Dumb Ways To Die Was Born Out Of Simplicity

I always like to read “how they did that” accounts of good advertising work. On Adweek today, there’s a good account of McCann Australia’s effort for train safety, which features a video showing “Dumb Ways To Die.” Frankly, this song is so damn catchy I downloaded it, burned it to a CD and am playing […]

Quick, Name Five YouTube Sensations. If You Failed To Do So, You Might Welcome YouTube’s Help.

“Hey, we need a ‘YouTube sensation’ for this concept to really fly.” If you’re a producer, and you just heard those words from the creative director’s mouth, what do you do? Where do you go? The YouTubes is a rather large place to look for a sensation. According to Ad Age, YouTube feels advertisers’ pain, […]

FedEx Man Takes His Job And Shoves It

FedEx charges a good deal of money to move precious packages around the world in very few hours. It’s a high wire act, and the holidays add considerable pressure on the company’s staff to perform. Sadly, not every staffer is able to perform up to the company’s standards, a fact that will be made increasingly […]

Brands Are Not Yet Social, But The People Who Love Them Are

Harvard Business Review Analytics Services on behalf of SAS surveyed 2100 companies and found that just 12% of the companies surveyed believed they were currently effective users of social media, according to Media Post’s Social Graf blog. …almost nine out of ten respondents relegated themselves to the “ineffective” pile. But this is hardly surprising in […]

Doughnuts Don’t Vote

Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle is not your normal fried batter purveyor. So, it’s not surprising that they go all out when they enter a contest. Our doughnuts need you! from Top Pot Doughnuts on Vimeo. By the way, Wexley School for Girls is just a few doors down from this Seattle landmark. Share

Everybody’s Selling Something, Pretty Much All The Time

What did you just see in the Fox News segment above? Was it an ad? James Rainey of Los Angeles Times believes it is. And he reports that TV stations who have a legal obligation to reveal the relationship between a marketer and paid spokesperson, are failing to do so. According to Rainey, toy expert […]

Ground Beef, Ground Again

According to Fast Company, McDonald’s launch of “real fruit” smoothies (they’re actually made from purees) rightfully rattled, Jamba Juice. The San Francisco-based company responded with a new product of its own called the Cheeseburger Chill, described in a press release as “beefy, smothered in cheese, loaded with your favorite condiments and blended to creamy perfection.” […]

Curated Word-of-Mouth Used To Inspire North of the Border Vacations

One of the things I love about digital is how well it supports experiential marketing. Digital can drive you to the brand experience, welcome you at the desired destination and archive the activities for follow up at a later time. The Canadian Tourism Commission is on the right page with their interactive mural installations. They […]

Dancing With Daffy’s

Daffy’s, a discount retail chain in the greater New York City area, has been known for its innovative and effective marketing from the store’s beginning in the 1960s. Back then, Daffy’s sold silver dollars for 88 cents. Today, with the help of New York agency, Johannes Leonardo, the company continues to push its own envelope. […]

What Content Can Do For You

Because I’m looking for work right now, I need to explain what it is that I do in plain terms. It can be difficult to do. Brands may not know they need a strategic content plan for the social space. Hence, their agency doesn’t know it either. That’s why my elevator pitch has to be […]