Slick Slides

Ogilvy’s Rohit Bhargava received an honorable mention in Slide Share’s World’s Best Presentation Contest for his blogging types treatise. Why one might need to know this type of arcane material is beside the point. I’m looking at the design of the presentation, and it is elegant for Power Point.

McDonald’s Burger King

“We train more people than the U.S. Army.” -Karen King, McDonald’s USA’s East division president According to Ad Age, Karen King joined McDonald’s 30 years ago in Lawrenceville, Ga. Today she manages some 5,000 restaurants, comprising 36% or $10 billion of revenue for the domestic system. Today she’s also the star of a new ad […]

The Irritainment King of Sacramento

irritainment (eer.uh.TAYN.munt) n. Entertainment and media spectacles that are both annoying and compulsively watchable. CNET News.com says Casey Serrin is “on his way to becoming the most hated blogger on the Internet.” Serrin, 24, is a “would-be real estate mogul” from Sacramento, CA. He bought eight houses in eight months in four states with no […]

Fidelity Flexes Its Media Muscle

Ad Age is reporting on a public feud between non-profit Save Darfur Coalition and Fidelity Investments. The financial-services company has pressured CNN and Newsweek to hold off running coalition ads critical of Fidelity’s investment in PetroChina, a company whose parent, China National Petroleum, is one of Sudan’s largest oil-industry partners. Clearly, when it comes to […]

Who The Hell Are The “World Federation Of Advertisers”?

I’ve been reading Adweek regularly for 13 years now and I’ve never, ever heard of these people. Apprarently though, they’re out there working for us. From Adweek: The WFA’s measures include: boosting consumer awareness about the self-regulatory system; speeding and simplifying the complaint process and the removal of advertisements that breach the codes; setting up […]

The Creative World According To Tug

Over at American Copywriter Tug McTighe has a few rules to live by, or at least ponder. Collect all 7. Here’s just one: 7. Don’t blame the creatives for not caring after round of revisions 13. Are you kidding? If your spouse asked you – no demanded – that you rearrange the living room furniture […]

Content Too Hot For Ritz To Handle

According to The New York Times, Ritz-Carlton is objecting to foul language and brand-diminishing storylines in a book of short stories it commissioned from Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The luxury hotel chain planned to provide the book, Turndown Tales, as part of its turndown service. One of the stories in Turndown […]

Inside The Hyundai Pitch

BusinessWeek has a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the Hyundai pitch won by Goodby. Regular AdPulp readers know that I have a personal interest in this as the owner of a new Santa Fe. I’m a brand advocate. So did Hyundai make the right decision, in my humble opinion? Let’s take a look at the pitched […]

“Selling Out” Has Lost All Meaning In Today’s Media Culture

Jed Gottlieb writing for the Boston Herald takes modern indie bands to task for selling out to the man. John Mellencamp’s career has basically been one long commercial for the American working man. So when Chevy ads featuring his song “Our Country” scrolled across TV screens every 2.3 seconds for months last fall, it seemed […]

Now The Feds Are Chasing Eisner

Apparently, some dead agencies can’t rest in peace. From The Baltimore Business Journal: The Baltimore office of the FBI has launched an investigation into possible criminal activity committed by defunct advertising firm Eisner Communications Inc. and its former Chairman Steve Eisner. Since Eisner’s closure, the ad firm’s former landlord and several vendors that provided equipment […]