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 […]

Jacksonville Agency Looking For Best-Of-Breed Creative, It Looks Like

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On Ideas in Jacksonville, Florida, is looking for a Copywriter. How do I know? Targeted advertising on Facebook: Will the job make you bananas? Do you have to be really hairy to qualify? Will you always feel hunted from the 1st day on the job? Apply and find out!

How To Make Money With Social Media Offers More Than Just “Send Me $5 Now”

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For the title of their new book, Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah didn’t go to Cleversville. They went straight for the gut with How to Make Money with Social Media: An Insider’s Guide on Using New and Emerging Media to Grow Your Business. The title is a little misleading; you’re not going to get a […]

Let’s Have A Chat About All These Conferences

I doubt I’ll be asked to speak at one anytime soon: Every week I see floods of tweets and blog posts from people I know sharing quotable nuggets or random observations from some marketing-related conference, seminar, or training session. Collectively, it always seems like these gatherings are the place to be for gaining bits of […]

A BeanCast To Kick Off The Week

Once again, I was privileged to appear on The BeanCast with show host Bob Knorpp as well as John Wall, Mike Rynchek and Jason Falls. We discussed a wide range of topics including social media’s role in broadcast metrics, the rise of co-viewing, online photos and usage rights, NFC payments, and the military’s use of […]