Story Matters At AMC

According to The Wall Street Journal, AMC’s cinematic vision for TV is now supported by a new tagline, “Story Matters Here,” (although you wouldn’t know it from the following clip). AMC–home to Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Broken Trail–is fast becoming the free HBO. Yet, from a marketing perspective, the cable channel still has work […]

Oregon’s Culture Shapers Win Again

Phil Knight’s Laika is big news in Portland these days. The animation studio’s new film Coraline is doing well at the box office and people are also loving the marketing for the film created by Knight’s old buddies at Wieden + Kennedy. In an Ad Age interview, Knight says W+K identified some 15 niche demographic […]

Oral Care Becomes Packaged Good, Rednecks Rejoice

What have you just seen? Some stupid human tricks, yes. But what else? If you said, “one episode in a multi-layered brand sponsored digital narrative,” you are correct! Jerry and Wendell Tucker from rural North Carolina are actually actors hired by JWT to promote Trident’s new Xtra Care gum, which not incidentally promises to “protect, […]

It’s Advertainment, Get Used To It

USA Today looks at the MacGruber spots from Pepsi and Saturday Night Live–which ran Saturday night during SNL and again on Sunday during the Super Bowl–offering a bit of clarity for media consumers who might need it. …all were paid commercials by Pepsi, made in collaboration with producer Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live. The […]

Honeyshed Shutters

“People tolerate advertising to get to the content. Well, I don’t see why advertising can’t become the destination and the content.” -David Droga David Droga, a well respected man in ad circles, took a big bet with Honeyshed–the content meets online shopping space he created with help from Smuggler and funding from Publicis. Unfortunately, it’s […]

May You Stay Forever Young With Pepsi

On behalf of Pepsi, Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas worked up bumpin’ new rendition of Dylan’s classic, “Forever Young.” Look for the full song to appear on iTunes soon. Hopefully, the iTunes rendition comes without the tag, “every generation refreshes the world.”

MacGruber Is Top Rankin’

Pepsi finished the night strong with MacGruber. You’ve got the Saturday Night Live skit, an 80s hit TV show and the star from that show, splashy graphics, a catchy tune, plus an inside joke about product placement. Well done.

Trust Us, Real Advertising Agencies Aren’t That Interesting

I’ll be watching the new TNT show “Trust Me,” which starts next Monday. The New York Times takes a closer look: “Trust Me,” previously called “Truth in Advertising,” is the brainchild of two former Chicago creative executives, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who are co-executive producers of the hit TNT series “The Closer.” They worked, […]

PlaceVine, The Matchmaker

Ads are direct come ons from another century. In the 21st century, brands need to connect through cultural currency. Which is well and good, but brand managers need to know where their next content opportunity lies. Their highly paid advisors may not know. On another front, independent producers are getting their films/projects made, come hell […]

Not Gonna Let Them Catch the Midnight Rida

According to Adweek, Unilever’s Axe brand is the title sponsor of Midnight Rida, a spoof of the 1980s kitschy television classic Knight Rider, which NBC is resurrecting in prime time this year. Created by maniaTV, the Axe brand often appears at the center of the story line. The series demonstrates a growing trend of having […]