If Your’e Going To Make Up Terms, Make Them Make Sense

Solve Media Blog, INFOGRAPHIC_ Native Advertising in Context

“Native advertising refers to a specific mode of monetization that aims to augment user experience by providing value through relevant content delivered in-stream.” That’s how Solve Media describes the latest buzz word to emerge unchecked from the depths of the marketers’ group mind. Of course, there is a full menu of definitions to choose from. […]

Does The Freelance Economy Improve Advertising?

I’ve worked at full-time jobs and also had long stretches as a freelancer. And as I wrote on Talent Zoo not long ago, more and more ad agencies are making the use of freelancers or permalancers a normal way of doing business. Writing on PandoDaily, site founder Sarah Lacy explores the flip side of our […]

Automated Writing Will Either Replace Us Or Push Us To Do Better

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I hadn’t noticed it until now, but each week, my Fantasy Football team gets a nice matchup recap. Like this one: I have to admit, it’s very cool. And creepy at the same time. A company called Automated Insights teamed up with Yahoo! this year to do this for each Fantasy Football game. That’s millions […]

Dumb Ways To Die Was Born Out Of Simplicity

I always like to read “how they did that” accounts of good advertising work. On Adweek today, there’s a good account of McCann Australia’s effort for train safety, which features a video showing “Dumb Ways To Die.” Frankly, this song is so damn catchy I downloaded it, burned it to a CD and am playing […]

Simplicity Sells: A London Ad Agency Gets It

2v Joint. A new creative business in London.

I have been staring at dozens of agency websites from multinational to small market agencies. I am blown away by how similar they all are. You know what I am talking about. Same positioning and messaging “WE Blah, Blah for our clients….; WE are all about the work; WE are / look cool; WE want […]

Coca-Cola Is Talking. Who’s Going To Listen?

I’m about as loyal a customer of Coke as you’ll find. I grew up in Atlanta, which was largely built on Coca-Cola money. I drink several Diet Cokes a day, ask for it by name in every restaurant I’m at, and give dirty looks when the server asks, “Is Pepsi OK?” Having said all that, […]

Is A New Golden Age Of Local Radio Coming?

I tell ya, radio gets no love from anyone these days, it seems. Everyone I know, regardless of city, bitches about the quality of the radio stations in their market. And you’ll rarely find an agency excited to do radio for its clients. The ads are generally terrible, even though they don’t have to be. […]

Quantify This: Poor Advertising Research Costs The Industry $2 Billion A Year

This is another in a series of posts from Portlander Peter Levitan, a former ad agency principal and Baby Boomer with a new book out about Boomers “offing themselves” before they go broke. In the mid-90’s I left the security of Saatchi & Saatchi and joined Advance Publications to create and launch New Jersey Online, one of the […]

Big Data Might Make Creative People Feel Small

So big data is all the rage now. In politics, we saw data used to boost turnout in the recent election, and in marketing we’re seeing it pervade every initiative from start to finish. Where does that leave creative people? Marketers are desperate for any logical way to measure their marketing efforts. Before they launch […]