Americans Love Letters. So Will They Start Writing More?

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Just last week in my Talent Zoo column, I wrote about the struggles of the US Postal Service and the fact that I’d recently come across some old handwritten letters, the kind I haven’t gotten in years. Now it appears Albuquerque agency McKee Wallwork Cleveland wants to bring back the handwritten letter, with a project […]

Would Advertising Go Postal if the Post Office Disappeared?

Direct Mail isn’t sexy. Most people hate it, they call it “junk mail,” often for good reason. And it’s always been a less-than-desirable assignment for creatives. But a lot of money is still spent on direct, and the US Postal Service is dependent on it to survive. So what would direct mail look like in […]

Lowe’s Improves A Slice Of Life

The progression of life is really done well in this new spot for Lowe’s for the launch of their new “Never Stop Improving” campaign. The ad was created by BBDO. But, equally important these days, the song used in the spot is “Don’t Stop” by a Gin Wigmore, a singer from New Zealand. For a […]

Can Rip The Drip Get You To Stop Wasting Water?

We’ve seen a number of efforts to call attention to countries where drinking water is scarce. But what about excessive water consumption here at home? Shelton Group in Knoxville is calling attention to the problem with a character called Rip The Drip, who shows up exactly at the moment water begins to be wasted. You […]

R.E.M. Gives A Little Back To The Hometown School

It’s college football season, and in the South, it’s a huge deal. It also usually means one thing: Lame, cheap-looking school promo commercials that are shown on TV at halftime. A group of University of Georgia alumni calling themselves “The Bulldog Collective” set out to create a better spot, and called upon Athens’ favorite sons, […]

Dan, Now Coming To You From Seattle

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As David mentioned the other day, I have left my native Atlanta for a move to the Emerald City. As of yesterday, I am now a resident of Seattle. Of all the changes and transitions I’ve made in my life, this one could be the biggest. That’s because I have accompanied my girlfriend Valerie out […]

Taking It Personally: In Advertising, Criticism Is 100% Guaranteed.

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Recently, after presenting to a particularly difficult client, a colleague in the media department turned to me and said, “Wow. You creatives really get beat up. I don’t know how you handle the constant criticism.” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard that—almost always from someone outside the Creative Department—but it reminded me how surviving […]

Calling Jon (As Don) To Atlanta

For quite some time, students at The Creative Circus have been hoping to lure Jon Hamm to their graduation ceremony to impart some Don Draper wisdom. They’ve gotten CDs from all over to help them make their case. But now, with graduation looming, they’re making their final pitch. I really hope Jon agrees to do […]

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

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Behold the latest from Parry Gripp, close personal friend of mine (OK, professional acquaintance) and the musical genius behind YouTube sensations like Do You Like Waffles?, Hamster On A Piano and my personal favorite, Wiener Dog On A Minimoog. It’s a new iPhone app from Kihon inspired by one of his most popular songs, Baby […]