Power Point Is The New Business Book

“The realization that shopping was getting cast in a specific—yet broader—cultural context made me curious about the role of shopping in modern American life.” -Meg Kinney Meg Kinney, Executive VP of Strategic Planning at The Integer Group, is a former colleague of mine. Her investigation of shopper culture is now available as a PDF from […]

Editors Can Star

The American Society for Magazine Editors is whacked. According to Folio, the trade association is bent out of shape because XXL editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson appears in a Roccawear ad on his magazine’s back cover. “No person on an editorial staff should ever be involved in producing or participating in advertising,” says ASME executive director Marlene […]

Everyone Reports To Someone

Fallon is under new leadership, but that doesn’t mean famously combative, Pat Fallon, has to like it. “This is certainly not how I would script it,” 62-year-old Mr. Fallon said. Referring to his agency’s new boss, Fallon said, “Kevin has ‘Lovemarked’ his way into clients. We’ve been saying that we’d rather outsmart the competition than […]

Preston Peeks Into Surreal Worlds

Diane Pernet on HRN PRSTN Heron Preston is a Junior Strategist at Naked Communications in NYC. He’s also a man with a video cam and a YouTube page full of bare insights. Preston offers video interviews with Piers Fawkes of PSFK, Daniel Cherry of Wieden/NYC and Harry Bernstein of Berlin Cameron United, to name a […]

Let’s Talk Trucks Gets Spiked

Spike Jones at Greenville, SC identity firm Brains of Fire has some choice words helpful criticism for GMC, in relation to the automaker’s new website Let’s Talk Trucks, an obvious nod to social media. After rightly identifying the consumer testimonals as ads, Jones then hops aboard the Cluetrain: The funny thing is, “Let’s Talk” is […]

There Are No New Ideas, Vol. 37 No. 14

The Kansas City Star is reporting that an ad from JWT Sydney for a pet store called Pets Pantry, which won a Silver Lion at Cannes was actually created by an art student in San Francisco who is now an art director at Cole & Weber in Seattle. “At first I felt like, ‘This is […]

Seven Minutes Of Pure Genius

On December 1, 1967, in Chicago’s Prudential Building Auditorium, 75-year old Leo Burnett addressed his company at its annual Leo Burnett employees’ “Breakfast at Burnett’s.” Here’s the transcript of the speech.

Is It Hard To Sell Yourself?

Ad Age is running an article on Vehix’s (they dropped the “dot com” from their name) plan to provide content on the mobile platform and cable TV. Here’s an item in the piece that jumped out at me: Glenn Morey, holds the dual position of Vehix chief marketing officer and president of Morey Evans, Denver, […]