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, […]

The Best Anti-Turtle Egg Ad Ever

Who needs Cialis or Viagra when you’ve got turtle eggs? From The Seattle Times: A campaign aimed at halting the illegal consumption of endangered sea turtles’ eggs has run into trouble before it starts, with a women’s group asking officials to block public-service announcements featuring a scantily clad model. “My man does not need turtle […]

Dell Wakes Up And Reads The Writing On The Blogs

A while back, I wrote about BuzzMachine’s Jeff Jarvis and his problems with Dell’s customer service, or the lack thereof. He’s finally got their attention: While BuzzMachine frequently receives more than 5,000 visitors a day, one recent post–Jarvis’ “open letter” last week to George and Chairman Michael Dell, excoriating the company for ignoring online criticism–was […]

The Funniest Thing To Come Out Of Cliff Freeman In Years…

…has to be this quote from the man himself: “I have always regarded Shoney’s Restaurants with the highest level of affection, having grown up with the concept,” Freeman said in a statement, referring to his childhood in Mississippi and Florida. Affection from former clients helps, too: [Client svp of marketing Dan] Dahlen worked with agency […]

Wheaties: Breakfast Of Champions, Vitamin Of Breakfast-Skippers

Well, this article in USA Today is a few months old, but strolling through CVS this weekend, I saw Wheaties multivitamins for the first time. Next to the “Total” multivitamins. I had no idea such products existed. It is a very interesting brand extension, especially for breakfast skippers like me. Mostly, it’s the packaging that […]