Certain Cell Users To Become Even More Annoying

According to Chicagoist, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. will soon offer mobile phone users the ability to download adult-oriented content including Playboy-themed games, images, video clips, voice clips and ring tones. Chicagoist wisely goes on to question the wisdom of making the famed Playboy lifestyle this public, “Do we want people to be living this lifestyle outside […]

New York Fashionistas Make My Freelance Rate Seem Silly

from The New York Times Orlando Pita, hairdresser to celebrities like Jennifer Connelly, Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Dunst, charges $800 for a haircut at his new salon, Orlo, on the third floor of a nondescript walkup on Gansevoort Street. If that seems like an extraordinary sum to charge, consider that New York has always been […]

Manhattanite Goes Fishing For Stories In The Boonies

from AdAge: I clambered into a suspension-less, musty old cab outside the train station in Harrisburg, Pa., more in hope than expectation. The chances of my driver — a central-casting Boo Radley — knowing the whereabouts of an outdoor-sports store that opened its doors for the first time that morning seemed slim at best. But […]

LeBron Rejected By Chinese Official

from Chicago Tribune: China has banned a Nike television commercial showing U.S. basketball star LeBron James in a battle with an animated cartoon kung fu master, saying the ad insults Chinese national dignity. The commercial, titled “Chamber of Fear,” shows James in a video game-style setting defeating the kung fu master, two women in traditional […]

Quiznos Cops An Attitude, Disses Martin.

Adweek reports that Denver-based sandwich maker, Quiznos, is removing its account from The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia. The account has not been placed into review yet, said Trey Hall, chief marketing officer for Quiznos. Discussions about future advertising failed to result in an agreement between the client and the agency, Hall said. “As we […]

Is Nothing Sacred?

Thanks to TBWA Portugal for pointing us to this print ad for Bic’s permanent marker, fashioned by TBWA Paris.

Lovemarks, Godmarks…What’s The Dif?

It’s Sunday in Chicago. Good day for a sermon. “The primary job of an advertiser is not to communicate benefit, but to communicate conviction. Benefit is secondary. Benefit is a product of conviction, not vice versa. Whatever you manufacture, somebody can make it better, faster and cheaper than you. You do not own the molecules. […]

Ability To Remain Sober At Annual Holiday Party Highly Desired

from USA TODAY: “Shots foster a fraternity atmosphere. Wall Street loves them because they spice up the party, but it makes it seem like the company is encouraging people to get trashed,” said Howard Givner, president of Manhattan event planner Paint the Town Red. A survey done in 2003 of 1,500 employees by U.K. recruiter […]

The Donny’s Serve Now In Your Face Nightly

By Kathleen Sampey for Adweek NEW YORK Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show, The Big Idea, will replace McEnroe on the cable network early next year, a CNBC representative confirmed. The cancelled McEnroe, a talk show hosted by tennis great John McEnroe, will run through the end of December, the rep said. Deutsch, the CEO of Interpublic […]

Veer From The Lovemarks Spectacle

John Moore at Brand Autopsy (not to be confused with Johnnie Moore) has started something by telling domain name registrar Go Daddy to stop trying to be Big Daddy. Moore wants the dot com to put their $2.4 mil. earmarked for a Super Bowl spot back into product development. I’d like to see user-centric design […]