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.

Briefcase Tacos W+K Wins Error Error Best Mercury Meatballs Helicopter


Winners of 24th annual Radio Mercury Awards were announced last month at le Poisson Rouge in New York. Wieden + Kennedy and their client Old Spice took Best of Show for “Mandroid.” (click to listen) The Mercury Best of Show award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, making it one of the more coveted awards […]

Ad Grunts Want To Work for Pay, Time Off and Coffee (Not Trophies)

high ceiling cube farm

Advertising is a glamorous industry. Or so it may seem to some from the outside looking in, partly due to how the industry is portrayed in TV shows, film and lifestyle press. Of course, there are ad people enjoying a corner office with views of the San Francisco Bay or the equivalent, but they’re in […]

Starbucks Dials Up The Appetite Appeal


There was a time not too long ago when Starbucks didn’t believe in advertising. From the look of things, those days are long gone… Both product spots deliver the feel and rhythm of summer and make the drinks seem like the correct answer to a question you didn’t know you were asking. Share

Reduce Risk of Financial Ruin, Check Your Broker With Broker Check

Broker Check

Suzie went to college. Somehow she graduated in four years and landed a job in the city. Now, for the first time, she has money to burn invest. Will Suzie click to invest? Countless millions of dollars have been spent by online brokerages to help convince Suzie that a “do it yourself” strategy is the […]

Hot Dog, It’s Time To Grill


It’s July 4th weekend. I’d like to focus on hot dogs for a minute. Hebrew National (owned by ConAgra) is a brand of dogs I like to eat. Because the dogs are Kosher, the brand has a built-in story, but sadly none of that comes through it in the following spot. Instead, we have an […]

Legal Sea Foods Converts The Masses To Pescatarianism


Legal Sea Foods is a Boston-based restaurant with 34 East Coast locations. You might say the chain has a religious following, thanks in part to the advertising its agency DeVito/Verdi makes. Advertising that gets right to the point like this… Pretty convincing, isn’t it? The campaign positions Pescatarianism as an impressive and perhaps more appealing […]

Eat Like A Shark. #JAWSomeJerky


Discovery Channel’s annual programming event, Shark Week, begins Sunday July 5th. Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky is ready. To prepare for the big fish, Oberto’s CEO Tom Hernquist and marketing director Mike Ginal flew from their headquarters in Kent, Washington to South Africa, where they had the chance to live test a new product idea […]

Just In Time for the 4th, Tillamook Claims “American Cheese” Is Un-American

cheese un-american

Tillamook is a quiet town of dairy farmers near the Oregon coast. Or it was, before ad agency 72andsunny in Los Angeles won creative duties on the local farmer’s co-op. Now, Tillamook (the dairy) is asking Americans to revolt against inferior cheese-like products by signing a White House petition asking for the removal of America’s […]

The Quick Guide to Cannes Lions 2015

Cannes for couch potatoes

If you’re on your way to Cannes this weekend, AdPulp is happy for you. If you’re not on your way to Cannes to collect your Lion, you can stay up on the festival via various social media outlets detailed in the following infographic created by Ghergich & Co. and ImageBrief. Share

Max Greenfield Is Lovin’ It, But He May Be Alone In That


Where does bad TV advertising come from? It’s a question McDonald’s and their agency Leo Burnett are forcing people to ask, in response to a series of 25 spots featuring Max Greenfield, one of the stars of Fox’s TV show “New Girl.” I can’t recall the last time I disliked a campaign as much. McDonald’s […]