Spotlight on NW Creative: Portland Agencies Are Hiring

Is the economy thawing? If you read the tea leaves, a.k.a. Job Board at Portland Creative List correctly, you might quickly come to that conclusion. All told, Portland Creative List has 37 jobs openings listed at this time. No copywriters need apply, but if you’re a Web Developer, you’re in luck. Share

Labor Prices Fluctuate Like Gold

Agencies are not exactly seen as paragons of innovation, but there are some smart people working to change that. Portland agency Fight, for instance, has introduced variable pricing, a simple concept based on supply (of their time) and demand (for their time). How Fight varies their rate is explained in detail on their site, but […]

New York City and L.A. Remain Epicenters In The Ad Biz

The Advertising Coalition, comprised of leading trade associations, media and marketing companies, commissioned a comprehensive study to assess advertising’s economic impact across 52 industries and state and national governments. The study found that US businesses spend $279 billion in advertising annually and that each dollar spent on advertising generates nearly $20 of economic output. When […]

When Ads Get Shoppers In The Store, Stores Buy More Ads

Data from research firm Kantar Media show supermarket chains’ advertising spending rose 19% to $393.3 million during the first half of 2010 compared with 2009. Safeway’s “Promise” campaign has been one of the more ambitious among large grocery chains during the past year, highlighting lower prices on thousands of items in television and other media. […]

Despite Squabbles About Effectiveness, Online Advertising Continues To Soar

If you sell display advertising on one of the world’s top Web sites, you’ve got plenty to be happy about. According to Brandweek, “the recession doesn’t exist on the Web. At least based on the momentum surrounding online advertising, which is back to it’s pre-downturn, every-quarter-sets-a-record pace.” Advertisers spent $12.1 billion on the Web during […]

Sam’s Club Wants To Give Its Small Business-Owning Customers Some Credit

Persistent unemployment nationwide is threatening to inhibit consumer spending. Against this backdrop of uncertainty, retailers are taking bold steps. Sam’s Club, for one, is introducing a program in which it facilitates loans for shoppers of up to $25,000, backed by the Small Business Administration. According to The New York Times, a little under half of […]

Careful With That Lead TV, The Internet Is Coming For You

Despite claims from some ad pros that online advertising doesn’t work very well, there’s no end of it in sight. In fact, online advertising has a long ways to go before it even hits its stride. Yet, presently it has enough speed to fly by newspaper advertising with nary a look back. According to The […]

The World Cup Is Just What The Ad World Needs

Sluggish spending on all fronts has led to a global economic slowdown, or crisis, depending on one’s location and situation. Now, the world’s favorite sport is helping to turn the tide. According to BusinessWeek, the World Cup will add as much as $1.5 billion to advertising spending this year as Coca-Cola Co. and Nike Inc. […]

It’s Okay To Say “Humble” And “TV” In The Same Sentence Now

Eat at Joe’s in Redondo Beach paid Stretch Media $5000 to write, produce and help place the following TV spot. According to LA Times, Eat at Joe’s is one of many small business now able to afford TV, outdoor and digital advertising courtesy of the economic downturn. …hard times in advertising and media have led […]

If You Live In Southern California, You Owe UCLA

Faced with a massive budget shortfall in California, UCLA is responding with IOUCLA, an unprecedented public outreach campaign to mobilize all Californians — both Bruins and non-Bruins — to raise their voices and share first-person stories about how UCLA has positively impacted their lives. IOUCLA was developed to build public support during the critical budget […]