#AskJPM Backfires, House of Morgan Cancels Tweet Chat

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JPMorgan Chase & Co intended to use Twitter today for thought leadership purposes. Using the hashtag #AskJPM, interested parties were invited to send questions in advance of the session set for Thursday at 1 p.m. in New York. $JPM VC Jimmy Lee is taking over @JPMorgan on 11/14 at 1pm ET. Tweet Qs using #AskJPM […]

Jeep Cherokee and Wild Turkey Will Set You Free

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Hey man, don’t let your routine get you down. Sure the pressures of work threaten to destroy your good mood and there’s not enough money to send the kids to college, plus your football team is an embarrassment. But seriously none of that matters when you drive a new Jeep Cherokee into the mountains where […]

Come On Down, Everyone Is Welcome At The Altar of Creativity

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Media is powerful. In fact, just one potent article in a trusted magazine or newspaper has the power to inspire us, shape us and lead us to new places. Take “The Brand Called You” by Tom Peters. The article first appeared in Fast Company on August 31, 1997. Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless […]

Order Large Buttered Popcorn and Save Yourself from Cinema Advertising

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Chew on this…the act of chewing negates the efficacy of adverts, particularly in movie theater settings. According to a new study by a group of researchers from Cologne University, the reason why adverts manage to imprint brand names on our brains is that our lips and the tongue automatically simulate the pronunciation of a new […]

How Ad Agencies Do Less With More

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Robin Williams once said cocaine was God’s way of saying you make too much money. Something tells me he’d say the same about ad agencies’ current fascination with turning even the smallest task into a gigantic group project. You’d think in these days of tight budgets, rapidly changing media and constant connectivity, agencies would not […]

Brand Babble Is Social Media Pollution

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We need to develop a pH test for brand content in social streams. Short of this chemistry set solution, we can listen to Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of social media at Hill Holliday. Here are some nuggets from his Ad Age spotlight on the preponderance of brand babble in social channels. Today […]

Scheduling Your Tweets? Congratulations, You’re A Broadcaster

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Thanks to the crazy number of hours I spend in front of a computer screen, I see a ton of questionable content. The content is suspect because it is overly promotional. I expect brands to fall into this trap. Brands have more than a century of bad advertising to convince themselves of the rightness of […]

Fix Your Agency Talent Drain With Praise, Respect, Money and Skill

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There’s a lot of noise about agencies failing to innovate and how this doesn’t work for today’s young workforce. In many instances the complaints are highly credible. Other times, it doesn’t add up to more than bitching about work. Murat Mutlu, a product designer and co-founder of Marvel App, offers up his take on why […]

Are Copywriters Just Authors In Hiding?

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Elmore Leonard’s recent passing prompted Bruce McCall to write a reflective piece for The New Yorker. McCall worked on Chevy in Detroit at the same time Leonard was banging out Westerns on his typewriter and working as a copywriter. McCall notes how common it is for real writers to find “safe harbor” in the ad […]

People of Planet Earth Rise Up Against Monsanto, Putin Threatens War

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People are pissed about the food supply being tweaked by multi-national corporations in pursuit of profits. How pissed? Two million activists from 436 cities in 52 countries participated in Saturday’s March Against Monsanto. According to AP, Monsanto, which calls itself a “sustainable agriculture company,” maintains that its seeds improve agriculture by helping farmers produce more […]