Carnival Steers Its Brand Nicely Through Choppy Marketing Waters

Although I’ve done some copywriting for a couple of different cruise lines, I’d never actually taken a cruise until my recent trip to Alaska on Carnival Cruise Lines. And I have to say, it was quite an experience, both as passenger and someone endlessly fascinated with travel marketing. Allow me to share some random observations: […]

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 […]

Attention West Elm Shoppers Who Wish To Sleep In The Store

Brand experience is almighty. While prospects experience a brand’s advertising, it’s often more impactful for people to actually experience the brand on a more visceral level. To this end, some prominent retailers are now exploring opportunities new in experiential marketing, brand extensions, and brand partnerships. According to The New York Times, West Elm, a division […]

Content Studios Increasingly Borne of the Agency’s Rib

Content marketing has been around since John Deere started a magazine for farmers in the late 19th century. For the past 10 to 12 years, the discipline has come back with a furry, as digital reawakened the opportunity in long-form brand and multi-platform storytelling. The changes have been disruptive, and many clients and agencies continue […]

You Can Rest Now. O&M Has Integrated Marketing for the Digital Age All Figured Out.

Sampling is the oldest play in the book. Sampling works where ads do not, because people often need to “see it to believe it,” or taste it, as the case may be. Take Coke Zero. How can it possibly be as good as full-calorie Coca-Cola? The idea defies logic. It’s a problem that requires new […]

Much More Than Political Careers at Stake in Israel’s Election

The citizens of Israel are due to vote tomorrow. Will they vote for peacekeepers or hawks? Millions of people around the world are hoping it’s a vote* for peace. In the run up to the election, The Parents Circle Families Forum—an organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost a family member to the […]

Will The Real Experience Designer Please Stand Up?

Titles are superficial. And like so many superficial things, we cling to them dearly. Particularly so in the ego industries where a director is someone with a seat and a say. Hey, I get it. It makes sense. When it takes you 15 years to make it to creative director, you want to revel in […]