Hyundai Down Under–Loved, Hated, And Banned

My post the other day about The Richards Group losing the Hyundai account and their mediocre work made me wonder if other agencies around the world are doing anything cool for Hyundai. Well, I uncovered this New Zealand ad for my Santa Fe: Apparently, it won a Fair Go ad award–sort of a People’s Choice […]

The Apple iPhone Oscars Ad

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Selling To Your MySpace “Friends”

The New York Times ponders the question: is having a lot of friends on MySpace better than having a record deal? Tila Tequila, who has 1.7 million “friends” on the News Corp.-owned site is about to find out. Her new single “I Love U,” produced by the rapper Lil Jon, will be released on iTunes […]

The Horror of Coke

Complete Washroom Solutions makes fun of fashionable coke waifs, while selling a sanitary solution. Talk about squeaky clean…

That’s Entertainment

The New York Times “Sunday Styles” section looks at a disturbing development, or excellent business opportunity, depending on one’s point-of-view regarding consumerism and celebrity worship. Screens big and small are already full of recognizable brands like Coke and Cheerios placed in strategic view, a practice known as explicit product placement. But, until recently, viewers had […]

Starbucks Searches Its Soul

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) has published an email sent by Starbucks’ CEO, Howard Schultz, revealing his inner turmoil over decisions made under his watch. It’s unusual to see a man in his position question this deeply. His email, titled, “The Commoditization of the Starbucks Experience” looks at what Schultz calls “the watering […]

Then We Came To The End: An All-Too-Real Novel

I have a backlog of books I’ve been wanting to read, so I’ll add this one to the list: Then We Came To The End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris, a former Chicago copywriter, is described as this: In this wildly funny debut from former ad man Ferris, a group of copywriters and designers at […]

The Art of Work

I enjoy creative nonfiction that explores the work we choose to do and the various conflicts therein. Scott Partee works for the U.N. in Vienna. Here’s how he describes it: I just finished crawling around in a rat hole while wearing a suit to lay down some network infrastructure for some highly confidential nuclear nonproliferation […]

Did The USA Today Ad Meter Cause CareerBuilder’s Review?

Here’s an interesting bit from Ad Age about Cramer-Krasselt’s loss of the CareerBuilder account: In an internal memo issued today, the agency’s president, Peter Krivkovich, said CareerBuilder put its account up for review after the agency’s Super Bowl ads failed to rank in the top 10 in USA Today’s viewer poll. “To our amazement, to […]

Truth Takes A Beating

Academics and public relations practitioners gathered in London this week to debate a moral issue–whether or not people in PR are duty bound to tell the truth. According to Martin Moore, PR-man Max Clifford delivered “a low-key, frank and absorbingly anecdotal performance” at University of Westminster Tuesday night. His thesis: In PR, the truth is […]