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 […]

Old Ads Get New Life Thanks To YouTube And Others

American Copywriter points to this ad for Winston. Never mind the “I can’t believe they got away with this back in the day” factor. If old commercials keep cropping up, can brands that truly want to change their image succeed? Because nearly every brand that’s been around for the last 50 years ago has some […]

Jessica Simpson Is New Cover Girl For Anti-DRM Movement

USA Today is running a story on the clue Sony BMG just got. Jessica Simpson’s “A Public Affair” went on sale this week at Yahoo Music, and unlike every digital song sold on competitors Apple iTunes, Napster and Rhapsody, it is compatible with all portable music players. The song is in the open MP3 format […]

Here’s A Great USP For Waterfront Property: No Hurricanes!

Over at BusinessWeek’s Hot Property blog, Peter Coy tells of Liberty Harbor, a residential community being built in Brunswick, GA. Brunswick is on the coast, but to make the community really appealing, here are a few of the marketing pitches: “Because it sits nearly 100 miles from the Gulf Stream, Brunswick is in a geographical […]

Coke Mole Ferreted Out

According to USA Today, a woman working at Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta allegedly lifted trade secrets (including new product samples) and tried to sell them to Pepsi for measly sums. But Pepsi wasn’t havin’ it. Three people have been arrested and charged with stealing confidential information about drink recipes from The Coca-Cola and trying to […]

Want To Be The Chief Creative Officer Of A Newspaper?

From Ad Age: In a bold stroke that will be watched closely by the ailing industry to see if he can lead advertisers to rethink how they use newspapers, Brian P. Tierney, best known for running one of Philadelphia’s leading public-relations and ad agencies, is in the market for a chief creative officer for his […]

Once Again, The Cool Kids Are Voting

In a big red box on its site Adweek is once again letting you choose superlatives and not-so-superlatives from among a handful of agencies in various categories. Last year, Grey was the default choice in many of the “worst” categories, which led to the creation of WorstAgencyReel.com. Seems like the same 25 or so agencies […]