Archives for July 2011

A Weak Pun And Reality TV-like Ads Fail To Persuade

Red Lobster and it’s agency, Grey/New York, wants you to see its food differently. The new “Sea food differently,” platform is meant to “force reappraisal” of Red Lobster among potential customers, said Tor Myhren, president and chief creative officer at Grey New York. Because some consumers had developed “a sense” that Red Lobster “was becoming […]

You Can Trust Technology, Or Trust Customer Service-Minded People Behind The Tech

OSCON 2011, an O’Reilly conference on Open Source, was held in Portland this week. The event brought a plethora of Open Source advocates to the city, including a sizable contingent from Rackspace in San Antonio. Cloud Evangelist, Matt Wilbanks, made the trip and he took time from his conference schedule to explain how and why […]

With Gigya, Social Media Integration Is A Pleasure, Not A Chore

How do brands, and their agencies, tame the social media marketing beast? If they’re smart, they get help managing a process that is growing increasingly complex by the day. One company publishers and brands turn to is Gigya, a venture backed Silicon Valley-based company started by a team of Israeli technologists in 2006. Gigya helps […]

Congrats To The Via Agency

Yesterday I declared, “W+K is in Portland, but not of Portland.” Imagine my surprise this morning upon seeing the following declaration on The Via Agency’s site… The Via Agency, of course, is located in Portland, Maine. It’s also, as of last night’s awards ceremony in Denver, Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year. Ad Age […]

S.C. Johnson Moves From DraftFCB

I’ll present this without much comment, though I’m sure George Parker will have plenty to say about it. From Crain’s Chicago Business: In a big blow, Chicago ad agency DraftFCB has lost its $65-million-revenue global account with S. C. Johnson & Son Inc., which is splitting the work between Chicago-based roster agencies Ogilvy & Mather […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: W+K Keeps Local Talent At Arm’s Length

Iain Tait, Global Interactive Executive Creative Director at W+K, is looking for digital talent. But not just any digital talent mind you, W+K is “quite fussy,” after all. I don’t know Tait personally, but I can’t help pausing to question the contents of his Tweet, for said contents could be offensive to Portlanders who might […]

If You’re Not @gmail, Where You At?

I didn’t realize Gmail needed more users, but I guess enough is never enough when you are in a competition with with Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook. For more, see Google’s Email Intervention microsite.

Advertainment Has To Sell, Or Brands Won’t Continue To Fund It

Jonathan Salem Baskin stirred the Ad Age pot by questioning the value of W+K’s Old Spice “Man on a Horse” and “Mano a Mano in El Bano” campaigns in sales terms. “Every CMO needs to see this exercise for the time-waster it is,” Baskin argues. “Cart without horse. Medium without message. Marketing without purpose. Is […]