Don’s Fall From Grace Is Also Troubling For Non-Fans of Mad Men

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“The image of Don Draper tumbling through space has been used since the show began in 2007 to represent a man whose life is in turmoil. The image used in the campaign is intended to serve as a metaphor for what is happening in Don Draper’s fictional life and in no way references actual events.” […]

In Adlandia, We Know Not Where Public Space Ends And Private Space Begins

Although many brand managers and their lawyers will vehemently disagree, everything is a remix, a.k.a. mashup. They may also disagree that advertising is mostly pollution. But let’s listen to Banksy on the topic: Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to […]

If You Love Corporations, Stop Mitt The Ripper

“If corporations are people, then Mitt Romney is Mitt the Ripper.” So says Colbert Super PAC, a political arm of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, a.k.a. the joke that’s isn’t a joke. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive I love the language in this spot. “If you believe […]

The Probelem With Conceived In California, But Made In China

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President Obama wants “Made In America” to mean something again. And it’s no wonder, when “Made In China” comes with as many human rights questions as it does. As you may have heard, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China recently threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. […]

Good Jews Live In Israel, Says Israel

According to The New York Times, American Jews are upset with insulting messages conveyed in a new ad campaign from Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. The Ministry is headed by Sofa Landver, who belongs to the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party led by Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Intended to cajole Israelis living in the United […]

When Brands Matter, People Care. Otherwise Not So Much.

According to Havas Media, the people you’re trying to reach today don’t like you and don’t want to hear from you. In fact, the agency’s new study (that took into account the views of 50,000 consumers across 14 international markets) found that most people would not care if 70% of brands ceased to exist. Hernan […]

Occupy Outdoor Advertising

There is a grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. There is a documentary film about the grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. The argument here is about the use of public space for advertising. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you okay with outdoor advertising clogging up the landscape and cityscape? I appreciate the passion […]

Cue Laugh Track

I know I shouldn’t laugh, but the following news from MediaPost is oddly amusing. The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Watchdog, and The Praxis Project are complaining to the Federal Trade Commission that Doritos is harming teens by creating immersive game sites like Hotel626.com and Asylum626, without making clear the sites’ purpose is […]

Advertising Works. There, I Said It.

Who needs advertising? It’s mostly a colossal waste of money. Right? According to research from Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke University, “the best result that an advertiser can hope for is to nudge us in the direction we were already going — reaffirming a slightly positive association with a brand […]

Sustainable To The Core

Patagonia_s Common Threads Initative to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Patagonia is an amazing company. Their founder is a great climber and outdoorsman, their products are awesome and the brand is one that lives its values on its fleece sleeve. So, it’s not all that surprising that the company is now asking its customers to buy only what they need, repair what breaks and recycle […]