Need That Merch To Feed That Jones

For years, millions of dollars in unlicensed Grateful Dead merchandise was sold outside of the band’s concerts by its tour-hungry fans. The band did crack down on it a bit after 1987, when “Touch of Grey” was on the radio, Macy’s started stocking tie-dyes and non-Deadhead criminal networks started hawking goods in the lot. Since […]

Herman Cain’s Bizarro Faux Western Movie Ad

From the opening horse sequence, I was hoping for a spoof of “Blazing Saddles,” but this ad for GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain is just bizarre. We get a Western sequence, then the Nick Searcy, the main actor, breaks character and talks to the camera to make an endorsement of Cain. It’s a long way […]

A Peek Under The AdPulp Hood

AdPulp Jobs

There’s been quite a bit of activity under the hood at AdPulp, of late. I’d like to catch you up on some of it. First, we launched a new Jobs Section, with help from JobThread. It’s something we’ve discussed doing in the past, but we had Talent Zoo as a sponsor here for several years, […]

Lenovo: For Those Who Do

I like the hectic pacing of these new spots for Lenovo from Saatchi & Saatchi/NY. I also like how in the band spot, the copywriter name drops indie rock Omaha, home of Saddle Creek Records.

Get Online Advertising Right, Or Get Out Of The Way


Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was sent packing this week for failing to meet performance goals, according to The Wall Street Journal and several other sources. The Journal points out that Yahoo’s focus on producing content is part of the problem at the portal. “People tell me that content is king, but that is not […]

Sales In The Tank? Drive Purchase Intent With TV

According to Marketing Daily, Coldwater Creek’s sales are hurting and the company is turning to TV advertising for the first time ever to dig itself out of a hole. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based retail chain and direct mailer hired DeVito/Verdi in New York, to create the new seven-spot campaign. The spot above throws me a bit. […]

A Jacket Made For The Most Interesting Man In The World

Original Penguin by Munsingwear has launched a new campaign, from independent advertising agency La Comunidad. Yes, this new work is leaning on Dos Equis, but at least they’re borrowing from the best.

The Fat Lady Sings As Shit Hits The Fan

The climate crisis is not a debate. It’s reality. To focus on that reality, a week from now Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project launches its live streamed, global 24 Hours of Reality event. To help promote the event – and capture the urgency of the climate crisis and the misconceptions created by deniers – Gore’s […]