Let’s Pull The Plug On Direct Marketers Instead

Frankly, I think this is just disgusting. A New York Times article suggests that Terri Schiavo’s parents have agreed to sell a list of their financial supporters to a direct marketing firm. Just think of the types of organizations who have been most vocal in wanting to re-insert Schiavo’s feeding tube and you’ll get a […]

We’re Having A Sale On Triple Bypasses This Week!

We all know about the prevalence of prescription drug ads, but now the scrunity is turning to hospital advertising and marketing, as noted in this AP article. Now the ad industry has to watch out. While pharmaceutical advertising is kind of a niche that some ad agencies pursue–and it’s pretty easy to snicker at Cialis […]

The Future of The 30-Second Spot

The New York Times weighs in today with this lengthy article–which made it to the front page of the Business section in the always-thick Sunday edition. Share

Geezertising

This article on Adweek.com highlights the new AARP campaign done by GSD&M. According to the article, the ads are an “effort to combat the Bush administration’s Social Security proposals.” One ad shows a house being destroyed simply because of a broken sink–a metaphor for what the AARP thinks the Bush administration wants to do with […]

I Bet A Consultant Would Not Have Maximized This Synergy

I haven’t read it yet, but there’s a new book called House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn. What makes this book very intriguing is that Amazon also has an exclusive, tongue-in-cheek 3 minute video overview of the book. After watching the video, I’m […]

WorldCon: Bernie Ebbers Found Guilty

Click on any news site. You’ll see any number of stories about this former WorldCom CEO. A federal jury in Manhattan returned guilty verdicts on all nine counts, including securities fraud, conspiracy and lying to regulators Share

The Revolution Will Be Televised

A NYC agency called Anomaly was started last year amidst a barrage of hype and sycophantic press releases, which claimed the agency’s founders “decry tradition and embrace revolution.” So the entire ad industry has been waiting for the first fruit of this revolution. Well, according to Adweek they’re breaking their first work for Dasani, a […]

Rance, You Ignorant Slut

Ad Age this week features an interesting point-counterpoint between Rance Crain and Scott Donaton over whether the ad industry needs to refocus on its tradtional media roots or embrace new forms of advertising. Both columns are accessible from the Ad Age home page. Share

Stop Your Mindless Web Surfing And Go Read A Book

And here…print out this coupon for 25% off at Borders and Waldenbooks. Share

Click Your Way To The Zoo

A shameless plug-ola for my new column on Talent Zoo called “Boeing and Banging.” Enjoy. Share