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 […]

Thanks To Gen Z, TV Breaks Out of Its Box

Are you “watching TV” when you’re streaming your favorite episodic content? Does it matter what we call the screen or box where content is consumed? According to a new study from Hulu and Tremor Video, a provider of software for video ad effectiveness, 84 percent of adults aged 14-50 equate “watching TV” with devices such […]

Arby’s: We Have The Meats

Fallon is a legendary advertising agency, and one of the pillars of the Minneapolis market. Fallon picked up Arby’s a few years ago and has helped the brand find its unique baritone voice. There is a keen sense of humor in play here; yet, this is no-nonsense product advertising. In other words, there’s something for […]

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Hulu Original

I am excited to see Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men star in The Handmaid’s Tale, a new production which premieres on Hulu on April 26. The brilliant 1985 novel by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood could not be more timely. The story is set in a dystopia dominated by right-wing religious tyranny and environmental devastation where […]

Love, Sweet Love

Hyatt is a leading hospitality brand the world over. Therefore, inclusion is a core brand value and it shows. According to Campaign, MullenLowe’s new anthem is the hotel chain’s first TV spot in a decade. The commercial makes its TV debut tonight during the 89th Academy Awards. Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day provides the soundtrack, a […]

The Richards Group Keeps 7UP In the Mix

In a play for new customers, The Uncola is mixing it up with Sir Mix-a-Lot and 2 Chainz. The Dr. Pepper-owned brand is also making a strong play to be the mixer of choice for fans of adult beverages. It’s an interesting twist to take a back seat to spirits, and one that could pay […]

From Mad Man To Pitch Man

Jon Hamm is a commanding figure in front of the camera. His character “Don Draper” could sell ice to Eskimos. As an actor playing a tax prep pitchman, he’s not bad either. There’s drama in his delivery, and that’s what top tier clients pay out the large dinero for—some sizzle to help them stand out […]

People Need Money And Socks, Movie Stars Included

Direct marketing can be tough to take in one’s mailbox and/or inbox. Depending on the product and production, the “creative” can be excruciating to watch on TV. You are not day dreaming. Ashley Judd is, in fact, starring in an infomercial for socks with little grippy things on the bottom. This is the same Ashely […]