Managing Chaos (Sounds Like An Oxymoron)

Husband and wife team, Jack and Suzy Welch, writing in BusinessWeek suggest that creatives must be respected but controlled, if they’re going to add to the firm’s bottom line. Leading people who often don’t think of themselves as employees of anyone or anything, let alone followers embedded in an organization consisting of levels, layers, and […]

My Jaw Is On The Ground

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is looking at the battle between two rich as shit companies striving to get even richer, a process which is about to make a bunch of other people–including Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout like Bill Gates–extremely rich. Microsoft in recent weeks approached Facebook with proposals to invest in […]

Happy Advertising Week!!!

Alas, there will be no parade of icons, as The New York Times reports: Since 2004, consumers have been asked each year to vote for their favorite characters to join a “Walk of Fame” on Madison Avenue. Among the nine icons elected so far: the Aflac duck, Mr. Peanut and Tony the Tiger. The first […]

More Minneapolis Mayhem

Erbert & Gerbert’s Human Flip Book was created by Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis. Erbert & Gerbert’s is a quirky sandwich shop with 46 Midwest locations. Share

Writing The Book On Processed Meat

You (Dan Armstrong and Dustin Black) work in Minneapolis surrounded by advertising greatness at every turn. Lions are being won, names made, etc. But you, in your infinite wisdom, have pulled the SPAM card. You and your creative partner are tasked with making the Hormel brand attractive to its intended audience. Yes, there is such […]

Morning Conundrum

According toTNS Media Intelligence, top brewers cut measured media spending a whopping 24%, about $131 million, during the first six months of 2007, following a 12% cut during 2006. At the same time, the brewers insist they haven’t cut spending at all — and in many cases have increased it. They maintain those beer bucks […]

Your Privacy For Free Phone Calls

Pudding Media, a start-up based in San Jose, Calif., is introducing an Internet phone service today that will be supported by advertising related to what people are talking about in their calls. Say again? Pudding Media eavesdrops on phone calls in order to display ads on screen that are related to the conversation. Voice recognition […]

The Sexy Side of AdSense

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Montgomery, Alabama Is As American As It Gets. Think About It.

Earlier this month, we took note of Goodby’s carless print ads for Hyundai. Now the foreign car company’s Think About It campaign is playing on TV and the intertubes. I like the site. It’s clean, the copy sings and the music is right. But there are no participatory media options. I know Apple’s cinema display […]

Is Don Draper The Most Famous Ad Man In America Today?

For more on Someecards.com see the Sunday Styles section of today’s NYT. According to the article it’s a firm run by ad men for ad men. Share