See This: Homeless People Wrapped In Christmas Lights

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Homelessness is certainly one of the more dramatic issues of our time. When using communications to address the issue, there is no need to complicate the matter or get in the way of the message. Thankfully, none of that artifice is present here. To raise awareness of the 93,000 homeless people all over the United […]

Today on TV: Foreigner Gets Played By Hot Pockets

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Hot Pockets is making fun of Foreigner. Man, that’s cold as ice. “With the protein of real hickory ham and 100% real cheese, it’s food that fires you up.” Sure it is. Rock on, Hot Pockets. Share

For $399, You Can Trust Your New Distance Off the Tee

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Don’t trust Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Day. Don’t trust robots. Don’t trust reviews. Trust your new distance,” care of a new TaylorMade SLDR driver. According to TaylorMade, many golfers have yet to experience the phenomenon of low-forward center of gravity (CG), which is at the foundation of SLDR’s performance. Low forward CG greatly […]

Can Brands Dance? Sir Martin Says Yes

Music moves people. Live music moves people deeply. The experience lingers for days, weeks, sometimes for years. Naturally, brand marketers would love to gain some of this attention for their own purposes, and increasingly they’re turning to experiential marketing to deliver. Which is why it is not surprising to learn that WPP has ponied up […]

Look Ma, We’re On TV

When I worked for BFG Communications, we put hundreds of bands on stage for Camel every year, and it was my job to extend the event marketing opportunity to the web via content capture from the events. We had tons of ideas on how to grow this integrated/relationship marketing loop, and do more for the […]

For Little Caesars, The Marketing Is A Bit On The Stale Side

There’s a Little Caesars up the road from me. And many times, I’ve gone in and gotten one of their $5 Hot n’ Ready Pizzas. It’s a good deal and it’s fairly tasty. But I’ve never, never felt like singing while walking out the door the way these folks do in the commercial that’s currently […]

See The Rolling Stones’ Early Sell-out For Rice Krispies

A subplot on last night’s “Mad Men” was an attempt by the agency to get the then-new Rolling Stones to do a commercial for Heinz. It was mentioned that in England, the Stones had done a spot for Rice Krispies. Which is true. See it here: Share

Land of 10,000 Things To Do

For the artists who make them and the brands who run them, a catchy tune is worth its weight in platinum. Take this new “More to Explore” radio campaign from Colle+McVoy, which features music performed by young stars of the Twin Cities music scene. The musicians who appear in these Explore Minnesota Tourism spots include […]

Project Runway Meets Mad Max

House music, elaborate costumes and the high desert. Someone’s been to Burning Man. What was that? A new music video from Swedish House Mafia? Or a long-form ad from TBWA/Chiat/Day meant to sell Sweden’s favorite vodka mixed with grapefruit juice? I have to say, I’ve never seen such an elaborate effort to promote the Greyhound, […]