Posts Tagged ‘Advertising’

Super Bowl Postmortem, Auto Show, Bad Marketing Tweets

There’s an ad on TV right now for the upcoming movie Dark Skies which ends with the character walking into the kitchen and encountering an alien on the counter (0:24 into it). This is almost exactly a recurring nightmare I had as a kid. Needless to say I will not be seeing this movie, because […]

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Local vs National Politics, Sports League Web Strategy, Frozen Vegetables are Miracle Food, NFL Week 1 Picks

Twice this week I thought, “X would be a good thing to post on here,” then by the time I got to WordPress, I had completely forgotten X. I need to finish that API for my mind to fix this problem. Politics-following types like me are wrapped up in convention coverage, but it’s important to […]

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Twice Removed? Might as Well Have Said It Yourself

This ongoing Rush Limbaugh nonsense has taken what was, for me, an unexpected turn: While generating outrage has usually been a highly profitable business for the guy, advertisers this time felt the need to flee the show on a wide scale and are hitting the still-hugely-rated show’s pocketbooks. (If you think this wasn’t the sole […]

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Taco Bell “Drive-Thru Diet”: Strategically Smart, Ethically Dubious

While running for the border, time to take a detour: And the 3-minute version: The tone of these is really strange — in the 3-minute version, at first Taco Bell seems to be going for a Popeil-esque infomercial parody, but then they bring out Christine the now-hot woman and Ruth Carey the registered dietician (who […]

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Clothing-Size Deflation Is Real

Hey, clothes-wearing people. I assume I’m not the only one who’s noticed that clothing sizes have totally changed in the past 2-3 years or so — what used to be an XL is now only a large, what used to be a large is now a medium, and what used to be XXXL is now […]

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Comcast: Notice They Aren’t Touting Customer Service

There’s a been a rash of new Comcast ads in the past few days, featuring a bunch of people in three-quarter view singing a really strange and monotonic rhyme about Comcast and all the ninjas and explosions it offers. But that’s funny, because when I think “Comcast”, I don’t think “funky and hip” so much […]

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Online Ad Revenue Drops, But Fear Not

This slightly alarmist but still insightful piece from the New York Times noted last quarter’s decline in overall ad revenue for newspaper websites. The headline “Web Revenue is Stalling” makes it sound as if the online news industry is doomed and will never recover, but that headline could just as easily have been written “As […]

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Your Write, Liberel Papers Never Get They’re Facts Strait

Today I got a letter asking me to subscribe to the Washington Times newspaper, the Rev. Sun-Myung Moon-backed conservative oracle. I don’t know how I got on their mailing list, as I’m the type (both actual and demographic) who’s unlikely to respond positively to a printed quote from Rush Limbaugh that “The Washington Times is […]

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Dudes, Why So Much Debt?

The Wife and I had a good discussion today sparked by Sunday’s first piece in the New York Times series on debt in America. (And thanks to J Frog for sending me that way today.) I did learn a nice history of the lending industry from the article, in particular the industry’s shift in focus […]

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The Top News Outlets for May 2008

Just saw this list of the most popular online news sources from Nielsen Online. Brand or Channel — May ’08 Unique Audience (000) — May ’07 Unique Audience (000) Yahoo! News — 35,846 — 30,451 MSNBC Digital Network — 35,184 — 28,347 CNN Digital Network — 33,101 — 29,094 AOL News — 22,524 — 17,444 […]

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