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Categories: Foolishness

VW, Cadillac, Chevy, Ford and Their Love of Ad Cougars

Posted by: David Kiley on June 18

With all the bad news surrounding the car business, my hat off to for doing something totally frivolous, fun, yet strangely thought provoking. Yes…it’s a list of the hottest...

Madison Ave. Blues: The Year The Media Died.

Posted by: David Kiley on June 08

For anyone in the ad/media business....this is one brilliant piece of work from LMcDuff08 on Youtube....

A Swine Flu By Any Other Name...Won't Fly

Posted by: David Kiley on April 30

From the department of "Good Luck With That..." The pork industry is trying to convince media outlets to stop calling the swine flu "swine flu," because of the impact...

Ad Spoofs Kick The Butt of Real Ads

Posted by: David Kiley on March 25

Wish this car ad spoof featuring Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius and Nissan with Andy Richter was a real spot:...

Dunkin Donuts: Name Your Donut

Posted by: David Kiley on March 18

Dunkin’ Donuts is going back to its roots and “thinking inside the box,” launching a national campaign aimed at shining the spotlight on donuts as the perfect treat for these...

Lay's Made For Each Other Ads: No Need For A Double Dip

Posted by: David Kiley on March 12

There are times when I wonder if being 45 is making me too curmudgeonly. I was once referred to as such in The New York Times. No kidding. But, seriously,...

Wieden & Kennedy Cries "Ripoff"

Posted by: David Kiley on November 01

One of the oldest stories in the ad world is “That guy stole my ad!” Sometimes when an agency complains that another has ripped off its ad, it has a...

Pictures You can't hardly Make Up

Posted by: David Kiley on October 29

Thanks to John Martin's blog at for this. It may not be marketing per se...but it is delicious...and it is a picture snapped in Indiana....

Nashville Debate: "That One:" The Line That Caught On

Posted by: David Kiley on October 08

The catch-line that caught on. A website,, is selling T-shirts featuring both McCain and Obama, and has a logo with Obama’s rising-sun campaign changed to read “Thatone.” There's a...

EU Wants Women To Feel Empowered To Scrub Floors

Posted by: David Kiley on September 10

Imagine my surprise when I began reading The New York Times article about sexual stereotyping in ads that women want us to think that they are just as able...

Advertisers Trying To Get A Head

Posted by: David Kiley on September 10

Airports, of course, are increasingly canvases for all kinds of ads. People are captive, so it's hard to click away. I confess that I probably noticed more of Toyota's...

Apple Censors Mad Men Ad

Posted by: David Kiley on July 21

I thought it was bad when I could no longer smoke a cigar in an outdoor stadium while watching a football or baseball game. But Apple's move to photoshop...

Is Bill Gates Pro McCain?

Posted by: David Kiley on July 07

I was writing a post abaout the political party websites, writing in an ms word file so I could spell-check. And when the ms spellchecker got to "Obama," it asked...

Barack Obama Smokes - But What Brand?

Posted by: Burth Helm on June 11

ABC News is reporting that Barack Obama smoked cigarettes in the past few months. A one-time "heavy smoker," he'd been trying to quit. As far as his presidential bid...

Stop SwiftBoating Latte

Posted by: David Kiley on May 05

Okay. I’m officially fed up with the innocent latte getting beat up as being elitist. From CBS News: A push-pull dynamic has redefined Hillary. As the mainstream media, the...

Charmin TP: Is Too Much Info the New Standard?

Posted by: David Kiley on April 22

I was struck about two weeks ago when I watched a Charmin toilet paper ad featuring the now familiar animated bears. The one bear was vacuuming the butt of the...

Clinton's Veep Offer To Obama Seems A Bit Costanza

Posted by: David Kiley on March 10

As I watched Hillary and Bill Clinton offering the veep post Barack Obama, even though Obama is ahead in popular vote and delegates, I was trying to rememember what...

Bad Boy Imus Readies Comeback

Posted by: David Kiley on November 16

On Dec. 3, exiled radio personality will make his return on New York radio station WABC. It remains too be seen how many other of Citadel Broadcasting's affiliates will...

What Exactly Is New?

Posted by: David Kiley on November 09

I heard someone the other day say that "Curvy is the new thin." This was said in the context of how Queen Latifah has become an icon for many...

Using Bad News To A Brand's Advantage

Posted by: David Kiley on October 30

Perhaps an obsession with quality since J.D. Power and Associates rankings and the like have come to dominate our perception of brands have made many marketers forget that most consumers...

The Al Gore Brand Story Taking Shape

Posted by: David Kiley on October 15

I listened to so-called political experts on National Public Radio ruminating that Al Gore would find it difficult to make headway in a run for Democratic nomination for the...

Walmart's Roehm Clearly Shooting For Settlement

Posted by: David Kiley on May 30

For me, Walmart's former advertising chief Julie Roehm "jumped the shark" when she appeared on Bill O'Reilly's TV show fueling his imaginary war on Christmas debate. In Roehm's latest...

Walmart -Roehm Saga Like Watching A Local News Program

Posted by: David Kiley on March 20

People. People. Where are the grown-ups? You know how when you finish watching a TV show, and the local news jumps in for its 10:00 newscast, and they tease stories...

The Secret Enviga Paper

Posted by: David Kiley on January 05

I have recently been sent what may be a secret strategy document from Coke regarding its Enviga beverage [See Burt Helm's BW story], which the soft drink company says...

From The Department of "Doy": Ad Age Blows The Lid Off Kevin Roberts' "Book."

Posted by: David Kiley on January 02

Ad Age is a terrific business magazine. But I couldn't help but snicker at the headline today over a video interview the trade did with Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Kevin...

An Open Letter To Walmart, Julie Roehm and Draft/FCB

Posted by: David Kiley on December 14

Walmart is now dealing with the aftermath of dismissing its advertising/communications chief Julie Roehm and a subordinate, Sean Womack, on charges that the two violated the company’s entertainment policies....

Walmart's Roehm Up To Her Old Publicity Marketing Ways

Posted by: David Kiley on November 17

First, I saw Walmart's advertising honcho Julie Roehm on The O'Reilly Factor vamping for Bill O'Reilly about how Walmart was going to be proudly marketing Christmas trees and Christmas merchandise...

Keeping the low-brows in check

Posted by: Burth Helm on August 18

Deep inside the Beltway, there is a place where humor goes to die. In that place, a few blocks from the toy safety advocacy groups and Ralph Nader’s offices, is...


News, opinions, inflammatory meanderings and occasional ravings about the world of advertising, marketing and media. By marketing editor Burt Helm, Innovation Editor Helen Walters, and senior correspondent Michael Arndt.

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