Archives for 2013

Bob Hoffman Is Back For More!

Last week over beers in downtown Portland, I asked Sharon Krinsky if Bob Hoffman has a type A personality. She said yes. I’ll have to take her word for it, given that the two worked together for 20 years at Hoffman/Lewis in San Francisco. There is also the evidence to consider. Starting and running a […]

Campbell Ewald Lets Falcon Meme Fly

“The falcon cannot hear the falconer.” Regardless, Campbell Ewald of Warren, Michigan can see two adult peregrine falcons on its roof, and thanks to a live webcam installed by a raptor curious staffer, so can you. The falcons are about to give birth to baby falcons. In an effort to capture this birthing event in […]

Wal-Mart In A Battle To Redefine Its Brand

Wal-Mart want to clear some things up. Hence, the launch of a new PR-driven site, TheRealWalmart.com and new TV spots that began airing on Saturday during the Kentucky Derby. According to The Wall Street Journal, the campaign is the company’s first purely image-based ad push in several years. WSJ also reports that Wal-Mart’s “energized differentiation,” […]

Instagram Gets All Facebookey, Introduces Who’s Who Photo Tagging

You know how you can tag your friends in a photo you upload to Facebook? Now Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing the tagging feature. Mike Isaac of All Things D believes the move could be a boon for brands. Photos of You essentially gives a brand the ability to crowdsource photos of its products — likely […]

Micro Spots Are Growing On Vine

What has Twitter unleashed with its new video platform, Vine? For one, instructional video now comes in six-second bites, care of Lowe’s, BBDO New York and director/photgrapher Meagan Cignoli. Here’s another tutorial from Lowe’s, also in six second frames meant to be digested on Twitter. And here’s a non-branded Vine from Ms. Cignoli, an artist […]

Have You Stoked Your Frictionless Data Feeds Today?

Just when we wrap our collective heads around the concept of real-time marketing, along comes on-demand marketing to steal some of real-time’s thunder. According to Peter Dahlström and David Edelman of McKinsey, “the coming era of ‘on-demand’ marketing” will revolve around four key areas: Now: Consumers will want to interact anywhere at any time. Can […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Create Compelling Mobile Experiences, Or Facebook Falls Apart

Remember when the call was put out to accelerate our processes and get up to Internet speed? I think we’ve done it, because today a huge company can emerge from a dorm room to become a major Silicon Valley-based player in just a handful of years. Said company–Facebook–can then go public (after which its officers […]