About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.

Love, Sweet Love

Hyatt is a leading hospitality brand the world over. Therefore, inclusion is a core brand value and it shows. According to Campaign, MullenLowe’s new anthem is the hotel chain’s first TV spot in a decade. The commercial makes its TV debut tonight during the 89th Academy Awards. Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day provides the soundtrack, a […]

Democracy Dies In Darkness

The Washington Post drove Tricky Dick Nixon to resign. Will the nation’s newspaper also drive Don Trump from office? Time will tell. What we know now is the mainstream press is consistently under attack from a wannabe dick tater. Don Trump says the press is “an enemy.” The fact is he and his criminal syndicate […]

Oh Brother

Bad advertising is advertising that fails to move people. Putrid advertising is advertising that fails to move people while offending people. Brother clearly falls into this latter category of repulsive marketers. For starters, you don’t cast the black guy as the office loafer. In today’s post-polite society, this is called what it is—racist bullshit. Brother […]

No One Reads Long Copy

Folkoperan, an opera house in Stockholm, is currently presenting God Disguised (Förklädd gud), a lyrical suite composed in 1940 by Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson to lyrics by Hjalmar Gullberg. The production features EU citizens who helped promote the show by holding signs about their performance and offering free tickets to passers-by. This is what happened: […]

The Richards Group Keeps 7UP In the Mix

In a play for new customers, The Uncola is mixing it up with Sir Mix-a-Lot and 2 Chainz. The Dr. Pepper-owned brand is also making a strong play to be the mixer of choice for fans of adult beverages. It’s an interesting twist to take a back seat to spirits, and one that could pay […]

Don’s Next Tweet Bomb May Land In Your Lap

President Trump has the power to rock markets and drive a company’s stock price up or down. He may not intend to upset a company’s apple cart, but the outcome of his erratic actions is the same. When the man drops a Tweet Bomb from his Samsung, things are bound to explode. Melanie McShane, head […]

Disappearing Photos? Oh Snap!

Snap, Inc., the parent company of SnapChat, self-identifies as a camera company. This new “camera company” is about to unveil its initial public offering and raise billions of dollars in the process. It’s a topic we explored thoroughly on The Bean Cast this week. Snap reported that its messaging service had 158 million daily active […]

84 Lumber Opens The Door To Opportunity

84 Lumber is a company with a heart. The Pennsylvania-based is also a company with their finger on the pulse. The story was initially rejected by Fox for being “too controversial for T.V.,” forcing the company to edit it and cut it down. Let’s see the piece in full frame now: Rob Schapiro, chief creative […]