Diversity Threatened By Institutional Greed

I went to stream some indie rock on WOXY this morning, but none came through. Today is a The Day of Silence, an international protest against exorbitant royalty rates that threaten the existence of all but the most well funded webcasters. The Internet Radio Equality Act has recently been introduced in both the House and […]

Scarpelli Says “Stretch” And Ye Shall Win

Speaking of stretching, Nokia conducted a “Young Creatives Competition” at Cannes, where two-person teams from around the globe had but two days to go from concept to commercial, using the Nokia N93i for their shoot. Team Italy won. New Tee Vee has more.

Print Goes Up In Smoke

Ad Age is running an interesting piece on the death of cigarette advertising. At a time when the FDA would like to control tobacco and possibly make print advertising for cigs illegal (to match the existing TV and radio bans), the move may prove to be purely symbolic (if it happens), for Big Tobacco has […]

When You Have Kids At Choate, You Tend To Play It Safe

The fifth annual PRWeek/Manning Selvage & Lee Marketing Management Survey polled 279 U.S. chief marketing officers, VPs of marketing, and marketing directors on new media/consumer generated media, integrated marketing and industry ethics. Concenring CGM, the findings are more than a bit discouraging. Only 22% said they were “very willing” to allow consumers more control. Others […]

Great Ideas Go Nowhere In Dysfunctional Organizations

Executive Coach, Doug Sundheim, describes the problem that plagues many businesses, particulary organizations that rely on lots of meetings. What passes as “communication” in most organizations is nothing more than people talking AT each other. Firing different opinions around a room with little structure to productively move any action forward. The dialogue is dysfunctional – […]

Xerox and Wired Invest In Mass Customization

In its April issue, Wired magazine, in partnership with Xerox, invited subscribers to upload their photographs to Wired.com. The first 5,000 who did so are now receiving their July issue with themselves as the cover art. Not coincidentally, the editorial theme of the issue is the growing personalization of all things in cyberspace, and the […]

Crispin Leads Dentsu Into Gutter

Newton Vineyard of St. Helena, Calif., with the aid of Dentsu/Los Angeles has mined a new space for its messaging—the gutter, that heretofore unused space between the binding and the first column of text. According to The New York Times, Newton Vineyard purchased a series of gutter ads in the June 15 issue of Wine […]

Dove Evolution vs. Fair And Lovely: Could You Create Both?

[UPDATE 7/5/07] If you came from the link on TalentZoo.com, welcome. I think this is simply a very interesting comparison of how one company, albeit a conglomerate, markets its products in different cultures and countries. Well, Dove Evolution won big at Cannes, as many predicted. From Adweek: “It’s a big idea, beautiful execution and a […]

Perez Hilton’s Paparazzi Problems

Gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, is fighting lawsuits by paparazzi and others who claim he posts their photos and video content on his site without permission, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). His web site routinely posts tabloid photos of celebrities and adds scribbled commentary and rudimentary […]

Lining Up The Dots

CreditCheck.com sold at auction in New York City today for $3,000,000. Seniors.com fetched $1,800,000. And so on. Probably my favorite of the lot is Cantaloupe.com, which sold for $25,000—not bad for a melon. [UPDATE] The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is reporting that Business.com (the business and the domain) is now on the auction […]