What The Locals Think

Wieden + Kennedy is a powerful force in the city of Portland. One might argue the agency is now an institutional anchor, the way a school might otherwise be. Given the important place W+K occupies in Portland, I’ve been intent on finding out what the “town-gown” relations are like. Do puny men in Nikes tangle […]

Not for the Meek: The Ad Supported Content Business

Tim Armstrong is in sales. Yesterday, in Pasadena AOL’s new CEO tried to sell a roomful of doubters at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference that the company will re-emerge triumphant. His premise isn’t new. He intends to cultivate or acquire the kind of magnetic content at AOL that will make it easy to support with advertising. […]

Zen and the Art of New Business Maintenance

Eric Karjaluoto of SmashLAB in Vancouver, BC is sharing an interview he did with business development consultant Blair Enns of WinWithoutPitching. Enns has a lot of great things to say. Witness: The only real way for a firm to shift the power is to eliminate as many substitutes to hiring their firm as possible. They […]

Willis Tower? That’s Like Calling Deep Dish “Cheezy Pizza”

The corporate naming game has run amok for years, but the recent name change from “Sears Tower” to “Willis Tower” in Chicago has touched a nerve. Or 96,814 nerves, as the case may be–that’s how many people on Facebook don’t like the idea. Another 48,747 on ItstheSearsTower.com have signed a petition to bring back the […]

Quiche Eaters Drink Beer Too

Meme Huffer points to this long form beer ad from Droga5: It’s funny because it abuses all types of men under the banner of inclusiveness. You don’t see that everyday, and even if you did, you wouldn’t normally raise a glass to it.

Shrinkage Worse Than Expected

With GM bankrupt, the housing market in the toilet and a worldwide economy on the skids, one has to wonder just how long the “put a happy face on it” magicians in pinstripes can stay in character. According to Media Daily News, Publicis CEO Maurice Levy estimated that the advertising marketplace declined between 13% and […]

Share of Share

Add to Any is a service that helps publishers spread their stories across the social web and helps readers share the stories they find particularly noteworthy. Naturally, the service keeps track of where people are doing the most sharing, and their answer is Facebook. Mashable has more on the story, and Silicon Valley Insider points […]

Are You Smarter Than An Ad Student?

So, there’s no degree needed to get into advertising. No certification. So what should advertising’s new professionals need to know? Four-year colleges and universities do practically nothing to prepare students for a career in advertising, particularly as a creative. Most of the professors at these schools have little in the way of relevant, recent industry […]

They’re Like Charlotte’s Wong Doody

David Wiggs, President of Marketing Hitch, an agency search consultant, conducted an interview with David Oakley of Charlotte agency, BooneOakley recently. Oakley’s a funny guy. I tried to get him to go see Yonder Mountain String Band with me a few years ago which would have been funny. But I digress. Here’s a bit of […]

Do Good Work, Stay In Nice Places

Imagine with me a world where first the class cabin is reserved for society’s saints. Don’t say it could never happen. Social revolts can come from anywhere at any time. And the impetus to reward the better among us is already apparent. Take Sage Hospitality’s “Give A Day, Get A Night” promotion, where people who […]