About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Brand builder at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Believer in Gossage, Bernbach and Clow. Doer of the things written about herein.

VML Dreams Up Juicy Promo For Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt

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Wendy’s believes you’ve earned it. Earned what? Their new Bacon Portabella Melt. With the help of VML and voiceover artist Jon Bailey, the QSR came up with a neat way to engage customers around this new product offering. I haven’t heard the phrase “consumer generated content” in some time, or “co-creation” for that matter, but […]

Does Your Facebook Group Encourage And Support Real Life Interactions?

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The platform that creates the stickiest bonds between users wins. Facebook wants to win. In this piece for Facebook Groups, the human bonds formed at Donda’s House – the non profit inspired by Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, are featured. Facebook tapped Persuade director Michael Marantz to help tell a story about an incredible group […]

Portland’s Direct Response Agencies Are In The Money

R2C Group - America_s Largest Independent Direct Response Agency

Portland is known the ad world over for Wieden+Kennedy and Nike. But there is another Portland lurking beneath the Swoosh. It’s mostly a tangled world of small shops fighting for table scraps and relevance beyond Oregon. Mostly, I say, because there’s yet another unheralded Portland agency world that is thriving. Three of Portland’s five largest […]

New Feature Film from Red Bull Media House (One of 600 Pieces of Content)

On Any Sunday_ The Next Chapter

Content is not king. Red Bull’s content is king. Werner Brell, managing director of Red Bull Media House, made a rare public appearance at the Content All Stars summit in New York recently. Journalist and MBA, Dorian Benkoil, was there to speak with him for Mediashift. I joked to Brell that a toilet paper company […]

It’s 2014, Do You Know Where Your Investment In Content Is?

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When it comes to content marketing, Wunderman UK is all in. According to Campaign, the agency that invented the 1-800 toll-free number for businesses is now organizing its storytelling talent for better visibility, and profitability. Wunderman’s new content studio will consist of 25 content strategists, editors, writers, creatives and analysts. The move is part of […]

Be “Never Uncomfortable” In A New Pair of Sanüks

Wearing Sanük Shoes Is A Creature Comfort, Says Ignited

Choosing the right footwear can bring one comfort and a certain confidence, based on style and fit. For example, the wearers of Sanük brand shoes choose not to sweat the small stuff, thanks in large part to the utter comfort their shoes provide. Agency: Ignited in Los Angeles. Share

Laphroaig Scotch Welcomes Your Opinion In Socially Powered Sampling Campaign

Laphroaig Opinions Welcome Halloween Edition - YouTube

With Halloween just around the corner, Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit. Let’s hear these unscripted, somewhat spooktacular, focus group responses to the unique taste of Laphroaig. To pair with the video, Laphroaig has also created a new cocktail to enjoy this Halloween. Laphroaig Trick or Treat Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single […]

Lundergan Grimes Chases McConnell Down The Stretch In Kentucky

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It is hard to look away from the tight horse race for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat. Pundits call the challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, 35, a long shot. If she’s such a long shot, why does the incumbent Senator need to appeal to Kentucky women with this charade of an ad? Perhaps, a new Courier-Journal/Survey USA […]