Archives for 2013

“Momma’s Gotta Shop” Is Not An Idea, It’s A Customer Insight

Overstock.com is a price play, and we all know how enticing low prices can be. It’s nectar to the price-conscious shopper. Even so, I find the following commercial off-putting. Take a look: Momma’s gotta shop. Really? Well sure, if the family is to be housed, clothed, fed, transported to and fro and so on, then […]

Targeting Is Futile When Our Audience Is Everyone, Everywhere

“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.” This little truism is especially true today. We’re all critics, even when we’re consumers at the same time. So can brands narrowly target an audience anymore, or will they hear about their marketing from everyone, regardless of whether they’re the target? Case in point: The recent Mountain Dew […]

The Only Thing “TRUE” Here Is A Bad Ad From A PR Firm

It’s no secret that PR firms are looking to branch out into other realms like advertising and content creation. Nothing wrong with that at all, if they bring in the right talent who can help them compete in those areas. But this ad from PR firm FleishmanHillard is a deceptive one. It’s on the back […]

Are Digital Services The New Ideal?

We all know what a mess digital advertising is. There are privacy concerns, ad blockers and quacks in every direction offering their innovative new solutions that are far from it. The good news is brands can play effectively in the people’s sandbox — provided they learn to play a different game, a game with new […]

Hey Buddy, Your Personality Is Showing

As the news business implodes and content marketing explodes, journalists are migrating to advertising. But which journalists? The hard-nosed gumshoes who seek truth at all costs, or the milquetoast pseudo reporters who do and write what they’re told? Brett Arends, writing for Market Watch, reflects on what kind of personalities work(ed) best in news. Do […]

The Little Black Cookie Now Filled With Wonder

Oreo ran a 90-second animated spot during the airing of Mad Men on Sunday night. The new anti-vampire/pro-cookie spot was created by the Martin Agency. It features music from the band Owl City. According to The New York Times, Jorge Calleja, the group creative director at the Martin Agency who serves as the global creative […]

Digital Agency Model Struck By Lightning

PORTLAND—Agencies with digital capabilities are a dime a dozen today. On the other hand, an agency with digital DNA that also creates compelling retail experiences, new products/companies and traditional advertising, is rare indeed. Ergo, I feel like I may be in the presence of an albino gorilla here at Struck’s Old Town offices. John Gross, […]

“Dumb Ways To Die” Lives On As Best Of Show At The One Show

Lord knows I’ve had things to say about awards shows and their questionable judging, but this time I truly believe The One Show got it right. Congratulations to McCann in Melbourne for their effort on behalf of safety on Metro Trains called Dumb Ways To Die. It was awarded Best Of Show at The One […]