USPS Ready To Rock

from Ad Age: When the behemoth U.S. Postal Service found out that a young rock band had named itself “Postal Service,” executives weren’t happy. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to the band’s label, Seattle-based independent Sub Pop Records.
But what began as an argument over name rights turned into the mail-delivering institution’s first cross-promotional music deal. Sub Pop executives suggested that the USPS turn the musicians into marketing partners instead of adversaries. The USPS ultimately agreed to let the band keep using the name via a licensing deal, and will take advantage of the musicians’ hipster cachet through some innovative co-promotions.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.