Democracy Dies In Darkness

The Washington Post drove Tricky Dick Nixon to resign. Will the nation’s newspaper also drive Don Trump from office? Time will tell. What we know now is the mainstream press is consistently under attack from a wannabe dick tater. Don Trump says the press is “an enemy.” The fact is he and his criminal syndicate […]

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 […]

Ask David Ogilvy And Watson Will Reply

Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one of the early heroes of the ad business a few questions? Thanks to IBM’s Watson, and some diligent research work from The Drum, we are now able to ask one deceased legend—David Ogilvy—about various items of importance. By the way, The Drum is a global media platform and […]

Mike Diva Makes The Impossible Possible: The Donald Can Dance!

Art Net News calls it, “a hypnotically-brilliant video.” The New Republic says, “It makes the end of the world seem as sweet as bubble gum.” All high praise for North Hollywood-based Mike Diva, the director behind one of the best political ads of the season, hands down. If Trump’s team knew what they were doing, […]

Client Dollars Are Flowing To Digital In A Big Way

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today announced that U.S. internet ad revenues have set a new first quarter high at $15.9 billion in Q1 2016, outpacing last year’s Q1 record-setting $13.2 billion. T he 21 percent year-over-year jump represents the sharpest spike in four years when compared to other first quarter earnings. “These landmark revenues […]

Legal Cannabis Is A Massive Opportunity for Marketing and Media Pros

Legal cannabis—medical and recreational—is a burgeoning opportunity for cannabis entrepreneurs like retailers and growers. It’s also a wide open opportunity for the larger ecosystem that supports this industry, including design shops, ad agencies, and media organizations. I recently had dinner with an account executive in Portland and asked him who was knocking on his shop’s […]

These Ads Are Impossible To Skip, They’re Already Over

Skipping is for school children and web surfers. Be that as it may, you’re not going to skip this pre-roll advertising from GEICO. I don’t know about you, but I’m disrupted. Nice work, The Martin Agency.

Holy Tongue Cleaners, Orabrush Team Spins Off

Brands need YouTube content and advertising, but where do they turn to procure this modern form of communications currency? Ad agencies are changing, but few have crossed the bridge from making TV for a passive audience to making video for an active, empowered audience. One way to find a video provider is to discover who […]