Minor King


Advertising, and especially copywriting, has been the entry point of quite a few authors in the past. Clive Cussler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, et. al. Since we like to highlight the modern day people who come from the industry, let me direct your attention to Jim Mitchem. Jim Mitchem is the author of the […]

The Simplicity Cycle Reminds Us Simple Isn’t Easy


If you’ve worked in advertising and marketing for a good bit of time, then you’ve seen everything become more complicated. Creating marketing plans, the many ways to execute ideas, and the media landscape seem more labyrinthine than ever before. Yet somehow, it’s the simplest ideas, and the simplest executions, that stand out the most. Dan […]

Buy My New Book: “Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks”

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If you’ve ever spent any time in advertising or marketing, you’ve heard people speak in terms that are beyond bizarre. Scope Creep. Deliverables. Ideation. You’ll also hear people talk about killer ads, hard-hitting ads, ads that are blown out and executed. I break down (and sarcastically deflate) these terms and others in my new book, […]

Meet Mr. Product Chronicles Famous, And Not-So-Famous, Ad Characters


I was in a Creative Director’s office when I first heard the term “critter” in reference to a spokesperson I was developing for an ad campaign. The CD was a bit of a hack and used it rather incorrectly. But it’s probably safe to assume that advertising critters of all kinds are well-documented in Meet […]

Does It Work? Focuses on Digital Marketing Effectiveness and Much More


When I first saw “Dumb Ways to Die,” I loved it. Thought it was brilliant. Later when I heard the campaign only reduced pedestrian collisions with trains by 33% or so, I concluded it didn’t quite work as well as those of us in the ad industry were led to believe. It turns out Shane […]

Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets


I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]

Fizz Lays Out The Word Of Mouth Marketing Strategy Basics


If there’s one thing marketers love, it’s getting other people to do their jobs for them. That’s been the tempting lure of Word of Mouth Marketing (WOMM) for years, particularly with the rise of social media. But like all other marketing initiatives, it requires strategic thinking, planning, and discipline. Ted Wright lays out the principles […]

Agency Lays It Out Completely For Those Starting Shops


I’ve met many agency CEOs and founders in my time. And if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that none of them know what they’re doing. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s simply that every agency is different and its principals always bring different skills the mix. There’s no […]

Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible Remains An Invaluable Resource


Let’s face it, few people who work in marketing or advertising want to admit they’re salespeople. But we all are, to a degree: We’re selling ourselves, our talents, our ideas, and our value all the time. So can a book like Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible help people in advertising and marketing? Of course it can. […]

Tough Man, Tender Chicken Looks At An Iconic Spokesman And Memorable Brand


These days, seeing a CEO appear in their company’s ads is quite common. But back in the 70’s, it was rare. So when NYC ad agency Scali McCabe Sloves convinced chicken processor Frank Perdue to star in his own ads, he was reluctant. But it turned him and his brand into a household name. That, […]