This Holiday Season, Take Aim at the GSD&M Staffer of Your Choice

It rarely snows in Austin, which may help explain why GSD&M is pelting its own this holiday season. Share

10 Things I Learned or Relearned This Year

Inspired by the series of posts on The Denver Egotist… 1. As the head of my own shop, no matter what my title, skill set or background, I work in account service. 2. Being known for more than one thing asks too much of people, who greatly prefer to associate you with one thing. For […]

Santa Has Guidelines, So Your Work Better Be Good For Goodness Sake


Via UK-Based “Brand Language Agency” Quietroom comes the Santa Brand Book. Anybody else have some clever agency holiday card-type objects to pass along? Let us know. Share

Choose a Media Diet That’s Full of Both Nutrition and Junk


Like a lot of people, I easily get sucked into the vortex of media consumption that is so readily available on the web. But am I helping myself? What’s the proper media diet for an advertising professional? Don’t forget: advertising relies on knowledge of lowbrow culture just as much as anything that’s considered classic literature […]

Dr. Pepper Dangles Tuition Money In Front of College Students

“Dr. Pepper is changing lives” is not the kind of promotional come on we’re used to hearing from a large packaged goods brand. Which makes this “marketing as a service” campaign from the beverage brand sort of interesting. But does it sell more soda? You be the judge… Here’s a new entry in the brand’s […]

A BeanCast, And A Book

A couple of items of self-promotion, if you’ll allow me the privilege. First, I had the great opportunity to make a repeat appearance on this week’s BeanCast, which also featured: Steve Hall of AdRants, Kristi Faulkner of NYC’s Womenkind, Jim Hopkinson of The Hopkinson Report, and of course, show host Bob Knorpp. We got into […]

Strangers In A Strange Adland

40 Strangest Agency Names, and Where They Came From | Adweek

David Griner of Adweek’s blog Adfreak put an interesting list together of 40 agencies with strange names. Of course, I’m thrilled to see Bonehook, the company I started two years ago, on the list at #38 and humbled to be included along with some truly great shops like Taxi, Big Spaceship, Naked, Droga5, Creature, Wexley […]

Creative Recharge Is Your Jolt Of Bizarro For the Day


Courtesy of a few Creative Circus students comes Creative Recharge, a site designed for industry folks to get the creative juices flowing when they’re stuck. It’s part self-promotion, part improv, and all just weirdness for fun’s sake. Hey, we all get a little drained sometimes, right? Not sure about the guys on the site, but […]

Inspired Advertising Is Born of the Streets

“New York is a stage that we’re all part of,” says The Chairman. This inclusive language is courtesy of Leo Burnett, a stalwart, but new arrival in The City. According to The New York Times, Burnett/New York is promoting itself with a consumer-generated content campaign called New York Writes Itself. New York Writes Itself is […]

Paid Content In 2012 And Beyond


Geekend Roadshow is coming to DMA2011 in Boston next week. DMA is “the global event for real-time marketers,” and Geekend is DMA’s hot young date. It’s also the Savannah-based conference that my friend and former colleague, Sloane Kelley, is co-producing (and my former employer, BFG Communciations, is sponsoring). I’m traveling to Boston to speak on […]