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 […]

Hallelujah! The Ad Industry Finally Gets A Code Of Ethics

Following a judge’s order, former O&M Account Director Shona Seifert has submitted an 18-page code of ethics for the advertising industry. Adweek has the story: In the document, Seifert also said the industry faces some unique ethics challenges in part because “the advertising industry places a higher value on big ideas than we do on […]

American Express Loses Its Mojo

In The New York Times: The American Express Company said yesterday that it would make changes to a campaign about Andy Roddick losing and finding his “mojo” after his first-round defeat at the United States Open tennis tournament. George Parker over at AdScam doesn’t mince words about the whole thing: Having invested several gazillion dollars […]

They Put Leo’s Name On The Door Again

Leo Burnett once gave a speech entitled “When To Take My Name Off The Door.” Today, as Adweek reports, the Leo Burnett name is going up one more time–in Detroit. Leo Burnett Detroit is the agency which used to be called Chemistri. Chemistri was the agency that used to be called D’Arcy Detroit. D’Arcy Detroit […]

Bob Dylan Shills For The Kaiser, And Opposition Mounts

When the unmistakable opening guitar chords of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” popped up during a commercial break, I perked up my ears. Turns out Kaiser Permanente is using Dylan to promote its new “Thrive” campaign, encouraging people to adopt healthy habits. But some people don’t like it–as evidenced by this website, which […]

Katrina And The Waves

OK…I just love how bizarre news coverage of storms can get. Yesterday, someone in the French Quarter dropped the F-bomb on Shepard Smith, live on FOX. See it here. Shep: “Why are you still here?” Man: “None of your f–kin’ business.” Shep: “Well, that was a good answer, wasn’t it?…I’m watching two dogs drink out […]

For Writers, Reality Shows Are Just Sweatshops

Not ad-related, but amusing for creative people, nonetheless. From the CBC: Hollywood writers have sued Fox Broadcasting and a reality show production company, charging them with violating California’s labour laws covering wages, overtime and meal breaks. The production company is Rocket Science Laboratories, maker of Joe Millionaire, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, and other well-known […]

When A.D.D. Adds Up To Crapola

Is it a wise move for clients to “expand their agency roster” and spread their work out among a bunch of shops that don’t communicate with each other? For better or for worse, we all think short-term now. To do project work for a client means the advertising needs to cause a quick, sudden splash, […]