Prepare To Be Scobleized

Microsoft’s cheif blog evangelist chimes in: Are you afraid to blog? Corporate Fear. Fear of being different. Fear of telling your boss your ideas. Fear of speaking up in meetings. Fear of going up to someone you don’t know and introducing yourself. Fear of doing something that might destroy your career. Fear of weblogging. It’s […]

“Look Before You Leap,” Says Jupiter Analyst.

Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research offers a cool-eyed assessment of some possible pitfalls for corporate blogs and also for individuals who talk about work on their personal blogs.

Can’t Touch This

Word-of-mouth has always been the ultimate approach. Now, there’s an industry group dedicated to promoting its use. A core goal of WOMMA is to help grow the acceptance and legitimacy of word-of-mouth as part of the broader marketing mix.

I’ll Take My Identity Back Now

from Adweek: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has rehired copywriter John Matejczyk, who spent the last 15 months heading up the Citibank “Identity theft” campaign at Fallon. Goodby partner and creative director Steve Simpson called Matejcyzk an “amazing talent.” While there could be a dozens good reasons for this, I’m guessing he needed a new pair […]

The Biology of Brand Preference

It’s official. Coke takes over parts of the brain Pepsi can’t reach. According to UK Independent’s Science Editor, the mind-altering power of advertising has been demonstrated in a remarkable study of the way in which brand recognition affects the workings of the human brain. A well-known label is so influential, say researchers, that it can […]

The Poetry Of Paid Content

Marketers of the art form known as poetry have resorted to the retail art of gumball machines, in order to capture market share for well placed meaning in words. Gots to give it up to ‘em. This is a great distribution method. A quarter for your thoughts. Hey, let’s invent one for the ad biz. […]

Get This Man A Handler

Paul Hamm gets to keep his gold medal, an Olympic panel ruled today. But seeing Hamm speak on TV is a real buzz kill. Someone get this man a handler. You don’t stand there in front of the world and say, “I knew it was mine all along. I’m glad the judges finally agreed. Now […]

It Won’t Mean A Thing In 100 Years

The Commodore, a.k.a., J. Walter Thompson, late 19th cent. JWT likes to hang The Commodore’s image in its offices around the globe. Which makes me wonder how odd Jeff Goodby, for instance, might appear to future observers. Better yet, what will anthropologists make of Lew Clow’s refusal to wear shoes?

Little Purple Pill Sickens Elderly

The AFL-CIO and seniors groups in California have banded together and filed a false advertising lawsuit against the little purple pill’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. According to AdWeek, the suit alleges that the drug company sought to preserve market share and profits as the patent on Prilosec was set to expire by scheming to convince consumers that […]

Look No Further For A Man Of Emotion

A close reader questions whether advertising icons are as GRRR-E-A-T as they once were. I say, how can you argue with this dear reader. This man cried a tear for America.