Inside The Beltway Nowhere Near Golden

We will learn today where Pete Coors will be and what he’ll be working on for the next several years. Will it be the interests of Colorado? Or the continued interests of the family business? According to E.J. Dionne, writing in the Washington Post, the campaign hasn’t been all that great for the folks back […]

China Says Internet Is No Game

from Wired: China has closed 1,600 internet cafes and fined operators a total of $12 million for letting children play violent games and for other violations, the government said. The announcement came amid a campaign launched in March to reduce or eliminate sex and violence in websites, video games and other material that Communist leaders […]

Freedom For Sale. Get Yours At A Mall Today.

Since it’s election day here in America, I thought I’d go ahead and thank Diesel and KesselsKramer for providing us another, equally just, way to exercise our individual credit cards, I mean freedoms. KesselsKramer, an agency that is deft at the art of camp, must be credited for sporting one of the more daring agency […]

Human Voices Will Make The Brand Voice Vital

“Will consumer blogs bypass professional advertising agencies?” -Rance Crain* in Crain’s Ad Age The publisher of Ad Age considers consumers’ power to shape brand images on their own today, in both positive and negative ways. He wonders if consumer-run sites will become more meaningful to brands than anything their ad agency or internal communications department […]

English Good In The Saddle

You don’t see a lot of English jokes in advertising. Perhaps the copywriters are mostly WASPs. Anyway, I found one. Rick Johnson Advertising in New Mexico has created an ad that both celebrates the English and denigrates them.

Chicagoans Will Sing A Song For Leap

According to the company’s home page, Leap Wireless is a customer-focussed company that provides innovative, wireless, communication services for the mass market. According to Adweek, this San Diego firm moved their account from Sausalito’s Butler Shine and Stern to Chicago’s Element 79 without a review. Excellent, now can someone please get to work on that […]

USPS Ready To Rock

from Ad Age: When the behemoth U.S. Postal Service found out that a young rock band had named itself “Postal Service,” executives weren’t happy. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to the band’s label, Seattle-based independent Sub Pop Records. But what began as an argument over name rights turned into the mail-delivering institution’s first cross-promotional music […]

Fashion Exec Gets The Wrinkles Out Of Old Man’s Leisure Wear Brand

Adweek reports that Haggar Clothing Co. chief marketing officer Alan Burks made the Power 100 List of the most influential leaders of the men’s fashion industry as ranked by DNR magazine. Burks was noted for his role in shaping advertising and new ideas for business and licensing opportunities for the Dallas-based clothier. Working under an […]

Client Takes Cocktails To Next Level

From Crain’s Chicago Business newly released “40 Under 40″: Nicole Ertas, senior brand manager, joined Jim Beam Brands Worldwide Inc. in May 2002 and launched tequila into the cocktail age. She renamed little-known El Tesoro Silver tequila as El Tesoro Platinum, marketed it as a mixable liquor and watched proudly as it appeared as a […]

Donny Deutsch: Ad Man For Our Time

Once upon a time, the image of an everyday ad man was projected to the multitudes by the likes of Darren Stevens on Bewitched or the guys on Thirty Something. Now in this time of reality television, real CEOs are offering themselves up as fodder, as entities in the modern cultural brandscape. Today, Donny Deutsch […]