You Don’t Have To Be Built Like A Giraffe To Dunk

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is getting its game on. With 80 restaurants in 13 states, 40 stores are located in or near a college community, including the first Raising Cane’s, which opened across from Louisiana State University in 1996. Hence, a seasonal promo loosely tied to March Madness.

Ads Not Nearly As Provocative As The Station’s Programming

Current TV’s Vanguard programming tackles some tough subjects. In fact, as I write this, I’m watching a report on how the U.S. is already at war with Iran. Italian ad blogger, Flavia Brevi, tells us that out of home ads for the program have been banned from the Metro in Rome. Is the United States […]

Tonight’s Town Hall With The CEO of Portland

Portland Mayor Sam Adams spoke to 50 members of the local creative community tonight at Wieden + Kennedy. The event was sponsored by Portland Ad Fed, the oldest ad club in the U.S. Adams ran through an economic development slide show that focused on sustainability. The Mayor’s plan is to position Portland at the forefront […]

Vinny’s Velvet Hammer

Vinny Warren of The Escape Pod likes what he calls “the hard sell.” What is the hard sell? The hard sell is the ad that instantly makes you want what’s being advertised. You’d think this would be the permanent orientation of advertising ALL THE TIME. But it isn’t. People can get a bit lax in […]

Win the Influencers, Win the Game

Shiv Singh of Razorfish names 10 trends in “social influence marketing,” a term his agency coined to describe what old timers simply call Word of Mouth. It’s just that it’s digital now, so the lexicon is expanding (not always in a good way). Here’s what Singh and his colleagues see unfolding: 1. Social media usage […]

What Content Can Do For You

Because I’m looking for work right now, I need to explain what it is that I do in plain terms. It can be difficult to do. Brands may not know they need a strategic content plan for the social space. Hence, their agency doesn’t know it either. That’s why my elevator pitch has to be […]

Go Big Or Go Home

Online ad units are about to blow up. Their increased size could be rejected as an unwanted intrusion, but it’s just as likely that the larger canvas for branded storytelling will bring heightened creativity from the developers and greater consumer engagement. According to Adweek’s Brian Morrissey, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN and […]

New Looks for Public Works

Rob Walker drew my attention to the Obama administration’s recent branding efforts for The Recovery. Portland’s Aaron Draplin, who loves early 20th century design (appropriately enough) helped make the DOT logo.

Disposable. Just Another Word for Garbage.

Lighting up with a Zippo makes a statement about one’s individual style. Now, thanks to Brunner, lighting up with a Zippo makes another kind of statement that’s equally powerful in the culture today. [via Adrants]

Hulu Has A New Spokesalien