For $399, You Can Trust Your New Distance Off the Tee

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Don’t trust Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Day. Don’t trust robots. Don’t trust reviews. Trust your new distance,” care of a new TaylorMade SLDR driver. According to TaylorMade, many golfers have yet to experience the phenomenon of low-forward center of gravity (CG), which is at the foundation of SLDR’s performance. Low forward CG greatly […]

This Week In Advertising

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“You must make the product interesting, not just make the ad different. And that’s what too many of the copywriters in the U.S. today don’t yet understand.” -Rosser Reeves This week in advertising an overworked but well paid senior account executive tried the patience of clients (and his employer) with yet another pedantic slideshow. In […]

Consumers Salute Dr. Pepper’s 70s Flashbacks With Parodies of the Parody

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Travel to Dr. Pepper TEN with me and taste the Bold Country. As a child of the 1970s and a fan of John Denver, you can see why Deutsch’s 70s flashbacks appeal to me. Nostalgia is a trip. To evoke an authentic 70s feel, Deutsch made an effort to get the images to appear historic. […]

Russia Is A Lot Of Things, A Good Client And Business Partner Among Them

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Russian oligarchs have much invested in Europe and in the U.S. The inverse is also true. We have much invested in Russia. Russia is big business. According to The Hill, public relations giant Ketchum has earned more than $26 million representing Russia, and is keeping the country as a client despite the widely denounced incursion […]

Legal Marijuana Businesses Need Sophisticated Marketers

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It’s quite an experience to be living in Seattle, where marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes. However, retail shops aren’t open yet, and communities and the State of Washington are still passing other laws to cope with the realities of this new business. And there’s also one thing missing right now: Marketing and advertising […]

This Week In Advertising

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“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne This week in advertising thousands of ad people returned to their desks after a five-day sojourn to Austin, Texas. In other news… TED believes it has collected some ads worth spreading. Fitzroy Amsterdamsells Ben & Jerry’s Greek-style Frozen Yogurt to the stoned and hungry people of The […]

SXSW: The New World’s Fair for Brands

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The first thing I noticed when we stepped outside at the Austin airport was the smell of freshly cut grass. That may have been the most promising moment of SXSW Interactive. SXSW’s website describes the Interactive portion of the festival as: An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days […]

Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza Raising Dough In IPO

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Vancouver, Washington-based Papa Murphy’s is not Papa John’s. That’s one key point-of-difference to establish in the pizza-eater’s mind. The other thing to make clear is that Papa Murphy’s is take-n-bake pizza, which is why I like Wong Doody’s tagline for the brand, “Love at 425 degrees.” Wong Doody has served as the Papa Murphy’s agency […]

David Jolly (And His Well-Heeled Allies) Vs. Alex Sink (And Her Well-Heeled Allies)

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There’s a special election today in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Former Washington lobbyist David Jolly is the Republican contender. Alex Sink, former CFO for the state and Gubernatorial candidate in 2010, is the Dem. The seat was held by GOP Rep. Bill Young, who died in October after representing the district for more than four […]