I took a speed reading class once when I was in college. It seemed the smart thing to do, given the intense workload. But I couldn’t train my eye to skim. Then one day the teacher asks, “by chance are you a writer?” Writers can’t speed read, she told me. They care too much about […]
Small business owners have no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. They also have little time for balancing the books. Enter QuickBooks by Intuit with the solutions small business owners need. The “Own It” campaign from RPA in Santa Monica strikes the right chord. It’s aspirational in tone and focused on the benefits more […]
Theodore Roosevelt was a Harvard man, a voracious reader and a loquacious speaker. In 1910, Roosevelt travelled to Paris to speak on “citizenship in a republic” at The Sorbonne. Now, this 105-year old speech has resurfaced in a Cadillac commercial. Looks like someone at Cadillac’s new agency, Publicis Worldwide, majored in American history. But the […]
Have you ever been tasked with selling mattresses? It’s the stuff of newspaper circulars and badvertising on late night TV. Which makes me like this Serta brand campaign from Doner even more. An agency with retail chops can butter its bread with work like this. It’s humorous, offbeat and memorable. The challenge here is to […]
Conventional wisdom says agencies are not supposed to have a style, or a consistent “look and feel” across its body of work for a variety of clients. Wieden + Kennedy isn’t big on conventional wisdom. Thus it’s no surprise that the agency’s new Turbo Tax Super Bowl spot shares a lot in common with a […]
Here’s some copy we can all pay attention to: “Ideas are scary. They come into this world ugly and messy. Ideas are frightening because they threaten what is known. They are the natural born enemy of the way things are.” Damn. That is impressive. Let’s see it in action… The personification of a scary idea, […]
If you watch TV at all, you’re going to encounter commercials that offend and annoy. Take the following Buick spot—I find it highly annoying… Having trouble keeping up with the Garcias? Buy a Buick! It’s your duty as a good husband to bring home the bacon in a Buick Enclave. This look into the modern […]
Choosing the right footwear can bring one comfort and a certain confidence, based on style and fit. For example, the wearers of Sanük brand shoes choose not to sweat the small stuff, thanks in large part to the utter comfort their shoes provide. Agency: Ignited in Los Angeles.