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 […]

Advertising Could Use Some Farm-to-Table Thinking

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In the first episode of “Portlandia,” Fred and Carrie order meals in a restaurant, then decide to visit a farm to find out how the animals they’re eating were raised. Absurd? Maybe. But I’ve noticed that when I visit local farmers’ markets, I appreciate the growers and farmers, and their food, more. I think that […]

A Bilingual Tide Spot? Sí.

So I’m zoned out here watching “Seinfeld” reruns when this spot comes up: Gotta admit, it’s a pretty good way to grab viewers’ attention. Even that of a gringo like myself. Share

Scam Ads Are Nothing New. Perhaps The Old Ways Of Judging Aren’t Working.

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Every advertising awards show season brings with it a crop of scam ads that get entered into shows and win. This year (and it’s still early in the year,) a campaign created by JWT India for Ford got nailed for being fake. The creatives supposedly responsible for the ads were terminated. Ad Age has been […]

MarketMixNW 2013 Offers Up A Valuable Mix Of Marketing Information

SEATTLE—There weren’t any Grumpy Cats like at SxSW or half-naked Argentine Creative Directors like at Cannes, but the MarketMix 2013 Conference sponsored by the Puget Sound American Marketing Association did prove worthwhile, at least from this copywriter’s perspective. The key to these types of conferences is to pick some sessions on topics you don’t know […]