Hyperlocal Isn’t Confined To These Webs

Adventurous publishers have been turning blogs into books for a couple of years now. Here comes a guy with a twist on that idea. Joshua Karp, will begin publishing hyperlocal blogs in jolly old newsprint. His enterprise, The Printed Blog, launches in Chicago and San Francisco next week. According to The New York Times: As […]

Trust Us, Real Advertising Agencies Aren’t That Interesting

I’ll be watching the new TNT show “Trust Me,” which starts next Monday. The New York Times takes a closer look: “Trust Me,” previously called “Truth in Advertising,” is the brainchild of two former Chicago creative executives, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who are co-executive producers of the hit TNT series “The Closer.” They worked, […]

Pandora Caves, Runs Ads

Pandora is now serving ads in its stream. I haven’t heard them yet, even though I did listen to a good bit of music on Pandora today. For what it’s worth, TechCrunch says the ads are “not that bad.” Audiophiles and anti-commercial activists may have other views. If they choose, listeners can always sign up […]

The Karsh Kiss Off?

The Denver Egotist guest blogged on Agency Spy about the state of agency affairs on the Colorado Front Range. Here’s an item that jumped out at me: Karsh\Hagan, previously owned by The Integer Group and Omnicom, was sold back to former owner and agency head Pocky Maranzino. For reason’s unknown, the deal has taken place […]

Cafe Culture Is American Culture

Ad Age decided to commission Lightspeed Research to find out whether either New Year’s resolutions or a tough economy were turning latte sippers into bean counters. The survey results reveal that 60% of Americans have scaled back on fancy or expensive coffee in the past six months; 56% report cutting back just since the beginning […]

Ubuntu Sounds Like “Up Yours” In Europe

The French are fun people. They make lovely wine and food, they climb mountains and frolic at the sea. But don’t get on their bad side, because they’re also a proud people and nationalistic, as well. For a variety of reasons, Microsoft, is on their bad side. Ashlee Vance of The New York Times writes: […]

Overly Social Can Be Totally Annoying

Nathania Johnson at Search Engine Watch considers Fanboy’s take on social media experts and how they’re ruining his Twitter experience. Pinto is sitting at the popular kids table and the conversation is shallow. The most popular people on Twittter are determined by vain methods found on grading websites that use things like number of followers […]

Print Is Dead. @Google.

Google is backing away from its ambitious foray into the newspaper industry’s sandbox. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google will shutter its Print Ads program on Feb. 28. Google’s service let marketers buy print advertising in more than 800 U.S. newspapers. Google started the high-profile Print Ad program in 2006 as a way to […]

Roman On Ogilvy

I often wonder, if David Ogilvy were alive today, would he e-mail a PDF of an ad to a client for approval? As Ogilvy the agency loses its prestige, Ogilvy the man gets a new biography, called The King of Madison Avenue by Kenneth Roman. Honestly, I haven’t read the book, and don’t plan to […]

Bad Habits, Bad Practices, Bad Juju – Throw Them All On The Fire

Naturally, President Obama addressed the economy and our national psyche in his inaugural speech today. Here’s but one interesting passage: We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they […]