Google Goes For The Heartstrings As Well As The Eyeballs

Google is one company that definitely doesn’t rest. Nor are they immune from good ol’ fashioned advertising efforts. The New York Times has more: Lorraine Twohill, Google’s vice president for global marketing, would not disclose how much the company had increased its advertising spending, but said there had been a shift in strategy. “As we […]

The Ad Industry Is Quite Cold To Brands That Aren’t Cool

In the course of my career, I’ve done a lot of good work for brands that simply weren’t cool. And if you’re an observer of our industry and the people who comment on it, you know that brands that are seemingly out of favor have a tougher time gaining traction — even when there’s good […]

Brand Against The Machine Shows You How To Get Control Again

I’m not quite sure what it means when you call yourself “The Chuck Norris of Branding,” as John Morgan does. But if you’re looking for a dose of marketing knowledge laced with a bit of aggression, you’ll find it in his book, Brand Against the Machine: How to Build Your Brand, Cut Through the Marketing […]

A Different Take On “Think Different” From Someone Who Was There

Writing on Forbes.com, Rob Siltanen, who worked at TBWA/Chiat/Day in the 90’s and was instrumental in bringing the Apple “Think Different” campaign to life, tells how the campaign came about. Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room […]

It’s Important for Brands to Listen To Customers And Their Own Conscience

TLC’s new show “All-American Muslim” is a nightmare for Lowe’s, and an example to other brands of what not to do. The California-based home repair retailer was advertising during the reality-based program, until some racist wing nuts in Florida started making noise, which frightened Lowe’s into withdrawing its ads from the show. While it is […]

BOBS Gives Bobs Everywhere A Bad Name

AdPulp is late to this particular party, so please excuse us, but what the hell is BOBS from Sketchers? Did Sketchers just buy TOMS? Either that, or this one of the most blatant brand rip offs ever. According to TOMS blog, “TOMS is in NO WAY associated with Skechers, and will never be.” So that […]

Nothing Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Like A Personalized Power Ballad

After making a customized video with this OB Tampons site, you’ll never have to apologize again. Maybe. But, whoever’s running the analytics for the site will definitely have to separate actual product users from curious boyfriends and ad peeps. Because tracking me isn’t gonna sell product.