September Surprise: Republican Dr. Monica Wehby Supports Gay Marriage

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is running anti-Koch brothers ads that say, “Monica Wehby may be a good investment for the Koch brothers. But she’s the wrong choice for Oregon.” It’s a good line and one I am apt to agree with. Now, let’s look at the challenger for a minute. Her views on certain things […]

Put Your #PinkiesDown And Your Cans In The Air

Union Wine Co. of Tualatin, Oregon is making waves in the wine world—which like the ad industry, is ripe for reinvention. From the start, Union’s primary goal has always been to reduce the pretension associated with wine drinking by making great wine without all the fuss. In an effort to bring this “pinkies down” philosophy […]

If Your Dad Didn’t Drink Miller Lite, You’d Be Stardust

Miller Lite is an iconic beer brand. I appreciate that the two spots shown below honor and feature this basic brand fact. “Miller Lite, we invented light beer, and you.” An audacious claim, for sure, but will it drive members of Gen Y to belly up to their local dive bar and order one 96-calorie […]

People Sleep In The Daytime, If They Want To

“Find a city. Find yourself a city to live in.” -David Byrne British newspaper The Guardian asked Saffron, a brand consultancy that prides itself on its expertise in urban branding, to update its 2008 study of European cities into an assessment of 57 major cities around the world. The resulting “brand barometer” may be eye-opening […]

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 […]

Combo Number Two: Deep Fried Fan Fiction from DQ

I like Barkley. The Kansas City agency is one of the best in the nation. Sadly, I can’t support the agency’s current work for DQ. “At Dairy Queen, we don’t make fast food. This is fan food,” the commercials announce. Boom! Wink! Fan food? What is that? Is that the stuff commonly called food that […]

Jeep Cherokee and Wild Turkey Will Set You Free

Hey man, don’t let your routine get you down. Sure the pressures of work threaten to destroy your good mood and there’s not enough money to send the kids to college, plus your football team is an embarrassment. But seriously none of that matters when you drive a new Jeep Cherokee into the mountains where […]

Come On Down, Everyone Is Welcome At The Altar of Creativity

Media is powerful. In fact, just one potent article in a trusted magazine or newspaper has the power to inspire us, shape us and lead us to new places. Take “The Brand Called You” by Tom Peters. The article first appeared in Fast Company on August 31, 1997. Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless […]