No Keys? No Worries.

Nissan wants African-American consumers, ages 28 to 38, who live in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington to drive its new Altima. So they hired True, an agency that specializes in attracting the attention of that audience. According to The New York Times, True’s campaign to promote a push-button ignition system […]

The Value of Tolerance

In February, John Amaechi spoke about his homosexuality on ESPN’s Outside the Lines program. He also released a book, Man in the Middle, published by ESPN Books, which discusses his career and life as a closeted professional athlete. Amaechi is the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay. Now, according to The New […]

So Just Exactly Who Is Sir Martin Sorrell?

I know our friend George Parker has an opinion or two about the CEO of WPP, but how did Sorrell get to be one of the most powerful people in the advertising industry? Here’s a good overview of Sorrell’s background, which is in the news again as he’s currently involved in a pretty nasty lawsuit […]

Painting Airports Green

Dutch beer brand, Heineken, is rolling out airport bars on five continents, according to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.). In recent years, a range of consumer goods makers have tried creating a “brand experience” in retail outlets to exert more control over how their products are presented to buyers. In 1992, Nike Inc. […]

A Little Baio For Your Weekend

Seems that there’s been a bit of Scott Baio bashing amongst the commenters on this board lately. To counteract such negativity, I present to you a commercial he did on behalf of the Los Angeles Sherriffs Star Organization in 2003. And I shouldn’t have to point out the delicious irony of Mad Mel playing the […]

Hello Frustration

The New York Times reports on a new campaign for Avon, the largest in its 121-year history. But here’s the part of the article that gets me: The campaign, now getting under way, carries the upbeat theme “Hello tomorrow.” The ads are the first work from a new Avon creative agency, Soho Square in New […]

And Riney Thanks Gallo For His Support

Back in ad school, one of my teachers told me that Ernest Gallo would have his agencies come out to his house and present new work to him by the pool. And they’d lay out the ads on the ground, and Gallo would piss on the storyboards he didn’t like. I’m not sure if the […]

Pyper Paul + Kenney Wins 0.98% More Addys This Year

Last year, I wrote about the Addy dominance of Tampa agency Pyper Paul + Kenney. They won 127 Tampa Addys. This year, they only had a modest increase in performance, winning a mere 129 Addys. Will we see more substantial improvement from PP+K next year? Let’s hope so. I still wanna know how much in […]