Andrew Young Stuns Labor Activists And Then Some

From USA TODAY: Andrew Young, one of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s top aides, a former United Nations ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta, announced last month that he would head a group formed to spread the word about the positive contributions of Wal-Mart Stores. Young says he was drawn to the Wal-Mart venture […]

Financial Services Opt For Cabela’s Look And Feel

What is it with insurance firms using animals in their marketing? Pacific Life has the whale. Mutual of Omaha had an entire wild kingdom, once upon a time. And now The Hartford is bringing back their buck with a magnificent rack. I don’t mind, I’m just wondering aloud. From New York Times: The Hartford Financial […]

A Crime Against Pixelated Humanity

The Consumerist crew doesn’t miss a thing. I mean, can you name one other person, or entity, that scours free standing inserts for photoshop abuse? This JELL-O ad appeared in the coupons this Sunday. Frankly, it’s horrifying. What have they done to this poor models legs? No legs are supposed to bend to that degree. […]

Hang Up And Live

I’m surprised to see that Snark Hunting likes Sprint’s “Yes-man” campaign. Sprint’s new “Yes-man” campaign is effective because it’s taking a negative phrase, redefining it, taking ownership of it and getting you to pay attention. Verizon pulled a similar power play through its “Can you hear me now” campaign, embracing a phrase muttered by everyone […]

Is The Web Hitting A Wall?

Working in advertising, I can’t imagine a life without Internet. And in the process of moving cities recently, any time I spent without a fast connection nearby gave me panic attacks. Seriously. So this BusinessWeek article about Internet growth and resistance is fascinating to me. Many people are non-Netizens for obvious reasons. They can’t afford […]

It’s All Too Much

On Monday, Seth Godin claimed less is sometimes more when it comes to blog content. By writing too much, too often, we’re trouncing on the attention of the commons. Blogs with restraint, selectivity, cogency and brevity (okay, that’s a long way of saying “making every word count”) will use attention more efficiently and ought to […]

Seller’s Remorse

From The New York Times: The chairman and chief executive of Knight Ridder, P. Anthony Ridder, who sold the newspaper chain to the McClatchy Company on Monday, said last night that he resisted the sale and then sought to persuade McClatchy to keep most of the company’s 32 papers. But immediately after acquiring Knight Ridder […]

Marching Up To Minne

From Lewis Lazare: With the giant $250 million U.S. Army account heading out the door, Leo Burnett is losing one of its high-profile top creatives, Kerry Feuerman, 54, whose stint at the city’s largest shop lasted only nine months. On Tuesday, Fallon/ Minneapolis announced Feuerman will become the agency’s new creative director, replacing Paul Silburn, […]