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Chicagoan Carol Felsenthal is a journalist who writes in-depth magazine articles about political and media figures. She has also written several biographies, including books on Katharine Graham and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Her new book about Bill Clinton’s post presidency, Clinton in Exile: A President Out of the White House, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in […]

Self-Promo Ad #2

After Bozell laid me off in 2001, I wandered around for bit looking for a foothold. It came when Dave Markes introduced me to Cathy Solarana. Cathy had a solid design business going in Omaha and her clients were increasingly asking for ads, not just design. That meant someone had to help concept the ads […]

Winners Prefer Green

In case you haven’t set lofty enough goals for yourself this year, you still have two weeks to enter your best ecologically themed advertising campaign in One Show’s Green Pencil competition. Here’s how the organization describes the prize: As history has proven, the power of advertising can do more than just create awareness for a […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Whopper Sacrificed

Facebook just got flame broiled by a master. The company that was going to reinvent advertising, is instead taking heat from BK. According to Brian Morrissey of Adweek, Facebook objected to BK’s Whopper Sacrifice application because Facebook’s terms of use explicitly state the company will not inform users about friend removal. So, Facebook’s tech team […]

The Old “So Bad It’s Good” Trick Never Fails For GoDaddy

It’s an ad blog’s scared duty to bring news of GoDaddy’s annual Super Bowl spots. So here we are upholding our end of the bargain. Find more videos like this on AdGabber The domain name registrar’s Super Bowl campaigns have been a self-generated mockery from the beginning. One that slyly manages to put the GoDaddy […]

Public Confessions To Arouse Interest In “Big Love”

One needn’t encourage anonymous confessions on the Internet. There are hordes of people ready, willing and able to tell all sorts of things about themselves. HBO, in its latest promotion for “Big Love,” is taking advantage of this interest in sharing prurient content. In fact, HBO has a Web of Secrets microsite packed with R-rated […]

The French Raise Their Glass

An adult beverage with an urban audience, is saying cheers to our newly elected urban President. French cognac-maker, Hennessy, is selling 180,000 limited-edition bottles in honor of the 44th President of the Unites States. A percentage of proceeds is being donated to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Bottles are on sale in Washington, D.C., Maryland, […]

Bring A Balanced Attack

Earlier this week a student in England asked if it is now more beneficial for companies to advertise on the internet rather than on television? Bob Hoffman, who owns an agency in San Francisco that makes TV spots for McDonald’s and Toyota, says, “no.” Beverly Thorne, senior VP-marketing, Century 21 is of another mind. According […]