Chuckin’ The Chucks

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) takes a look at several agencies that have recently walked away from fickle but lucrative accounts. Here’s a quick view of one high profile move. Last week, Sausalito, Calif., independent Butler Shine Stern & Partners parted ways with Nike’s Converse, a client of about three years’ standing. Winning […]

Positioning Deconstructed

Jackie Huba opens her latest blog post with a provocative declaration. Positioning is a marketing facade that paints a picture idealized by the marketer, not necessarily the customer. She then points to, a group of MBA students and alumni from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management who provide a view of the Owen brand […]

Push To Purchase

CNET looks at the desire people have to purchase things with their thumbs. Ads for the new CD by singer Tim McGraw carry a texting code, as do magazine writeups for the new Harry Potter novel coming this summer. Some concert halls are selling tickets by text message, and some charities are taking donations […]

Mobile Really Is Your Space

Edelman DERT, the new blog from Edelman’s Digital Entertainment, Rights and Technology Team speculates that social networking sites have an immense opportunity in the mobile realm. The nature of social networking is in many ways ‘information snacking’ or dropping in to the site for a few seconds to see what friends are up to. Nielsen/Netratings […]

PepsiCo Thirsty For Gamers

According to Ad Age, Pepsi-Cola North America wants to keep gamers gaming deep into the night and they have just the solution—a new co-branded beverage called “Mountain Dew Halo 3,” named for Microsoft’s popular Xbox 360 game. The new Dew is positioned as “game fuel.” PepsiCo has partnered with Microsoft before. In 2005, the beverage […]

Custom Publishing Is Advertising

Richard Siklos of The New York Times, after spending “a languorous afternoon watching a new form of video entertainment, sponsored by advertisers like Budweiser and General Electric,” questions the line between commercial messages and content. While I question his questioning, I do like how he ties it all back to custom publishing, pointing to examples […]

Google The Good

Google Earth, a satellite mapping service from the search giant that seeks to “do no evil,” has teamed with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in a bold move to shine light on the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. photo courtesy of Houtlust Thanks to this initiative, 200 million Google Earth users worldwide can now literally […]

In B2B Circles, Event Income Outpaces Ad Revenue

Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0 points to some interesting data from Media Daily News: In a milestone symbolic of the shifts taking place across all media, business-to-business media can no longer be described as the “trade press.” That’s because print advertising now represents a minority of the revenues generated by business-to-business media companies. According to […]

As You Can See On Slide 63…

Cartoon courtesy Hugh MacLeod, who now does work for Microsoft (Powerpoint’s manufacturer) Virginia at Brains on Fire recently found herself “under a mountain of slides.” I shudder to think what the % of total working hours of my career have been spent making, perfecting, or presenting slides. My first role at Dell had a very […]

Not Boston

Josh Spear’s intern, Carmel, uncovered this innovative out-of-home promotion for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Digital marketing agency, Ginga, projected these scenes directly onto a 25-story building in Sao Paulo. The Brazilians, while curious, discerned no imminent threats to public safety.