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 […]

This Week In Advertising

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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 […]

Time Has Come Today

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After nine years and two months on the ad blogging mound, it is time to hang up my cleats. If you’ve become hopelessly addicted to AdPulp content over the years, please forgive me. In all seriousness though, thanks for helping to make this one hell of a ride. The daily writing practice has been great […]

Combo Number Two: Deep Fried Fan Fiction from DQ

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I like Barkley. The Kansas City agency is one of the best in the nation. Sadly, I can’t support the agency’s current work for DQ. “At Dairy Queen, we don’t make fast food. This is fan food,” the commercials announce. Boom! Wink! Fan food? What is that? Is that the stuff commonly called food that […]

Shop Your Screens For Bruise Free Cyber Monday Deals

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Today is Cyber Monday. Online sales could reach $2 billion today, but that figure is but a tenth of the revenue earned by traditional brick-and-mortar store sales on Black Friday. Walmart alone said it sold 2 million TVs during its Black Friday sales this year. The retailer also sold 2.8 million towels, 1.9 million dolls, […]

When You Give The Gift of Lottery Tickets, You’ve Already Won

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Lottery ads typically employ humor, when they’re well made that is. David&Goliath chose to go another way with this new holiday themed ad for the California Lottery. There’s no lady jumping out of a cake with an oversized check here. Instead, the work strives to remind people that small gestures, like giving scratch tickets can […]

This Thanksgiving, It’s Turkey, Football and Family Versus The Red Light Special

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J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Sears, Macy’s and Target all open their doors at 8:00 pm this Thursday in what promises to be a new prime time shopping event. For Best Buy, 8:00 p.m. is not good enough, so their sliding doors open at 6:00 p.m. Many K-mart, Walmart and Old Navy locations will be open all […]