Saying Goodbye

After 11 years and 8 months, it is time for a change. I’m stepping down as Publisher of AdPulp.com today and leaving it in the capable hands of our co-founder and editor, David Burn. David has been mostly hands-off for the past few years, in order to focus on building his content practice, but has recently […]

Buy My New Book: “Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks”

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If you’ve ever spent any time in advertising or marketing, you’ve heard people speak in terms that are beyond bizarre. Scope Creep. Deliverables. Ideation. You’ll also hear people talk about killer ads, hard-hitting ads, ads that are blown out and executed. I break down (and sarcastically deflate) these terms and others in my new book, […]

We Write for Ogilvy Dunthorpe, Jolie Freeman and Ad Grunts Like You

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AdPulp is for ad grunts, by ad grunts. We’re not Adverati. We can’t be, we’ve never been to Cannes. We know our place. And we’d like to think we know you, dear reader. We know you, because we work with you, we meet you for coffee or beer and we may even listen to you […]

Nostalgia At Ten, Along With A Renewed Focus

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Ten years ago today we started an experiment here. The experiment has grown and morphed, and we, its producers, with it. There have been many things to learn along the way, and on this, the site’s 10th anniversary, I’d like to share some of the more pointed lessons that come to mind. 1) Do what […]

See All This Content? I Also Provide It To Clients

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“Keep your day job, until your night job pays.” -Hunter/Garcia If there is one lesson I might share with you from nearly a decade as an ad blogger, it is this: Do not start with a blog and then go looking for a business to support it. Business first, then blog. The reality is I […]

This Week In Advertising

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“You must make the product interesting, not just make the ad different. And that’s what too many of the copywriters in the U.S. today don’t yet understand.” -Rosser Reeves This week in advertising an overworked but well paid senior account executive tried the patience of clients (and his employer) with yet another pedantic slideshow. In […]

This Week In Advertising

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“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne This week in advertising thousands of ad people returned to their desks after a five-day sojourn to Austin, Texas. In other news… TED believes it has collected some ads worth spreading. Fitzroy Amsterdamsells Ben & Jerry’s Greek-style Frozen Yogurt to the stoned and hungry people of The […]

CES, Yahoo, NYT, B2B And More On The BeanCast

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It’s always a fun time to participate on The BeanCast as I did last night. We discussed Yahoo Advertising, CES, New York Times native ads, B2B social marketing, Amazon’s car-in-a-box delivery and my hopes for a Seahawks Super Bowl appearance. Hopefully I’m not babbling too fast for you to enjoy. Also on the panel were […]