USPS Ready To Rock

from Ad Age: When the behemoth U.S. Postal Service found out that a young rock band had named itself “Postal Service,” executives weren’t happy. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to the band’s label, Seattle-based independent Sub Pop Records. But what began as an argument over name rights turned into the mail-delivering institution’s first cross-promotional music […]

Fashion Exec Gets The Wrinkles Out Of Old Man’s Leisure Wear Brand

Adweek reports that Haggar Clothing Co. chief marketing officer Alan Burks made the Power 100 List of the most influential leaders of the men’s fashion industry as ranked by DNR magazine. Burks was noted for his role in shaping advertising and new ideas for business and licensing opportunities for the Dallas-based clothier. Working under an […]

Client Takes Cocktails To Next Level

From Crain’s Chicago Business newly released “40 Under 40″: Nicole Ertas, senior brand manager, joined Jim Beam Brands Worldwide Inc. in May 2002 and launched tequila into the cocktail age. She renamed little-known El Tesoro Silver tequila as El Tesoro Platinum, marketed it as a mixable liquor and watched proudly as it appeared as a […]

Donny Deutsch: Ad Man For Our Time

Once upon a time, the image of an everyday ad man was projected to the multitudes by the likes of Darren Stevens on Bewitched or the guys on Thirty Something. Now in this time of reality television, real CEOs are offering themselves up as fodder, as entities in the modern cultural brandscape. Today, Donny Deutsch […]

England Not Lovin’ It Like They Could

Reporter Kate MacArthur of Crain’s Chicago Business writes today: McDonald’s is giving its new advertising tagline a break in Great Britain. The fast-food giant declared a two-week hiatus, to have ended Friday, for “I’m lovin’ it” in the United Kingdom. Critics of the campaign from the outset have said the tagline could backfire in markets […]

Man Fights America With Soft Drink. Wins Respect of Quixotic Society.

Tawfik Mathlouthi is the French entrepreneur behind Mecca Cola, a new soft drink designed to cash in on anti-American sentiment around the world. He hopes to make Mecca Cola the soft drink of choice for Muslims everywhere and thus push out that icon of American capitalism Coca-Cola. It is all about combating “America’s imperialism and […]

Big Idea Reporter Asks, “What’s the big idea?”

Big Idea, “Your connection to the communications arts,” is a trade magazine established in 1993 to “help creative advertising and corporate in-house professionals [creatives] excel in the business by providing industry insight, supplier information and networking opportunities.” On Friday, I was contacted by a reporter for Big Idea and asked several questions about AdPulp. I […]

Tacos So Good We’d Rather Talk About Ourselves

Outdoor for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos by tda in Boulder

Outstanding Mission Statements: Second In A Series

MISSION STATEMENT Heeb is the roiling product of so many drunken postmillennial nights on the mean streets of the Lower East Side. It is an ambitious antitrust investigation into the monopoly on God. It is a sweaty prizefight between hip hop and sushi in this corner and klezmer and kugel in the other. It is […]

Taking Note Of Naomi

If you work in branded communications today, Naomi Klein has your number. She’s sort of like Rachel Carson, but the pollution she fights against is brand proliferation. Here’s her bio on The Nation, where she publishes regularly: Born in Montreal in 1970, Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best-seller No […]