The Ad Industry Is Quite Cold To Brands That Aren’t Cool

In the course of my career, I’ve done a lot of good work for brands that simply weren’t cool. And if you’re an observer of our industry and the people who comment on it, you know that brands that are seemingly out of favor have a tougher time gaining traction — even when there’s good marketing behind those brands.

For advertising professionals, the struggle occurs because we know even mundane brands are capable of better, deeper, more meaningful work. We’re capable of creating it. We look at Chrysler or Old Spice and believe, when all the stars are properly aligned, we can put a new face on an old brand. Occasionally, a brand like PBR can become cool again without a managed effort, but most companies don’t leave such things to chance.

It’s the subject of my latest column on Talent Zoo, which will be on the home page tomorrow.

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About Dan Goldgeier

Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. Dan is also a columnist for and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.