The Only Thing “TRUE” Here Is A Bad Ad From A PR Firm

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It’s no secret that PR firms are looking to branch out into other realms like advertising and content creation. Nothing wrong with that at all, if they bring in the right talent who can help them compete in those areas. But this ad from PR firm FleishmanHillard is a deceptive one. It’s on the back […]

“Dumb Ways To Die” Lives On As Best Of Show At The One Show

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Lord knows I’ve had things to say about awards shows and their questionable judging, but this time I truly believe The One Show got it right. Congratulations to McCann in Melbourne for their effort on behalf of safety on Metro Trains called Dumb Ways To Die. It was awarded Best Of Show at The One […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

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When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Authentic Brands Attract, And Deserve, Authentic Scrutiny

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Last week, I posted some contrarian views on Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” idea. Writing in Forbes CMO Network, Will Burns leaps to the defense of Dove and smacks down the criticism of the video, calling the criticism “ugly” and “absurd.” Burns is off the mark here with his characterizations. There’s nothing ugly or absurd about […]

It’s Earth Day. Do Consumers Really Care about “Green” Products?

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Since I moved to Seattle, I’ve become much more aware of environmental issues and groups that draw attention to them. But where I came from, it’s another story. We’ve seen many attempts in recent years by marketers to capitalize on a growing awareness by consumers of environmental issues. Today’s New York Times reports on the […]

Two Contrarian Views on Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”

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Every now and then, an idea captivates the advertising world and beyond. This week, that honor goes to Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches.” It’s a very simple idea rooted in a universal truth: We don’t see ourselves the way the world sees us. And to dramatize that through the lens of a criminal sketch artist — […]

Valuable Lessons Learned At Wexley School For Girls

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SEATTLE—There are rubber chickens hanging in the agency’s storefront-like window facing 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. There’s a giant statue of Merlin greeting you at the door. There’s a jar full of white powder marked “cocaine” in the bathroom. The CEO’s office is decorated like a butcher shop, and the CCO’s office resembles a set […]

Subtlety? FAQ That Ship.

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So in the past two weeks, we’ve seen a couple of spots go for a disguised profanity joke. And they’re getting attention. First, the Kmart “Ship My Pants” spot: And now, the Philips Norelco “I’d FAQ Me” spots: As I learned when I wrote this Talent Zoo column about cursing, clearly there’s something about cursing, […]

Coke Zero Even Makes PowerPoint A Bit More Refreshing

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This is a pretty fun look at the thinking behind Coke Zero’s sponsorship of March Madness. From Droga5: I’m not sure exactly when or where else it appears other than SlideShare, but that’s enough to suspect it’ll get passed around the office by basketball lovers. Share

Brutal Simplicity Of Thought Looks Good But Simply Lacks A Deep Purpose

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I have to admit, I’m a sucker for books like the one created by M&C Saatchi, “Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed The World.” Much like its title implies, this is a simple book: Elegantly written and designed, each two-page spread offers a simple visual, along with one question and a three-sentence answer. Some […]