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It’s all over but the shouting

01.03.2015

What is it with all the screaming? Are braying animals or shrieking humans really the best way to, um, break through the clutter? From Discover Card’s “No surprises” (a goat, a mic, a man with an extreme startle reflex) to Geico’s “Scapegoat” (bad karma on the assembly line) and Sprint’s “Apology” (don’t ass-k), engaging viewers…

The softer side of the Super Bowl

02.02.2015

This year’s advertising line-up on the Super Bowl (XLIX, for those keeping score in Ancient Rome) was all about dads. And making people happy. And love. Oh, and hashtags. They were big. You couldn’t call yourself a hip and happening “super” marketer without one. There was so much sweetness and light that you almost forgot…

Finding your voice

11.01.2015

How do you find your voice in the din of the marketplace? How do you use your craft to tell a familiar story in new, unexpected ways? How do you reconcile the desire to be the best with the pull of fame? These are some of the questions asked and answered in a beautiful performance…

Under the tree

20.12.2014

I want what they’re having. The irrepressible joie de vivre and inspired creativity that make these my favorite spots of the season. – Target. It’s the toys that ask the question on every kid’s lips: “what d’ya get? What d’ya get? Dude, what d’ya get?” – Apple. Our love is here to stay for the…

Early Christmas Presence

16.11.2014

Oh, who am I kidding? Christmas, like the presidential horse races, is a year ‘round event with much the same result. We’re never wholly satisfied with what we get. I’ll leave it to the pundits to predict the toy (um, candidate) of the year, but here are three new commercials that may bring joy to…

What logos say about brands and brains

02.11.2014

Your logo is more than just a pretty face. It’s a stimulus for a whole host of perceptions that determine whether or not prospects reach for your brand or Brand X and how they feel about it when they do. Logomaker has put together a nifty infographic based on the latest neuroscience showing how the…

The one and only Cheerios does it again

17.10.2014

I just can’t quit The Roosevelts. So it was with a sensitized eye that I first saw “Third Shift,” the new spot from Cheerios that honors the bond between food and family. Shot in muted colors that bring to mind Depression-era newsreels or Dorothea Lange, it is utterly faithful to the brand’s longtime messaging and…

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