Is “American-Made” A Big Selling Point?

Over at, they’re taking a look at an increasing desire on the part of American consumers to seek out domestic goods. New research shows that the Made-In-America message is selling particularly well to affluent consumers. In the past 2 years, the number of well-to-do consumers who are buying products manufactured in America factories rose […]

Domino’s Pizza Is A Product of Government Cheese Marketing. What Say You, Mr. Bogusky?

There’s a revealing new article in The New York Times addressing the U.S. Government’s promotion of cheese. Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It […]

A Cognitive Approach To Online Advertising

Let’s take a look at this new advertising technology from Solve Media. Solve Media from Solve Media on Vimeo. I think this new media offering has some potential. It makes CAPTCHA easier to use, which people will appreciate, and it heightens brand recall by getting people to write out brand specific lines and/or calls to […]

The American Mood Is Enhanced By One Conscious Person At A Time

Strategy One, an Edelman company, is out with new survey results that paint a cup half empty scenario for the American economy and our frame of mind. Almost two in three of the 1,043 Americans surveyed (65%) say a double-dip recession — defined as a recession followed by a short-lived recovery, followed by another recession […]

Make Mine One-Of-A-Kind

At a time when computerized automation is the way of the world and even things like ads are becoming mass-produced commodities, there’s a counter current that’s also running strong. The counter current is our growing desire for hand-made one-of-a-kind products. According to The Wall Street Journal there’s a growing number of companies entering the customization […]

Agency Types Turn To The Academy For Answers

George Parker is not going to like this. Draftfcb is opening the Institute of Decision Making, devoted to finding out more about the instinctual ways that consumers behave along with the rational and emotional ones. The unit will concentrate on emerging fields like behavioral economics and neuroscience. The institute has formed ties with assistant professors […]

People Who Help Big Companies Sell Stuff, Say It’s Time To Do It Mindfully

Arnold Worldwide has named the top ten public figures, across entertainment, business and politics, who are helping to promote the era of “mindful spending.” The research was conducted by Andrew Benett, Global CEO of Arnold Worldwide and Global Chief Strategy Officer of Havas Worldwide, as part of his forthcoming book with Ann O’Reilly of Euro […]

Pitch Your Wares At Your Own Risk

William Higham, founder of market research and trend consultancy The Next Big Thing, writing in Adweek presents a vision of just how radical a globally connected group of information sharers is. The more information consumers have at their fingertips, the greater their power. The Internet is a huge enabler, and increased Web access and the […]