The Language of Pinterest Is Sign Language, Which You Can Strengthen With Real Time Copy

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For me, Pinterest is one of those sites that I can’t stop making fun of. I mean, since when are mood boards a mass movement? I guess “Express Yourself!” really is back. Of course, I wouldn’t feel the need to have a Pinterest page myself, or know much about the site except for the fact […]

Great Copy In The Wild: Chipotle Packaging

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Chipotle knows the value of a great burrito. Chipotle also knows the value of well-written copy. While eating lunch yesterday ay Chipotle, I encountered the following copy on the chain’s paper cup. Chips Are Rad! Chips might seem so little, so inconsequential…but if we didn’t have chips, how would we eat salsa? With a spoon? […]

Hire A Copywriter, Or Paddle The Ship With One Oar

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How do you know when it is time to hire a copywriter, a.k.a one who writes text, or copy, for the purpose of marketing a product, business, person, opinion or idea? If you’re a recruiter at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, you just know. But what if you’re not in that world? What if you work […]

The Future Of Marketing Words Don’t Look So Purty

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Could you imagine laboring over a piece of copy the way old-timers like Howard Gossage did? And if you did, what would your current clients do to it after you sent a draft to them? Thanks to these internet tubes, people everywhere are writing, all the time. Or at least, they’re typing. Has all this […]

THE INTERNET HAS A REPUTATION PROBLEM

We’re both in the brand identity game. So, let’s put our heads together on this. The Internet needs an identity refresh. Please understand that this is #probono work, since there is no real client and no one to bill. We all own the Internet, right? It’s a community garden and thus our undertaking to improve […]

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 […]

Peregrinate: To Travel Especially On Foot

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Copywriters have screenplays in their drawer, up their sleeve and on their mind. It’s just the way it is. Some writers never go anywhere with their day dreams, others move to Hollywood and through a special blend of luck, talent and sheer will, manage to see their ideas turned into multi-million dollar productions. Some, like […]

The Egg McMuffin of Copy Techniques

Copywriters labor for years hoping something good will happen. By something good, I mean the crafting of a line like “Where’s the beef?” or “Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is.” Copywriters want their line to become part of the cultural vernacular because no industry award can match that level of impact. […]

Heard Over Lunch: Spruce Up Your Online Newsroom (Unless You Want To Be Invisible and/or Boring)

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PORTLAND—Members and guests of Portland Ad Fed are gathered in the Heritage Room at Bridgeport Brewpub in Northwest Portland to hear from Terri Nopp, a veteran of the Portland branch of Edelman Public Relations and principal of PR startup Online Newsroom. Nopp has witnessed the “dramatic decline of the press” and says there aren’t as […]

Strangers In A Strange Adland

40 Strangest Agency Names, and Where They Came From | Adweek

David Griner of Adweek’s blog Adfreak put an interesting list together of 40 agencies with strange names. Of course, I’m thrilled to see Bonehook, the company I started two years ago, on the list at #38 and humbled to be included along with some truly great shops like Taxi, Big Spaceship, Naked, Droga5, Creature, Wexley […]