Spotlight on NW Creative: The Roseys

Portland Ad Fed’s Rosey Awards has a brand spankin’ new Web site for 2009’s show and call for entries. One look and you’ll see the emphasis is on spankin’. Instead of tapping into the natural desire for Portland creatives to compete against one another, the team at Ant Hill Marketing decided to take the campaign […]

GM Spot Starts With “Let’s Be Completely Honest.” Are They?

This is a bright, shiny spot from Deutsch talking about the future of GM: As far as bright, shiny spots go, this is nice, but it’s not going to help matters much. Kicking GM while it’s down is pretty easy these days. So let me pose a different question: Is there any person or ad […]

The Transport Mechanism Is A Go. Now Load Your Premium Content And Charge For it.

John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media Corp.–which owns cable channels, satellite-television operator DirecTV and baseball’s Atlanta Braves–sat down with Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal recently to discuss some pressing topics in the communications industry. Here’s a slice of their discussion: MR. MOSSBERG:Tell me why nobody offers me, through a traditional cable or satellite […]

Hey, Leave The Internet Out of This

Jeff Jarvis says the darndest things. In response, The Ad Contrarian says things too. …the internet has created a new species of human being. And these new human beings live in a wonderful world in which they have relationships with all the companies that make the products they use. And the only time companies need […]

Go Pro Or Go Home

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” -Hunter S. Thompson Steve Rubel thinks Om Malik’s on to something with his new paid subscriber service, Giga Om Pro. The unit will rely on all-star, free-agent analysts and cover clean tech, infrastructure, “the Connected Consumer” and mobile. A subscription includes ton of original weekly content […]

Agency Sites That Merely Showcase Credentials Are Done

What you are about to see may appear innocent at first glance. But it’s not innocent at all. At 1:09 in to the action, “Billy,” the hardly fictional marketing director and star of the first segment in this BooneOakley self-promo piece is axed to death by his angry wife. Why is she angry? Because Billy […]

Internet Hotties To Sling Burgers

Brian Morrissey is reporting that iJustine and seven other internet famous video stars will be making videomercials for Carl’s Jr.’s. The effort rolls out this week to help sell the Portobello Mushroom Six-Dollar Burger to young men. The YouTube stars were chosen not only for their creative flair, but for the networks of followers they […]

Joe, Sponsored By Joe

I’ll admit that a couple of years ago, I ditched my habit of watching “The Today Show” in favor of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” I kinda like it’s loose style, even if the guests tend to be the same. Now it seems, Starbucks likes it too and is making it official. From The New York Times: […]