Another Piece Of Americana Turns To Vanilla

Holiday Inn is cleaning house. Big time. London-based InterContinental Hotels Group is in the process of shedding roughly half the nearly 1,100 Holiday Inn properties it owns, mainly by ending franchise agreements with operators of substandard properties. Andy Soule, a broadcast engineering consultant from Bangor, Maine, stopped staying often at Holiday Inns three years ago […]

Ads Infected With Nasty Viruses

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) knows how to sell fear (a trait they’ll no doubt need under new management). In a development that could threaten the explosive growth of online advertising, hackers have started to exploit security holes in the online-advertising chain to slip viruses into ads. Just going to a site that […]

Mad Men: Quick Thoughts

George Parker has a spot-on review of last night’s pilot episode of “Mad Men,” along with some perspective of what it was like back in those days. Lewis Lazare gives it a C+, calling it “a grim story about the dark underbelly of humanity that has precious little to do with the ad world.” Like […]

Try This: Open Your Presentation With A Physics Lesson

You have great ideas and the passion to see them through, but your clients just aren’t buying. Is it your fault? Maybe, but there is another strong possibility. American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard said, “The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.” Consultant, blogger […]

Everything is Miscellaneous

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) invited the authors of two high-profile books on the Web to an email debate. In one corner, Andrew Keen, who wrote The Cult of the Amateur, argues the Web has become overwhelmed with useless noise. David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous, argues that Web 2.0 tools let […]

Michael Vick, The Face Of A Brand, Is Indicted. What Now?

Here in Atlanta, it’s the biggest story going: Michael Vick’s indictment for allegedly running a dog-fighting operation is the talk of the town. Why? Because he’s the $130 million man for the Falcons. The face of the franchise. And he’s equally loved and hated around here. He’s put butts into seats, brought excitement to a […]

Absolut’s Spirited Cause

Absolut Vodka is creating a special-edition flavored vodka to honor New Orleans, and the proceeds will go to Gulf Coast charities, the company announced Wednesday. Absolut made the announcement and previewed the mango-with-black-pepper flavor at the annual New Orleans culinary festival, Tales of the Cocktail. Absolut New Orleans, which goes on sale Aug. 1, commemorates […]

Give It Away Now

According to Advertising Age, Sean Finnegan is leaving his post as U.S. director of digital at OMD to become the CEO of Omnicom Media Group Digital, a new unit that oversees all of Omnicom’s media entities, such as OMD, PHD and Fuse Sports & Entertainment. In a 2006 interview, the 35-year-old Mr. Finnegan said digital […]

The Perils of Contextual Advertising

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Forbes is reporting that unless a miracle happens, September’s issue of Business 2.0 will be the last for the publication. Among the reasons for the pending demise…the dollars typically spent on print advertising have given way to pay-per-click via Google AdWords and Yahoo’s Publisher network where advertisers have found a more efficient method of reaching […]