LL Bean Drops JWT, Turns Dean Gemmell Into A Prophet

From Adweek: JWT is splitting with L.L. Bean, 14 months after the WPP Group shop landed creative duties on the brand, the agency confirmed. JWT in New York produced one TV spot for the client but little else as the client spent less than expected, said sources. I distinctly recall how our friend Dean Gemmell […]

Parents Sue Starbucks Because Hot Chocolate Is Hot

It’s outrageous! Egregious! Ridiculous! From The Indianapolis Star: A Hancock County couple have filed a lawsuit against Starbucks, accusing a Fishers store of serving scalding hot chocolate that seriously burned their little girl. Michael and Alexis Brennan filed the suit Tuesday in Marion Superior Court on behalf of their daughter, Rachel. Rachel’s age is not […]

JWT, BBDO, CP&B And…NBC?

Looks like NBC wants to get into the admaking biz, too. From Businessweek: NBC Universal: ad agency. Or it will be, sort of. Its new digital czar, Beth Comstock, and her staffers are approaching key advertisers with a simple yet far-reaching proposition: Let our digital studios create some advertising for you. In other words, although […]

The Columbus Dispatch Outsources Its Admaking To India

Holy smokes. Could this be the start of something big? From The Columbus Dispatch, reporting on itself: The Dispatch Printing Company has contracted with an Elgin, Ill., graphic-design company to create ads for The Dispatch’s advertising clients, allowing for greater efficiency and more rapid turnaround. About 90 positions will be eliminated as a result of […]

Madscam: Long On Common Sense, Short On Cursing

I’ve been eager to get my hands on a copy of the always salty and entertaining George Parker’s (of Adscam and Adhurl fame) new book Madscam: Kick-Ass Advertising Without The Madison Avenue Price Tag. It arrived from Amazon yesterday, and while I haven’t read it cover to cover, I can give you a heads up […]

Charmin Lets You Squeeze One Out In Times Square

I love New York City, but I’ve often thought that it’s a very atypical test market compared to the rest of America for the purposes of conducting marketing experiments. But I think this is a pretty good idea. From The New York Times: From next Monday through Dec. 31, the Procter & Gamble Charmin brand […]

KFC Chases The UFO Market

Well, you’ll probably see or read something about it on the news, but just take it from KFC’s official press release today: KFC Corporation (a division of YUM! Brands, Inc. today became the world’s first brand visible from outer space by unveiling a record-breaking 87,500 square feet, updated Colonel Sanders logo in the Area 51 […]

Mississippi Goes On A Charm Offensive

A new ad campaign aims to change people’s perceptions of the state. From The International Herald Tribune: When anyone has wanted to know the country’s poorest state, or its fattest, or least educated, or sickest, or most corrupt, the answer has most often been Mississippi. It has even been rated the worst place to raise […]