Over-Promise At Your Own Peril

Do you have clients who insist on over-promising to their customers? Seth Godin, for one, doesn’t like it. Godin mentions Delta in his post, so I went out and found a Delta ad to illustrate his points (even though Delta is merely an example here). Here’s the crux of Godin’s argument: The problem is this: […]

San Francico Tells McDonald’s To Stop Toying Around

According to Los Angeles Times San Francisco’s board of supervisors has voted to ban McDonald’s Happy Meals from the city’s restaurants. The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat. […]

On This Site Stood…

The I-75 Project is a public art installation from Norm Magnusson. “Are they real?” is a question viewers frequently ask, meaning “are they state-sponsored?” Magnusson loves this confusion and hopes to slip a message in while people are mulling it over. These markers are just the kind of public art he really enjoys: gently assertive […]

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 […]

Truly Awesome Towns Don’t Refer To Their Awesomeness By Name

Valencia, CA is Awesometown. According to Los Angeles Times, Newhall Land Development has used a variety of marketing slogans over the years to sell homes and recruit new residents to Valencia, its master-planned community in the city of Santa Clarita. But none grabbed the public’s attention quite like “Awesometown.” Witness, Who the fuck decided that […]

Are You Having Fun Yet?

Yesterday, after reading in Ad Age that creative people in advertising aren’t having fun anymore, I made the following post to Twitter: Which led to some excellent “at replies” from Twitter users @missjenny and @emanuelbrown. @missjenny said, “Amen. My dad’s a welder. He gets to say he’s not having fun. I don’t.” And @emanuelbrown said, […]

McLocal: These Fries Are “Grown in Richland, Served in Ballard”

Lisa Hymas of Grist doesn’t buy the McLocal message she found in suburban Seattle. She asks what’s next, “High-fructose corn syrup from Ames, Iowa?” Here’s my problem with the Gristian criticism. Way too many environmentalists are still stuck in an “us v. them” mindset, which is a trap. We’re all in this together. We want […]

BP Takes Page From The Pentagon’s Playbook, Denies Access To The Press

According to Newsweek, BP, the U.S. Coast Guard and locals now employed in the Deepwater Horizon cleanup effort are working hard to keep the press, especially photojournalists, away from the spill. More than a month into the disaster, a host of anecdotal evidence is emerging from reporters, photographers, and TV crews in which BP and […]

What’s The Big Deal?

The following ad is too overtly sexual to appear on network television. Which, of course, is exactly what helps lead to a viral hit online. At this time, the commercial has been viewed 2,577,747 times on YouTube. According to Palm Beach Post, ABC deemed the ad too racy for viewers of Dancing with the Stars, […]

For BP, Environmental Disaster Equals Business Disaster

I haven’t purchased gas or anything else from Exxon since the Valdez spill. Sadly, it’s time to add BP to the list of companies I boycott. According to Los Angeles Times, BP has spent heavily to position itself as an environmentally friendly company, redesigning its logo into a green-and-yellow sunburst and advertising its $4-billion alternative-energy […]