For Timex, It’s Time To Acquire More Shelf Space

According to The Wall Street Journal, Timex—the brand that takes a licking and keeps on ticking—is keeping some pretty fancy company these days. This morning, family-owned Salvatore Ferragamo SpA will open the doors of its medieval palazzo on the banks of the Arno River in Florence to Timex Group Chief Executive Joe Santana, who is […]

Wankers Get A Tan

Inimitable George “Adscam” Parker took a look at Howard “I own FCB now” Draft’s video interview from Cannes. Typically, he is not impressed. He goes on and on about how he’s still learning about creating the world’s greatest agency, whilst taking the credit for the South African branch of FCB picking up a couple of […]

Skin Whitening Ad Makes My Skin Crawl

Okay, for decades women all over the world have been guilt-tripped by advertising into changing their looks. But, wow, seeing this spot is just…well…take a look: It’s just so…blatant. I’m guessing the Cannes judges fawning over the Dove “Evolution” spot won’t be talking about the cultural impact of this one. [UPDATE] I didn’t know this: […]

What Do You Do When You Don’t Get Paid For Freelance Work?

Okay, here’s an open question for all of you. I did some freelance work for an ad agency late last year. Two separate jobs for $900 apiece. I was paid for one, but not the other. I have the agency’s PO issued for the unpaid job, dated January of this year. I have been steadily […]

Poetry Powerful Enough To Go Viral

Ernie Schenck is jazzed about JWT’s animated poetry project, featuring the work of former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. It is mesmerizing work. According to a Fast Company feature from June 2006, the project grew out of Rosemarie Ryan’s and Ty Montague’s efforts to revitalize JWT and their desire to see creative for creative’s sake. […]

Wieden’s Authentic Non-Fiction

Fast Company writer Bill Breen interviewed Dan Wieden recently for a feature in the magazine. As always, Dan has some interesting things to say. FC: So in world that’s saturated with marketing messages, how does a brand demonstrate that it is, in fact, authentic? Wieden: Authenticity comes from having a real passion for the thing. […]

On Banner Blindness

The Wall Street Journal looks at the difficulty online marketers face when trying to put their messages in front of web surfers, who are conditioned to cruise right by any such claptrap. Soon after traditional banner ads started cropping up on the Web a decade ago, the term “banner blindness” followed. The phenomenon, discovered by […]

Green Is The New Gold

Ad Age is reporting that Network BBDO, Johannesburg, took home the Cannes Grand Prix in outdoor for a solar-powered billboard. What ultimately swayed the jury in the favor of the NedBank “Power to the People” work was that the solar power being collected by the billboard was helping to power several community buildings, including a […]

When You Don’t Own The Pipes, Aggregate

Scott Karp explains the importance of aggregators to content producers, particularly to newspapers who, with some notable exceptions, don’t quite get it. Publishing 2.0 gets 73% of its traffic from search and referring sites, which include aggregators like Techmeme. Some of my content is also syndicated in full text on Seeking Alpha, Yahoo, and Digital […]

In Valley Speak, “Collaborate” Is The Word

Steve Rubel rubbed elbows with technology and media elites in Silicon Valley last week. Here’s one of his take aways: Silicon Valley must break bread with the media-industrial complex. The challenge is there is a vast chasm in the culture and ethos between the two sides. Tech and Internet companies develop their products in the […]