The Sun’s Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday

The New York Times looks today at Sharp Electronics Corporation, one of the biggest makers of rooftop solar panels. The article addresses Sharp’s California-specific marketing initiatives. In a bit of a twist for the solar industry, RiechesBaird, the ad agency Sharp hired in July, tabled their original plan to push the virtues of Sharp systems […]

Austin Technorati To Hear From Rushkoff Tonight

Austinist interviewed author, scholar and documentarian, Douglas Rushkoff, in advance of his 7:30 pm talk this evening that will certainly be attended by various UT ad progam students and GSD+M employees, among other cultural sponges. This is the topic he plans to address: I’m hoping to address how we miss the opportunities offered to us […]

Stoking AOL’s “Pipeline”

USA Today reporter, Jefferson Graham, wonders if Randy Falco, a seasoned TV exec who became CEO of AOL last November, is running the once-dominant online service as a TV network? “When we first came here, I thought this business wasn’t that different from the other businesses I’ve run,” he said in an interview with USA […]

Hitmakers Have Randomness And Cumulative Advantage To Thank For Their Success

Duncan J. Watts, a professor of sociology at Columbia University, along with collaborators Matthew Salganik and Peter Dodd are conducting a Web-based experiment in predictability and consumer preference (for music) at MusicLab.Columbia.edu. On Sunday, conclusions from their data was spread far and wide via the New York Times Magazine. Recent research suggests that reliable hit […]

Here Comes KateModern

Miles Beckett, Greg Goodfried and Mesh Flinders are far from household names, but they’re interweb creation–Bree, a.k.a. LoneyGirl15–is another matter entirely. Now the the creative team is trading on their LonelyGirl15 success. They’ve signed a deal with the social networking site Bebo.com to create a second interactive drama–KateModern–told in short, seemingly homemade video clips. According […]

Kmart Makes Howard Happy

The Wall Street Journal’s (paid sub. req.) lead says it all, “Goodbye, Wal-Mart. Hello, Kmart.” Just months after the punishing loss of the Arkansas-based retail behemoth, and the sordid affairs that led to it, Howard Draft’s agency is back in business. Kmart, a unit of Sears Holdings, chose the Interpublic Group agency because of the […]

Goodby Snags Hyundai

So it looks like Jeff, Rich and the rest are now the brand caretakers for the Korean-born, Alabama-made Santa Fe, along with the other Hyundai models. This from Adweek: Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has won creative chores on Hyundai’s $600 million ad account following a review, according to sources. I’ll be watching this […]

Fast Food Farce

Jeff Kay’s West Virginia Surf Report is offering an interesting photo essay that depicts food marketers as fabricators. In his left column he shows the advertised image, in his right column he shows the real thing.

Comedy Central In The House

I don’t know why I’m just now seeing this brilliant Coca-Cola Zero campaign for the first time, but I am. Apparently, Crispin Porter & Bogusky invited a mix of actors and real lawyers to this “rigged up conference room.” The lawyer in the video above is real.

The Old Fear Barrier

Jessi Hempel, Innovation editor at BusinessWeek, looks at a McKinsey report concerning adoption (or lack thereof) of Web 2.0 technologies among gloabal corporations. Following the study, Jacques Bughin, who’s a director in McKinsey’s Brussels office interviewed a number of the respondents. “The reason why blogs and wikis, in particular, aren’t well used is that companies […]