Crispin Porter & Sustainability

Note: The following video won’t begin to play right away, you need to wait about 15 to 20 seconds (forever in Internet time). Watch live video from FearLess Q+A on Justin.tv Alex Bogusky changed the pace today on his FearLess Q+A live Webcast. His guests, Hunter Lovins and Catherine Greener are ecologists, not marketers. Lovins […]

Fighting Words

PORTLAND–It’s a drizzly Thursday afternoon, but inside Paddy’s Bar on SW First and Yamhill things are amazingly clear. Dave Allen, a partner in Fight–the strategic marketing firm he launched last year with Justin Spohn and Rob Shields–is holding court. He asked me to join him in order to practice his agency’s pitch. I said yes […]

Kids Need Mentors. Adults Need A Laugh.

You’d think advocacy work for an organization like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada would pull at one’s heart strings. But Sharpe Blackmore Euro RSCG went another way with their Early Bloomers campaign.

Palmetto Staters For Unfettered Capitalism

Unleashing Capitalism, a campaign from SC Policy Council and Atlanta’s Huey + Partners, claims to be a prescription for economic prosperity in South Carolina–the state with the 4th highest unemployment rate and the 3rd highest student drop out rate in the nation. SC Policy Council is pushing an agenda of limited government, free enterprise and […]

Request For Fairness (RFF)

Agencies and clients are peas in a pod. Right? Uh, not always. Jennifer Modarelli, president of White Horse in Portland, writing on Ad Age says the request for proposal process is messed up. Even though RFPs precede an actual business relationship, they contain an implied transaction: We’ll invest heavily in time, brainpower and, yes, emotion […]

Matters of the Heart

Diet Coke is supporting The Heart Truth with two new 15-second spots that will air tonight on American Idol. Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland Director: Pistachios Production Company: Blacklist, New York Original Music: Charlie Campbell

Super Bowl Sunday — The Perfect Occasion for An Abortion Debate

University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will appear with his mom in a Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family next month. According to Advocate.com and The Palm Beach Post, Tebow defended the 30-second ad in which he and his mother Pam are expected to discuss her decision not to have an abortion despite […]

Campaigning for Historic Preservation

Austin ad agency, Door Number 3, is lending a helping hand to The Daughters of The Republic of Texas, the organization that maintains The Alamo in San Antonio. The campaign invites Alamo enthusiasts and the public at large to “Cross the line” and become part of timeless ideals: heroism, courage, loyalty and sacrifice in the […]

Screens Down

Renny Gleeson is Wieden + Kennedy’s global director of digital strategy. As such, he’s jacked in to the machine big time. Yet, he remains just distant enough to see himself. There is something beautiful, terrifying and powerful about the rise of ambient intimacy, and our willing adoption of the latest and greatest tools to feed […]

Gratuitous Use of Children In An Ad (But It’s For A Good Casue)

When moms took on drunk drivers during the Reagan years, they made a big difference. Now, Moms Against Climate Change, a Canadian advocacy organization, wants to make a similar impact on behalf of kids (and we’re all someone’s kid).