You Can Have It Your Way At BK, But Not At The Polls

Politics is polarizing, arguably to a dangerous degree in this country. Burger King and their agency, Crispin Porter & Bogusky understand that and have turned this fact into cultural currency. BK customers interested in having fun with the race can download applications for Facebook or MySpace and then share their political opinions and debate “friends.” […]

Clash Of The Titans

Most people in advertising love Wieden + Kennedy. Most people in advertising love Starbucks. Apparently, the two don’t feel the love for each other. Ad Age has the scoop: “Wieden always felt like it was a one-way relationship,” said an executive familiar with the matter. “They felt like they presented a way to drive the […]

I Blog, Therefore I Earn

Tech journalist, Sarah Lacy, on why she doesn’t run ads on her blog: Until I could find an advertising vehicle that valued my audience as much as I do, blogging would just be a loss leader for me—a hub for everything else I was doing and a way to solidify myself as a thought leader. […]

We’re All Thumbs

I don’t doubt these figures on mobile usage from C|NET and Neilsen, but I do find them somewhat stunning. For the second quarter of 2008, U.S. mobile subscribers sent and received on average 357 text messages per month, compared with making and receiving 204 phone calls a month, according to Nielsen. In the first quarter […]

Employment at Portland Advertising & PR Agencies Has Grown 37 Percent from 2003 to 2007

I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Timothy Wood, Digital Strategy Director at PMSI, over coffee this morning at Jace Gace on SE Belmont. He mentioned a recent article in The Oregonian that lists several creative firms who have opened shop in Portland, some specifically to serve Adidas. The latest newcomers include Chicago marketing firm […]

An Ad Guy’s Laundry

I just spent some time catching up on Steffan Postaer’s recent posts to his blog, Gods of Advertising. Here’s some of what I picked up: Creatives can be an insecure lot. Agencies need to reinvent themselves, sometimes every six to eight weeks. Steffan thinks the Caddilac spot with Kate Walsh is trying too hard. Steffan […]

Al Gore Didn’t Invent The Internet, But “Internet TV” He Might Have A Claim To

I was watching Current on Comcast cable last night and was struck by the number of consumer generated spots the channel was serving. These ads even have their own acronym, VCAM, which stands for Viewer Created Ad Message. Here is Current’s pitch: We’ve teamed up with the world’s biggest brands and they want you to […]

Blasting Swift Boats From Fortified Positions Onshore

Spending on political advertising — which includes candidates’ as well as third-party ads — is expected to reach about $3 billion this year, compared with $1 billion in 2000. According to The Wall Street Journal, attempts are increasingly being made by lawyers from the campaigns to negate the damaging effects of third party ads against […]

An Actual Client Who Actually Likes Creative. Maybe.

MediaPost reports on a Unilever exec who had some interesting things to say at Advertising Week: In the continuing tug-of-war between what drives the train–creative or media–a top Unilever executive Thursday came out in favor of creative. While there is an argument that lackluster ads can still deliver a message with shrewd placement, Babs Rangaiah […]

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