American Hipster, Only On YouTube

Hooray, American Hipster is coming. I say this with no mockery in my voice, for as much as I enjoyed Portlandia’s pointy skewers of the self-important, the show lost some of its bite in season two. Ergo, we must seek other commentaries on the vacuousness of our time. American Hipster is part of YouTube’s new […]

Are Agencies Staffed By Dumbasses, Or Worse?

I typically stay away from content written by anonymous contributors, but Brian Morrissey at Digiday is prompting “Confessions” from people in the industry, and the one I just read from a technology vendor seems to have merit. Agencies talk about being makers. Shouldn’t they have this technology in-house? They can’t do it. It’s the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none […]

Guest Post: Transcend the TV Spot For An Even Bigger Win

Editor’s Intro: Charlie Quirk, a strategist at Wunderman in Seattle, believes Chrysler might have gotten better mileage from its epic Super Bowl spot this year, had they chosen to play the story out in different channels, instead of just relying on TV and replays on YouTube. A little over six weeks have passed since Super […]

For These Rugby Stars, Music Is Crack-Dusted Wheaties

What kind of music do your favorite Kiwi rugby players listen to before a big match? adidas has the answers, and with help from iris worldwide, is presenting them in an integrated campaign featuring players from Investec Super Rugby, “the finest provincial rugby competition in the world.” Visitors to the campaign microsite can listen to […]

Guest Post: Prepare Your Ads For The Next Dimension

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Editor’s Note: Keeping up with technological innovations is part of our job as creatives, so I appreciate this briefing on 3D from director James Stewart, and hope you do as well. 3D already dominates the world of cinema. Since 2010, 3D has driven box office sales, and statistics indicate that 45-80% of audiences choose 3D […]

Hill Holliday Goes Back In Time For Newsweek’s “Mad Men” Issue


Newsweek Magazine is going retro from cover to cover in celebration of the fifth season of “Mad Men,” due to air later this month. According to Hollywood Reporter, the new issue dives deep into the conservative, pre-culture shift 1960s consumer world of the show, and offers ads for modern day companies designed in the style […]

March Toward A Plate Full of Wings

Round ball and wings. That’s what the “N C Two A” has wrought. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, March is Wild Wings’ busiest time of the year. Last year the Golden Valley-based dining chain’s guests ate more than 63 million traditional and boneless wings during the tournament. Kathy Benning, executive vice president for marketing […]

Wrong, Wrong, And Wrong Again

As an avid consumer of business journalism, I see way too many shortcomings in the stories I read. Take this morning’s example, a piece in The Guardian about how the fictional Don Draper wouldn’t thrive in today’s multimedia universe. For Matthew Neale, managing director of the global marketing company Golin Harris, the world where ad […]