Loveworks Promotes An Agency, Not A Marketing Methodology


Over the years, AdPulp has written many stories referencing Kevin Robert’s book Lovemarks, an overly designed Saatchi & Saatchi promo piece wrapped in a trademarked branding process. It’s amusing to note now that in 2006, a former CEO of a department store was so enamored of the book he hired Saatchi to turn his store […]

Healthcare Marketing Is Growing Like A Pubescent Teenager

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Today, health insurer Aetna is launching a new campaign themed, “What’s Your Healthy?” Created by Arnold Worldwide and Digitas, the campaign seeks to do what so many health insurance providers are trying to accomplish: Engage their customers and get them to be “proactive” about their healthcare. Pushing healthy habits ultimately reduces healthcare costs, so it’s […]

60 Minute Brand Strategist Goes Deep Into Branding With Style


I’ve long ago stopped paying much attention to people who throw around the word “branding” or keep harping on the meaning of “brand.” Because depending on where you work — an ad agency, a design firm, a digital marketing shop, etc. — branding and brand building means something different to you. Still, it’s illuminating to […]

Quiet Doesn’t Always Work In Ad Agencies


Most of you reading this don’t know me, but I’m quite an introvert. Long ago, an art director partner of mine said once, “You don’t talk much…but you’re thinking.” Which is true. I’m the quiet one in meetings, which is often perceived as being distant and uncaring. And I’m sure my career has suffered because […]

A Native Smokin’ BeanCast


I appeared on Bob Knorpp’s always-entertaining Beancast earlier tonight, along with Mitch Joel and Greg March. We discussed a lot of things, including this controversial Cheerios spot: Also on the agenda was Google’s native advertising push, the return of Camel cigarette ads to magazines, and Gary Vaynerchuck’s new content person. Give it a listen! Episode […]

Marketing Hyperbole Is The Absolute Worst Thing Ever


At AdPulp, we’re competing for attention and eyeballs. So I’m quote conscious of the fact that when we write something, the title gets shared on sites like Twitter. If the title isn’t provocative, it won’t get clicked on. That kind of fear has driven marketing gurus and guru-wannabes to dial up the hype of their […]

Data Points Makes For Surprisingly Fun Number Crunching


With most marketing books, their titles and subtitles make them seem way too pretentious and self-important. Which is why I had a feeling that Nathan Yau’s book Data Points: Visualization That Means Something could be refreshingly human. And I was right. Yau, a statistician and the creator of, has done something I’ve rarely seen: […]