Archives for 2013

Time Has Come Today

After nine years and two months on the ad blogging mound, it is time to hang up my cleats. If you’ve become hopelessly addicted to AdPulp content over the years, please forgive me. In all seriousness though, thanks for helping to make this one hell of a ride. The daily writing practice has been great […]

A Little Less Conversation Might Actually Be On Brand

Does anyone really care what a canned pasta brand thinks about world events? Some brands have made real-time marketing and social media an opportunity to comment on relevant political events, social issues and world topics. But many are just filling an ever-widening content pipeline with noise. What’s fueled all this is technology: The need to […]

The Insanity Of Advertising Tells War Stories From A New Angle

I’ve read a lot of memoirs written by ad folks. “Mad Men” has inspired a whole slew of folks to tell it like it was. But there are two good reasons to recommend Fred Goldberg’s The Insanity of Advertising: Memoirs of A Mad Man. First, because Fred’s an account guy. And he’s not, thankfully, writing […]

Seattle’s Big Ideas Belong On Big Napkins

The world knows about Amazon and Microsoft, but the startup scene in Seattle has also gotten quite a boost from all the talent the big boys are luring to town. As part of the new Bezos Center For Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, several of these startups have gotten a big – […]

Combo Number Two: Deep Fried Fan Fiction from DQ

I like Barkley. The Kansas City agency is one of the best in the nation. Sadly, I can’t support the agency’s current work for DQ. “At Dairy Queen, we don’t make fast food. This is fan food,” the commercials announce. Boom! Wink! Fan food? What is that? Is that the stuff commonly called food that […]

Shop Your Screens For Bruise Free Cyber Monday Deals

Today is Cyber Monday. Online sales could reach $2 billion today, but that figure is but a tenth of the revenue earned by traditional brick-and-mortar store sales on Black Friday. Walmart alone said it sold 2 million TVs during its Black Friday sales this year. The retailer also sold 2.8 million towels, 1.9 million dolls, […]

Seven Steps To A More Agile Agency

Editor’s note: Please welcome Nathan Archambault of AKQA in NYC to AdPulp. An earlier version of this article appeared on Maybe I’m Gravy. The old advertising agency model, the one where Madison Avenue agencies took their sweet and expensive time, isn’t working anymore. It’s time for a forced retirement. Sorry, old model. The nature of […]

This Thanksgiving, It’s Turkey, Football and Family Versus The Red Light Special

J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Sears, Macy’s and Target all open their doors at 8:00 pm this Thursday in what promises to be a new prime time shopping event. For Best Buy, 8:00 p.m. is not good enough, so their sliding doors open at 6:00 p.m. Many K-mart, Walmart and Old Navy locations will be open all […]