Best Buy Stole Christmas

Okay, here’s a lesson for all you brand builders out there: If you have a business with an e-commerce component, like say, a major electronics retailer, and you take pre-orders over the web for the hottest video game system of the Christmas season, don’t cancel all the pre-orders 3 days later, explaining that your online […]

My Kind Of Candidate

“Ron Kind even spent your tax dollars to pay teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia.” Wow. As a copywriter, I do kinda admire getting away with that line in a spot. This ad is from a Wisconsin Congressional race.

Capital One May Not Be Pillagers But They Are Peeping Toms

I recently checked my credit rating (thanks to AnnualCreditReport.com), which is something everyone needs to do regularly. I noticed that Capital One, they of the “pillaging Vikings” and David Spade “NO” commercials, had checked my credit dozens of times this year. I do not have, nor have I ever had, a Capital One credit card. […]

Quote Of The Day

“There are no bad advertising agencies, only bad agency-client relationships,” said Kenneth G. Romanzi, domestic chief operating officer at Ocean Spray Cranberries. Someone’s been drinking the Cranberry Kool-Aid. Actually, it’s just a snippet from a good article in today’s New York Times on the state of agency-client relationships.

JWT Attempts A Bold Move By Interviewing A Ford Critic

Over at The Truth About Cars, editor Robert Farago talks about his trip to JWT’s New York office to discuss Ford’s “Bold Moves” Internet-based efforts. As soon as our chat commenced, I discovered that “transparency” was the name of JWT’s game. My bright eyed and tie-less adtagonist wanted to know if I– or anyone else– […]

Female Politicians Can Run Crass Negative Ads, Too

I confess that I don’t know much about the Massachusetts governor’s race, but here’s a pretty freaky ad for candidate Kerry Healey: Here’s some background about the ad from Salon.com, but if there are any Massachusetts AdPulpers who can shed a little more light on this race, please comment. This political season seems like it’s […]

Direct Mail May Not Be Sexy But It’s Still A Growth Biz

Even The New York Times calls it junk mail: Over the last year, marketers sent more than 114 billion pieces of direct mail — catalogues, credit card solicitations, coupons and the like — an increase of roughly 15 percent from five years ago, according to the United States Postal Service. And in the last year, […]

Is Your Agency A Breeding Ground For Bullies?

Lord knows the ad industry is a place for eccentrics and weirdness in general. But see if this story from LiveScience.com matches your workplace experience: In a recent study, bullied employees likened their experiences to a battle, water torture, a nightmare or a noxious substance. Understanding the seriousness of workplace bullying and what it feels […]