Stock Market Soars While Consumer Spending Tightens

According to Associated Press, consumer confidence is down. High gas prices, the specter of higher interest rates and faltering home sales have Americans worried. The National Association of Realtors reported on Tuesday that sales of existing homes plunged in March by the largest amount in nearly two decades. The group said that sales of existing […]

Radio By The Hour

The New York Times is reporting on an innovative move in the Dallas radio market, at a time when traditional radio is faced with increasing competition from satellite radio and iPods (which are often equipped for the car). Clear Channel Communications is trying something radically different at a commercial radio station in Texas: getting rid […]

Brave And Desperate

What do you do when everyone thinks your product is boring, overpriced and mediocre? You provide incentives…such as “90 Days Same As Cash.” Which is exactly what The Atlanta Braves are doing: The Braves on Monday announced they have teamed up with GE Money to offer a 90-day same-as-cash financing plan on the purchase of […]

I Need A Limo To Pick Up My Dogsitter At My Favorite Restaurant

Diners Club is offering card members 24/7 Concierge service at 1-800-2-DINERS. While I’ve yet to utilize this service, the direct mail piece they sent me today says I can get just about anything, including a limo, a meeting room, a reputable dog sitter or a table at my favorite restaurant. This is good. An investment […]

“I Love Rookies” T-Shirt Inspires Hollywood Star

Alyssa Milano loves baseball. Especially, the Dodgers. So much so, she writes a blog on and she’s started a new womens’ line of baseball-inspired clothing called Touch. Milano told Mark Newman of, how she got going in the apparel biz. I have had Dodgers season tickets for four years. Every game I attended, […]

A Match Made In Somewhere

So the AAAA is looking for a new CEO to replace O. Burtch Drake. Ad Age’s Jonah Bloom says it should be someone who’s a “change agent.” And according to The New York Times, executives on the search committee said “they would be pleased if the age of the next chief executive began with a […]

There’s Money In Them Green Hills

Describing the emergence of “green” media properties from mainstream sources, The New York Times says “online publishers are strapping on their Birkenstocks.” Yesterday, for instance, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online arm of The Washington Post Company, introduced, a new Web site aimed at environmentally conscious women. “We’re targeting this to the 95 percent of people […]

BP Steps Up

British Petroleum is working to move the needle on its environmental practices, a necessary move (and a smart marketing strategy) from a leader in the energy business. According to NPR, BP’s Helios gas station at Olympic and Robertson in Los Angeles is the nation’s first “green” gas station. It has low-flow toilets, solar panels and […]