Many Americans See Themselves In The Song

“Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together I’ve got some real estate here in my bag” The 2016 Presidential election is in the books. It was a brutal affair and the dust has yet to settle. There are demographic factors, and Russian hacking, that we still don’t fully comprehend. What we do know […]

The Real Mad Men of Advertising Adds Real-World Context To The Drama

The history and arc of the advertising industry isn’t widely known. Even the many advertising students I’ve taught didn’t seem to have much interest in the past. And while the AMC drama “Mad Men” was loosely aligned with some real events in the industry, it was of course heavier on drama than history. So to […]

PR + Direct Creates Huge Impact For Colle + McVoy (And The Agency’s Clients)

Colle + McVoy in Minneapolis is expert at cultivating interest among the trade press. I know this because Jen Stack and her team send me amazing packages on a routine basis to help convince me. Now, let’s look at one that was not sent to me. The following press release, to support Cub Cadet PRO […]

DiGiorno Pizza Is Straight Out of The Oven

When it’s the weekend and your piping hot need for fresh-baked pizza (to accompany a slate of NFL games) kicks in, rise to the occasion with DiGiorno. The new anthem and subsequent ads feature Von Miller, DJ Redfoo, Devvon Terrell, Diamond White, Madilyn Bailey, Marcus Perez, and O-Fresh. That’s how you put some star power […]

Crown Royal: A Spirit That’s Real

“Live generously and life will treat you royally.” That’s some moving copy with a solid idea behind it. Let’s watch the idea play out in the following Crown Royal Canadian Whisky commercials from Anomaly New York. I love the pace of this campaign. It fits the spirit, as does the “street casting” technique and choice […]

I Can’t Talk Right Now, I’m Not Driving

By now, you’ve heard just how important it is to connect all your devices to each other and to your car and home in an interlocking web of digital advertising vulnerability. This is where Connected Car by Harman can help. What would be a boring TV campaign is made less so by the acting of […]

Revenge of the Nerd’s Parents

Do you watch commercials and ask yourself where did this come from? Of course, you do. You work in advertising. The above spot from TD Ameritrade and their ad agency Havas Worldwide/NY is one of those spots where you’re left to wonder where the brand is in this family mini-drama. Therapists could really improve the […]

Do It For Denmark

Sex sells. Sex in exotic locations sells even better. Spies Denmark, a travel concern, found that 46 percent of Danes with children have had less sex with their partner after having children. Only two percent indicate that they have had more sex, while 30 percent enjoy the same level of sex after their children were […]