Cramer/Krasselt Gets “D” For Hyatt Work

Lewis Lazare in today’s Sun Times: What’s most depressing about this new Hyatt campaign, called “Spliced,” is that its creators have completely forgotten — or else totally ignored — the cardinal rule of truly great and memorable advertising: Tell a good and relevant story, and tell it extraordinarily well. That is certainly NOT what the […]

Yeah You Right

As part of my daily media intake, I include a healthy serving of Lagniappe Jazz into the mix. “Lagniappe” roughly translates to hospitality, Nawlins style, or a relaxed way of life. In a far from relaxed mode, the Recording Industry Association of America threatens the ability of small independent webcasters to provide the type of […]

News From France: Utopian Socialism Takes On Capitalist Bigfoot

Business Week reports that Microsoft is battling for market share in many European cities, where government and business buyers are increasingly opting for the Linux operating system. from the article: “There’s a cultural element, too. Europeans have an affinity for Linux because it was created by a Finn, Linus Torvalds. And the communitarian culture of […]

AirTran Absent From Back Room Deal

USA Today reports that Southwest Airlines sees ATA’s loss as their gain. AdPulp reported earlier in the week that AirTran would assume ATA’s gates at Midway for 87.5 million, subject to approval. Now the city of Chicago, says the gates are not ATA’s to sell, but the city’s. Southwest, the nation’s fourth biggest carrier is […]

Delta Airlines Grounds Blogger

The BBC reports that Delta Airlines suspended, Ellen Simonetti, a flight attendant for innapropriate photos posted to her personal blog, Queen of Sky. When writing on her blog, Simonetti ensured she made no mention of which airline she worked for, and created fictional names for cities and companies. The airline’s name was changed to Anonymous […]

fn Surgically Removed From CNN Brand

A.P. reports today that CNN will shut down its struggling CNNfn financial news network in mid-December, giving up its attempt to compete with CNBC after nine years. A handful of programs will be shifted to the main network. Lou Dobbs, a former CNNfn star. Besides CNBC, CNNfn has also competed with Bloomberg TV, which airs […]

We Have eBay To Thank For This

from Wired: Internet users are doing far fewer searches for sex and pornography and more for e-commerce and business than they were seven years ago, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State researchers say in a new book. “Twenty percent of all searching was sex-related back in 1997; now it’s about 5 percent,” said Amanda Spink, […]

Celebrity Endorsement Plays Key Role In Making Of A Populist

“I’ve done my best to live the right way I get up every morning and go to work each day But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode I believe in a promised land…” -Bruce Springsteen MSNBC just went live with The Boss […]

Earnings Soar For North Shore Pleasure Boat Company

from Crain’s Chicago Business (subscription required): Lake Forest-based Brunswick Corp., the world’s largest maker of pleasure boats, on Thursday said its third-quarter earnings almost doubled as it introduced new products, boosted sales and controlled costs. Net income increased to $72.9 million, or 75 cents a share, from $37.9 million, or 41 cents, a year ago. […]

Pregame Brand Impressions Sought In Parking Lots Across North America

Ad Age is reporting on how brands are inreasingly ponying up to the tailgate, seeing this once sacred space as the marketing opportunity it clearly is. It must work, as I’m presently captivated by this unit from Hammacher Schlemmer, a $2,199.95 tailgate set that attaches to a trailer hitch. It includes a waterproof CD music […]