Don Draper About To Board A Bus To His Future (Will Advertising Be In It?)

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The last episode of the final season of Mad Men airs Sunday night. AMC’s seven season human drama set inside an advertising agency is a wrap. How is the show going to end? Don Draper, the show’s central character is presently lost in the middle of America. He’s waiting for a bus on a country […]

An Opportunity for Brands: Original Digital Video #ODV

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“What are you watching?” It used to be a simple question with easy answers like, “The Love Boat.” Thanks to the media omniverse, it’s a bit more complicated today. A quarter (24%) of the American adult population—an audience of 59 million strong—is turning to original digital video programming at least once a month, according to […]

Meet Mr. Product Chronicles Famous, And Not-So-Famous, Ad Characters

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I was in a Creative Director’s office when I first heard the term “critter” in reference to a spokesperson I was developing for an ad campaign. The CD was a bit of a hack and used it rather incorrectly. But it’s probably safe to assume that advertising critters of all kinds are well-documented in Meet […]

Success and Keeping Up to Date with Business Technology

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a particularly “technology-focused” company, it’s important to recognize that technology is an essential part of running any modern business. The chances are that you deal with technology far more frequently than you realize, in the form of your security system, computers and networks, and even your phone […]

Does It Work? Focuses on Digital Marketing Effectiveness and Much More

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When I first saw “Dumb Ways to Die,” I loved it. Thought it was brilliant. Later when I heard the campaign only reduced pedestrian collisions with trains by 33% or so, I concluded it didn’t quite work as well as those of us in the ad industry were led to believe. It turns out Shane […]

3 Way Video Conference

Want the best possible access to your friends and colleagues? Consider video conferencing technology. CloudTweaks quotes Frost and Sullivan research about the expected market revenue for cloud based conferencing services and systems. By the time 2016 rolls in, the figure is estimated to hit $6.3 billion. That ties up with a whole lot of revenue. […]

Bee Gees and Sugar Hill Gang Remind You To Fly Southwest

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Southwest Airlines and their agency GSD&M like to give people a good reason to fly. For instance, wedding season is upon us. Whether you would like to fly towards this mess on two heels (and Kristen Wiig impersonator), or away from her, is your business. It’s Southwest’s business to move you about the country at […]

Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets

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I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]