Quantify This: Poor Advertising Research Costs The Industry $2 Billion A Year

This is another in a series of posts from Portlander Peter Levitan, a former ad agency principal and Baby Boomer with a new book out about Boomers “offing themselves” before they go broke. In the mid-90’s I left the security of Saatchi & Saatchi and joined Advance Publications to create and launch New Jersey Online, one of the […]

Unique Piece of Americana For Sale in Cottage Grove

Historic Barn with signage (Dr. Pierce_s Pleasant Pellets)

Old advertising on barns is an acquired taste, but once acquired people can become passionate about an installment, as if the work in question is public art, not advertising for a product no longer available. Maybe it is art. It’s certainly collectible, that part goes unchallenged. Such is the case in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where […]

They Don’t Make Ads, Or Their Copywriters, Like These Anymore

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Read Tom Messner’s great tribute to Curvin O’Rielly. Curvin passed away over the weekend. Some of his more notable work included these Saab ads, done at the Carl Ally agency: They’re clever, convincing, and sell a car most people thought was simply weird. Who would concept these today? Who could write these today? Who could […]

Slicing Up The New Apple Spots

“Steve would’ve killed these.” “Lee oughta know better.” It’s no secret that Apple’s current spots, featuring a typical Apple store “Genius,” are getting panned. I’m not here to pour more criticism on. My question is simple: How did they get these done? By that, I mean: Who approved this strategy? Who thought this kind of […]

The Future Of Marketing Words Don’t Look So Purty

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Could you imagine laboring over a piece of copy the way old-timers like Howard Gossage did? And if you did, what would your current clients do to it after you sent a draft to them? Thanks to these internet tubes, people everywhere are writing, all the time. Or at least, they’re typing. Has all this […]

Advertising Shapes The Popular Culture. And Bullying Is A Part Of That Culture.

Writing in Ad Age, Claudia Caplan, CMO of RP3, takes a look at the documentary “Bully” and asks whether our industry has some culpability in shaping a culture where bullying is promiment. “Bully” made me feel both responsible and ashamed. It got me thinking about the role advertising has in shaping what’s cool and what’s […]

Gerry Graf Talks Commercials, And The Team That Creates Great Ones

There’s no doubt that Gerry Graf, now head of Barton F. Graf 9000, has done, or overseen, a lot of great TV commercials in his career. Here’s just one: On FastCoCreates, a project of Fast Company magazine, Graf shares the ingredients of a great commercial. Here’s the part that caught my eye, as Graf describes […]

Hurry Up And Add ‘Slow Down’ To Your To-Do List

Last week at the Seattle Interactive Conference, Cal McAllister, co-founder of Wexley School For Girls, gave an inspiring presentation on his agency. One of his agency’s tenets was a very simple one: “Slow Down.” In other words, don’t rush ideas out into the world until they’re ready. Great advice, but hard to implement. Because everything […]

Across The Pond, Advertising Isn’t Water. It’s Poison.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this. Writing in the Guardian, columnist George Monbiot laments the necessary evil that is advertising: Some adverts appear to promote intrinsic values, associating their products with family life and strong communities. But they also create the impression that these values can be purchased, which demeans and undermines […]

Jarritos Makes Bid To Be Most Interesting Imported Soft Drink In The World

Jarritos is painting the town red. And then some… The Mexican soft drink’s new tagline, “We’re not from here” is spot on. I love it when a brand uses a negative as a positive. According to The New York Times, Jarritos’ agency, GSD&M, hired Federico Archuleta, a street artist from Austin to paint murals on […]