Chick Lawyers Can Be Slick Lawyers, Too

When I first saw this billboard, I thought, “What cheesy pin-striped slick-haired lawyer dude thought this was a good idea?” Then I read the story: An all-female law firm is turning heads in Chicago with a new billboard and a blunt message: “Life’s Short. Get a Divorce.” The billboard, sponsored by Fetman, Garland & Associates, […]

Word From A San Francisco Ad Man

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) asked Rich Silverstein of Goodby Silverstein + Partners some good questions on the heels of the agency’s two huge account wins (Sprint and Hyundai). Asked how he reassures a smaller client (The Commonwealth Bank of Australia) that they too are important in the wake of such wins, Mr. […]

A Match Made In Boulderado

Radar Communications of Boulder, CO has joined forces with Crispin Porter + Bogusky also of Boulder (and Miami), according to a May 7th post from John Winsor, Radar’s founder and CEO. One of the things that attracted us to join forces with CP+B was not only their fearless approach to advertising and marketing but also […]

Lofty Spaces Foster Creativity

According to LiveScience.com, Grey and/or DraftFCB could rule the ad world if they moved into a cool, funky, open-air space. A recent study at the University of Minnesota suggests that ceiling height affects problem-solving skills and behavior by priming concepts that encourage certain kinds of brain processing. “Priming means a concept gets activated in a […]

Walking A Mile In Luke’s Shoes

Sally Hogshead has a new “Naked Career” interview up at Radio Talent Zoo. This time around Ms. Hogshead speaks to her hero Luke Sullivan, formerly of Fallon and West Wayne and now at GSD&M in Austin. That’s right, two superstar copywriters engaged in conversation about the ad business. Give it a listen. I could tell […]

Who’s Watching Your Spots?

Kids and babies. CNET via MarketingVox: Around 90% of American kids under 2 and 40% of babies under 3 months are regular TV watchers, according to a recent pediatric study [conducted by the University of Washington]. Idiocracy, here we come. Share

Beam Exercises Restraint

The New York Times is doing its best to see through the pr machinations of a large adult beverage marketer. Beam Global Spirits and Wine — which makes brands like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon and Canadian Club whiskey — announced it would voluntarily adopt stricter rules to keep messages away from young people. […]

QVC Meets MTV

According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), Publicis Groupe and Droga5 are diving deep into branded entertainment with a new website called Honeyshed. But unlike other examples of the genre — movies and TV shows created by marketers that aim to subtly promote a brand — there will be nothing subtle about the […]

YouTube’s Piggy Bank Open For Biz

Variety is reporting on Google’s new Revver-like compensation initiative. Google-owned viral video site announced Friday that it will start giving a cut of ad revenue to some of the most popular amateur video brands on its site, such as lonelygirl15 and LisaNova. They will get approximately the same revenue share from the performance of display […]

Taking Tea Where It’s Never Been Before

Guayaki Yerba Mate is an emerging beverage brand with interesting stories to tell about their organic, rainforest-grown, fairly traded product. Witness, the seven-minute documentary: Guayaki also makes room for brand advocates and Mate heads to tell their own tales. Available from the brand’s YouTube channel, “Out of my Gourd” appears to be a New Age-inspired […]