Hold It, What Are You Laughing For?

Paul Burke, a freelance copywriter and novelist, thinks advertising is no longer funny. He knows what of he speaks, and he knows why. “A client erring on the side of caution is like a pope erring on the side of Catholicism,” he argues in Campaign. In other words, you need to take substantial risks to […]

Lovely Day for A Powerful Song

Emotion belongs in advertising. That’s where the connections are made. Put another way, if you want to “win hearts and minds,” you better make people feel something. Like so…BBDO/New York taps the soft spot with this spontaneous moment: According to Campaign, when Alex Guthrie set his guitar case down in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park and began […]

Achieve Amazing Things Without Flying Too High

What happens when creative professionals rise too far up the agency ranks too fast? Word is they may lose touch with their craft. Veteran copywriter Ernie Schenck weighs in on the view from the top of the pyramid: …far above the creative tree line, there’s nowhere to hide. And until that moment, there has always […]

Film At 150

As a signature event celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, this year’s National Canadian Film Day 150 will see more than 1,500 screenings in schools, theatres and public squares across the country and in consulates and embassies around the world. To help promote and drive participation in the festival on April 19, Reel Canada, the non­profit that […]

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 […]

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 […]

What the Favre Is Going On?

Brett Favre isn’t the player he once was. Time is a wicked messenger. Has Favre become a foreign agent in order to restore his arm to its previous state of grace? People do weird things to remain vital. What’s your theory? Buffalo Wild Wings asks that you #HitTheButton and fit the advertising pieces together in […]

From Mad Man To Pitch Man

Jon Hamm is a commanding figure in front of the camera. His character “Don Draper” could sell ice to Eskimos. As an actor playing a tax prep pitchman, he’s not bad either. There’s drama in his delivery, and that’s what top tier clients pay out the large dinero for—some sizzle to help them stand out […]