Tweeted Ad From Nike Golf Sails Out of Bounds

Nike Golf Tweeted a simple aphorism and a storm erupted. People are so sensitive! “Winning takes care of everything.” @tigerwoods, World #1. twitter.com/nikegolf/statu… — Nike Golf (@nikegolf) March 25, 2013 The talking heads on CNN are discussing the wisdom, or lack thereof, of Nike’s ways. So are the instapundits on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Some […]

Far From A “Triumph” For Carnival Or Cruising

There’s an old saying in the hospitality business, “If the guest has a good experience, she might tell one person about it, but if she has a bad experience she’s going to tell ten.” With 3000 very unhappy customers disembarking last night from a failed (and well publicized) cruise, it goes without saying that Carnival […]

President Obama Embraces Google+. Now, Will You?

Google+ is the unloved soc net. But that may begin to shift, now that President Obama is using the platform’s Hangout feature for a virtual town hall, or “Fireside Hangout” this Thursday, just two day after his State of the Union address. According to Google, selected participants will ask the President their own pre-screened questions […]

Guns Don’t Kill People. But People With Guns Do.

The National Rifle Association makes “repugnant and cowardly” ads, but the gun lobby appears slightly more adept at brand-sponsored content. Here’s a look at a video from their “Life of Duty” series sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Brownell’s, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. “It’s freedom to be […]

In America, Companies Are People And People Discriminate

The “culture wars” have come to Mainstreet, U.S.A. The Boy Scouts are not an inclusive group, and one of their biggest corporate backers has been moved to change their giving policy because of it. According to The Oregonian, Intel (Oregon’s largest employer) will no longer include The Boy Scouts or any non-profit that fails to […]

Nail Biters of the World Unite Around Real Life Space Drama

Austrian daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, successfully jumped from a balloon hovering 128,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico today. After cartwheeling through the stratosphere for a time, Baumgartner gained control of his trajectory and proceeded to make a safe landing. The nail-biting event aired on live 40 television networks in 50 countries and the live feed was […]

The Ad Industry Has Lots Of Laborers, But No Unions

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From the perspective or organized labor, this year’s Democratic Convention in Charlotte is something of a bust. After pumping $8.5 million into the 2008 Democratic convention, unions decided against funding this year’s convention because North Carolina is the most hostile state in the union to the very idea of, and practices of organized labor, as […]

When Face Paint Won’t Do, Drink From Your Favorite Tumbler

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The PR industry takes a crap in my inbox daily, so it is hard for me to express just how refreshing it is to receive a pitch by mail. Especially when it’s a custom appeal, made just for me. Like the box that arrived yesterday on my front porch… Have you ever read my Twitter […]

There’s A Mom Behind Every Champion, And P&G Is Behind Every Mom

The Olympics are endowed with many emotional, forever memorable moments. Athletes train their entire lives to appear on this world stage–a stage where the heartbreak of a loss or the triumph of a win are as real as they are overwhelming. Proctor and Gamble, and its agency partner Wieden + Kennedy, smartly built a content […]

Maybe Shell Doesn’t Think Social Media Matters All That Much

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The Greenpeace-supported fake Shell website has gained a lot of social media traction this past week. By using Shell’s logo, among other things, the site comes off as pretty slick and its official-lookingness has a lot of people fooled. The site gives people a chance to create their own “Let’s Go” ads like this one: […]