GM Leaves Skidmarks At The Los Angeles Times

Advertising has always subsidized the media, but it’s clearly a love-hate relationship. And now, this story suggests that GM has pulled its advertising in the Los Angeles Times, in an objection to “factual errors and misrepresentations” in the Times’ coverage of GM. I haven’t looked into this particular matter, but I suppose a free press […]

A Client-Side Perspective

Ad agency people often exist in an echo chamber. So read Deb Owen’s insightful take on the agency-client “partner or vendor” conundrum. It might give you a new perspective on things. Share

Quote Of The Day

“They’ve [Goodby] done a great job, but we got to a point where we needed an agency that could handle all of our marketing,” said Henry Gomez, an eBay spokesperson. “At the end of the day, Goodby is a boutique in San Francisco, and we got to the point where we need a bit more […]

Desperate Housewives And Desperate Senators

A shameless plug-ola for my new Talent Zoo column. Enjoy. Avid Adpulp readers will note I briefly touched on this before. Share

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