Apparently, Bob From Accountemps Is In High Demand

Driving to work in Atlanta, I used to hear some really bad radio spots for Accountemps featuring some Spacely-from-the-Jetsons-type awful boss praising some guy called “Bob from Accountemps” while berating a squirrelly-voiced employee. Lately, however, the campaign has taken a bit of a turn with Christopher Guest-style spots entitled, “Find Your Bob.” FindYourBob.com has more […]

Werner Ladders Keeps The Hierarchy Of Benefits Very Short

Can’t say I know much about ladders or ladder brands, but this spot for Werner Ladders makes one point. And makes it very simply and effectively. New Atlanta agency Seed Factory Marketing created this video for the web, with edited versions running on TV. Such a simple idea. I wish more clients could subscribe to […]

Can Boycotts Be Good For Advertising?

Today in Seattle, Starbucks received a giant thank-you card for its support of same-sex marriage. Despite an attempted boycott by the National Organization for Marriage, Starbucks got a look at who its true fans were. So do boycotts work? How can advertisers and agencies respond to boycotts? Consumers aren’t always consistent in what brands they […]

See The Rolling Stones’ Early Sell-out For Rice Krispies

A subplot on last night’s “Mad Men” was an attempt by the agency to get the then-new Rolling Stones to do a commercial for Heinz. It was mentioned that in England, the Stones had done a spot for Rice Krispies. Which is true. See it here:

Etch A Sketch Shakes Up The Conversation, And Their Marketing

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Playing off the news that one of Mitt Romney’s advisors said that he would reset himself like an Etch A Sketch once the Republican primaries are over, the toymaker is having fun with some new ads: I love ads like this that can take its cues from recent events and still come out looking good. […]

Telling Victoria’s Secret

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In order to keep a roof over our heads, so to speak, we infuse brands with meaning. But what happens to that meaning post-infusion? How is it transferred (if it is) to the people it was made for? According to BusinessWeek, University of Minnesota researchers Deborah Roedder John and Ji Kyung Park are studying the […]

No, It’s Not A New Vegas Casino, It’s A New Snack Foods Division.

Naming is tough. You end up with one word out of the hundreds or thousands of possibilities on the wall. And if a committee had anything to do with it, the one word chosen is likely to be stupid, or at best uninspired. Such is the case with this new made up word: Mondelez. According […]

Saturday Night Live Parodies Real Commercials. Verizon Gets That Backwards.

Every now and then, a commercial on TV stops me in my tracks, even when it’s on in the background. This one from Verizon sure did: Why? Because I saw this idea done originally on Saturday Night Live: Ironically, when I first pulled this up, there was a pre-roll spot for Sprint before this SNL […]