The Biology of Brand Preference

It’s official. Coke takes over parts of the brain Pepsi can’t reach. According to UK Independent’s Science Editor, the mind-altering power of advertising has been demonstrated in a remarkable study of the way in which brand recognition affects the workings of the human brain. A well-known label is so influential, say researchers, that it can […]

The Poetry Of Paid Content

Marketers of the art form known as poetry have resorted to the retail art of gumball machines, in order to capture market share for well placed meaning in words. Gots to give it up to ‘em. This is a great distribution method. A quarter for your thoughts. Hey, let’s invent one for the ad biz. […]

Get This Man A Handler

Paul Hamm gets to keep his gold medal, an Olympic panel ruled today. But seeing Hamm speak on TV is a real buzz kill. Someone get this man a handler. You don’t stand there in front of the world and say, “I knew it was mine all along. I’m glad the judges finally agreed. Now […]

It Won’t Mean A Thing In 100 Years

The Commodore, a.k.a., J. Walter Thompson, late 19th cent. JWT likes to hang The Commodore’s image in its offices around the globe. Which makes me wonder how odd Jeff Goodby, for instance, might appear to future observers. Better yet, what will anthropologists make of Lew Clow’s refusal to wear shoes? Share

Little Purple Pill Sickens Elderly

The AFL-CIO and seniors groups in California have banded together and filed a false advertising lawsuit against the little purple pill’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. According to AdWeek, the suit alleges that the drug company sought to preserve market share and profits as the patent on Prilosec was set to expire by scheming to convince consumers that […]

Look No Further For A Man Of Emotion

A close reader questions whether advertising icons are as GRRR-E-A-T as they once were. I say, how can you argue with this dear reader. This man cried a tear for America. Share

The Good Doctor Makes A House Call

Well known author and blogger, Doc Searls quoted us yesterday in a piece about how branding is dead. We are flattered and honored. Doc points to the fourth chapter of The Cluetrain Manifesto and asks rhetorically, “Sound familiar?” The title of the chapter is “Markets Are Conversations,” and without a doubt much of what we’re […]

Mascot Repository Unearthed

For more iconic brand mascots see TV Acres. Share

Inverting The Pyramid

An empowered organization is one where the CEO enables her managers and staff. An empowered communications strategy is one where the marketer enables the customer. This is good enabling, not the A.A. kind. …for the chart lover within. Share

This Is Like Coke Vs. Pepsi Or Something

Huskerpedia, a site that follows Nebraska athletics from “deep behind enemy lines in Jefferson County, CO” offers Husker football fans brand supremacy in this merchandising opportunity: Share