Archives for August 2009

This Is Rich: CEO Reveals His Political Leanings, Shocks His Customers In The Process

Whole Paycheck CEO, John Mackey, wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal about the dangers of Obama’s health care reform plan and now his liberal-minded customers are pissed. Mackey argues: While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions […]

Renny Speaks

Last week I posted about the launch of Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE)–a new project from Wieden + Kennedy and a loose collection of local technology innovators–after reading about it on Silicon Florist. Behind the scenes I also asked Renny Gleeson, W+K’s digital ninja, what was up and invited him to comment here. He chose to […]

With Tuition Where It Is, Who Can Afford An Apple?

When I was in college (admittedly in the last century) I knew people who stayed up all night in order to ace, or pass, their Bio Chem exam. I stayed up late too, for beer pong takes lots of practice. But that’s not how college students roll today. Nope. When Crispin Porter comes calling with […]

How To Drink Australian

The iconic “How to Speak Australian” campaign originally created in 1994 by Agnotti, Thomas, Hedge and last seen on air in 2006 is back care of Digitas/Chicago. The agency shot seven :15 spots, the first three of which launch this week.

Nevada Says, “We’re Men, Not Monkeys.”

In an effort to draw businesses to the Silver State, Nevada Development Authority is on the offensive against its neighbor to the west. Alana Semuels of Los Angeles Times reports: California has battled such negative perceptions for years. But its huge consumer base, great weather and dynamic entrepreneurial culture have kept many businesses anchored here. […]

Want To See A Real Social Network In Action? Here You Go…

Melinda Newman of the Washington Post wrote an insightful piece on Jam Bands, and how they do business. This is how it begins: Marc Brownstein is fretful. The Disco Biscuits bassist has 4,992 friends on his Facebook page. If he adds eight more, the social networking site’s regulations dictate that his friend page must become […]

Wherever You Go, There You Advertise

The website of Portland’s Rosey Awards takes a few jabs at the culture and creative output of other cities around the country. All in jest, but there are some nuggets of truth in the jabs. So, in today’s connect-from-anywhere world, can you really do great advertising from anywhere? Despite the rise of chain restaurants and […]

Media Deathmatch Du Jour: Michael Wolff Vs. Mark Cuban

Rich guy, Mark Cuban, believes news sites ought to block aggregators from “pointing to” their content. The major news sites are keeping the aggregators that don’t originate news content alive. From Drudge Report on down. You (Murdoch) are crazy to do so. Let the search engines send you traffic. Block the rest. Your revenue impact […]