Daily Candy No Longer Sweet

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You can’t read a media brand by its cover. For instance, Daily Candy looks like an incredibly healthy site. But its owner, NBC Universal, is not pleased with the numbers. So displeased are the suits that they decided to pull the plug on Daily Candy and Television Without Pity. According to Variety, Comcast bought DailyCandy […]

Dissatisfied Clients Claim Digital Strategists Not Getting It Done

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Bryan Wiener is chairman of digital agency 360i and Expion, a social content marketing optimization platform. He believes business leaders are looking high and low for digital leadership. Writing for Ad Age, he points to a recent Forrester report surveyed 1,200+ global business executives. While 74% of global businesses have a digital strategy, only 33% […]

Seven Invasions of Privacy We Accept as Commonplace

Advertisers train themselves to gather data. They become such experts at gathering analytics and number crunching that they forget about user privacy. A normal Monday to an advertiser is a user’s breach of privacy, but companies are using that data in new and creative ways. There is a certain etiquette to dealing with user information, […]

X-Men Love X-Tra Bacon

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One may need to employ mutant superpowers to take down the two X-Tra servings of bacon on the new Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger and X-Tra Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. The brands’ promotional tie-in with 20th Century Fox’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Past kicked off today with the […]

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 […]