Artificial Scarcity Leads One McRib Fan To Help Others

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People are passionate about McDonald’s McRib sandwich. The fact that the sandwich is not available at all McDonald’s locations nationwide simply feeds this hunger for the chain’s pork sandwich, which comes with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce and is shaped in an unusual patty, made to look as though there are bones inside. According to […]

Activist Shoppers Disrupt The Supply Chain – It’s Okay With Walmart

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An estimated 75% of the world’s fisheries are at or beyond sustainable limits. Yet, the consumer market for seafood is growing rapidly. This is a business problem, an environmental problem and a health problem. In other words, it’s something for big companies to stay away from. Unless you’re Walmart and not afraid. When you’re Walmart, […]

North Promotes Oregon’s ObamaCare State Exchange With Song

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With health insurance exchanges set to launch later this year as part of the Affordable Care Act, I’ve been very curious to see how they’ll be marketed. Since they’re being launched on a state-by-state basis, we’re going to see a lot of different messages. Oregon, with its Cover Oregon campaign, is definitely playing up the […]

India Issues Its Men A Challenge Via The Newspaper

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Here’s a pretty direct newspaper ad that ran in the Times of India: The Huffington Post has more about the backstory on the ad: In the wake of a highly-publicized gang rape in which the 23-year-old female victim died from the injuries she sustained, the Indian newspaper printed an ad on January 22nd asking men […]

Guns Don’t Kill People. But People With Guns Do.

The National Rifle Association makes “repugnant and cowardly” ads, but the gun lobby appears slightly more adept at brand-sponsored content. Here’s a look at a video from their “Life of Duty” series sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Brownell’s, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. “It’s freedom to be […]

I Demand A Plan And I Have One (Limit The Freaking Supply)

It appears that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre — the act of a madman armed to the teeth with a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster, plus a Glock and a Sig Sauer — may be the tipping point in the fight for gun control. Yes, the NRA and its members will fight any and all gun […]

Sheltering Kids From The Harshest of Realities

I love the simplicity of this new Public Service Announcement from Gabriel deGrood Bendt. It’s a spot that proves you don’t need a big budget, just big ideas. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive, family-focused shelter in Minnesota. Of the 300 homeless people who shelter at People Serving People every day, two […]

Propel Moves Cars And The Market For Renewables Forward

One of the exciting things about working in brand communications is the work we do to help launch new companies, and sometimes new products or product categories. A new product is one that needs more than persuasive messaging. With a new product the brand must quickly answer: What is it? How do I use it? […]

In America, Companies Are People And People Discriminate

The “culture wars” have come to Mainstreet, U.S.A. The Boy Scouts are not an inclusive group, and one of their biggest corporate backers has been moved to change their giving policy because of it. According to The Oregonian, Intel (Oregon’s largest employer) will no longer include The Boy Scouts or any non-profit that fails to […]

Transforming Cluttered Commercial Environments Into Open Breathable Spaces

Artist Stephen Glassman is tilting at windmills billboards. His vision for a living, breathing non-commercial space suspended above Los Angeles traffic is taking shape thanks to help from OOH Advertising company Summit Media. There’s also a Kickstarter campaign which seeks to raise $100,000 to structurally retrofit the first prototype billboard, secure licenses, permits, and insurance, […]