Archives for January 2012

Pin It To Win It

Want to know why a business-to-business technology brand like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is on Pinterest, the new social discovery network? Lauren Drell Associate Editor of Mashable has some answers. Since you’re not supposed to blast pictures of your products on Pinterest, try to think outside the box and pin images that capture a lifestyle […]

Rackets So Good They Ought To Be Illegal

Seattle’s Wexley School for Girls is defending its client Wilson in a court of law public opinion. “These rackets are destroying young lives.” Hilarious.

Geeks And Quants Shall Inherent The Agency

Everyone wants to be an agency today. You know, because we’re all creatives up in this joint. We just need to release the artiste within. To wit, Ad Age reports that Deloitte recently paid $40 million for Seattle-based mobile shop Übermind. “It’s no longer an option to have a bad user experience, so having agency-type […]

If You Love Corporations, Stop Mitt The Ripper

“If corporations are people, then Mitt Romney is Mitt the Ripper.” So says Colbert Super PAC, a political arm of Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, a.k.a. the joke that’s isn’t a joke. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive I love the language in this spot. “If you believe […]

Grab A Partner, Solve A Problem

As agencies struggle to redefine themselves in this newer and leaner economy, new organizational constructs built on collaboration and trust are beginning to emerge. Fast Company points to one such configuration taking shape in Norway. While many ad shops have bolted on digital capabilities and called themselves “integrated,” TRY/APT has made the deliberate choice to […]

Advertising Is A Drill, Not A Hole

“People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!” -Theodore Levitt Puzzling over what people at ad agencies actually do with their days (and nights), Faris Yakob advises that “it’s important to remember that advertising is a drill, not a hole.” What he means is ad agencies may consistently output ads, […]

The Probelem With Conceived In California, But Made In China

President Obama wants “Made In America” to mean something again. And it’s no wonder, when “Made In China” comes with as many human rights questions as it does. As you may have heard, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China recently threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. […]

Sketchers Dogged By Activists As Super Bowl Approaches

The Super Bowl is coming. The Super Bowl is coming. No Paul Revere’s ghost hasn’t started blogging herein, but The Super Bowl is coming. According to USA Today, Sketchers’ Super Bowl ad will feature a French Bulldog and Mark Cuban, not Kim Kardashian (as it did last year). In response to Sketchers’ new ad, a […]