted by […]

False Advertising: Faux Fur It’s Not

LA Times reports on the fashion industry’s unconscious sourcing of raw materials. Macy’s has pulled from its shelves and its Web site two styles of Sean John hooded jackets, originally advertised as featuring faux fur, after an investigation by the nation’s largest animal protection organization concluded that the garments were actually made from a certain […]

Santa’s Come A Long Way, Baby

No wonder he likes chimneys. Courtesy of a bunch of auctions on eBay, you can see that Santa used to shill for all sorts of cigarette makers: