West Coasters Will Get IPG News At 3 In The Morning

There’s a Cowboy Junkies song that goes, “Good news always sleeps ’till noon.” So when IPG posts its restated financial figures for the last 4 years on its website, they’re going to post them at 6 in the morning on Friday. That can’t be good, can it? Share

We’re Looking For a Few Goo…Uh, Warm Bodies

Back in 2002, as we were preparing to go to war in Iraq, I showed my book at an agency who had a branch of the military as one of its accounts. I asked the CD point blank, “So how is impending war affecting the account? I mean, it’ll get harder to meet recruitment goals […]

Act Now And Receive A Free MRE. Operators Are Standing By!

Ok, I watched the President’s speech last night. Did anybody else cringe when he said this: Many families were separated during the evacuation, and we are working to help you reunite. Please call 1-877-568-3317, that’s 1-877-568-3317, and we will work to bring your family back together, and pay for your travel to reach them. You […]

Gillette Takes A Marketing Cue From “The Onion”

Oh, delicious irony. Here’s an article from BusinessWeek about Gillette’s new Fusion razor, which features 5 blades. And here’s an “op-ed” piece from The Onion, written last year, titled…well, you just have to read it. Life imitates satire. Share

Stuck On Stupid

So it turns out Brownie wasn’t doing “a heck of a job” after all. Simply put, the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina showed us that if PR or advertising initiatives don’t take reality into account, they won’t work. When the gloriously badass Lt. General Russel Honore rolled into New Orleans to oversee military operations a […]

Nuclear Power Is Back, And Apparently It’s Quite Funky

Here’s a new corporate image campaign from some company called Areva. Which I’ve never heard of, but they are apparently one of the largest producers of nuclear power in the US. So I guess we should know about what they do, and who to blame if the meltdown comes. Click here to see their new […]

Sears CEO Goes From Hedge Fund Manager To Marketing Guy

This from Ad Age: Sears Holdings Corp. Chairman Eddie Lampert has demoted Sears CEO Alan Lacy, replacing him with former Kmart CEO Aylwin Lewis, while expanding his own role in day-to-day merchandising and marketing duties. Analysts and industry watchers lambasted Mr. Lampert’s move to take a more active role in merging marketing at Sears and […]

Interpublic: Sell! Sell! Sell!

Brokerage firms are almost always eternal optimists when it comes to stocks. Even if they don’t like a stock, they’ll trot out a euphemism like “sector underperform” or “underweight” when they recommend dumping the stock but can’t really say that due to corporate politics. So you know this is serious: Merrill Lynch on Thursday downgraded […]

Volkwagen Cruises Over To Crispin

From Adweek: Volkswagen said it has named MDC Partners’ Crispin Porter + Bogusky to handle creative chores in the U.S. and Canada. Havas’ Arnold here had previously handled the business for the past 10 years. Arnold has done quite a lot of good and memorable work for VW over the years, but as VW sales […]

Mr. Bill Knew What Would Happen To New Orleans

Yes. THIS Mr. Bill… In 2004, he appeared in a number of PSA’s designed to inform New Orleans citizens about the importance of protecting our wetlands. Click here. Watch “Hurricane Sluggo.” (I think you need Windows Media Player to watch it). Walter Williams, Mr. Bill’s creator, is a native of New Orleans, I believe. I’m […]