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 […]

Agencies In Strange Places: Second In A Series

I’m fascinated by the strangest of ad creatures. Therefore, when Jay Roth–an ad creature in his own right–wants us to know more about 86 the Onions in Venice, CA (a strange enough place for these purposes) I’m inclined to give him a listen. Something doesn’t stink in Venice Beach by Jay Roth Ever hear about […]

Jerk Radar On. Okay, Interview.

Ames Scullin O’Haire in Atlanta wants a new copywriter. But not an angry, misunderstood genius. According to their Talent Zoo classified ad, “We don’t tolerate prima donnas or asses. In fact, we despise them and toss them overboard–we’re on the 24th floor.” Tough crowd. But here’s my question. Do you think angry, misunderstood geniuses, prima […]

NY Times Continues To Investigate Blogs

from today’s NY Times: Internet writers say they have been empowered by the Web to begin serving as a long-needed real-time check on mainstream outlets and reporters who they say wield too much power, sometimes irresponsibly and often with hidden partisan motives. “The traditional players, including the press, have lost some of the control or […]

Sometimes Market Research Does Pay

from The Onion: BERKELEY, CA

The Captain Sails Off With The Money

Spirits distributor, Diageo, is rumored to be moving its marketing services account away from Chicago agency, Upshot. Arc Worldwide, the agency formerly known as Frankel, also works on the Diageo business. It is not known at this time if the move will benefit Arc in any way. Captain Morgan