Bad Viral Advertising Is Quickly Spreading Like, Well, A Virus

This article from London’s Globe and Mail details the story of 2 guys who used Bryan Adams’ upcoming new album as the focus of a fake viral site called Who Ordered Room Service? I think viral advertising may have Jumped the Shark. AdLand dives deeper into this discussion. UPDATE: The Globe and Mail is based […]

iSucker

This always happens to me when it comes to technology purchases. I just got an iPod last week. And today Apple introduces a new line of iPod Minis and iPod Photos, with increased capacity on the Minis and lower prices on the Photos. We are all just pawns in Steve Jobs’ cosmic chess game. Share

The Ogilvy Verdict: Guilty On All Counts

Adweek has the initial report. It didn’t take the jury very long to reach a verdict. Yikes. I might have more to say on this later. I think this may have huge implications for the ad industry. Thoughts, anyone? Share

We Know Who You Are. Maybe.

USA Today and other newspapers have been following a story about identity theft that ought to scare the bezeejus out of you. Criminals targeted ChoicePoint, a company that keeps a database containing over 19 billion records on Americans. According to the article, “The criminals opened 50 accounts and received volumes of data on consumers, including […]

I Would’ve Gladly Volunteered For Jury Duty

It appears the fraud and conspiracy trial against former Ogilvy executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early will go to the jury for deliberation on Friday. Adweek’s coverage of the summations is an excellent overview of the big points both sides are making. From what I can tell, the government has done its homework here, and […]

The Chi-Town Get Together For Ad Folks

Before you go home to Cabrini Green or Naperville or wherever, stop by the Talent Zoo After Hours party tonight at the Cactus Bar and Grill. Share

Is That A Cucumber In Donny Deutsch’s Pants Or Is He Just Happy To See Us?

Much as I hate to give Donny Deutsch and Donald Trump more publicity, last night’s episode of “The Apprentice” was the advertising agency episode, in which the two teams, Magna and Net Worth, produced spec commercials for Dove body wash. See the results here. One looks like a badly edited iMovie, and the other looks […]

Another Coup for the Blogosphere

If you haven’t heard of Talon News’ White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon, it’s OK. There is no Jeff Gannon. White House correspondents and bloggers did a little digging on Gannon after he tossed softball questions to President Bush and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan at news conferences. Turns out Talon News is closely connected […]

Forget Michael Jackson. This Is The Trial To Keep An Eye On.

Where’s Geraldo? Where’s Court TV? Doesn’t matter. I’m glued to Adweek’s play-by-play coverage of the trial of Shona Seifert and Thomas Early, two former Ogilvy executives accused of fraud and conspiracy in an attempt to make up a $3 million revenue shortfall by overbilling the government on the Office of National Drug Control Policy account. […]