Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed Its Inventory of AR-15s

Assault weapons are for soldiers. This is not another decision being handed down by a hapless and corrupt government. And it’s not a debate. It’s action being taken by conscious CEOs like Ed Stack of Dick’s Sporting Goods. According to the local CBS station in Pittsburgh, it was just after the Sandy Hook attack that […]

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This Land Is for Johnnie Walker Drinkers

Where do brands fit into the larger cultural landscape today? It’s a question that some brand managers and ad agency partners would rather not answer. At the other end of the pole, there is Diageo’s Johnnie Walker, which has a definitive answer to the non-rhetorical question. Let’s watch and listen… The spot was created by […]

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Leo Burnett/London Helps To Elevate Role of Design in Society

Creative agency Leo Burnett London and the Design Museum, have launched the museum’s new purpose campaign, called ‘Design: Humanity’s Best Friend’, celebrating the impact of design in everyone’s lives. The campaign aims to show how design is integral to everyday life and highlights the museum as a must-see destination in London this year. Lord Mandelson, […]

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Boots on the Ground: Timberland To Help Plant 50 Million Trees

Brand purpose has plenty of detractors inside the ad industry. For example, Simon White, chief strategy officer at FCB West argues: “When brands advertise their favorite social cause, instead of meeting consumers’ goals, the advertising becomes irrelevant, ineffective and annoying.” White adds, “When it comes to advertising, don’t start with your why, start with theirs.” […]

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Would You Like To Shop, Dine, Or Stay Here? Leave Your Guns At Home

Guns. Americans are obsessed with guns, the power to kill, and the right to possess lethal firepower. In most American states you can carry a weapon openly wherever you go. According to Giffords Law Center:  Carrying openly visible guns in public can quickly turn arguments fatal, be used to intimidate and suppress the First Amendment […]

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Fear of Mass Shootings Is Bad for Business, Bad for Morale, and Bad for America

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” It’s a wonderful line, but it’s also from another time in American life. Today, We, the People, have plenty of reasons to be afraid. For one, domestic terrorism works. Not only do the shooters kill real people who are their imaginary enemies, […]

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Some Republicans Want To Clean Up the GOP’s Mess

We keep hearing how the United States is a nation of laws. And how we’re better than this. Those are talking points. Facts point in another direction. Facts say we are a lawless society where terror reigns. Facts say we are not better than this. Here is one fact: no other nation on Earth has […]

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Ads That Help Sell Assault Weapons Reveal All

I am an ad man, which means I have developed the ability to see any product or service the way the customer or potential buyer sees it. It’s my J-O-B to do so, no matter how unsavory the job can be at times. I will now apply this lens to the marketing of assault weapons. […]

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Might As Well Travel The Elegant Way (In An Airstream)

Airstream sends me their email newsletter once per week. It’s called “Rivet.” As a way to keep me interested in Airstream products and the RVing lifestyle, Rivet points me to a batch of recommended articles on the Airstream blog. The Airstream blog is a great way to showcase customer testimonials. One RV enthusiast featured on […]

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“I Am An Angler” Is A Powerful Call To Action

Fishing is one of my favorite recreational activities. Leaving the land and my screens behind to focus purely on the water and the fish in it is a physical and mental reprieve. For me and millions of people who love to fish, fishing is good medicine. Take Me Fishing TakeMeFishing.org, the website from Recreational Boating […]

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The Denari’s Life-Saving Story Could Be Anyone’s Story

When the agency truly cares about the client, it shows. Witness the latest pro-bono campaign from Indianapolis-based Young & Laramore, which encourages Indiana driver’s to register as organ donors. This isn’t just any assignment for the agency. It’s personal. Maggie Denari, wife of Y&L’s president Tom Denari is the recent recipient of a heart transplant, […]

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Citizens of the Sunshine State Intend to Amend the FL Constitution and Save Lives

Do you live in Florida? Will you vote to ban assault weapons? Chances are good that the issue will be on the ballot in 2020. Florida law allows citizens to propose amendments to the state constitution by petition. The issue can then be put before voters in a general election, provided all the conditions are […]

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American Trucks Continues To Do the Right Thing

When you’re on the road, you do the right thing. When you modify your pickup, you do the right thing. It’s good to see American Trucks—a premium sponsor of Adpulp.com—extend this concept well beyond the act of driving and modifying trucks. American Trucks is actively offering scholarships to enterprising students and the Paoli, Pennsylvania-based aftermarket […]

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LATAM Airlines Asks Its Customers to Fly Without Prejudices

Brands are taking stronger and stronger stances today. But is anyone paying attention? IPG’s Graphene, the agency created to serve the LATAM Airlines account, wanted to make sure that travelers noticed the airline’s support for LGBT+ Pride month. To this end, they applied rainbow colored baggage tags to customer’s checked bags, complete with a call […]

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Taylor Swift Tells The Haters To Calm Down

Taylor Swift’s new pro-Pride release, “You Need To Calm Down,” has been on YouTube for just 24 hours and already the music video has been viewed more than 20 million times. The vibrantly colored, surreal video features her reunion with Katy Perry along with cameo appearances from Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Dexter Mayfield, Laverne Cox, […]

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Warriors for Women Launch New Campaign; Cast of The Handmaid’s Tale Adds Support

It’s 2019, but it in many parts of the U.S. it could be 1919 again. A woman’s right to make her own choices about her health and her body is under widespread attack. This year alone, 303 bills restricting abortion care have been filed in 47 states. Among those bills, 135 ban abortion in some […]

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RAICES Puts Kids In Cages In New Yorker’s Faces; NYPD Called In To “Keep the Peace”

This is not a subtle time in America or the world. It’s a highly disruptive time, with people fleeing famine caused by climate change, people at war, people harassed by gangs, people shot at work or school, and so on. To fight against the gross injustices that are happening right now on our watch, the […]

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The New Frontier In Privacy: Your Face

Agree or disagree? Communications technology, like all new technology, is neither good nor evil. I believe what we choose to do with technology is what matters. For instance, Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) can be used for the good of all, or it can be used by a draconian surveillance state to control a population. Last […]

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Deny Americans Avocados And The Revolution Begins

Are you ready to go days, weeks or months with no avocado toast? Are you prepared to eat tortilla chips with no assistance from guacamole? The nightmare scenario above could be here sooner than you think, provided Trump gets his way again. Should the worst happen, and the U.S./Mexican border close, U.S. grocery stores and […]

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Dreamers and Artists Always Welcome #USA

Thanks to unrelenting media narratives about race and immigration, some American citizens have a deeply distorted point of view on the topics. It’s a sad reality and for millions, this is a tough time in America. Perhaps it will help to point out how the rise of ignorance and hate is also ushering in an […]

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