Vodka May Lead To Armed Insurgency

Last December we reported on the growing popularity of Kalashnikov vodka

Pure Content–Oxymoron Of The Moment

Chicagoist is running a highly favorable piece on Costello’s, which just so happens to be my local sub shop of choice. One commentator, Kris, asked, “Is this a blog entry or an advertisement? What gives?” Kris must not realize that everyone’s a creative director today. That customers often know how to make better ads than […]

Soapboxes For Everyone

In the comments area on Gaping Void, Dwight Little recently had this to say, “Advertising as we know it is ineffective. Advertising as we know it is obsolete. Advertising as we know it is extinct. Have I got that right? Once again, I ask Hugh – and Keith and the rest – if “the ‘conventional’ […]

For Lovemarks To Count They Must Be Genuine Article

The anti-Lovemarks argument just found its voice (or at least one I can readily comprehend), thanks to Rob at Bad Marketing. He writes: “Lovemarks isn’t complete bunk. The vitriolic response comes because this ad agency has created and hyped the idea, and pretends they can recreate, even manufacture it. Most of us probably have some […]

Bud Still Struggling To Find Taste

from Adweek: Anheuser-Busch considered running a spot during this year’s upcoming Super Bowl that parodies Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” that took place during the halftime show of last year’s game, but decided against it after consultation with Fox and NFL officials. “We basically came to the conclusion at the same time” that the commercial, […]

See No Evil

from Middle East Online: British Muslim activists have stepped up a campaign to deface or rip down advertising billboards featuring scantily-clad women in communities with large numbers of Muslims. Ads for perfume, hair dye, bras and television programs are among those that have been attacked. Photographs of semi-dressed women are the most frequently targeted, with […]

Famous Man Of Letters Blames Interruption Marketing For Many Of Our Ills

The Sunday newspaper insert, Parade, asked Norman Mailer, “If you could do one thing to change America for the better, what would it be?” Mailer said, “If the desire to read diminishes, so does one’s ability to read. The search for a culprit does not have to go far. The constant interruption of concentration on […]

Puritans Opt Out

from NY Times: There are, it seems, subscribers who dislike Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. They do not want to see it and they certainly do not want it sent to them. They view the sensuous lounging of supermodels in expensive bikinis as alien to the mission of a weekly sports magazine. The anti-swimsuit-issue backlash […]

Rock Mag Quibbles Over Truth In Tagline

According to USA Today, The nation’s largest Bible publisher, seeking to reach “spiritually intrigued 18- to 34-year-olds,” has stumbled over an unexpected rock: Rolling Stone. The magazine rejected Zondervan’s Bible ad just weeks before its scheduled run date, citing an unwritten policy against accepting ads containing religious messages. The ad carries the slogan: “Timeless truth. […]

Public Interest Lobbyists Tilting At Windmills

from Washington Post: A Washington consumer group held a press conference yesterday urging food marketers to voluntarily quit promoting junk food to children. Center for Science in the Public Interest, which regularly weighs in on nutrition issues, outlined voluntary guidelines calling for a complete halt to promoting soda, caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks; foods largely […]