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 […]

Old School Content Developer Not Ready To Collaborate

Michael Eisner, the former Disney chief and current head of Vuguru, speaking in New York yesterday, showed little interest in bringing brands into the development process of his firm’s short-form online programming. “I have never produced anything in my career with an audience in mind,” he said. [People] are saying the internet is made up […]

Don’t Rely On TV Commercials

I like this long-form anti-commercial commercial from Geico. Insurance is never once mentioned, but it works. Share

Content Proposes to Advertising. Advertising Accepts.

According to Ad Age, Hollywood’s oldest talent shop, the 110-year-old William Morris Agency, is partnering with a triumvirate of digital media, wireless and advertising executives to create a joint venture called Agency 3.0, a digital-marketing-services company seeking to marry digital technology to strategically developed content. The new venture aims to “bring the ad dollars that […]

The Love Boat Soon Will Be Making Another Run

CBS substantially increased the number of archived television shows streamed free on the Web, the latest salvo in the battle among traditional broadcasters to capture viewers online. CBS will add episodes of “The Love Boat” and “Twin Peaks,” among other shows, to its new and vintage Web offerings. The programs are broadcast on the CBS […]

Curtains Up

According to Ad Age, Digitas is getting into the branded-content game with the launch of a new offering called The Third Act. Third Act will develop and produce branded-content ideas and manage distribution strategies for the content. It sits under the umbrella of Digitas, part of Publicis Groupe, and will serve both Digitas clients and […]

Dare To Dazzle Your Audience With Content

Benjamin Palmer, CEO of The Barbarian Group, has some intriguing things to say about branded content. What makes a great show, game or film? Artistic merit, humanity, story, talent. These occasionally overlap with marketing demographic, industry sector and brand penetration, but more often than not, they do not. God, that’s sad. We’re sort of in […]

Pure Content. Real Connections.

Mountain Dew is morphing into a studio. The beverage brand’s new skateboard documentary, “Deathbowl to Downtown,” follows the rise of street-skating in New York’s shifting urban landscapes from the ’70s to the present. The film took three years to make. Yet, the brand only appears at the start of a film, in the same way […]

The Kind of Content Consumers Seek Out And Share

Louis Vuitton and Ogilvy Interactive won a Webby for their “Countless Journeys” site, which is also supported in print and TV. The video above is content from the site. Catherine Deneuve shares her Paris with us, seducing us into thinking we’ll need Louis Vuitton luggage when we arrive at Charles De Gaulle. Share