Guest Post: What Non-Developers Need To Know About HTML5

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This article is by Dian Crawford, a partner at Tilt Agency in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband also own and operate Urban Grind, a coffee shop in Portland’s Pearl District (and a favorite spot for many of the city’s tech workers). I’m not a developer. I’ve written some lines of code in my past, […]

Content Is Not Inherently Interactive, But The Platform Is (See The Problem?)

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Tim Nudd of Adweek is in Cannes, soaking up what spills from the stage. This morning Nudd looked on as Facebook’s global head of brand design, Paul Adams, “froze with panic and could not continue.” According to Nudd, he walked off stage, composed himself and retured to deliver these four tips for approaching Facebook marketing: […]

Would You Download An App To Help You Boycott Certain Products?

Not too long ago, I wrote a column about the merits of boycotts in advertising and marketing. It only got one comment (compared to the one I wrote about cursing which got 40.) It turns out, however, that turning shoppers into active issue advocates is an idea that’s spreading. Forbes has an interesting article about […]

He Didn’t Win, But He’s Not Tired, So There’s A Win In There Somewhere

Despite a shared lead after 54 holes, Jim Furyk did not win the U.S Open yesterday at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help notice that the West Chester, PA-native is a walking billboard for 5-hour Energy. He says in the spot that he was skeptical, but that he’s been taking the […]

Lots of Small, But Interested Audiences. What’s A Brand To Do?

With both YouTube and Hulu investing large sums in original serial content, there’s a sizable opportunity for brand integration, brand-sponsored content and an opportunity for content companies to be born and built. In Los Angeles today, the production community is well aware of the potential in video, but it’s not like the hits are rolling […]

For The Troy Library, Leo Burnett Detroit Burned Conventional Wisdom

I hadn’t heard about this initiative from last fall before now, but it’s awesome. Leo Burnett Detroit, working to help save the Troy Library, injected some provocative marketing into an upcoming vote to levy a small tax that would keep the library open. “A vote against the library, is like a vote to burn books.” […]

When “The Numbers” No Longer Mean Anything…

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It’s the ad business. We throw projections around like confetti at a wedding. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little optimism. But there is something wrong with the numbers. Jean-Louis Gassée, a general partner at Allegis Capital in Palo Alto, writing for The Guardian, argues that the $20bn “opportunity” in mobile advertising is “a […]

Wunderman Tries To Look Natural At Cannes

The 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity doesn’t need a commercial, but Wunderman made Cannes one, because Wunderman can. And Wunderman isn’t stopping there. This is 2012, every company is a media company, including global marketing services agencies. Ergo, a team of 30 of “citizen journalists” from AdPeople, Blast Radius, Designkitchen, Futurecom, These Days […]

La Quinta, Where Top Dogs Stay

La Quinta borrowed a strategy from Holiday Inn Express, and turned to a cliché instead of a concept to make this new spot. So, it must be very bad. Right? Yep. It’s bad. Greg Medernach of Unconditioned Response helps us see just how bad. …when John performs this raising his leg up over this other […]

Are We Too Busy For Business Etiquette?

Over at Talent Zoo today, there’s a great column by someone who calls himself “The Inside Man” bemoaning what nearly every job seeker in advertising (and probably outside of it) runs up against: People who simply don’t respond to job inquiries. Were they so busy they couldn’t respond? Was I such a lousy candidate that […]