Apu Nahasapeemapetilon Times Eleven

Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that 7-Eleven has plans to rebrand 11 of its stores as part of a promotion to support the July 27th release of The Simpsons Movie. The convenience store chain plans to refit 11 stores across the U.S. to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that Homer and […]

Advice For Those Who Want To Break Into Advertising

Someone passed this along to me. On Craigslist, there’s some helpful advice for those looking to get into the ad biz: ive been a creative director for 6 years now. here, i offer my wisdom if you want a job in advertising. 1. be a dick. you dont necessarily have to have a large one, […]

Uncle Ben Gets Big Promotion

The New York Times examines the revival of “a racially charged advertising character.” The character is Uncle Ben, the symbol for more than 60 years of the Uncle Ben’s line of rices and side dishes now sold by the food giant Mars. Uncle Ben, who first appeared in ads in 1946, is being reborn as […]

Success Is Overrated

Clay Parker Jones has an interesting “lo-fi blog” series going on his exitcreative site. Here’s an example of his pen-to-paper approach: Share

Circuit City Short Circuits Its Brand By Slashing Staff

I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of Circuit City, but this story is just a whole new level of sick: Circuit City Stores is firing about 3,400 workers at its stores who are paid “well above the market-based salary range for their role” and will hire new associates for these positions who will earn […]

Viral Hunters Find Their Trophy Buck

Where’s My Jetpack sees too close a connection between this viral video made by a young man in Montana and the above spot for Altoids made by Leo Burnett. George Parker would call this an “homage.” I call it a hosejob. Share

A Namesake Departure

Adweek reports that Rick Colby said he is leaving Dentsu’s Colby & Partners. He declined to detail the reasons for his departure, which leaves the Santa Monica, Calif., agency without its chief creative officer. Colby plans to open a new shop focused on Internet advertising and local clients. Colby launched a shop called Larsen Colby […]

Ad Age Pedals Impending Doom

Bob Garfield is trying to scare us with his “Chronicles of the Media Revolution” series in which he explores ongoing technological upheaval across the media and marketing industries. Perhaps you believe that vast structures on which vast societies and vast economies depend do not easily lose their primacy. Perhaps you believe that the TV commercial […]

Fostering Employee Loyalty 101

San Jose Mercury News looks at one company’s progressive work culture and how it produces results for them. When it comes to vacation, Netflix has a simple policy: take as much as you’d like. Just make sure your work is done. Employees at the online movie retailer often leave for three, four, even five weeks […]

Look, A New Fiefdom!

Fuse Sports & Entertainment Group is Omnicom’s latest foray into sports and entertainment marketing, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). “Sports and entertainment are two areas that people are passionate about,” Ceo Steve Grubbs says. “Our clients are looking to attach themselves to passion points.” Fuse will oversee four Omnicom-owned companies, including […]