Kids Today (They Like Adverts!)

Critics of advertising love to drone on about how much people hate advertising. I say as much in this forum on a regular basis. But here is new research from Australia that refutes this basic premise. In case you didn’t click through the slide show, it says on Slide 7 that 30% of respondents “love […]

The Recession’s Psychological Toll

Americans want to get back to business. Or at least that’s the message in this Time Magazine “Money & Main St” article from Sean Gregory. The article’s backbone is a new study from WSL Strategic Retail. Apparently 1 in 4 of the shoppers WSL surveyed said they were “tired of watching every little penny and […]

Banco Provincia Goes After The Transgender Market

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A Top Drawer Doggy Ride

Honda’s Element is going to the dogs. Literally. The Japanese automaker is introducing a “Dog Friendly” version of the sport utility vehicle. The concept car features a cushioned pet bed with safety restraints in the cargo area, a spill-resistant water bowl, and even a ventilation fan to keep canines comfortable. A folding ramp gives animals […]

Brands That Do Good Do Well

Ann M. Mack is the director of trendspotting at JWT. Here’s what she’s spotting: Today, thanks to the ubiquity of online technology and a new global-mindedness, people are thinking less about “me” and more about what “we” can do to address the challenges of modern society. This collective consciousness denotes a mind-set that’s particular not […]

Too Cheery? Medicate!

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful Share

Yet Another Facebook Story: 566% More Time Spent

Brian Morrissey of Adweek has courteously summarized a new 16-page report from Nielsen about how people use the Internet. I’d say this graphic pretty much captures the major media trend of the moment: Morrissey adds: The search for a workable ad model is even more urgent now that social media has broken out of the […]

The Metaphysics of Modern Communications

Josh Spear believes one must understand infinity (no small task) in order to speak persuasively to digital natives. As a ‘born digital’ consumer, I’m engaging with infinity day in and day out. My inbox is never full. I upload as many photos to Facebook as I damn well please. (Facebook by the way is now […]

1-To-Many Times 7 Mil

The people have something to say. Power to the people. That’s the idea I get after looking through “Media Shifts to Social,” a slide show from Netpop Research. According to Netpop, 7 million people in the U.S. contribute content online through six or more activities (uploading photos, publishing blogs, posting ratings/reviews, etc.). These heavy users […]

Ebony And Ivory, Living Together In Commercial Harmony

The increasing trend of multiple ethnicities appearing together in commercials gets a closer look in this AP story: It wasn’t always like this. For much of the past century, “minorities were either invisible in mainstream media, or handed negative roles that generally had them in a subservient position,” says Jerome Williams, a professor of advertising […]