Archives for 2013

Silvercar Knows What Travelers Want (an A4) And How To Deliver It (Fully Loaded)

Mass customization. Affordable luxury. Digital disruption. Welcome to Silvercar, an innovative new rental car company operating today at four Texas airport locations (DFW, DAL, AUS and HOU). I don’t know about you, but next time I fly to Texas, I intend to leave the airport in a 2013 Audi A4 sports sedan, outfitted with navigation, […]

Luminaries Back Stage at The 60th Cannes Lions

Cannes Lions turned 60 this year, which certainly makes her the grand old dame on the award show circuit. I wonder how many trips to Cannes designer and art director George Lois has made over the years. Whatever the number, his message remains relevant, and caustic. “Understand how to create big fucking advertising ideas, that’s […]

Media Buyers, You’ve Been Disintermediated By The Modern Abacus

Maybe someday USA TODAY will hire me to cover Cannes for them. Until that day, we’ll have to do with Michael Wolff’s coverage. Apparently Wolff wandered into a party where Jay Sears from Rubicon Project, “the leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising globally,” was explaining how in three years 50% of […]

The Oregonian Is A Valuable Brand Asset, But Its New York Owners Have Other Ideas

The newspaper business fascinates me. Like advertising, it’s a place for rogues. And like advertising the industry is rapidly morphing into something hardly recognizable to its senior practitioners. Change is natural, of course, but change is not always good. According to Columbia Journalism Review, “The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse’d.” The Times Picayune company […]

Loveworks Promotes An Agency, Not A Marketing Methodology

Over the years, AdPulp has written many stories referencing Kevin Robert’s book Lovemarks, an overly designed Saatchi & Saatchi promo piece wrapped in a trademarked branding process. It’s amusing to note now that in 2006, a former CEO of a department store was so enamored of the book he hired Saatchi to turn his store […]

Good Exists! Go To Portland, Maine And Experience It

“Portland. Yes. Life’s Good Here.” That’s the new pitch from Portland, Maine. According to Bangor Daily News, the phrase is derived from an essay by the late-author John Preston, who settled in Portland in 1979 and in one seminal writing answered colleagues who had been asking if he planned to ultimately move back to New […]

Healthcare Marketing Is Growing Like A Pubescent Teenager

Today, health insurer Aetna is launching a new campaign themed, “What’s Your Healthy?” Created by Arnold Worldwide and Digitas, the campaign seeks to do what so many health insurance providers are trying to accomplish: Engage their customers and get them to be “proactive” about their healthcare. Pushing healthy habits ultimately reduces healthcare costs, so it’s […]

When Will PR Grow Up And Be All It Can Be?

I see a lot of PR pitches, just like I see a lot of advertising. I don’t mind the over-exposure, because it is my job and my passion. However, I do mind especially crass and often repeated attempts to reach me, and the general lowering of standards industry-wide. According to Ragan’s PR Daily, the ratio […]