Taco Bell Airlifts Taco Truck To Remote Alaska Town, Feeds The Tacoless

Some pranksters (that may or may not be employed by Taco Bell and/or its ad agency, DraftFCB/Orange County) posted flyers in the small town of Bethel, Alaska announcing that a new Taco Bell would be opening on July 4th. The flyers included a fake web address but a real phone number belonging to a local […]

Benevolent Petroleum “Making Nice” In Communities Around The Gulf

BP spent years, and lots of money, helping us believe the impossible–that the company is an environmental steward, when in fact the very opposite is true. Now, with the Deepwater Horizon disaster as part of the company’s record, the brand guardians are back at work, saying essentially that with BP’s money and commitment to the […]

Every Company Is A Media Company, But Not Everybody Who Works At The Company Is A Writer, Photographer or Videographer

Content marketing in a B2B context isn’t as sexy as launching a new show on cable, making a glossy magazine, or cutting a record, but it can be entertaining and informative to a broad audience, nevertheless. Take the Free Press online newsroom from Intel. Social Media Today calls it a “leading example of not only […]

You Might Have A Beef With “Pink Slime” But Its Makers Have A Beef With That Name

If you want a good lesson in the power of words, branding, and crisis PR, consider the case of a product its maker calls “lean, finely textured beef” and others call “pink slime.” The campaign to rid supermarkets, schools, and restaurants of “pink slime” is having an effect on its maker, according to the Huffington […]

Fighting Words: Foamposite One Galaxy

Creating over-the-top-demand for a product (or service) is a what brand managers dream about. But in real life, it’s a perfect storm that only a few will ever experience. Apple knows this storm, and so does Nike. I use the word storm not lightly. Last week, people began rioting outside shopping malls in Florida and […]

One of Adland’s Stranger Marriages

Strawberry Frog has Leaped to What’s Next, namely the acquisition of the firm by APCO Worldwide, a stakeholder-engagement firm (whatever that means). The strawberry frogs will no doubt want to know what it’s like to work at APCO Worldwide. No worries, the stakeholder-engagement firm (whatever that means) has made a video to answer that. According […]

KFC Tries To Be Finger Lickin’ Good Again

KFC is out to win hearts and minds with its latest family-based public relations campaign. The fast feeder gave one military family an emotional and unexpected reunion this week. The 17-year-old twin daughters of Capt. Cherissa Jackson arrived at a Baltimore-area restaurant to help KFC employees assemble gift packages, but the gift turned out to […]

FedEx Man Takes His Job And Shoves It

FedEx charges a good deal of money to move precious packages around the world in very few hours. It’s a high wire act, and the holidays add considerable pressure on the company’s staff to perform. Sadly, not every staffer is able to perform up to the company’s standards, a fact that will be made increasingly […]

It’s Important for Brands to Listen To Customers And Their Own Conscience

TLC’s new show “All-American Muslim” is a nightmare for Lowe’s, and an example to other brands of what not to do. The California-based home repair retailer was advertising during the reality-based program, until some racist wing nuts in Florida started making noise, which frightened Lowe’s into withdrawing its ads from the show. While it is […]

End The Negligence – Send MBAs Into Action With Proper PR Training

There’s an interesting discussion about the need for mainstream press taking place in the comments on Vinny Warren’s post about the Chicago Tribune’s lack of a clue when it comes to reporting on the city’s advertising business. “I have a hard time believing in the old model where we lean on the press to reach […]