Scam Ads Are Nothing New. Perhaps The Old Ways Of Judging Aren’t Working.

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Every advertising awards show season brings with it a crop of scam ads that get entered into shows and win. This year (and it’s still early in the year,) a campaign created by JWT India for Ford got nailed for being fake. The creatives supposedly responsible for the ads were terminated. Ad Age has been […]

Protect Yourself from Industry Hype – Search Is What People Use When They Intend To Buy

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This is the hype machine and the the hype machine is deafening. Chugga, Chugga, Chugga the hype machine goes. That’s the sound of spinning yarns into memes and trends. Social media is the new this. Content is the new that. And so on. Which is why I find this cold glass of water (or is […]

#BreaktheMonotony Social Media Campaign from SPAM Rolls Out in Real-Time

Content is the substance of real-time social media marketing. Now, how do we make it good and make it current at the same time? Isn’t that like walking and chewing gum? #DeliciousPairings Happy SPAM meat clouds and soft bread pillows. I wrote a haiku about it! bit.ly/W6pBpS #BreakTheMonotony — The SPAM® Brand (@SPAMbrand) March 26, […]

Tweeted Ad From Nike Golf Sails Out of Bounds

Nike Golf Tweeted a simple aphorism and a storm erupted. People are so sensitive! “Winning takes care of everything.” @tigerwoods, World #1. twitter.com/nikegolf/statu… — Nike Golf (@nikegolf) March 25, 2013 The talking heads on CNN are discussing the wisdom, or lack thereof, of Nike’s ways. So are the instapundits on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Some […]

Hold The Presses: The Gecko Has A Book To Share

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Digital content is wonderful in many ways. It’s fast, data-rich and easy to store. But it is not tactile, and that hurts. It hurts because we are people, and we like to hold things. In fact, JWT studied our longing for content-rich physical objects and found that the more we embrace digital, the more we […]

MarketMixNW 2013 Offers Up A Valuable Mix Of Marketing Information

SEATTLE—There weren’t any Grumpy Cats like at SxSW or half-naked Argentine Creative Directors like at Cannes, but the MarketMix 2013 Conference sponsored by the Puget Sound American Marketing Association did prove worthwhile, at least from this copywriter’s perspective. The key to these types of conferences is to pick some sessions on topics you don’t know […]

The Last Brief You’ll Ever Need

Dave Grohl: “Why can’t it always be this easy?” Paul McCartney: “It is.” From the film Sound City Fellow Creatives, your suspicions are correct. Despite all the PowerPoint decks, hours-long strategy sessions and touchy-feely tortured logic masquerading as valuable insight you’re forced to sift through every day just to make sense of your newest banner […]

Can Brands Dance? Sir Martin Says Yes

Music moves people. Live music moves people deeply. The experience lingers for days, weeks, sometimes for years. Naturally, brand marketers would love to gain some of this attention for their own purposes, and increasingly they’re turning to experiential marketing to deliver. Which is why it is not surprising to learn that WPP has ponied up […]

Google Isn’t Afraid To Advertise Itself At The Right Moment

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Someone on my Facebook feed referenced today’s New York Times article about working at Google. Clicking on the link shows me that Google’s ready to reinforce the message when good news appears: But what’s really interesting is this quote, in which one employee jabs straight at the advertising industry: Allison Mooney, 32, joined Google two […]

The Martin Agency Joins Wieden+Kennedy In The Agency Incubator Game

Agencies don’t just churn out ad campaigns these days, they incubate startups. And why not? When you have the resources you can afford put them to good use. In fact, it is your responsibility to do so. You may have heard, Wieden+Kennedy got into the baby-company warming game a few years back with the launch […]