Trump’s “First Family” Look Is An Image That’s Hard To Beat

There are new and variable factors to the election this year, which makes it maddening and interesting at the same time. Without wanting to forward anyone’s political agenda, as advertising professionals, we do want to offer what insight we can about the use of advertising to win elections. Much has been made of Donald Trump’s […]

Grain Belt’s New Lager Gets The Colle & McVoy Treatment

Inspired by the Mississippi River and the hard working lock and dam system that powered the original Grain Belt brewery, this new brew combines old-world techniques with a hint of hops to bring the traditional American lager into the 21st century. Design and packaging from Colle + McVoy in Minneapolis. Grain Belt is now made […]

Briefcase Tacos W+K Wins Error Error Best Mercury Meatballs Helicopter

Winners of 24th annual Radio Mercury Awards were announced last month at le Poisson Rouge in New York. Wieden + Kennedy and their client Old Spice took Best of Show for “Mandroid.” (click to listen) The Mercury Best of Show award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, making it one of the more coveted awards […]

Ad Grunts Want To Work for Pay, Time Off and Coffee (Not Trophies)

Advertising is a glamorous industry. Or so it may seem to some from the outside looking in, partly due to how the industry is portrayed in TV shows, film and lifestyle press. Of course, there are ad people enjoying a corner office with views of the San Francisco Bay or the equivalent, but they’re in […]

Starbucks Dials Up The Appetite Appeal

There was a time not too long ago when Starbucks didn’t believe in advertising. From the look of things, those days are long gone… Both product spots deliver the feel and rhythm of summer and make the drinks seem like the correct answer to a question you didn’t know you were asking.

Reduce Risk of Financial Ruin, Check Your Broker With Broker Check

Suzie went to college. Somehow she graduated in four years and landed a job in the city. Now, for the first time, she has money to burn invest. Will Suzie click to invest? Countless millions of dollars have been spent by online brokerages to help convince Suzie that a “do it yourself” strategy is the […]

Hot Dog, It’s Time To Grill

It’s July 4th weekend. I’d like to focus on hot dogs for a minute. Hebrew National (owned by ConAgra) is a brand of dogs I like to eat. Because the dogs are Kosher, the brand has a built-in story, but sadly none of that comes through it in the following spot. Instead, we have an […]