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 […]

Do You Buy iTunes For Your iPod?

I actually prefer to buy CDs and load them into my iPod instead of buying them on the iTunes Music Store. I may not be the only one who’s doing that. Here’s an interesting story from The New York Times that takes a look at the numbers of iPods sold vs. the number of songs […]

Wal-Mart’s Spurned Ex

For 32 years, until Julie Roehm walked in the door, Kansas City’s Bernstein-Rein took the lead on the Wal-Mart ad account. This fascinating article in The Pitch (a local KC publication) traces the history of the account: Walton had chosen Bernstein-Rein for one reason: a simple ad he’d seen for the now-defunct Milgram Food Stores. […]

Ad Age Stories Focus On Wally World

As if you needed any more proof that Wal-Mart and its travails reverberate throughout the ad world, this week’s Ad Age has 5 stories related to recent events: In Bentonville, Buyers Abide by Stringent Code Draft Dealt Staggering Blow After Strutting Like A Champ Sam’s Successors Share Blame For Wal-Mart Shame As Wal-Mart Reopens Review, […]

If You Were Howard Draft, What Would You Do Today?

The Chicago Tribune, which I think rarely publishes interesting stories about the ad world compared to the Sun-Times’ inimitable Lewis Lazare, ponders the immediate future of DraftFCB: DraftFCB needs to act quickly to restore its reputation, say public relations experts who specialize in crisis communications. If Draft and his team determine the agency did nothing […]

Montgomery Ward Is Back. Or Is It?

Here’s an issue that branding gurus don’t address all that often: Brand names, ones with long histories, that simply get bought or licensed and used by unrelated companies. The AP reports on a new iteration of the Montgomery Ward brand: Five years after Montgomery Ward went out of business, its brand name has been revived […]

If You Want More On Roehm And Wal-Mart

Each article takes its own tack on the news: Ad Age: “Unruly Julie and the Scandal That Rocked the Ad World” The New York Times: “Rocky Return to the Roots at Wal-Mart” The New York Post: “Draft Exec Out in Cold After Wal-Mart Move” (the new biz head of DraftFCB is leaving for Digitas)