Archives for September 2010

Los Angeles Encased Meats Brand Plays Its Locavore Hand

According to the Farmer John microsite, VoteLAHotDog, “New York has the Dirty Water Dog. Chicago has the Red Hot. Even Baltimore has the Half Smoke. It’s high time L.A. got its own dog: The Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog. Born on the streets of East L.A., and sold by street vendors everywhere from Ktown to WeHo, […]

Paying Customers Right This Way, Freeloaders Around Back

The Boston Globe will launch a paid subscription site,, in the second half of 2011 but will remain free, to better serve a wide array of consumers and advertisers as part of a two-brand strategy. will be a new subscription site that contains all news and feature stories, commentary, analysis, photographs and […]

Buds Don’t Let Buds Drink Swill, Or Do They?

Have you seen Anomaly’s new work for Budweiser? Keith Levy, vp of marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev, talks about the new “Grab some Buds” work in an Adweek interview. How would you describe the work stylistically? It’s very visual. . . A lot of the Budweiser work, even if you go back over the years, has […]

What Happens When Your Ad Campaign Is Really A PR Campaign

Young & Rubicam is working with Goldman Sachs to improve the Wall Street firm’s reputation, as it begins to emerge from years of public scrutiny regarding it pay and business practices. According to The New York Times, Goldman’s “Progress is Everyone’s Business,” campaign is running in national, regional and local newspapers and on various web […]

Are We A Danger To Ourselves?

The Wall Street Journal interviewed McCann head man Nick Brien in advance of Advertising Week. I like what he says about being open to change. WSJ: What’s the biggest threat to the advertising marketing business today? Mr. Brien: Ourselves. If we don’t continue to innovate our business models and become much more obsessed about training, […]

The Strong Arm of Chevron Throttles Its Shareholding Critics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chevron is pursuing legal action against one of its small shareholders. Antonia Juhasz, who runs the energy program at San Francisco-based advocacy group Global Exchange, used her 14 shares to attend the Chevron annual shareholders meeting and disrupt it. She was removed from the meeting and arrested outside […]

This Is The Award You Want To Win, It Comes With A Nice Fat Check

WONGDOODY scored top honors at the Radio Mercury Awards last night for its documentary-style campaign for the Washington State Department of Health titled, “Dear Me.” As the co-Grand Prize winner, WONGDOODY takes home half of the $100,000 prize. WONGDOODY’s “Dear Me” campaign targets Washington’s working poor, among whom smoking rates are the highest. Traditional efforts […]

This Is Far From The Worst Ad In America, But Consumerist Readers Beg To Differ

For many people who make ads for a living, industry awards are catnip. But not this one– has named the Worst Ad in America in its first annual celebration of out ability to annoy. More than 100,000 consumer votes were tallied up in’s first annual Worst Ad in America Awards. Six perpetually obnoxious ads […]