About Matt Bergantino

P&G CMO Steps Down

Jim Stengel, P&G’s Chief Marketing Officer since 2001, is stepping down, to be replaced by Marc Pritchard, former head of P&G’s cosmetics business. Stengel’s worked for P&G for 25 years. Ad Age reports that his last day will be Oct. 31. Why’s he leaving? Was he pushed out? He’s only 53 and, according to AdWeek, […]

What Is The Most Influential Media?

In the UK, France, and Germany, the Internet is significantly more influential than any other media, according to a study (PDF) by Fleishman-Hillard and Harris Interactive. In fact, online experiences, at least in these European countries, are nearly twice as influential as TV and eight times more influential than traditional print media. Matt Dickman, a […]

Doritos Punks NASA

Once again, marketers have taken the lead in the quest to discover extra-terrestrial life. As NASA’s Phoenix Lander pitifully fumbles and pants, trying to scoop dirt into an oven on Mars, Doritos broadcasts a 30-second spot into space. A few months back, the brand challenged the British public to create a spot that summed up […]

Hot Or Not Sold

According to TechCrunch, the novelty site turned dating community HotorNot has been acquired by Avid Life Media for a sum rumored to be in the neighborhood of $20 million. Not bad for the owners, James Hong and Jim Young, who started the thing seven years ago on a whim, sans ambition or vision. TechCrunch reports […]

Mind The Gap

Ever wonder what three hundred of “the most influential and successful websites” would look like if they were graphed to the greater Tokyo-area train map? No? Well, take a look anyway. The good people of Information Architects Japan have done a great job presenting a ton of information in a visually intriguing way. Each subway […]

Ghost Dog Does The Dew

Forest Whitaker (who we loved in Ghost Dog) is one of the brains behind Dewmocracy, a story-based advergame from Mountain Dew. According to the site, players “are invited to join the movement to create the next Mountain Dew. Your journey will give you the power to select the flavor, color, name, logo, label, and tagline […]

R.I.P. Norman Mailer, 1923 – 2007

A few days ago on this blog, Frank Lloyd Wright was honored for his high principles and artistic tenacity. For similiar reasons we honor the passing of Norman Mailer, the last Great American Writer, who died November 10 of kidney failure. From the New Yorker: He was a slugger. He swung at everything, and when […]

Saatchi ECDs Quit

Saatchi & Saatchi/NY ECDs Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico have left the agency, according to Best Ads on TV. These are the guys who did “Hot Juicy Burgers” for Wendy’s and won a platoon of awards during their 2-year stint at the agency. My two cents on the Wendy’s spot is that it works too […]

Hogshead On The Lost Art Of The Big Idea

Sally Hogshead wants creatives to remember their true (i.e., traditional) value: as people who come up with great ideas based on insights into brands and human nature. It’s easy to forget the importance of a really kick ass “concept” these days when many agencies–even a fair amount of hotshot digital shops–are simply struggling to keep […]

Facebook For Meathead and Archie

Restless, attention-deficient teenagers and 20-somethings may not be the most lucrative prospects for marketers investing in social networking. According to the New York Times, the smart money is flowing into new social networking sites aimed at a much more loyal, “sticky” audience: baby boomers and their elders. So while the kids flit from Friendster to […]