Omnicom Beats Omnicom, Omnicom, And Omnicom

The Jeep account, previously held at an Omnicom agency, is now moving to a new Omnicom agency, after a pitch that involved other Omnicom agencies. Adweek clears it all up: Omnicom Group’s Cutwater has won creative duties on Jeep, the client confirmed. Cutwater, the newly launched San Francisco agency led by former TBWA\Chiat\Day creative executive […]

Hyundai Leaves Skidmarks in Richards’ Driveway

Although I bought a new Hyundai Santa Fe a few months ago, advertising had nothing to do with my purchase. And when I finally saw a Richards Group TV spot for it, I wasn’t impressed–and definitely didn’t feel like it was connecting with me as a Hyundai owner. Seems I wasn’t alone in that assessment: […]

Jiffy Lube Wants A Two-Way Customer Conversation. Maybe.

In Southern California, Jiffy Lube locations got busted for not doing work that customers paid for. The above follow-up report, taken from the local news in LA, shows clips of a Jiffy Lube “apology” commercial and the reactions of some of the customers who got screwed. It doesn’t appear Jiffy Lube is all that interested […]

Art Directors Don’t Surf!

The New York Times looks at a strange wintertime activity on the shores of Lake Erie. The strongest winds and waves come in winter, just before Lake Erie freezes. Waves up to 10 feet have been surfed, but the largest swells are usually chest-high. Instead of curling into a vertical wall, the waves are round […]

Roehm Leaves Bentonville In The Dust

Boy, if you thought DraftFCB was up shit’s creek before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Because the key client decision-maker at Wal-Mart who gave the account to them has gone–after 9 months on the job. From Ad Age: Ms. Roehm’s departure comes a little more than a month after the retailer handed its account to […]

Charmin Lets You Squeeze One Out In Times Square

I love New York City, but I’ve often thought that it’s a very atypical test market compared to the rest of America for the purposes of conducting marketing experiments. But I think this is a pretty good idea. From The New York Times: From next Monday through Dec. 31, the Procter & Gamble Charmin brand […]

Ads On Conveyor Belts: The New New Thing

Today’s Ad Age points to the latest media outlet: the checkout counter. “Conveyor belts have never been on anybody’s radar screen for marketing,” said Frank Cox, president-CEO of EnVision Marketing Group, a Little Rock, Ark., firm with a patented system to print digital, photo-quality ads directly on conveyor belts. “But a store with eight to […]

Advertising-Supported Restaurant Is A Hoax. For Now.

There are a few “reviews” of The Butter Trough on restaurant-finder websites, and there was a help-wanted ad on Craigslist, but alas, there is no such place. Not yet, at least. From its website: The Butter Trough is the world’s FIRST 100% advertisement supported restaraunt. Come down to our Atlanta Facility to enjoy food and […]

Big Black Women On The Commercial Casting Couch

The New York Times takes a closer look today at the increasing use of heavyset black women in ads: This caricature, playing on stereotypes of heavy black women as boisterous and sometimes aggressive, has been showing up for some time in stand-up comedy routines and in movies like “Big Momma’s House’’ and “Diary of a […]

For Chrysler, New German Campaign Ist Nicht Gut

Ad Age reports that Chrysler’s new campaign featuring “Dr. Z” isn’t helping their sales: The automaker won’t report July sales until later this week, but independent auto-information site Edmunds.com forecasts Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales will slide 17% vs. July 2005. The drop reflects one fewer selling day than last year. There are other reasons why […]