Chrysler Drops Lump Of Coal In Omnicom’s Stocking

Chrysler is closing shop for 30 days. Shutting down production. Making no cars. From a Mad Man’s perspective, it’s horrible time to be on the Chrysler account. Ad Age Exhibit A: A Chrysler Bankruptcy Could Leave Omnicom Out $80M Ad Age Exhibit B: Omnicom Set to Cut Up to 3,500 Jobs Should Chrysler fail to […]

Orlando! For The Kids

Orlando agency, Push has crafted a new campaign for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. And guess what…it features a baby. Isn’t that cute. Research commissioned by the Orlando CVB showed the need to create an overall positioning for Orlando that focuses on the personal connections and emotions resulting from the destination’s distinct offerings. […]

Digital Means Dollars

Laura Oppenheimer of The Oregonian called around to see how things in the Portland agency scene are progressing in this time of tumult. Here’s one factoid she uncovered that I find interesting. The state is home to more than 300 advertising firms that employ 1,900 people. The average wage, according to state figures: a cool […]

IBM Seeks To Solve World’s Pressing Problems

Can we pause a minute to reflect on the IBM brand? What’s your perception of this important company? You’d have lots of company if you said, “conservative,” “entrenched,” or “no longer relevant.” You’d also be way off mark. Business Week is offering an optimism-filled story about IBM and its plans to capitalize on the worldwide […]

Drinking To Our Demise

While you do not want to be on a car account today, working on just about any brand in the adult beverage category provides a degree of comfort. Take Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey–the product is flying off the shelf at retail and on-premise. Investors generally regard spirits as a stable product in tough economic […]

Lump of Coal In Retailers’ Stockings

Shop. Your country needs you! That Bushism didn’t take us too far. According to retail sales figures from last month, people are gripping the few dollars they have left. The nation’s retailers saw their sales plummet last month to the weakest October level since at least 1969, as the financial crisis and mounting layoffs left […]

An Already Stressed Press Looks Around And Sees Nothing But Trouble

If you click into The New York Times “Business” section, as I just did, about all that’s there on this otherwise fine Saturday is doom and gloom. For example: GM shuts down Janesville, WI plant as S.U.V. sales plummet drastically. A Harvard professor looks at the Great Depression and concludes that economists would not know […]

Don’t Consume. Be.

Grant McCracken is a whip smart cultural anthropologist working in the modern day consumer arena. Here’s how he sees us behaving during times of economic tumult: Roughly speaking, consumers have two modalities: surging and dwelling. In the surging modality, consumers have momentum. We have a vivid sense of forward motion. Life is getting better. Each […]