How To Sell Beer: “Dogs and Horses, Horses and Dogs”

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Mason City Brewing in small-town Mason, Iowa decided to have some fun parodying “Big Beer.” The result is a low-tech spot featuring the things that those other beer companies use to advertise their product. Humorous and light hearted, yet in no way lives up to <sarcasm>the quality we demand as fine ad folk.</sarcasm> By the way, […]

Candy Brand Creates Conflict Resolution Solution

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Americans from all walks of life are convinced that they are right. Forget the topic or that they may be wrong as hell. They think they’re right, so they are. It’s the kind of thing that could drive person to eat a lot of candy in a nervous fit. Thankfully, there is a better way […]

Power To The Female People

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Women like NFL football. A lot! Millions will be watching later today when the Seahawks and Patriots battle for the crown. The Washington Post claims that women are the league’s most important demographic. Women make up an estimated 45 percent of the NFL’s more than 150 million American fans and have become perhaps pro football’s […]

Sundays Are For Football. You Can See The Ads Now.

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Only the most fortunate and well-heeled brand managers have $3.5 million at their disposal for 30 seconds of air time this Super Bowl Sunday. Let’s have a look at how some of the titans of the Ad Game are spending their ad dollars this season. Budweiser and it agency Anomaly are bound to move people […]

Bud Light To Anchor 4000-Room Party Boat in NYC for Super Bowl XLVIII VIPs

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When I worked on the Coors business at Integer back in the day, the brewery provided a lot of perks, primarily in the form of baseball, basketball, hockey and concert tickets. Broncos tickets were above my pay scale at the time. Not surprisingly, the King of Beers plays the perks game at an even higher […]

CPG Brand Advertising In A Split-Screen World

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It is Advertising Week in New York City. Of course AdPulp’s editor, publisher and contributing writers are nowhere near New York City, so let’s look to Bloomberg’s coverage for a moment. ‬Here is B. Bonin Bough of Mondelēz speaking to the impressed press about real-time marketing: “We can raise the overall ecosystem and ROI of […]

Church of Scientology Serves Up Poached Apple On Super Bowl Sunday

“In the eternal debate for answers the one thing that’s true is what’s true for you.” Sounds like a line from the Church or Relativity. In fact, it’s the clinching argument in an ad from Church of Scientology. Called “Knowledge,” the ad aired in select markets on Sunday during the big game. It was produced […]

Oreo Cookie Scores Social Media Win On Super Bowl Sunday, GoDaddy Heads To The Bank On Monday

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On the heels of Oreo’s big Super Bowl win during Sunday’s Super Bowl #blackout, are we ready to say real time marketing is a new trend? It’s a topic NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” picked up and ran with today. Oreo’s ad team took just five minutes to conceive and produce the ad, according to […]

Five Super Bowl Commercials Worth Revisiting

I am not an ad critic, but I play one on the Internets; ergo, you are no doubt chomping at the bit for my report on last night’s Adverganza. Sorry to keep you waiting… WORST IDEA WITH THE BEST EXECUTION: VW BEST SOCIAL MEDIA EXTENSION: OREO See how cookies v. cream plays out on Instagram. […]

Super Bowl Spots: Jeep Versus Dodge RAM And My Dual Reaction

Here’s the one and only question I’ve been pondering about last night’s Super Bowl TV spots: Why was I instantly smitten with the Dodge RAM “So God Made A Farmer” spot but thought the Jeep “Whole Again” soldier tribute spot was crass and exploitative? I’m speaking of my immediate, visceral reaction to both commercials, which […]