No Exploding Monkeys In The Google Bowl

John Battelle, who wrote the book on Google, believes this ad will run during the big game today. I can’t find the ad in this lineup of SuperBowl advertisers, but I’d not be surprised if Google had asked CBS to keep their name out of the pre-game hype (my source was told Google was keeping […]

Mile High Meditations

“You tell me it’s the institution Well, you know You better free you mind instead” -The Beatles Last month, we reported on MDC Partners’ plan to “sprinkle some Bogusky dust” on the rest of the company’s holdings. Given that Alex Bogusky’s new post and title, Chief Creative Insurgent, could be anxiety-inducing for some of the […]

AdPulp, Like Every Business, Needs Money To Make Money

Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid says, “Blogs work SUPERBLY if you have great content.” Which makes me think, maybe AdPulp doesn’t have great content, because this site doesn’t work SUPERBLY. It works, but not SUPERBLY. Hugh also says, “It’s OK to sell something on your blog. I LIKE selling stuff via the blog. Sure beats making […]

DIY Super Bowl Ad Analysis

See YouTube’s Super Bowl page for the full experience.

Spotlight On NW Creative: Black Tonic

Portland startup Black Tonic is offering creative professionals exactly what they need–greater control of remote creative presentations. Black Tonic presenters can modify the presentation material on-the-fly and choose in real-time what the audience sees on the presentation web page. Co-founder David Price says, “Clients see only what presenters are putting in front of them, and […]

Powerball The Liberator

This is weird. I always thought gambling addiction was a ball and chain situation, but that’s not the case according to Colorado Lottery and their agency, Cactus. For here we have a man who is chained to his workday doldrums. You guessed it, the man is freed by a giant red ball that drops from […]

Love Dogs? Drive A Subie.

“Charlie really likes his friends, but in his heart he knows that sometimes a dog is as good as any man” – Widespread Panic According to Ad Age, these new Subaru spots from Carmichael Lynch will premiere during Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101” marathon on Saturday. This doggie outreach is the latest iteration of the “reverse […]

Desperately Seeking Clients With The Guts To Become Famous

Peter Holmes of Reason Partners in Toronto was reflecting on the special relationship Bill Bernbach and crew had with Robert C. Townsend, CEO of Avis Rent A Car in the 1960s. Mr. Townsend hired Bill Bernbach’s agency, DDB, on one condition put forward by Bill himself, “…run every ad we write where we tell you […]

Got Blue Chips? Great, Dinner’s On Smith & Wollensky

I’m a big fan of barter and have been turning to this ancient form of exchange more and more over the last year. Taken to its logical conclusion, a person could get by on very little money if his or her basic needs are met through barter. Right now, I’m bartering creative services for office […]

How A Super Bowl Ad Pays For Itself

Publicly traded companies who invest in big ad buys like the Super Bowl see a spike in their common stock being traded, even if they’re not advertising a consumer product, according to professors at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “We’re fairly certain that the publicly traded companies advertising on Sunday’s Super Bowl will […]