Archives for October 2006


The New York Times examines what can happen when a rad shredder with a savvy business manager (his sister) connects the dots with brands hungry to appeal to Gen Y. Rolling Stone is joining forces with two of its advertisers, the video game publisher Activision and Jeep, for a promotional program centered on Mr. Hawk, […]

PBR Runs For Minnesota Seat

[via Eyeteeth]

A Refresher Course

Marvin Harris Jr. on advertising on Vimeo The above video is a strange piece of self-promotion for DuFour Advertising of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

You Tube Bragging Rights Better Than Money

Ad Age looks at a burrito-makers consumer generated media campaign and the motivations for participation. Matt Eck recently constructed a 4-foot football-shaped burrito out of electrical tubing, chicken wire and aluminum foil. Why? He’s hoping to become one of those consumers who generate content for a marketer. The burrito came into existence as part of […]

A Brand Hyper-Extension

Business Week shows that even a powerhouse media brand can stumble hard and be taken out of the game when it comes to brand extensions. In its 27-year history, ESPN has pushed its brand with the ferocity of a linebacker on steroids. And mostly it has emerged with big wins. But the sports entertainment giant […]

Michael J. Fox On Stem Cell Research

We’re definitely seeing the power of the Internet, and in particular YouTube, as it helps candidates spread their message beyond their constituency. This ad is for a Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri, but the issue transcends the Show Me state. Powerful. And very, very sad to see.

Solo A No No

Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer with a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard. He’s currently sharing some excellent advise for startups on his site. Have you ever noticed how few successful startups were founded by just one person? Even companies you think of as having one founder, like Oracle, usually […]

“Very Old Wine In New Bottles”

Long before he created the popular crime-solving TV series “Law & Order,” Dick Wolf was an ad man working for Benton & Bowles and other agencies. Mr. Wolf, 59, recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the changing relationship between advertisers and television. WSJ: Decades ago, many programs were sponsored by a single advertiser, […]