Telling A Life Story Reaps Rewards For Buntin

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Congrats to friend of AdPulp Jason Wright and the crew at The Buntin Group in Nashville. They recently won a Silver at the national American Advertising Awards for this short film done on behalf of A Life Story Foundation, which promotes awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The video features Kevin Swan, who was diagnosed […]

Holding Companies Don’t Hold All The Cards

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A recent article in Adweek wondered if independent ad agencies can thrive in the “merger era.” The answer, of course, is yes. In the era of “storytelling” and “content” nearly anyone and their project manager can get into the advertising business. But it’s not a guaranteed path to success. The weaknesses of upper management are […]

Mobile Magic Reveals Some Not-So-Secret But Valuable Information

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I can’t say that I’ve ever associated “Saatchi & Saatchi” with “mobile,” but as we’ve seen before, it’s an agency that’s quite fond of dropping books as self-promotional pieces. This time around, we get a little more useful information in Mobile Magic: The Saatchi & Saatchi Guide to Mobile Marketing by Tom Eslinger. Now, keep […]

Let’s Stop The Mass Use Of Artisanal Language In Advertising

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When I was first learning to be a copywriter, I was told that powerful advertising writing exists in the verbs. Not the adjectives. Many advertisers don’t understand that. Real estate clients are quite guilty of this. And restaurants. But this is quite a doozy: Hey @McDonalds–I don't think "artisan" means what you think it means. […]

Power Branding and Unconscious Branding Provide Two Great Viewpoints

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Two books – one new, one newly in paperback – provide equally valuable looks at branding from two very different perspectives. I’ve always liked Steve McKee’s columns on BloombergBusinessweek.com, and he’s taken the best of them (I like that idea too!) and weaved them into Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Great Brands. […]

Legal Marijuana Businesses Need Sophisticated Marketers

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It’s quite an experience to be living in Seattle, where marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes. However, retail shops aren’t open yet, and communities and the State of Washington are still passing other laws to cope with the realities of this new business. And there’s also one thing missing right now: Marketing and advertising […]

Remembering Tom McElligott And A Classic Style Of Advertising

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Over at his Stuff From The Loft blog, Dave Dye asks, “Hands up Who’s Heard of Tom McElligott?” I’ll bet 97% of today’s advertising students and people with less than 10 years of experience in the business haven’t. Tom McElligott was one of the driving forces behind Fallon McElligott Rice (now just Fallon) and a […]

Can Marketers Ever Publicly Embrace Privacy?

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I always feel like I’m straddling both sides of the marketing equation. Because I’m a consumer, too, and often things hit me like a consumer, not an advertising copywriter. The increasing ability of marketers to collect reams of information is particularly concerning to me. Not because they can, but because they simply don’t know what […]

CES, Yahoo, NYT, B2B And More On The BeanCast

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It’s always a fun time to participate on The BeanCast as I did last night. We discussed Yahoo Advertising, CES, New York Times native ads, B2B social marketing, Amazon’s car-in-a-box delivery and my hopes for a Seahawks Super Bowl appearance. Hopefully I’m not babbling too fast for you to enjoy. Also on the panel were […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Stoltz Marketing Group Gets A Creative Boost

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Having worked in some smaller ad markets, it’s always great to see agencies in those markets lure top talent. And here in the Northwest, while Seattle and Portland often get the glory, the Boise ad scene is growing steadily as well. Stoltz Marketing Group is starting off 2014 with a new Creative Director, Ward Duft. […]