This Week In Advertising

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“You must make the product interesting, not just make the ad different. And that’s what too many of the copywriters in the U.S. today don’t yet understand.” -Rosser Reeves This week in advertising an overworked but well paid senior account executive tried the patience of clients (and his employer) with yet another pedantic slideshow. In […]

Consumers Salute Dr. Pepper’s 70s Flashbacks With Parodies of the Parody

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Travel to Dr. Pepper TEN with me and taste the Bold Country. As a child of the 1970s and a fan of John Denver, you can see why Deutsch’s 70s flashbacks appeal to me. Nostalgia is a trip. To evoke an authentic 70s feel, Deutsch made an effort to get the images to appear historic. […]

Russia Is A Lot Of Things, A Good Client And Business Partner Among Them

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Russian oligarchs have much invested in Europe and in the U.S. The inverse is also true. We have much invested in Russia. Russia is big business. According to The Hill, public relations giant Ketchum has earned more than $26 million representing Russia, and is keeping the country as a client despite the widely denounced incursion […]

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“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne This week in advertising thousands of ad people returned to their desks after a five-day sojourn to Austin, Texas. In other news… TED believes it has collected some ads worth spreading. Fitzroy Amsterdamsells Ben & Jerry’s Greek-style Frozen Yogurt to the stoned and hungry people of The […]

Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza Raising Dough In IPO

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Vancouver, Washington-based Papa Murphy’s is not Papa John’s. That’s one key point-of-difference to establish in the pizza-eater’s mind. The other thing to make clear is that Papa Murphy’s is take-n-bake pizza, which is why I like Wong Doody’s tagline for the brand, “Love at 425 degrees.” Wong Doody has served as the Papa Murphy’s agency […]

David Jolly (And His Well-Heeled Allies) Vs. Alex Sink (And Her Well-Heeled Allies)

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There’s a special election today in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Former Washington lobbyist David Jolly is the Republican contender. Alex Sink, former CFO for the state and Gubernatorial candidate in 2010, is the Dem. The seat was held by GOP Rep. Bill Young, who died in October after representing the district for more than four […]

Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey Are Pretty And They Smell Good

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A 2011 survey conducted by BlogHer and co-sponsored by global communications firm Ketchum found that bloggers’ endorsements wield more influencing power than celebrities. I suppose this could be true in certain instances, but let’s look at the following instance, a dramatic long-form ad from Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Why hire Martin Scorsese to […]

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“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.” -Henry Miller This week in advertising a lot of people spent a lot of money. Zambezi in LA is putting out a top-drawer email newsletter. #highlyrecommended Newsweek is back in print. The new luxury experience for $7.99 appears on newsstands today, March 7, 2014. Supermodel Miranda […]

This March, Use Interactive Game 13 Unbracketed To Boost The Madness

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Editor’s note: My friend and colleague, Gale Venosdel, has convinced me to re-emerge here to help spread the word about his new online game, 13 Unbracketed. As someone who knows just how much a side-project can mean to an ad guy (and how much work goes into one), I could not resist his request. March […]