Starbucks Dials Up The Appetite Appeal


There was a time not too long ago when Starbucks didn’t believe in advertising. From the look of things, those days are long gone… Both product spots deliver the feel and rhythm of summer and make the drinks seem like the correct answer to a question you didn’t know you were asking.

Reduce Risk of Financial Ruin, Check Your Broker With Broker Check

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Suzie went to college. Somehow she graduated in four years and landed a job in the city. Now, for the first time, she has money to burn invest. Will Suzie click to invest? Countless millions of dollars have been spent by online brokerages to help convince Suzie that a “do it yourself” strategy is the […]

Hot Dog, It’s Time To Grill


It’s July 4th weekend. I’d like to focus on hot dogs for a minute. Hebrew National (owned by ConAgra) is a brand of dogs I like to eat. Because the dogs are Kosher, the brand has a built-in story, but sadly none of that comes through it in the following spot. Instead, we have an […]

Legal Sea Foods Converts The Masses To Pescatarianism


Legal Sea Foods is a Boston-based restaurant with 34 East Coast locations. You might say the chain has a religious following, thanks in part to the advertising its agency DeVito/Verdi makes. Advertising that gets right to the point like this… Pretty convincing, isn’t it? The campaign positions Pescatarianism as an impressive and perhaps more appealing […]

Eat Like A Shark. #JAWSomeJerky


Discovery Channel’s annual programming event, Shark Week, begins Sunday July 5th. Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky is ready. To prepare for the big fish, Oberto’s CEO Tom Hernquist and marketing director Mike Ginal flew from their headquarters in Kent, Washington to South Africa, where they had the chance to live test a new product idea […]

Ten Essential Business Tools In 2015


2015 brings new challenges for business and new demands for more sophisticated accounting for small business. Information Technology has advanced, the healthcare reform law in the United States moves into penalty and tax credit stages, and a new generation of online financing and business lending has grown to take center stage. The trends in increased […]

Just In Time for the 4th, Tillamook Claims “American Cheese” Is Un-American

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Tillamook is a quiet town of dairy farmers near the Oregon coast. Or it was, before ad agency 72andsunny in Los Angeles won creative duties on the local farmer’s co-op. Now, Tillamook (the dairy) is asking Americans to revolt against inferior cheese-like products by signing a White House petition asking for the removal of America’s […]

4 Steps to a Successful Social Media Giveaway Contest


Sharing our activities on social media for our “friends” isn’t a new phenomenon, however, it has recently been approached with a different angle. Brands have taken the power of social media and implemented giveaways solely via their online platforms. It can be a hassle trying to figure out the best approach when implementing a giveaway […]

The Simplicity Cycle Reminds Us Simple Isn’t Easy


If you’ve worked in advertising and marketing for a good bit of time, then you’ve seen everything become more complicated. Creating marketing plans, the many ways to execute ideas, and the media landscape seem more labyrinthine than ever before. Yet somehow, it’s the simplest ideas, and the simplest executions, that stand out the most. Dan […]

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If you’ve ever spent any time in advertising or marketing, you’ve heard people speak in terms that are beyond bizarre. Scope Creep. Deliverables. Ideation. You’ll also hear people talk about killer ads, hard-hitting ads, ads that are blown out and executed. I break down (and sarcastically deflate) these terms and others in my new book, […]