Marketers of the art form known as poetry have resorted to the retail art of gumball machines, in order to capture market share for well placed meaning in words. Gots to give it up to ’em. This is a great distribution method. A quarter for your thoughts. Hey, let’s invent one for the ad biz. […]
Paul Hamm gets to keep his gold medal, an Olympic panel ruled today. But seeing Hamm speak on TV is a real buzz kill. Someone get this man a handler. You don’t stand there in front of the world and say, “I knew it was mine all along. I’m glad the judges finally agreed. Now […]
The Commodore, a.k.a., J. Walter Thompson, late 19th cent. JWT likes to hang The Commodore’s image in its offices around the globe. Which makes me wonder how odd Jeff Goodby, for instance, might appear to future observers. Better yet, what will anthropologists make of Lew Clow’s refusal to wear shoes?
The AFL-CIO and seniors groups in California have banded together and filed a false advertising lawsuit against the little purple pill’s manufacturer, AstraZeneca. According to AdWeek, the suit alleges that the drug company sought to preserve market share and profits as the patent on Prilosec was set to expire by scheming to convince consumers that […]
A close reader questions whether advertising icons are as GRRR-E-A-T as they once were. I say, how can you argue with this dear reader. This man cried a tear for America.
Well known author and blogger, Doc Searls quoted us yesterday in a piece about how branding is dead. We are flattered and honored. Doc points to the fourth chapter of The Cluetrain Manifesto and asks rhetorically, “Sound familiar?” The title of the chapter is “Markets Are Conversations,” and without a doubt much of what we’re […]
For more iconic brand mascots see TV Acres.
An empowered organization is one where the CEO enables her managers and staff. An empowered communications strategy is one where the marketer enables the customer. This is good enabling, not the A.A. kind. …for the chart lover within.
Huskerpedia, a site that follows Nebraska athletics from “deep behind enemy lines in Jefferson County, CO” offers Husker football fans brand supremacy in this merchandising opportunity:
Corporate blogs are proliferating, according to the founder of Technorati. There are significant numbers of individual bloggers at Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, but their blogs are personal, not official. For a closer look at how a blog fits into a firm’s marketing strategy, take a look at Stonyfield Farms, a New Hampshire-based organic dairy with […]
Vaughn Whelan & Partners Advertising Inc., a 12-person Toronto firm wanted to pitch the Molson and Coors account (the two brewers are merging), but they were not invited to the party. So, the agency came up with a guerilla approach. VW&P created a bootleg TV spot and paid to run it on Canadian television, and […]
“Most copywriters are uninspired hacks with only a small bag of smartass tricks separating themselves and oblivion. Very few of them bring any seriously original thinking to their client�s problems. And very few clients ask copywriters for serious thinking as a result. They ask other people instead.” -Hugh Macleod of Gaping Void Hugh’s words are […]