Launch Your Ad Career–Or Just Read Pages 112-113

I’m constantly amazed how many people–even my former 1st quarter Portfolio Center students–don’t understand how the advertising agency business is structured even as they attempt to enter it. I’d like to give a shout to Stan Tymorek, a former CD at Land’s End who tries to explain the basics in Ferguson Career Launcher: Advertising & […]

Repetitive Reporting Motion May Cause Dull Pains

Last Sunday, The New York Times addressed burnout among online content producers today. I’ve been producing online content every day for almost six years now, so it’s a subject I’m familiar with. Such is the state of the media business these days: frantic and fatigued. Young journalists who once dreamed of trotting the globe in […]

Intel Has Some Suggestions For You

Intel wants to guide prospects to a purchase decision online, since that’s where the bulk of research on computers with Intel processors is done. As product features become more sophisticated, marketers are turning to digital and interactive media to allow consumers to experience the products for themselves, says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research. […]

It’s Someone’s McJob To Spin You A Smoothie Masterpiece

To promote new real fruit smoothie at McDonald’s, Tribal DDB has launched a Spin Art-like app on that let people like me make messes like this: In the old days, McDonald’s would have promoted this new product with a special take-home cup or a buy-one-get-one. Not today. Today, it’s all about online engagement. And […]

Boomer In Aisle Two

Consumer packaged goods companies often have major blind spots in the way they target Baby Boomers. With a continued emphasis on either the 18-to-34 or the 18-to-49 demographic, companies are increasingly losing their connection with the 78 million Baby Boomers, Doug Anderson, SVP/research & development for Nielsen, tells Marketing Daily. “There is practically no segment […]

It’s Almost Time For Football. R You In?

Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group (HZDG) is breaking new work for the Washington Redskins. The campaign stars new additions Quarterback Donovan McNabb, General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan, along with fan favorites London Fletcher, Chris Cooley, Santana Moss and Brian Orakpo Redskins – “R You In?’ from HZDG on Vimeo. This new integrated […]

Groupon Knows Consumers Want A Deal, Makes It Easy For Small Business To Offer Said Deals

I finally joined purveyor of daily deals, Groupon, tonight and I was amazed to find how well it’s working for some local Portland restaurants. Wild Abandon recently sold 2861 $12 Groupons, while Elephants Delicatessen sold 7206 $7 deals. Groupon uses the power of the crowd to drive prices down and volume up–the deal doesn’t go […]

A Good Excuse To Listen To War

In this remake of Pepsi’s classic 1995 commercial, the Pepsi Max truck driver shows us what can happen when one overshares personal “data” on a social network.