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Atlanta's School for Mad Mennew

The Creative Circus teaches its students how to be Don Draper without being an asshole.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Eric Celeste  |  05-11-2012  |  Education

What Happens in Vegasnew

A look back at the advertising magic of "What Happens Here, Stays Here."
Las Vegas Weekly  |  John Katsilometes  |  09-29-2011  |  Media

Post Bus-Shelter Ad Ban, 'Avenue Q' Set to Attack More of Colorado Springs' Sensibilitiesnew

If you snuck into the theater as the lights went down, slid into your seat and listened for a moment, you might blurt out that Avenue Q is basically grown-up Sesame Street.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Bryce Crawford  |  03-16-2010  |  Theater

Nouveau Ambulance Chasers And Justice for Allnew

There was a time not that long ago that lawyers got clients by joining clubs, wearing funny hats, shaking hands like third-place politicians, or coaching little league. Then the Supreme Court ruled that attorneys could advertise, and guys like my father, for good and bad, truly changed the landscape.
San Antonio Current  |  Tim Maloney  |  03-03-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Colorado Springs Utilities Spends Millions to Reach an Already Captive Audiencenew

Today, trying to get attention that way is like whispering in Times Square. So what do you do? Blog? Tweet? Issue press releases? Go on radio? TV? YouTube? Colorado Springs Utilities does all of that and then some, at a cost to ratepayers of $3.25 million this year.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Pam Zubeck  |  01-12-2010  |  Media

Lottery Promotionnew

The lottery finds itself in a somewhat awkward position on advertising. Officials want to maximize sales, but they have to be wary of targeting specific demographic groups, even if national experience indicates some might be more fertile markets.
Arkansas Times  |  Arkansas Times Staff  |  12-10-2009  |  Economy

Wieden+Kennedy's Briliant Pitch or Epic Failnew

Deep within the labyrinthine layers of Wieden+Kennedy's Pearl District headquarters is the secret responsible for the company's three-decade run of screaming creative success. It’s a record that is the envy of every madman in the ad game.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  12-04-2009  |  Media

'Ad Nauseam' Questions Happy Consumerismnew

For anyone who's read much about consumerism, there's not a lot of new ground covered here -- unsurprising, perhaps, since many of the book's articles date back to the mid '90s. The theme throughout is this: what makes advertising so powerful is its slippery method of using suggestive imagery instead of intellectual argument to associate products with positive emotions.
The Georgia Straight  |  Jennifer Croll  |  09-11-2009  |  Nonfiction

Feminists vs. PETA: 'Sexist' Ads Draw Portland Protestnew

The loosely knit Portland Feminist Action League organized the "flash protest" via the internet, criticizing PETA for its "sexist and offensive" animal rights campaigns. PETA's protests have featured nude women in cages, and most recently, the organization produced a billboard that pictured a fat woman in a bikini that read, "Save the whales! Lose the blubber. Go vegetarian."
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  08-28-2009  |  The War on Women

'Art & Copy': How to Sell Soap and Sex and VWsnew

However stirring these vintage campaigns and their graying creators may be for ad junkies like me, Doug Pray fails at analysis. His film is simply a tribute. And linking the ad biz to cave art -- well, that's just idiotic.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  08-24-2009  |  Reviews

New Documentary 'Art & Copy' Celebrates the Men Behind Ads by Skimming the Surfacenew

Advertising has long been perceived as a mirror reflecting reality back to consumers as a wish-fulfillment exercise. In that sense, Art & Copy is a worthy addition to a time-honored tradition.
New York Press  |  Mark Peikert  |  08-20-2009  |  Reviews

Advertisers Go from Licensing Songs to Releasing Themnew

The synergy of marketing and indie music has evolved so swiftly that selling a tune for use in a commercial or video game seems almost quaint. Marketers aren't just horning in on the territory of record labels' promo departments -- they're starting to act like labels.
Chicago Reader  |  Miles Raymer  |  04-13-2009  |  Music

A Girl's Best Friend Is Her Yogurtnew

"Just turn on your TV," says Current TV commentator Sarah Haskins. "Day and night — but mostly day, unless you’re watching Lifetime — there’s gonna be some ladies just chilling out, eating some yogurt, and appealing to our inner woman, to get us to do it too."
Boston Phoenix  |  Caitlin E. Curran  |  03-27-2009  |  The War on Women

A Seattle Entrepreneur Fizzles in Walla Walla Wine Countrynew

Paul Willms, mastermind behind last year’s Gary Locke-endorsed China 8, leaves another trail of unpaid bills.
Seattle Weekly  |  Mark D. Fefer  |  03-09-2009  |  Business & Labor

Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0new

Bay Area business owners say Yelp offers to hide negative customer reviews of their businesses on its web site ... for a price.
East Bay Express  |  Kathleen Richards  |  02-18-2009  |  Tech

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