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 […]

BREAKING NEWS: It’s Amateur Hour on Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump and his administration are a brand in crisis. Witness the desperation and lame wish to control the message in this bizarre attempt at a presser by Sean Spicer, the new White House Press Secretary: I’m not interested in the political calculations here. I want to focus on the marketing communications problems, which are significant. […]

Real Ronald McDonalds Agree: Taco Bell’s New Breakfasts Taste Good

Taco Bell encouraged real men with a famous name to testify! “I am Ronald McDonald and I love Taco Bell’s new breakfasts,” several real Ronalds repeat into the camera. Post by AdPulp.   This new campaign from Deutsch LA is not exactly brilliant, but it may breakthrough. And breakthrough is what it is going take […]

Customer Service Defines Your Brand In A Way Advertising Never Will

Impatient, are we? Not so much by nature, but by digital design. If something takes a few seconds to load, for instance, we act as if we are being cheated of precious time. The powerful multi-way communication channels we now rely on have also reset expectations. Emails can sit there unanswered, but ignoring an Instant […]

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 […]

The Martin Agency Joins Wieden+Kennedy In The Agency Incubator Game

Agencies don’t just churn out ad campaigns these days, they incubate startups. And why not? When you have the resources you can afford put them to good use. In fact, it is your responsibility to do so. You may have heard, Wieden+Kennedy got into the baby-company warming game a few years back with the launch […]

Quantify This: Poor Advertising Research Costs The Industry $2 Billion A Year

This is another in a series of posts from Portlander Peter Levitan, a former ad agency principal and Baby Boomer with a new book out about Boomers “offing themselves” before they go broke. In the mid-90’s I left the security of Saatchi & Saatchi and joined Advance Publications to create and launch New Jersey Online, one of the […]

Selling Big Ideas Is Really Just A Head Massage

Want to win a Gold Lion? Make your clients comfortable. In advertising, many great ideas never see the light of day. It’s a massive waste of time and energy, but it may also be an unnecessary loss according to a new study by researchers from Cornell, Penn and the University of North Carolina. David Burkus, […]