About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

See This: Homeless People Wrapped In Christmas Lights

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Homelessness is certainly one of the more dramatic issues of our time. When using communications to address the issue, there is no need to complicate the matter or get in the way of the message. Thankfully, none of that artifice is present here. To raise awareness of the 93,000 homeless people all over the United […]

Three Words Kids Should Never Hear: “Lockdown Drill Complete”

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When I grew up, gun violence had yet to rear its ugly head in our schools. Frankly, I can not imagine how scared American kids are to go to school today, to say nothing of the fears of their parents. As the two-year anniversary of the Newtown tragedy on December 14th approaches, Moms Demand Action […]

Matt Anderson Is A Writer At The Helm

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“Is this great enough? Because if it’s not, sooner or later we’ll turn into one of those small regional agencies that does ads for oil changes.” -Matt Anderson Linda Baker of Oregon Business spoke to Matt Anderson of Struck, following his recent promotion from creative director to CEO of the Salt Lake City-based agency. Here […]

That Was Swift

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Portland agency Swift Collective was founded by Liz Valentine and Alicia McVey in 2007. Thanks to an acquisition by POSSIBLE, the pair have already realized an exit, which points to their skill level, network and the viability of content marketing. @alannaohlala and @therachael got the memo… #swiftstyle #stripes #jailbirds A photo posted by Swift Collective […]

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

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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 […]