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 […]

Don’s Next Tweet Bomb May Land In Your Lap

President Trump has the power to rock markets and drive a company’s stock price up or down. He may not intend to upset a company’s apple cart, but the outcome of his erratic actions is the same. When the man drops a Tweet Bomb from his Samsung, things are bound to explode. Melanie McShane, head […]

He Wants An Alpaca Farm, But You’re Not Losing Any Sleep

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 […]

Long John Silver’s Claims High Ground In “America’s Fish Fry” Battle

Long John Silver’s, with the aid of Louisville-based Creative Alliance, have pulled off one of the cleverest, or dumbest, bait-and-switch moves ever. Check this out, the spot whets the viewer’s appetite with a real fish fry at a real restaurant in Detroit, before cutting to Long John Silver’s version of this great American meal. Personally, […]

Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza Raising Dough In IPO

Vancouver, Washington-based Papa Murphy’s is not Papa John’s. That’s one key point-of-difference to establish in the pizza-eater’s mind. The other thing to make clear is that Papa Murphy’s is take-n-bake pizza, which is why I like Wong Doody’s tagline for the brand, “Love at 425 degrees.” Wong Doody has served as the Papa Murphy’s agency […]

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 […]

Shop Your Screens For Bruise Free Cyber Monday Deals

Today is Cyber Monday. Online sales could reach $2 billion today, but that figure is but a tenth of the revenue earned by traditional brick-and-mortar store sales on Black Friday. Walmart alone said it sold 2 million TVs during its Black Friday sales this year. The retailer also sold 2.8 million towels, 1.9 million dolls, […]

This Thanksgiving, It’s Turkey, Football and Family Versus The Red Light Special

J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Sears, Macy’s and Target all open their doors at 8:00 pm this Thursday in what promises to be a new prime time shopping event. For Best Buy, 8:00 p.m. is not good enough, so their sliding doors open at 6:00 p.m. Many K-mart, Walmart and Old Navy locations will be open all […]