One Brand, Multiple Markets: Century Link Turns In Rough Mix

Print Advertising From Century Link Leaves Much To Be Desired

My favorite NFL team plays home games at Century Link Field. The communications technology company also has a large presence in Omaha, my hometown. Therefore, I want to like Century Link, but a print ad like this subtracts several points from the “brand love” scorecard. Worse than the say-nothing-to-no-one use of stock photography here, are […]

Over Sharing On Tweetbook Is Not Appetizing

Gonzo food cart Portland

People like to take photos of their food while dining out and upload the images to Instagram, Facebook, Flickr or Twitpic. Depending on your point of view, this is either a pointless bad habit, or a legitimate means of word of mouth and influencer or peer marketing. It is easy to make fun of the […]

Dr Pepper Ten Is The Manliest Way To Drink Diet Soda

▶ Jeremiah Johnson - Movie Trailer - YouTube-1

I grew up watching Grizzly Adams on TV. I was also influenced by Robert Redford’s film, Jeremiah Johnson and the music of John Denver. Unapologetically, I’m a child of the 70s. I explain this here, so you will understand why I think Dr Pepper TEN’s campaign from Deutsch LA is noteworthy. Post by AdPulp.   […]

Today on TV: In Brazil It’s Handsets Down And Beers Up

Beer Drinkers Get The Signal In Brazil Thanks To Ceva Polar

Polar is the Brazilian beer for conversationalists. The brand has kindly developed a beer cooler that blocks cell and mobile internet signals, so people can talk again. Post by AdPulp. It’s a strange world when a beer brand has to develop technology to encourage real time, face-to-face conversation. It’s enough to make a grown man […]

Today on TV: #EatLikeYouMeanIt At Carl’s Jr.

Daily look at TV advertising on the ad blog_s ad blog

Carl’s Jr. and 72andsunny have a great thing going. They do “food porn” really well, and now have a patent on the “stuff a sandwich in your sexy face” thing. Hey, they’re able to make fast food look good on TV and that’s an accomplishment. Not one that needs another stupid award, but an accomplishment […]

A Smothering Jewish Mother Smothers Son With Taco Bell, Son Eats It Up

Loving Mother Smothers Son in Taco Bell_s Smothered Burrito Ad

Stereotyping is bad behavior in the real world, but in a comedy sketch stereotyping can turn to pure gold, as it does here in this new spot for Taco Bell. The writing, casting and acting are all top notch here. This is a great commercial. The thing I like most about it is how the […]

Take Me To My Happy Place, Take Me Fishing

942603_10151645648982114_347803046_n

Fishing is something I associate with my childhood and my grandfather, Eldon Burn, in particular. We used to fish for bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish on Nebraska’s man-made lakes. We also fished for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan and walleyed-pike in Minnesota. So, when I see this throwback illustration style used to motivate me, […]

Designed by Billionaires in California, Assembled by Poor Laborers in China

Designed by Apple

User experience is front-and-center in this new anthem from Apple and TBWA\Chiat\Day. I like that Apple is asking the fundamental questions. “Will it make life better? Does it deserve to exist?” Imagine where the ad business would be today if we applied that filter in our work. But before I get caught up in Apple […]

Vonage Uses Crazy Street Person To Advance The Cause of Generosity

Vonage _ Crazy Generous

Vonage isn’t your father’s mobile phone carrier. To prove it, the brand has enlisted a new Chief Generosity Officer, and taken a page from Geico’s caveman in the process. This is JWT’s first work for the brand. What do you think? Will the above philosopher of the people help educate mobile phone users about the […]