Seven Invasions of Privacy We Accept as Commonplace

Advertisers train themselves to gather data. They become such experts at gathering analytics and number crunching that they forget about user privacy. A normal Monday to an advertiser is a user’s breach of privacy, but companies are using that data in new and creative ways. There is a certain etiquette to dealing with user information, […]

Mediacaddy Puts A Third Screen Right At The Bar

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I spent the past weekend visiting friends in Atlanta, and revisiting familiar haunts. So while taking in a little college football at a sports bar on Saturday, I saw a new (to me, at least) form of distraction: A rotating slide show screen housed in a napkin/straw dispenser, courtesy of a company called Mediacaddy. I’m […]

An Agency In Five Days: JWT Pops Up At SXSWi Next Month

Call Us Walter

Big agency services for startups, at retail, for five days only. WALTER looks to be another great idea from JWT. Next month in Austin, technology startups in town for SXSW Interactive will have the chance to meet with JWT’s “collective of industrious outsiders who embrace uncertainty and invent within chaos.” I take it they’ll leave […]

Ad-Stimulated Moments of Truth Explored in Marketing eBook From Google Exec

According to The New York Times, Winning the Zero Moment of Truth is a new eBook by Jim Lecinski, Google’s Managing Director of US Sales & Service. In a phone interview with the Times, Mr. Lecinski explained that the title is a play on a phrase that is beloved by Procter & Gamble, “the first […]

I Love How In Minnesota, Winter Is The Season To Shine

New holiday-themed point-of-sale for Caribou Coffee… Agency: Colle+McVoy

A Good Day To Say “I Do”

We went to a wedding yesterday. Apparently it’s something a lot of people will be doing today, as well. Brides magazine estimates that 31,050 couples will be married today — almost 10 times as many as marry on a typical Sunday — to take advantage of the perceived benefits of writing one’s wedding date as […]

Talk About A Shelf Talker

Convinced there are not enough screens in the world, a company called Automated Media Services is set to introduce 3GTV at retail, in hopes that shoppers can be further swayed at the ever critical point of sale. One of the firm’s advisers, Burt Manning, formerly of JWT, told The New York Times, “People are still […]

Wine by Joe Is A Great Product, In A Great Package With Great Point of Sale

I saw something yesterday that I don’t normally see on our trips to Willamette Valley wineries. Exceptional POS! I’ve written before about the wine industry’s need–in marketing terms–to move from the cottage to the estate. One of the best places to make such a move is in-store, since that’s where the greatest number of purchase […]

Marry Digital To Experiential And Don’t Look Back

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 […]