Self-Promo Ad #4

Commercial writing is still creative writing. Otherwise, it’s not writing at all, just empty words strung together haphazardly. And Lord knows, there’s an overabundance of such drivel passing as marketing communications. Since you’re reading this via AdPulp, not Craigslist where it originally appeared, chances are good you know the value of compelling copy. Which is […]

Guest Post: Jerry Ketel Spiffs His Brand

Editor’s note: Jerry Ketel is one of Portland’s leading figures in the agency business. He runs a firm with his name on the door and he’s President of the Portland Ad Fed. Recently, Ketel attended a class that moved him. Here’s his account. Instead of navel gazing, maybe it’s time to rebrand yourself. Recently, I […]

Self-Promo Ad #2

After Bozell laid me off in 2001, I wandered around for bit looking for a foothold. It came when Dave Markes introduced me to Cathy Solarana. Cathy had a solid design business going in Omaha and her clients were increasingly asking for ads, not just design. That meant someone had to help concept the ads […]

Creative People Find Elegant Solutions (It’s Our Job)

Bill Taylor, co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win with Polly LaBarre, reminds us that tough economic times are also times of innovation. Don’t let risky times dull your appetite for taking risk. More then ever, companies and their leaders have to offer a positive alternative to a demoralizing […]

Online In ’09

I mentioned yesterday that I want to see what AdPulp and social media, in general, can do in ’09. My challenges are presently two-fold: A) We own a house near Hilton Head and Savannah that we need to sell or rent, a.s.a.p. b) I need to secure new income streams from a variety of sources, […]

Self-Promo Ad #1

It’s 2009 and we’re going to see what AdPulp can do this year. And what social media can do. The impetus for this is personal, in that I moved from South Carolina to Oregon last August, worked remotely for BFG until the end of the year and am now a member of Free Agent Nation, […]

Social Media’s Social Order

BusinessWeek’s Blogspotting blog endeavored to discover “voices of innovation” in social media. But “discover” may be too strong a word, since the list they provided features all the usual suspects. Seth Godin, for one, doesn’t like it. Trolling for traffic like this is beneath BW. This was a state of the art traffic trick about […]

It Takes Brains

Brains on Fire has a new website and it’s well worth your click. Not only is the design of the moment, the copy sings. Here’s how they describe themselves: We are a tribe of true believers… Protagonists. Pirates. Optimists. Disco-junkies. Brutally honest superheroes. And if the walls come tumbling down tomorrow, no worries. We’ve still […]

Personal Statements

Self-promotion is a big part of the ad biz. Every agency has a self-promo site and many make self-promo print ads to run in specialty publications. Then there’s the whole “make an ad for yourself” thing that happens, as ad people seek higher and higher realms. One might even argue this site is a self-promo […]

Monetize Me!

People are thinking a lot about how to monetize “new” media, such as podcasts and blogs. Well, prepare for a game-changing bomb drop right here on AdPulp. What I’m talking about is monetizing old media; namely, me. Case Study: Gavin Gavin is a 14-year-old developmentally disabled boy who lives in my neighborhood. For a few […]