Care For A Bruised Apple?

Apple’s reputation is taking a beating from two prominent Web personalities–Michael Arrington of TechCrunch and Jason Calacanis of Mahalo. Arrington ditched his iPhone in favor of T-Mobile and its myTouch 3G, which works with Google Voice, something the iPhone overlords rejected outright (a move which now has Apple in hot water with the Feds). “I […]

Scattered Pictures Of The Smiles We Left Behind

Jon Fine of BuinessWeek argues that growth of “below the line” activity means marketers don’t need their media partners like they once did. When it comes to advertising, marketer and media property were once partners. But that relationship, like so much else in this space these days, has gotten quite complicated. Fine also shares a […]

Pay To Play Or Go Away

Stephanie Clifford of The New York Times and Ian Schafer of Deep Focus made me laugh this morning. This is what did it: When Ian Schafer, the chief executive of the digital ad agency Deep Focus, won 10 Communicator Awards for the agency’s work on Web sites, including one for HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” […]

Americans (Sick and Well, Rich and Poor) Deserve Better (Pricing, Care and Answers)

The heath care debate is getting nasty. I suppose that happens when there’s a lot at stake. I could say something about the fraying of civic life in America, but that would be too obvious (and off point). So, let’s address advertising’s role in fomenting this civic unrest. Here’s a hard-hitting ad from Americans for […]

One Day You’re A Creative Director, The Next You’re Not

Marc Colucci a director with Picture Park in Boston is the director of “Lemonade,” a new documentary about laid off ad peeps finding their way in the New World Order. On Please Feed the Animals, Colucci says, “I wanted to be a part of this film so that I could help my laid-off friends and […]

Go Boring Go

Young + Rubicam/SoCal has launched a contest for Toshiba pitting two small towns against one another–Boring, OR vs. Normal, IL. According to OC Weekly, the idea is to have viewers decide which town becomes more exciting thanks to Toshiba laptops, with the winning town receiving $15,000 in technology upgrades for their local school system. Learn […]

Greenpeace Wins One For the Forests

According to a Greenpeace press release, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the maker of Kleenex, Scott and Cottonelle brands, has been convinced to institute stronger fiber sourcing standards that will increase conservation of forests globally and will make the company a leader for sustainably produced tissue products. Kimberly-Clark plans to obtain 100 percent of its wood fiber for […]

Nothing To Fear, But The Supermodel Herself

According to The Local, a commercial for Apoliva featuring Swedish supermodel Adina Fohlin has frightened over 100,000 Swedes into joining a Facegroup group called “I am scared of the girl in the Apoliva commercial” (“Jag är rädd för tjejen i Apolivareklamen”). The description of the Facebook group reads: “Those of us who have a TV […]

Incubators Need Constant Monitoring, Or The Baby Gets Cooked

Rick Turoczy’s blog, Silicon Florist, which dutifully covers Portland’s hi tech startup scene, wrote the other day about Wieden + Kennedy’s involvement in a new venture called the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). Turoczy says PIE is “a collaborative project between W+K and members of the tech community designed to help Portland spin up more tech […]

Tossing Sacred Cows On The Open Fire

Mark Wnek, chairman-chief creative officer of Lowe/New York let one rip on AdAge yesterday. As a result, I think more highly of him today. Brilliant execution is largely what wins creative awards; the depth, breadth and scale of the idea are secondary at most. Great ideas not so brilliantly executed win nothing, while brilliant one-off […]