This Blood’s For You

Here’s an ad for a fictitious product being used to sell a very real TV show on HBO. The marketing team supporting TRUE BLOOD, HBO’s new television series, asked …And Company for a campaign that leveraged the fictional beverage, TRU BLOOD. The agency designed and executed a sequence of print and out-of-home advertisements that promoted […]

Major League ROI

Ad Age is running an interesting article on, the popular gaming site created by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Wrigley is now selling the site to Funtank, a branded gaming and entertainment publisher. In my “Content is King” view, this is precisely what brands need to strive for today. Create media properties, not advertising. Then, […]

Brands Spawn Labels

I often find myself saying, “If you’re thinking it, someone else is doing it.” According to Ad Age, that someone else is Pepsi. Sprouting from its Green Label Art initiative, the Pepsi brand has launched a virtual record label dedicated to digital singles. Green Label Sound, as the nascent outlet is called, has lined up […]

A Peek Behind Nike’s Product Development Curtain

Ed Cotton of Butler Shine & Stern points to video testimonials from inside Nike’s R&D labs. His takeaway is that brands have an opportunity to think like and act like media companies today. As a Content Director working on behalf of brands, I couldn’t agree more. Share

Brands As Producers, Brands As Studios, Brands As Labels—That’s What It Takes To Compete In Today’s Mediascape

I sometimes call myself a content machine. Yet, Ground Zero’s Court Crandall deserves a higher distinction. We can call him a content god. According to Adweek, Crandall–whose second film, A Lobster Tale, is released on DVD this week–sees a bright future for content in the agency world. “I have no intention of jumping ship [for […]

Getting Out The “C” Word

Beet.TV is featuring an interview with Christine Beardsell, creative director of The Third Act. Digitas created The Third Act in May to create branded episodic programming for its clients. The Third Act brings together agency, production, media and entertainment resources to offer clients one source for branded content. Holiday Inn Express is the first client […]

Elaborate PR Scheme Dressed In Content’s Clothing?

Have a story to tell and plenty of money with which to tell it? Natural gas producer, Chesapeake Energy Corp. does. According to The Wall Street Journal, Chesapeake will soon launch Shale.TV, a Web site devoted to creating content about the massive natural-gas field known as the Barnett Shale, located in and around Fort Worth, […]

No, But I Did Watch “The Smart Show” Last Night

According to Ad Age, Holiday Inn Express and its digital agency, Digitas, are embarking on season two of “The Smart Show”, a branded entertainment offering. The 40 new episodes of “The Smart Show” will appear twice a week on, and will air through October. 76% of the first season’s viewers indicated they would be […]

Omaha Rocks

The inside back cover of Spin Magazine’s July issue profiles “Omaha—Rock City.” It’s clearly an editorial segment from Spin, but the line between lifestyle content of this sort and a paid advertisement is pretty thin. Whatever the intention, it’s a Chamber of Commerce type listing for Omaha’s music business. The feature mentions artists Simon Joyner, […]

XX Advertainment

According to Stuart Elliott of The New York Times, Dos Equis beer will present a reality series on the Mojo HD cable network that will chronicle the search for an assistant to a character who is featured in the brand’s advertising campaign, a person of wealth and taste known as the Most Interesting Man in […]