Let’s Stop The Mass Use Of Artisanal Language In Advertising

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When I was first learning to be a copywriter, I was told that powerful advertising writing exists in the verbs. Not the adjectives. Many advertisers don’t understand that. Real estate clients are quite guilty of this. And restaurants. But this is quite a doozy: Hey @McDonalds–I don't think "artisan" means what you think it means. […]

People Sleep In The Daytime, If They Want To

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“Find a city. Find yourself a city to live in.” -David Byrne British newspaper The Guardian asked Saffron, a brand consultancy that prides itself on its expertise in urban branding, to update its 2008 study of European cities into an assessment of 57 major cities around the world. The resulting “brand barometer” may be eye-opening […]

Gary Vee Rocks The Mic, Wins AdPulp’s International Humanitarian Award

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The words we use are important. Words convey meaning. Right now, I am looking for the words to convey how much I love this ass-kicking, fact-kicking session from Gary Vaynerchuk, head of Vayner Media. In the video, a person asks Vaynerchuk how to meet “relevant people” at South By Southwest. Gary Vee rightly does the […]

Digitas LBi Applies BuzzFeed’s Content Formula To Client Problems

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Agencies active in the content game are making progress. They’ve moved away from the “every company is a media company” fallacy to a better place. One thing we know for sure, every company is NOT a media company, especially not every advertising agency nor the marketers they support. Yet, the need for compelling brand-building media […]

LinkedIn Stock Price Down 45% from All Time High Last Fall

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Do you smell that smell? I believe a degree of odiferous air has been let go from the social media bubble. According to USA TODAY, LinkedIn reported a 46% rise in first-quarter revenue, to $473.2 million, but a loss of $13.3 million. The news sent LinkedIn shares down 2% in after-hours trading, to $159.02. Its […]

Colleen DeCourcy’s New Digital Lodge Gets Five Stars From Dan And Dave

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After 15 months on the job as Wieden + Kennedy’s new digital marketing maven, Colleen DeCourcy, has been named partner at the Portland-based global agency. According to Adweek, each of the 11 W+K partners has an equity stake in the independent agency and helps shape its priorities. One of DeCourcy’s priorities coming in to the […]

Knob Creek Pours On the Charm in New TV Spot from Walton Isaacson

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Knob Creek—aged for nine years in new, charred American Oak barrels—is now running its first-ever television commercial. The spot which features Booker Noe, the charismatic sixth-generation master distiller at the distillery. Rob Nelson, Senior Brand Manager of Small Batch Bourbons at Beam, says, “As we continue to grow this legendary bourbon brand, we’ve decided the […]

Ad Agency Process Is Slower Than Molasses — Clients Are Not Impressed

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Have you heard the news? Journalists are migrating to Adland to help agency personnel get off their asses and move at the fast pace of business today. According to the The Wall Street Journal, Caitlin Francke, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer, is now senior vice president and director of […]

Wait, Travel Agencies Still Exist?

Once a staple of getting from here to there, the digital age has forced the travel agent to seek work elsewhere…or has it? Believe it or not, even now when most travel plans can be made independently and online travel agents and travel agencies do still exist! They just look a little bit different now. […]

Bullova Accutron—It’s Not A Timepiece, It’s A Conversation Piece

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Mad Men season seven debuted on AMC last night. While it is a fictional show, it’s also instructive about the actual ad business in ways that Bewitched and other pop culture looks at the industry are not. … SPOILER ALERT … Season seven opens and we find that Don Draper is banished from the agency […]