About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

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 […]

In The Hands of A Craftsman Like King, Vine Is Gatorific

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When you are a lifestyle brand, you need to invent content for the social web constantly. You can write a blog post, update Twitter and so on, but do not get carried away with too many text-based solutions. This is the web, we need things to click (a.k.a. rich media) that will make us smile. […]

Data Informs Strategy And Creative (Don’t Fight It)

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The bean counters truly are in charge of OgilvyAmp, the new WPP unit dedicated to data-driven decision-making. Todd Cullen, who joined Ogilvy & Mather last year in the new post of global chief data officer, will lead OgilvyAmp. He said the goal is “using data to inspire creative work or creative thinking.” According to The […]

Wherever Your Journey To Extraordinary Takes You, Holiday Inn Is There

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Holiday Inn’s new all-digital campaign, “Journey to Extraordinary,” seeks to tell captivating stories that bring the customer journey into focus. Before you say, “Oh great, another customer testimonial,” consider that customers prefer to hear from one another, and that the brand’s job in “building community” today is all about enabling these interactions. Okay, let’s meet […]

Hipsters In Paradise

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Fashion specialists, YARD in New York City, unveiled a new spot for Timberland. Holy juxtapositions. Hipsters enjoy time spent in the woods and messing around in the city? This is big. And the great thing is said hipsters do not need two uniforms of nonconformity; one will do. “I’m made for this moment. I’m built […]

Nostalgia At Ten, Along With A Renewed Focus

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Ten years ago today we started an experiment here. The experiment has grown and morphed, and we, its producers, with it. There have been many things to learn along the way, and on this, the site’s 10th anniversary, I’d like to share some of the more pointed lessons that come to mind. 1) Do what […]

Diet Coke-Fueled Taylor Swift And A Room Full of Kittens (Need We Say More)

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Cats rule the internet. But does the feline brand of cuteness transfer well to TV? Let’s look at this new Diet Coke spot, “Kittens,” developed by Droga5 New York for evidence. Filmed in New York City and directed by Keith Schofield, “Kittens” is the third TV spot for Diet Coke’s “Get A Taste” campaign. The […]

Colle+McVoy Wins Grain Belt For The Agency And Minnesota

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I used to collect beer cans as a kid. So, I know an iconic local beer brand when I see one. Old Style, Iron City, Olympia, Pearl, and Yuengling—with beers like these, who needs PBR? Now that we’ve established that, some ad news… After a competitive review, Minneapolis agency Colle+McVoy has been selected to oversee […]

Smile On Your Brother, Buy Him Some KFC Right Now

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Everyone loves KFC and America is a melting pot. Did I just utter two obvious boasts or present a miniature creative brief? In the following spot from FCB/Chicago, I believe the answer is both. Replay the spot, and you will see a body builder and a hippie chick coming together over fried chicken. Implausible? Not […]