BREAKING NEWS: It’s Amateur Hour on Pennsylvania Avenue

Trump and his administration are a brand in crisis. Witness the desperation and lame wish to control the message in this bizarre attempt at a presser by Sean Spicer, the new White House Press Secretary: I’m not interested in the political calculations here. I want to focus on the marketing communications problems, which are significant. […]

Roundhouse Throws Caution To The Wind, And A Copywriter To The Wolves

To celebrate its 15th year in business, Portland agency, Roundhouse, is preparing to drop copywriter Lee Kimball along Oregon’s wild and scenic Lower Crooked River. Why would they do that? To see if the writer can survive one week in the wilderness equipped with only the help of the agency’s clients’ products. “All creative agencies […]

Rebirth Announcement: On March 16, Nebraska Realty Is In Business

One of Omaha’s largest real estate firms – Deeb Realty, will change its name to Nebraska Realty, effective March 16, 2015. The real estate company hired Corporate Three Design in Omaha to create a new brand identity and roll it out across traditional media. (DISCLOSURE: Shawn Hartley, the publisher of this web site is Vice […]

In Little Rock, It’s A Family Affair

Thanks to this article in Arkansas Business, I came across news that the Cranford brothers of Little Rock, Arkansas have banded together to form a new agency called Cranford Co. If you’re not up on Arkansas advertising industry history, let it be known that Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford are sons of Wayne Cranford, who […]

This Christmas, Enjoy Wexley’s Non-Denominational Holiday Greeting

Wexley School for Girls wishes to extend you a warm holiday greeting. The only problem is, it is 2014 and our culture is drowning in politically correct language. Therefore, the agency set out to not offend with this non-denominational winter song: At the end of the video, viewers are further encouraged to explore more options. […]

Nostalgia At Ten, Along With A Renewed Focus

Ten years ago today we started an experiment here. The experiment has grown and morphed, and we, its producers, with it. There have been many things to learn along the way, and on this, the site’s 10th anniversary, I’d like to share some of the more pointed lessons that come to mind. 1) Do what […]

Creative Side Projects Can Be A Dumb And Dumber Idea (And That’s Good)

NYC-based freelance copywriter Deanna Director always has an innovative side project idea cookin’. And this one’s taking her places, notably the LA premiere of “Dumb and Dumber To.” She gained the attention of Jim Carrey and movie directors The Farrelly Brothers with her Dumbure Couture project featuring fashions inspired by the movie. Tweeting the idea […]

See All This Content? I Also Provide It To Clients

“Keep your day job, until your night job pays.” -Hunter/Garcia If there is one lesson I might share with you from nearly a decade as an ad blogger, it is this: Do not start with a blog and then go looking for a business to support it. Business first, then blog. The reality is I […]