“How To Tie Your Boat Shoes” c/o Sperry Topsider

“Everybody will start to cheer when you put on your sailing shoes.” –Robert Palmer Sperry Topsider is the favorite summertime footwear of WASPy sailors from Nantucket to Coronado. It’s great to have a built-in audience—and with 80 years in business, Sperry has one—but how does the boat shoe expand its footprint beyond the boarding school […]

It Takes 3 Musketeers To Properly Skip Hop

DDB Chicago wants to sell you a candy bar made from the perfect amount of chocolate, fluffy and Musketeer. Skip Hop? Hey candy does weird things to a body. The “Why 3?” campaign is the first new campaign for the brand in more than 10 years. 3 Musketeers Bar originally was named for the three […]

Small Business Owners Stay On Top With QuickBooks

Small business owners have no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. They also have little time for balancing the books. Enter QuickBooks by Intuit with the solutions small business owners need. The “Own It” campaign from RPA in Santa Monica strikes the right chord. It’s aspirational in tone and focused on the benefits more […]

Critics Drive Clunkers. Those Who #DareGreatly Prefer Cadillac.

Theodore Roosevelt was a Harvard man, a voracious reader and a loquacious speaker. In 1910, Roosevelt travelled to Paris to speak on “citizenship in a republic” at The Sorbonne. Now, this 105-year old speech has resurfaced in a Cadillac commercial. Looks like someone at Cadillac’s new agency, Publicis Worldwide, majored in American history. But the […]

He Wants An Alpaca Farm, But You’re Not Losing Any Sleep

Have you ever been tasked with selling mattresses? It’s the stuff of newspaper circulars and badvertising on late night TV. Which makes me like this Serta brand campaign from Doner even more. An agency with retail chops can butter its bread with work like this. It’s humorous, offbeat and memorable. The challenge here is to […]

Wieden + Kennedy Rolls Out the Stars & Stripes. Again.

Conventional wisdom says agencies are not supposed to have a style, or a consistent “look and feel” across its body of work for a variety of clients. Wieden + Kennedy isn’t big on conventional wisdom. Thus it’s no surprise that the agency’s new Turbo Tax Super Bowl spot shares a lot in common with a […]

Universal Truths at the Heart of Iconic Technology Brand

Here’s some copy we can all pay attention to: “Ideas are scary. They come into this world ugly and messy. Ideas are frightening because they threaten what is known. They are the natural born enemy of the way things are.” Damn. That is impressive. Let’s see it in action… The personification of a scary idea, […]