Will Alex Bogusky’s Mom Sign His Adweek Report Card?

This week’s Adweek contains the Annual Agency Report Cards. While you have to be a subscriber to access the full report, I’ll give you some of the highlights right here: These are overall grades, which include revenues, creative, global and regional highlights and management: Berlin Cameron/Red Cell A- Crispin Porter & Bogusky A- TBWA Chiat/Day […]

Stop The Madness

In an article on Slate, Seth Stevenson calls for an end for the kind of TV spots that make you go “huh?”: “Enough already with the “twisted” humor. The willful wackiness. The over-the-top, absurdist scenarios.” I’ve written about this before. It’s hard for advertising to push the envelope when real life already is doing a […]

Google Goes Ad Crazy

Google will soon be experimenting with larger form ads, giving advertisers more control over where their ads are shown, how they pay for them and what they look like. Google’s market value is currently higher than Viacom and Disney. Ad people–planners, AE’s, media folks, and creatives alike–had better start including Google ads in their client’s […]

Ads On Satellite Radio? Surely, He Can’t Be Sirius

In an interview with Ad Age, Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirus Satellite Radio, predicts that ad revenue on Sirius will reach $100 million by 2007, although the music stations won’t carry ads, just the news, sports and entertainment stations. Sounds to me like there’s a whole new opportunity for radio advertising to get more […]

Remembering New Coke

Let us pause (a pause that refreshes, if you will) to remember that this spring marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of New Coke, one of the most studied marketing blunders of all time. I lived in Atlanta back then, and it wasn’t pretty. But the whole episode taught us a couple of things: […]

Wendy’s Chili Eater Gets Fingered For Larceny

Okay, I couldn’t resist that headline. But last night, Anna Ayala was arrested by San Jose police yesterday. There’ll be more details coming from the police this afternoon. There was some damage done to Wendy’s brand and sales, especially in San Jose and Ayala’s hometown of Las Vegas. Despite the jokes and the gross-out factor […]

Gary Goldsmith Leaves Lowe

Here’s a recap of some big news in the Ad world, as Gary Goldsmith, a well-respected CD and former president of The One Club, is being replaced as Chief Creative Officer of Lowe. Read the article–and then read between the lines and draw your own conclusions. I’ve got a decent memory, but let me see […]

The Ad Industry On Drugs

This article in Ad Age talks about the FDA’s recent decision to pull ads for Levitra and Zyrtec off the air due to misleading claims. What’s interesting here is that pharmaceutical companies seem to be doing what other comsumer marketers used to do, and have been trying to get away from: make claims of superiority, […]

Weekend Reading: “Maximizing Our Skill Sets To Enable Synergistic Crap”

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Sometimes The Commercials Write Themselves

Joseph Jaffe of Jaffejuice put together a rough clip of Tiger Woods’ amazing shot at the 16th hole of The Masters yesterday for a spot Nike & Wieden & Kennedy should–and probably will–do. Check it out here. That’s CBS’s Verne Lundquist making the call–and it couldn’t have been scripted any better. Share