The Difference Between Smart And Clever

The Hidden Persuader brings to attention the following print ad for the venerable English media brand, Economist. created by Ogilvy + Mather, Singapore All ads lead with either copy or art direction. This one is all art direction. Yet it speaks. Share

Tech Rag Back In Print

After an 18-month hiatus from the newsstand, Red Herring returns to a printed edition, available now. Perhaps “The Business of Technology” is getting better. Could it be? note: Red Herring’s web edition suffered no down time as the media company struggled to regain its footing. Share

Wherever You Look There HP Will Be

Kris Oser reporting in AdAge writes: In its quest to be close to consumers wherever they are online, HP has bought the rights to tens of thousands of search engine keywords, according to the company’s interactive global brand marketing chief. Speaking yesterday at the AdTech Conference at the New York Hilton, Mary Bermel said HP […]

Elway Who?

Not since the high-flying days of David Thompson have the Denver Nuggets had any real star power on their roster. That changed last year, thanks to Carmelo Anthony’s outstanding rookie season. Now, Nike and Mr. Michael Jordan are preparing to launch the player’s first shoe–the Jordan Carmelo 1.5–and signature clothing line, available in stores the […]

Jonesin’ For The Holidays

Some may question the wisdom of introducing holiday-flavored sodas, for they do sound disgusting. -Turkey & Gravy Soda -Cranberry Soda (okay, this one sounds good) -Mashed Potato & Butter -Green Bean Casserole -Fruitcake Soda Yet the latest offering from Seattle’s Jones Soda Co. is already sold out (in three days time). Maybe all those carb […]

Just Add Levitra

The Independent reports that the US Army and Chicago manufacturer International Truck and Engine Corporation are jointly developing a replacement for the venerable Humvee troop transporter, from which the Hummer was derived. Last week, prototypes of the so-called “Smart Truck 3″ were displayed at a trade show in Las Vegas. The commercial version will not […]

Delivering On The Brand Promise

It appears that the outrageous sums required to attend Penn, Cornell, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Brown, Harvard and Dartmouth may actually be well worth the investment. from NY Times: Nestled between the articles in Harvard Magazine or Princeton Alumni Weekly are advertisements for $20,000 watches, $150,000 cars, investment advice and high-end retirement communities. As the magazine […]

Seriously Strong Mints To Fetch Some Serious Cash

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Kraft is rumored to be preparing sales of its Altoids and Life Savers candy brands, which could reap about $1 billion. The Northfield, IL-based food marketer is preparing to split from corporate parent Altria, and several lesser known brands are also slated to be sold off as part of the […]

Branding May Be Sick But It Ain’t Dead

Hugh over at Gaping Void has been carrying the torch for the idea that “Branding Is Dead.” It’s a hot topic, if the long list of comments he generates is any proof. Here’s my favorite response to Hugh’s claim: “You’re making an assumption that branding is all about advertising so that if you do shitty […]

Take A Load Off Fanny

Cingular Wireless has merged with AT&T Wireless. New TV spots from BBDO New York–and their newly hired creative chief from Fallon, David Lubars–are now running. One spot features “The Weight” by The Band. I understand why Cadillac uses Led Zepellin. The people looking to buy once listened to the world’s first heavy metal band. And […]