On Message Reminds Us To Stick To The Story

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The more experience I get in marketing and advertising, the more impressed I am with the sheer skill and chutzpah of political message-makers. They work on their cause or their candidate with relentless focus, and even if it’s for a short campaign season, they craft messages that stick probably better than 99% of the consumer […]

The Macro Problems of Micromanaging the Creative Process

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We’ve all been there: Watching a CEO or high-level client rewrite copy or play art director. Don’t they have better things to do? Maybe not. CEOs and other senior executives call the shots, are accountable to many audiences, and more often than not, take it all personally because of their egos. For many of them, […]

Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t Is NSFW At Boring Workplaces

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Over the years, I’ve seen many ad agencies publish books of one kind or another. Many fall nakedly into the “here’s our proprietary process, along with case studies to back it up” genre. Others take a more compelling approach. Such is the case with Sausalito agency Division of Labor’s new book: Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t: […]

The 3 Percent Conference Equals 100 Percent Valuable Conversation

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Back when it was first announced and details were scant, I made mention of the 3% Conference, an effort to call attention to the lack of female CDs in the ad industry. Since that time, conference founder Kat Gordon not only organized a successful conference in 2012, she’s doing it again this year. And she […]

Design Thinking For Strategic Innovation Aims To Make Business More Elegant

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I’m not sure designers would agree, but it feels to me like we’re in a golden age of design. Because as complex as our world (and the technology propelling it) is getting, there’s a stronger need for simple, clear design in our products and surroundings. Idris Mootee takes a closer look at this in Design […]

The Underworld Of Below-The-Line Advertising

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This is what you call a “slot topper.” I didn’t write this particular one, but it’s exactly what it sounds like. Most copywriters, at one point or another, work on things considered “below-the-line.” But does this kind of work get any respect, or results? Some people love to go around saying things like, “Advertising is […]

Is Marketing An Act Of Love Or War?

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Have you ever thought of your customers as an “insurgency” that needs to be fought and overcome? Or are your customers people who can be taught to love your brand? In marketing, the goal is always “more” something: More sales, more awareness, more attention, more engagement. I’d imagine marketers who prefer love and attraction to […]

The Publicis-Omnicom Merger: I Have One Question

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You can go to Ad Age, Jim Edwards’ coverage on Business Insider or DigiDay to get all sorts of news and reactions to today’s announcement regarding the merger of Publicis and Omnicom. Besides really throwing everyone’s summer weekend into chaos, opinions are flying regarding the merits of the deal. Here’s my biggest question: Is there […]

North Promotes Oregon’s ObamaCare State Exchange With Song

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With health insurance exchanges set to launch later this year as part of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been very curious to see how they’ll be marketed. Since they’re being launched on a state-by-state basis, we’re going to see a lot of different messages. Oregon, with its Cover Oregon campaign, is definitely playing up the […]

Spotlight On NW Brands: Bunnyjuice Spices Up Hospitality

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Hood River, Oregon is known for lots of things: Beautiful scenery, kitesailing and kayaking, and a charming downtown. It’s also home to a quirky little company called Bunnyjuice that’s making a splash in Las Vegas hotels. The company offers “Lovekits” available for purchase in-room. You know, a little something for when you and your sweetie […]