In my experience, blogging doesn’t pay well, but it does have its perks. One of the perks is people like to send you stuff. Sometimes very cool stuff, as was the case when The Escape Pod sent me a commemorative plate. Today, the UPS man rang and at the door I found a poster tube […]
I had the honor of joining Angela Natividad and Bill Green on the AdVerve podcast, where we discussed plagiarism in advertising. Coincidentally, AgencySpy had a take on the subject yesterday in response to a blog post from Mike Wolfsohn at High Wide & Handsome. So it’s a topic of discussion and debate amongst lots of […]
I had barely finished writing my new Talent Zoo column about the uncanny similarities between Coke’s Super Bowl spot and an Israeli Yotvata milk spot when another mini-furor erupted over some new Nationwide spots that remind people of the Dos Equis campaign. So what’s going on here? Is it just too easy to rip-off ideas, […]
I was flipping through Newsweek when an ad caught my eye just as I was turning the page: The ad below, for Rosetta Stone language instruction. Click on the ad to enlarge it. It’s a long-copy ad. Hell, it’s a direct-response long-copy ad, the kind most ad people turn up their noses at. And it’s […]
For the fourth year in a row Amsterdam Worldwide has fused the eclectic and ancient traditions of Japanese art and contemporary culture to ignite fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger. This year’s centrepiece of the brand’s “Made of Japan” campaign is a totem to traditional Japanese Tansu furniture-making: a one and a half-metre long bespoke wooden cabinet […]
This ad keeps popping up next to my Yahoo Mail page. Someone wrote and approved this ad. And someone’s paying for it. WTF?
So last week, Gallup’s annual “Honesty and Ethics of Professions” poll was released, and like clockwork, “advertising practitioners” were down near the bottom, although above Congresspeople and Senators. Should we care? While lots of people don’t care much for advertising, they generally know it when they see it, and that’s part of the bargain they […]