9 Things Mark Twain Taught Me About Advertising

Great post over at AdLand today, submitted by someone named TopMadMan. Here’s a sample: “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” Advertising is life made to look larger than life, through images and words that promise a wish fulfilled, a dream come true, a problem solved. Even Viagra […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Columbia Bank

Seattle’s Hadley Green Creates brings the small town touch to Columbia Bank. Share

It’s Called “Head of Lettuce” for a Reason

According to AdAge, Wendy’s “Crazy Lettuce” viral was spun out of TV spots created by Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, New York. In one, a man shuns a bite of salad offered by the woman across the table. “I can’t eat that,” he says. “I’m a meatatarian.” The work is its first effort in this space […]

Commercials at 38,000 Feet

Flying to Australia? If so, you can catch up on “the most entertaining and innovative television commercials produced” last year, thanks to a partnership between New York Festivals and Qantas Airlines. Qantas has been named the world’s No. 1 airline for in-flight entertainment by the World Airline Entertainment Association, for the fourth time in five […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: I’m Back

A number of months ago I deactivated my Facebook account. It was liberating, and I didn’t give it much thought once the deed was done. But last Thurday at InVerge 2008 in Portland, one of the really smart speakers convinced me to get back on the horse, as it were. Tony Uphoff, CEO of Techweb […]

Branding’s Foundational Concepts Are Being Rewritten On the Fly

Writing in Adweek, Bob Greenberg, chairman of R/GA in New York works out one of the more important topics of our advertising day. Namely, how in the world a brand can remain consistent in its messaging when it has to be everywhere at once, constantly on and open to dialogue. First, brands cannot be created […]

In My Day We Walked To School. Uphill. Both Ways.

Alan Wolk has a great entry today over at The Toad Stool. He tells of watching “Field of Dreams” with his two young children: It was only 1989. A year that most you reading this blog had already been born. Yet there were no cell phones. No internet. In one key scene, Kevin Costner and […]

Thank You, Gentlemen

I’d like to publicly thank John Gross, Account Director at HMH/Portland for meeting with me on Sunday. HMH has a great tagline: “preconceptions kill great ideas.” John also told me a story that revealed how he, and the people at HMH, value honesty and doing what’s right. That’s a unique attribute in this business. I […]

Interactive Doesn’t Mean Online, It Means To Play With, Vol. 2

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Branded Tweets on the Rise

BusinessWeek is taking notice of the growing legions of corporate Tweeters. A growing number of companies are keeping track of what’s said about their brands on Twitter. Comcast, Dell, General Motors, H&R Block, Kodak, and Whole Foods Market are among a handful of companies haunting Twitter to do everything from burnish brands to provide customer […]