Taking It Personally: In Advertising, Criticism Is 100% Guaranteed.

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Recently, after presenting to a particularly difficult client, a colleague in the media department turned to me and said, “Wow. You creatives really get beat up. I don’t know how you handle the constant criticism.” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard that—almost always from someone outside the Creative Department—but it reminded me how surviving […]

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

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Behold the latest from Parry Gripp, close personal friend of mine (OK, professional acquaintance) and the musical genius behind YouTube sensations like Do You Like Waffles?, Hamster On A Piano and my personal favorite, Wiener Dog On A Minimoog. It’s a new iPhone app from Kihon inspired by one of his most popular songs, Baby […]

EVE Is Real. With A Museum To Prove It.

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In an effort to promote and celebrate EVE, one of the longest-running MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online Games) out there, the folks at game developer CCP and their agency Ayzenberg Group have created an online museum of sorts to showcase user-generated content at www.eveisreal.net. According to the its creators, the site is a place where “players […]

Your Brief Is Showing: World Gold Council

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I found this print ad in The New York Times over the weekend. Sometimes we ad peeps and clients get so wrapped up in satisfying the brief that we forget who we’re really supposed to be satisfying: the customer. In this case, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that equating the […]

Spiels On Wheels

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Summer in the city means getting out, having fun, seeing and being seen. So what better time for style-conscious makers of liquid refreshment to do the same? That’s the thinking behind SoBe’s new Try Everything Fleet courtesy of hybrid marketing agency Motive: four retro rides repainted and reimagined to function as the ultimate streetside tasting […]

For An Exercise In Futility, Press 1

Today’s Common Sense Response To Corporate Stupidity (which results in the unsatisfying acronym CSRTCS, but I digress) is brought to you by the people who created this. A comprehensive list of codes to get around the “customer service” phone trees that permeate the increasingly annoying consumer landscape we all find ourselves in. It’s also a […]

So Much For Having A Nice, Lazy Summer

From The New York Times : In the last several days, accounts with spending estimated at more than $200 million have changed agencies, affecting brands in competitive categories like restaurants, automotive services and household products. And there will be more changes as reviews proceed for other accounts, with combined spending estimated at more than $1 […]

Details, Lewis. We Want Details.

Gotta love Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lewis Lazare’s candor in today’s column, regarding Sears recent shift of its entire account to Y&R/Chicago: “Y & R sources said there were plenty of heated debates about Sears advertising between Y & R creatives and Sears’ recently departed marketing honcho Janine Bousquette. To many in the ad world, this […]