The Relentless Pursuit of Pablum

The Relentless Pursuit of Pablum

As an ad nerd, I love a good tagline. Think different. Just do it. When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight. We try harder. But taglines (or slogans if you call pop “soda”) are tricky things. They’re quite easy to get wrong – even more so than...
The Relentless Pursuit of Pablum

Missed It by That Much

Missed It by That Much Note: The following is based solely on my recollection of events. It’s been 20 years, 4 job changes, 3 kids and 2 moves since this story took place, so forgive my .5% fudge factor. Also, I’ve left out the names of most of the people involved to...
The Importance of Being Less Earnest

The Importance of Being Less Earnest

Stop me if you’ve seen this one: Open on a shallow depth-of-field shot of a business owner, dentist or HVAC repair technician. They begin: At AAA Acme Services, we know your schedule is busy. Cut to montage of concerned customers nodding as AAAAS “team members” show...
The Importance of Being Less Earnest

The Obligatory Super Hole XI

After a decade of reviewing Super Bowl commercials, I considered changing the format for Super Hole XI. Then I considered getting some nachos. The nachos won. Therefore, the rules remain the same: I only review ads shown during the four quarters of the game, so no...
The Importance of Being Less Earnest

The Golden Rule of Marketing to Women

When asked to align this quarter’s Brand Brief with the editorial theme of the overall publication [the Winter 2016 edition of Omaha B2B magazine with the theme of women in marketing – Ed.], my first thoughts turned to satire. After all, there is no shortage of bad...
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