People Prompted To Drink More Pepsi, Drink More Pepsi

Indra Nooyi, chairman-CEO of PepsiCo, believes in advertising. She now has some numbers to back up her thinking. According to Ad Age, PepsiCo reported a 4% drop in full-year profits in part due to increased marketing spending. But fourth-quarter profit rose 17% as the spending kicked in. Pepsi also posted 5% organic revenue growth for […]

Sorry, But Brands Don’t Really Want To Fix Agencies

If you read Digiday every day, you’d be convinced that all advertising agencies are terribly dysfunctional and they’re pretty much screwed like dinosaurs. Which, as we all know, has a slight kernel of truth sometimes. But article after article aims to hoist agencies on their own petards. This article from Giselle Abramovich, entitled, “What Brands […]

Custom Brand Identity Now Available Off-the-Shelf

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Hessian is a brand without a company, a backwards fabrication from a designer uninterested in how things are typically done. Be that as it may, the idea is generating some press for its creator Ben Pieratt, who now wants to sell his concept and the designs that support it for $18K to an entrepreneur in […]

Brand Storytelling Is Just A Fancier Way Of Lying, Right?

Not long ago, I got an assignment for a technology company. They were an also-ran company in a crowded category, and they didn’t have a strong brand identity or any real unique benefits to tout. In a situation like that, there are basically two choices: concoct a story that may or many not be rooted […]

Should You Advertise In Unfriendly Territory? The Mormons Do.

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Last night I went to see the touring production of “The Book of Mormon,” a musical from the creators of South Park. It’s quite funny, but it takes some serious jabs at the LDS Church and the origins of its beliefs. Flipping through the Playbill I got when I entered, I noticed several ads like […]

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning To Make A Mark In Advertising

I like being a copywriter, but lately I feel like it is a bit of a lost art. An afterthought. Something the client supplies, or God forbid, the design team. This is not a positive development for copywriters, nor is it for clients and their customers who will ultimately judge the work (harshly by ignoring […]

Facebook Fumbles and Yahoo! Recovers

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Mark Zuckerberg knows how to strike a nerve. Which is odd, because striking a chord is how most men and women make a lot of money. Naturally, he stepped over the privacy line again. This time his prize purchase of 2012 — Instagram for just shy of one billion dollars — is at risk of […]

Coca-Cola Is Talking. Who’s Going To Listen?

I’m about as loyal a customer of Coke as you’ll find. I grew up in Atlanta, which was largely built on Coca-Cola money. I drink several Diet Cokes a day, ask for it by name in every restaurant I’m at, and give dirty looks when the server asks, “Is Pepsi OK?” Having said all that, […]

As We Ask Our Phones To Do More, Their Poor Little Processors Struggle To Keep Up

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Is Intel inside your mobile handset? The tech giant wants to be inside your phone, and wants you to be aware of its mobile processing power. According to Reuters, “Intel Inside,” a branding campaign launched in 1991, turned commodity electronic components into premium products. This year, the Intel Inside logo has appeared on the backs […]

For Little Caesars, The Marketing Is A Bit On The Stale Side

There’s a Little Caesars up the road from me. And many times, I’ve gone in and gotten one of their $5 Hot n’ Ready Pizzas. It’s a good deal and it’s fairly tasty. But I’ve never, never felt like singing while walking out the door the way these folks do in the commercial that’s currently […]