Wikipedia Has Answers, But The New Guy Has Commercials!

HowStuffWorks.com (part of Discovery Communications) is ready to answer your questions. That is, if your questions are “How does nicotine work?” Or “Is hyrdogen fuel dangerous?” And so on. Share

Word of the Day: Adroit

Toyota Prius and Dictionary.com are working together on an innovative contextual advertising program. According to The Wall Street Journal: With help from Saatchi & Saatchi, the car maker is working with Dictionary.com for ads targeted to the definitions of words such as “sustainability,” “green” and “moonroof.” Those keyword-based ads launched last week, but Prius also […]

Ads To Enter Digg’s Popularity Contest

Adweek and the San Francisco Chronicle are both reporting on Digg’s new advertising format which will let site members collectively decide which ads are worth viewing and which ads are not. “We’re democratizing content,” said Mike Maser, chief strategy officer for the San Francisco company. “Why not let them have some control over the advertising […]

Hey, Leave The Internet Out of This

Jeff Jarvis says the darndest things. In response, The Ad Contrarian says things too. …the internet has created a new species of human being. And these new human beings live in a wonderful world in which they have relationships with all the companies that make the products they use. And the only time companies need […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ecotrust Fisheries Program

It’s good to see another Portland agency doing work for another Portland client featured in Communications Arts Interactive Annual 15. Dino Citraro, interaction director/executive producer on the project, says, “The traditional ways of presenting data, most often in spreadsheets, are typically inaccessible, hard to digest, and require serious commitment on the part of the user […]

Count Dollars, Not Page Views

The Field of Dreams call to action, “build it and they will come,” has turned out to be true for many Web services. However, the maxim for digital developers needs some tweaking. “Build it and they will come and pay to get in,” has a much nicer ring to it for those seeking to build […]

Armano’s Wheel

David Armano makes really nice graphics to support his points. But what you are about to read is heresy to old schoolers. “The Big Idea” is still very much alive and well–but it’s less relevant than it’s ever been. Especially big ideas that start with a top down broadcast messages first. This is campaign thinking […]

Monetizing MySearchSpace

Digital advertising at its best promises to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time. MySpace, for one, is working to fulfill this promise. Last October, MySpace launched a self-service advertising product called MyAds that allows small businesses to buy ads on its site. Today there are rumors that MySpace will […]

Brazil Or Bust

Valentina Vescovi is covering the Latin America beat for Ad Age. Today she writes about the digital lag in South American markets. She also mentions the opportunity for growth. Mauricio Mazzariol, founder of the Brazilian Bigman shop and, since last January, part of the Wieden & Kennedy team in Portland, Ore., says: “Brazil has a […]

I Can See Your Digital Aura

James Dowd believes we’re on the verge of mass customization, a shift in production that will dramatically change the manufacturing score. Everyone knows digitization screwed up publishing, music and film. You think that process is over? Oh no, the next revolution is the digitization of actual, physical stuff. The current economy is only pushing that […]