For the past 20 or so years, advertising finishing schools like Portfolio Center, Miami Ad School and Creative Circus have served as a primary route to a better portfolio and job offer at a top firm. Then came VCU and its Masters program, offering something the others do not, namely a Masters degree from an […]
On the 40th anniversary of the Internet, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC tells the story of the effect it is having on our society as seen through the eyes of the greatest Internet pioneer youve never heard of, visionary Josh Harris. Award-winning director, Ondi Timoner (DIG!), documented his tumultuous life for more than a decade, to […]
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is trying to restrict the use of social media by its core constituency–its fans. According to Michael Kruse of St. Petersburg Times: The SEC, one of college sports’ biggest, richest, most prominent conferences, earlier this month sent to its 12 schools an eye-opening new media policy. It places increasingly stringent limits […]
I couldn’t help notice this banner ad for Zaxby’s, a chain of fast-food restaurants here in the Southeast. While the banner rotates to explain a particular promotion, the right side stays interactive. It not only tells you about the promotion, it gives you interactive options–send to a friend, friend the brand on Facebook, etc–all straight […]
Season three of Mad Men starts August 16th on AMC. To promote the new season, AMC has unleashed an avatar virus. Linda Holmes of NPR explains: If you’ve seen your Facebook or Twitter feed over the last week turn into a patchwork of little cartoon heads, you’re probably experiencing the effects of Mad Men Yourself, […]
I don’t believe they teach media planning at Haverford College, but Lena DerOhannessian, Southern Comfort’s U.S. marketing director, learned it somewhere (and learned it well). According to Ad Age, Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort brand — weary of jostling for notice with other spirits brands during the narrow nightly window when they are permitted to advertise on […]
Ernie Schenck’s column in the current print edition of Communication Arts is called “Creativity Interruptus.” In the piece Schenck details the difficulty he has concentrating in a world full of digital distractions. Schenck says, “It’s mind-popping, all the stuff that’s just waiting inside that T1 line, just chomping at the bit, aching to get inside […]
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