Planters Aims For Men, With A Magazine In Tow

A new campaign for Planters aims directly for men with a new “NUT-rition Mix,” and ties in “Men’s Health” magazine in the process: From the press release: ”This is our first time working with a snack brand, and the product had to meet the high standards our readers know to expect from us,” said Ronan […]

When The Creative Product Is Just A Commodity

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Just as news of Havas’ acquisition of  Victors & Spoils brought everyone’s favorite buzzword, crowdsourcing, back into the spotlight this week, I received an email alerting me that one of my neighbors had chosen a logo for his new business. Where did he get it? From the crowd, of course, via 99designs.com. Check the screen […]

Let My People Go Shopping Like Everyone Else

If there’s one thing “Mad Men” has been successful at, it’s the launching of a ridiculous number of columns, opinions and people who’ve popped up to attach themselves to the show’s popularity. One tangentially related column is this one by Mat Zucker, CCO of OgilvyOne Worldwide. Writing in an online Jewish publication called Tablet, he […]

Hill Holliday Goes Back In Time For Newsweek’s “Mad Men” Issue

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Newsweek Magazine is going retro from cover to cover in celebration of the fifth season of “Mad Men,” due to air later this month. According to Hollywood Reporter, the new issue dives deep into the conservative, pre-culture shift 1960s consumer world of the show, and offers ads for modern day companies designed in the style […]

Pop Will Eat Itself: Long-Form Ads Jump From Web To TV

It’s no secret that people will watch long-form video ads online. BMW Films proved that long ago, spawning a slew of adland imitators in the process. Today, so many brands have their own “Brand X Films” online that it seems long-form ads were bound to cross over to the TV screen sooner or later. (Which […]

Thinking Beyond The :30. TED’s Ads Worth Spreading 2012

For those with more than thirty seconds to spare, the TED Conference has announced the winners of this year’s Ads Worth Spreading, their annual salute to the best in online video storytelling. Entries were solicited via YouTube.com and ranged from 30-second spots to 5-minute mini-documentaries, as well as several custom-made TEDTalk-like pieces humanizing companies and […]

Not Your Father’s CMO

Today’s CMOs are more than marketers, they’re “Marketing’s CEOs.” That’s according to CMG Partners and their 4th Annual CMO’s Agenda, a study of the latest trends and issues facing CMOs today. Based on interviews with 30 CMOs at U.S. companies, the study identified five trends affecting Chief Marketing Officers, including a reported increase in influence […]

One Badass Product Positioning

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In the world of rock guitar, you can never have too many effects pedals. Especially distortion pedals. Guitar players talk about distortion the way wine drinkers talk about wine. One pedal has “a brittle edge with a sweet undertone.” Another features “boosted mids and a smooth top-end.” One pedal pairs well with a vintage tube […]

Jean Paul Gaultier Proves Thinking Is Always In Fashion

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Holidays are always a good time to relax and recharge, and if you can do something that inspires you during your time off, so much the better. That’s exactly what happened this year after I gave my wife a Christmas gift of tickets to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. […]

The Miami ADDYs Look For Ideas That Survived

From AAF Miami comes a literal interpretation of ‘the idea that got killed.” Which reminds me of something I once wrote: At any moment, your executions may be killed at random by people you’ve never met for reasons that don’t make sense.