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Responsible Super Bowl ads? You decide.

  The Super Bowl frenzy is over, but the analysis of the Super Bowl advertising has just begun. Millions are already viewing and voting on their favorites at YouTube Adblitz and MySpace. I’m interested in something a little different. I’ve taken the liberty to list just over twenty of the ads that are currently receiving […]

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Are advertisers going too far to break through?

One day to Super Bowl Sunday and I’m wondering: a. Which ad will have us all talking on Monday morning? b. Will Bud dominate? c. Which ads will we remember? d. Who will go too far to break through? e. And will the answer to “c” be because it’s “d?” Don’t get me wrong. Boring […]

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Preview Pepsi’s Super Bowl ad for the deaf

This ad from Pepsi will air during the Super Bowl. Pepsi shows support for the deaf, makes sure advocacy groups will support them and then puts on what will be one of the most unique ads during the Super Bowl. Instead of participating in the advertising shouting contest, Pepsi zags and does an ad with […]

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Jargon and buzzwords to avoid like the plague

Is it time to disintermediate mission-critical communities? Not until we embrace open-source infrastructures. To be message responsible, you have to respect your audience. That means speaking clearly in a human voice. Buzzwords dominate business communications and it’s a serious problem for anyone that wants to connect with their customers, colleagues and prospects. Problem is, buzzwords […]

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Can subliminal advertising be responsible?

We’ve all seen examples of subliminal advertising in print ads over the years. I use the word “seen” loosely, because usually you have to look pretty hard to find that suggestive image that’s supposed to burrow itself into your subconscious and get you to buy! buy! buy! Anyway, subliminal advertising on television is a whole […]

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Responsible Marketing: Where have you seen it?

We know it when we see it, don’t we? Tide’s Loads of Hope. Dell’s Regeneration. Bold and brave creative that breaks through. Where have you seen Responsible Marketing? We’re all ears.

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Irresponsible marketing: Where have you seen it?

Poor casting. Bad design. Lack of planning. Greenwashing. Broken promises. Marketing to children. The list goes on and on. It’s too bad irresponsible marketing happens, but we can learn from others’ mistakes. Where have you seen irresponsible marketing? We’re all ears.

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Love it or hate it: The Thomas Kinkade marketing machine

  My partner, Bill Boyd, ABC, sent me an email I thought blogworthy. Here it is: Patrick, I spent time with two brands over the holidays. One carefully guards every aspect of its interactions with the public. This company can demand (and get) premium prices. There’s never any discounting, and no products that don’t convey […]

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Entertaining, but effective?

Ready for a little break from the barrage of holiday advertising? I am, and I like advertising. I was hoping I’d find a few holiday-themed ads to share, but then I realized, the most entertaining and memorable ad I’ve seen this season wasn’t a holiday ad at all. It was a Jack-in-the-Box ad, and I […]

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Happy Holidays. No. Really. We mean it.

“From everyday collection to environmental protection, Think Green. Think Waste Management.” That’s the tagline in the footer of a Happy Holidays email I received from Waste Management. The rest of the message: Dear Valued Customer, We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Cordially, Waste Management Apparently, they didn’t want to waste any time […]

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My friend, the spammer

Want to make some easy money? Now you can, if you are willing to spam your friends on Facebook, and soon, Skype, Open Social, Twitter and some of your other favorite places to connect online. Check out this blog posting from TechCrunch, and make sure you scan the comments.

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Responsible or not?

Boring advertising is irresponsible in so many ways. But there’s a fine line between breakthrough creative and going too far. Is this ad responsible or not? Comment below to weigh in.

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