“Spec Is So Not Special” Follow Up

I mentioned before that my friend Drew Davies, owner of Oxide Design in Omaha was a judge for CA’s Design Annual this year and what a major distinction that is, especially for an Omahan. I then drew attention to a remark from Davies concerning spec work. Below please find his commentary on the issue, further […]

Beer Buzz Wears Off

Ron Askew, Chief Marketing Officer at Coors Brewing–the nation’s third largest brewer–is stepping down. Askew helped shift the brewery’s advertising from quaint spots featuring Pete Coors “somewhere near Golden” to quick cut music video-style spots starring the Coors Light twins. According to USA TODAY, the concept got its start when Askew, asked roster shop, FCB […]

Earth To Network TV: All Advertising Is Advocacy Advertising

from The New York Times: The United Church of Christ, one of the nation’s most liberal Christian denominations, accused CBS and NBC yesterday of rejecting a commercial it had produced about religious tolerance, which included an implication that other denominations did not welcome gays, because the networks feared hostile reactions from conservative political and religious […]

What Is This Shee-aht?

Will someone please investigate this. I’m a bit groggy this morning after imbibing on some Gl

Little Blue Packets Take Little Yellow Packets To Task

from Chicago Tribune: Unable to ride the growth in the popularity of artificial sweeteners, the Chicago-based distributor of Equal finds itself in a desperate fight to regain lost market share, resuscitate falling sales and come out strong against its competitors in new markets. Last Friday, Merisant filed a lawsuit against Splenda-maker McNeil Nutritionals, a unit […]

Will The Real Kevin Roberts Please Stand Up

I have not read the book Lovemarks, which may be the reason I simply do not understand the frustration certain bloggers feel in regards to its message. Their main gripe seems to be that it’s just more old-fashioned branding mumbo jumbo dressed up in a cute new outfit. Maybe it is. Until I read it, […]

Join The Conversation Or It Will Go On Without You

Rebecca MacKinnon, a “recovering TV reporter-turned-blogger” is rightfully concerned about the fifth Iranian blogger to be arrested in the past two months. Honestly, I’m surprised the number is not higher. And what about China? How many emerging web voices are they prepared to extinguish? Since this is not a political blog, I’ll bring the conversation […]

Why Buy Media When You Can Become The Media?

from New York Daily News: “Universal Music Group and cable provider EchoStar are making music together. In a first for a major record label, Universal Music is in talks with the satellite giant to start a music channel, sources told the Daily News. The yet unnamed MTV-challenger is set to launch early next year on […]

Denton Dobkin Dominate The Blogosphere

Taking a page from Nick Denton’s Gawker Media Empire playbook, Jake Dobkin, publisher of Gothamist has a nice little publishing business of his own. Actually, it’s not so little. Gothamist receives 30,000 unique visitors a day. And the model has spread to Chicago, LA, San Francisco, DC, London and Toronto. More proof that people love […]

Pro Golfer Takes A Page Right Out Of Kournikova’s Book

from Business Week: With rare exceptions, the women of the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. are not the sort of half-dressed hotties who fill the pages of mens’ magazines like FHM. Then there’s Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis’ decision to pose for FHM wasn’t one she came to alone, however. A PR firm, retained by the LPGA, aided […]