Parody Ad Suggests Starbucks Adds ‘Tude To Every Cup

Saturday Night Live’s last episode featured this parody ad for the Starbucks Verismo: What caught everyone’s interest were the voices of the machines, which do sound as if they were performed by a African-American actors. Ad Age has an article on the broader debate. You can save the “is it racism or not” arguments for […]

Women Are Smarter

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Business Insider published a list of the 33 most creative women in advertising. Of course, it is a totally subjective list. I would make a different list and so would you. Be that as it may, there are some interesting aspects to this list. For one, W+K’s ECD in Portland, Susan Hoffman, is ranked the […]

More Thoughts On Social Media Is Bullshit

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David already covered the book, but author B.J. Mendelson specifically asked me for my thoughts. I’m happy to oblige. With a title like Social Media Is Bullshit, B.J. Mendelson created a bit of a Rorschach test with his new book. Depending on how you feel about social media, or your role in using it for […]

People See The Poetry That Is Colorado, People Book A Vacation To Colorado

How do agencies prove their worth and secure more client dollars year in and year out? In an acronym, ROI. When you can prove return on investment, or even strongly suggest it, client checkbooks open. Tim Williams of The Ignition Group, a consultancy devoted to helping marketing firms create and capture more value, argues that […]

Spotlight on Northwest Creative: Seattle’s POP Pops Some Corks

Inide agencies, especially indie agencies with a strong digital practice, are hot properties. Holding company execs circle, but the news here is that increasingly these holding companies are media companies. For instance, Hearst bought the digital marketing firm iCrossing for $325 million in 2010, while Meredith has acquired a series of agencies including O’Grady Meyers […]

Advertising Is Full Of Sinners. Now We Can Confess.

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Pride. Sloth. Envy. Wrath. Lust. Gluttony. Greed. What would advertising be without them? We all have those dirty, secretive thoughts we have during meetings or concepting sessions, or when we’re alone at our desks. Now, creatives David Ma and Nick Hugh Schmidt are letting you confess. And then be judged. Enter yours at The Creative […]

Guns Don’t Kill People. But People With Guns Do.

The National Rifle Association makes “repugnant and cowardly” ads, but the gun lobby appears slightly more adept at brand-sponsored content. Here’s a look at a video from their “Life of Duty” series sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Brownell’s, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. “It’s freedom to be […]

Should You Advertise In Unfriendly Territory? The Mormons Do.

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Last night I went to see the touring production of “The Book of Mormon,” a musical from the creators of South Park. It’s quite funny, but it takes some serious jabs at the LDS Church and the origins of its beliefs. Flipping through the Playbill I got when I entered, I noticed several ads like […]

People Who Buy Products And Services Are “Multipliers,” Not “Consumers”

People are people. Always. For instance, throughout the day people might consume food, gas, electricity, media, beer and more, but they remain people, not consumers. It’s a topic cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken picked up and ran with on Spreadable Media. My preferred term is “multiplier.” Consider this sentence, amended from a story in the Wall […]

Agency’s Analog Approach Makes Client’s Digital Day

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Since going out on my own nearly four years ago, one thing I have truly come to appreciate is how difficult it is to make rain. To source leads and convert them into prospects. To open doors and close deals. Of course, every agency has a rainmaker, some agencies have a whole bunch of them. […]