Strong Brew Needed In the Time of Trump

We live in a nation divided. Today, no company is safe from a presidential reprimand or widespread outrage and backlash, including damaging boycotts (well deserved, or not). In my estimation, brands must stand for something now more than ever. What’s always been true about differentiating on product attributes is now also true about the community […]

Arby’s: We Have The Meats

Fallon is a legendary advertising agency, and one of the pillars of the Minneapolis market. Fallon picked up Arby’s a few years ago and has helped the brand find its unique baritone voice. There is a keen sense of humor in play here; yet, this is no-nonsense product advertising. In other words, there’s something for […]

Film At 150

As a signature event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, this year’s National Canadian Film Day 150 will see more than 1,500 screenings in schools, theatres and public squares across the country and in consulates and embassies around the world. To help promote and drive participation in the festival on April 19, Reel Canada, the non­profit that […]

The PIA Agency Makes Its Pitch

Agencies are notorious for being the pauper’s child when it comes to promoting their own brand. But The PIA Agency, a woman-owned agency in San Diego, isn’t playing the avoidance game. “Our great country was built from brilliant minds and resilient souls from all over the world,” says David Clark, PIA’s executive creative director. Create […]

The Compelling Communicator Shows You How To Design Effective Presentations

If you work in advertising, there’s simply no avoiding the PowerPoint deck. Sometimes it’s needed to present concepts or creative work, other times it’s a major player in a subject matter presentation. We’ve all seen the good, bad, and ugly of presentations. In his book, Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design, author […]

War Dragons And Wexley Emerge Victorious At The Seattle ADDYs

Wexley School for Girls won Best Of Show at the 2017 American Advertising Awards Seattle (still known as the ADDYs) for the following War Dragons spot. Ads for adventure-focused video games tend to stay pretty straightforward, which is partially why the dark humor and unexpected twists of this spot work so well. It’s also a […]

Nay Say All Day To Keep Ad People At Bay

Do you get tired of reading about how the ad agency business sucks, and how no one wants to work in advertising any longer due to the long hours, low pay and lack of prestige? Personally, I see many of these sour takes on the industry as little more than ill-informed attempts to fill space. […]

31 Interesting Ad People To Follow On Twitter

Listicles are ridiculous. Lists, on the other hand, are often helpful and handy. Grocery lists, for example, keep one on task. Twitter lists can also be put to good use. Here’s a new list I made that’s comprised of 31 agency leaders who regularly drop knowledge on Twitter. Updated list of 31 interesting advertising people […]