Save The Earth, Buy A Chevy

Dan’s post today on Jeff Goodby’s PR efforts on behalf of Chevy led me to look a little closer at the work his agency is producing for the car company. Pretty pictures and Hal Riney-like voice over make for good commericals. But what about this promise to care for the environment? Isn’t that off brand? […]

What Happens When Your Ad Campaign Is Really A PR Campaign

Young & Rubicam is working with Goldman Sachs to improve the Wall Street firm’s reputation, as it begins to emerge from years of public scrutiny regarding it pay and business practices. According to The New York Times, Goldman’s “Progress is Everyone’s Business,” campaign is running in national, regional and local newspapers and on various web […]

The Strong Arm of Chevron Throttles Its Shareholding Critics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chevron is pursuing legal action against one of its small shareholders. Antonia Juhasz, who runs the energy program at San Francisco-based advocacy group Global Exchange, used her 14 shares to attend the Chevron annual shareholders meeting and disrupt it. She was removed from the meeting and arrested outside […]

Everybody’s Selling Something, Pretty Much All The Time

What did you just see in the Fox News segment above? Was it an ad? James Rainey of Los Angeles Times believes it is. And he reports that TV stations who have a legal obligation to reveal the relationship between a marketer and paid spokesperson, are failing to do so. According to Rainey, toy expert […]

Mormons Get A Brand Makeover

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Mormon”? If you’re like most people, your answer is probably polygamy, Utah or missionaries. But the Church of Later Day Saints is much bigger than that. In fact, it’s big enough to include surfers, skate rats and motorcycle riders. [via Make The Logo […]

Ground Beef, Ground Again

According to Fast Company, McDonald’s launch of “real fruit” smoothies (they’re actually made from purees) rightfully rattled, Jamba Juice. The San Francisco-based company responded with a new product of its own called the Cheeseburger Chill, described in a press release as “beefy, smothered in cheese, loaded with your favorite condiments and blended to creamy perfection.” […]

Ask For Permission, Or Ask For Forgiveness?

Jim Edwards of BNET is reporting on a PR stunt by Bavaria beer during the Holland v. Denmark World Cup game. 36 “Bavaria Beer Babes” got into the game disguised as Denmark supporters until they stripped down to their orange dresses, but they didn’t wear any beer logos. All they did was wear orange, the […]

BP Is Giving A Master Class In How To Screw Up Every Piece Of PR, Crisis Marketing And Damage Control

Today, BP put its Chairman in front of the cameras, a man who doesn’t speak English as a first language, and it showed: On Wednesday, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told reporters in Washington: “I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care, but that is not the case with BP. […]

BP Joins “The Discussion” (Just Like The Social Media Gurus Always Advise)

According to Forbes, BP is engaged in “crisis marketing.” A BP YouTube channel dedicated to telling their side of the story is part of the plan. Furthermore, Search Engine Watch estimates that BP is spending between $600,000 and $1 million a month on paid search advertising on Google–a small sum compared to the rumored $50 […]

Ad People Don’t Need A Makeover, They Need An Enema

In response to polls that show ad professionals are thought of by many Americans as hucksters, not hipsters, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute are teaming up to launch an Institute for Advertising Ethics. According to Ad Age: The AAF is providing seed money, office space and staffing to […]