Jack Trout Gets It Right About Wal-Mart

Between the original “Postioning” authors Ries & Trout, it’s easy to deduce who the smart one is based on their solo writings. Ries waxes moronic in Ad Age, but in a great column on Forbes.com, Jack Trout looks at the big issues facing America’s largest retailer. I’ve written in the past that once a brand […]

Draft Investigates Itself, Clears Itself Of Wrongdoing

The Chicago Tribune reports on the aftermath of DraftFCB’s Wal-Mart win/loss. Observers of the ad business had been waiting for a reaction from DraftFCB, which finds itself under the glare of publicity and seemingly in a vulnerable business position. Wal-Mart took back its account this month, even before DraftFCB had started work for the retailer, […]

Lawsuits Are Targeting Target, Claiming Copyright Infringment

If you think your local Target is beginning to resemble a Pottery Barn, it may not be your imagination. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports on a new lawsuit, and others over the years, that accuse Target of copying other retailers’ products: Williams-Sonoma, which operates Pottery Barn and other chains, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday […]

The Windy City Ad Scene Goes Cold

Crain’s Chicago Business takes a closer look at the city’s advertising scene. You can tell by the title of the article that the perception is it ain’t too good there: Dream of Chicago ad revival is dashed: The city’s ad agencies, decimated after years of losing headquarters and major accounts, seemed poised to regain their […]

Homeowners Don’t Have A CLUE, But Insurers Do

This is really only tangentially related to advertising in the sense that we are constantly shown happy/safe/it’s-all-gonna-be-alright imagery from insurance companies in their advertising. But I didn’t know this: Insurers now keep records on the history of your home and use that info to deny you coverage. MSN MoneyCentral has more: Insurers increasingly are using […]

P&G Goes Viral

The New York Times takes a closer look at P&G’s increasing embrance of viral videos that venture into subjects that the marketer wouldn’t have previously embraced, like one that discusses menstrual cramps: The campaign started with small classified ads in newspapers around the country, which all carried the same eye-catching headline, “Men: Are You Suffering […]

Red Red Wine

I’ve often thought that the tipping point for Kmart’s descent into retail irrelevance came because of “Rain Man.” When Dustin Hoffman’s character said, “Kmart Sucks!” at the end, the audience in the theater I was in clapped wildly. Merlot, it appears, has suffered the same image breakdown, thanks to “Sideways” when Paul Giamatti exclaims, “I’m […]

Airport Insecurity

Okay, I’ll make this ad-related in a minute… …but how insane is it that airport security wouldn’t let Troy Smith bring his Heisman Trophy on the plane???? Now, here’s my question for all you award-show winners: Has anyone had trouble carrying a One Show Pencil on the plane? Or a Cannes Lion? What about your […]