Did Hal Riney Kill The Electric Car?

So I’m sitting here watching Who Killed The Electric Car?, a documentary about GM’s EV1 electric car, which was produced in the late 90’s. About 18 minutes into the movie comes a discussion of the TV ads (one shown above) and print work done by Hal Riney. One of the former EV1 marketing executives interviewed […]

First Came Web 2.0. Now Come The Web 2.0 Dot Bombs

While social networking in all its forms has bred a lot of new websites, and media hype to go with it, the beginnings of a shakeout seem to be in order. On Wednesday, Seattle-based Jobster announced it was laying off 60 people — 40% of its staff. Jobster is a job board/career networking site (think […]

Why Is Sprint/Nextel Agitating The Dots With A Review?

I’m not the target market, but a lot of the recent Sprint/Nextel work has made me chuckle. Like this spot. And I don’t laugh much at what comes on TV randomly. But according to Adweek, Sprint/Nextel is looking to consolidate its account at one agency. There’s $1 billion at stake: The client is seeking a […]

Rescuing Lost Brands

Having grown up in Atlanta, I’ve always had a soft spot for Home Depot. Seriously. I remember shopping at their first store. They were known for having good service. The founders of the company were known for being down-to-earth, and now that they’ve cashed out they’ve given back to the ATL community in numerous ways. […]

JWT Says Iceland And Soft Natural Hair Are “In”

This is pretty good. On PRNewswire, you can see the list of 70 things JWT trendspotters say are “in” for 2007. “Trends are illustrated by the products and services that exemplify them,” says leading trendspotter Marian Salzman, EVP, chief marketing officer of JWT Worldwide and co-author of the new book Next Now (Palgrave Macmillan), a […]

The NYT’s Ad Crystal Ball Is A Bit Cloudy

Writing in The New York Times, Louise Story takes a stab at what’s ahead for advertising: Not surprisingly, many agencies are focusing on how the digital world will continue nudging the offline world in new directions, and consumer-generated content is in the forefront of everyone’s mind. But ad executives also say they think companies should […]

Second Life Reality Check

From reading the trade press, you’d think every marketer was falling over themselves to get on Second Life, thinking the site’s popularity is exploding. But over at Valleywag, Clay Shirky parses the claimed numbers of “residents” and “logins” and finds huge discrepancies. He also suggests that reporters have simply parroted Linden Labs’ inflated numbers without […]

Can A Fake Band Sell Out?

Maybe they have to pay out lots o’ life insurance for all those spontaneously combusting drummers, but as a huge fan of This Is Spinal Tap, I can’t help but be bummed out about this. Why Ogilvy has to do this to a good song, particularly by using it in a completely humorless way, I […]