How Much Do You Really Know About Monosodium Glutamate?

Americans pour mountains of salt onto their food. We also reflexively say, “No, thank you,” to Monosodium Glutamate, which could lower one’s salt intake. We’ve been saying no to MSG for decades, but why? According to one of MSG’s leading manufacturers—Ajinomoto—MSG’s bad reputation is both undeserved and rooted in racism. In the 1960s, a wave […]

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Jane Lynch Enjoys Illinois, Invites You To Do Likewise

“Enjoy Illinois” is the new travel and tourism campaign for the Land of Lincoln. The two words (Enjoy Illinois) rhyme, are easy to recall and suggest good times ahead. I also like the positioning line used in the campaign, “Welcome to the middle of everything.” For the state of Illinois, it’s the perfect tagline. The […]

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Cannabis Brand Develops New Show for VICE TV

Weedmaps is producing a new, original cannabis-centric docuseries called Tumbleweeds with Killer Mike. Hosted by rapper and activist Killer Mike, the series was produced by Wheelhouse DNA and Wheelhouse Labs and distributed through VICE Media Group. The first two episodes of the four-part series will air on VICE TV on April 20 starting at 10 […]

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Tony Hawk’s New “Scratch Boards” Hide Prizes Beneath the Paint

This is not your grandfather’s scratch-off game. This is the update for 2022. If you want to win today, put on a helmet, plus knee and elbow pads, and head to the nearest skate park. Activision, Tony Hawk, and DAVID Madrid teamed up to create limited-edition skate decks that reward skaters after they scratch them […]

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Willie Nelson Wears Sketchers, And It’s Perfectly Legal

Willie Nelson is a funny man. The brand team at Sketchers thankfully recognizes this and created a commercial that highlights Mr. Nelson’s dry wit. The legendary recording artist appears in two new Skechers commercials, both filmed on his Luck Ranch in Spicewood, Texas. “Willie Nelson is an American icon whose appeal knows no boundaries and […]

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Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus Just Want What’s Best for Your Phone

T-Mobile tapped country music legend Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus to star in the brand’s campy Super Bowl ads this year. The premise here is that Dolly and Miley are working to save people from their inferior 5G networks. According to the brand’s press release, Dolly and Miley are fighting the good 5G fight. All […]

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Doja Cat Rocks The Bell

This Sunday, Taco Bell returns to the Super Bowl with a new commercial that features Doja Cat and the remake of the pop-rock anthem “Celebrity Skin” by Hole. The new song features lyrics reworked in partnership with Courtney Love. Set to air during the fourth quarter, “The Grande Escape” is an epic story of liberation […]

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Is Anyone Fully Informing the Public? Not This Week

This coming Sunday, a parade of new ads will interrupt the NFL’s programming. A few legacy brands will return to the Super Bowl with the horses that brought them. Most of the other advertisers will be looking to score points with customers and the press care of their innovative new approaches to their showcase (and […]

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A Universal Call to Action: Get Back to Nature and Back In Tune

Creative people have been toiling away at their work-from-home desks for almost two years now. Sadly, many have not ventured outside. The impact of this unnatural stasis and social deprivation is starting to show in today’s advertising. For example, Busch Light is out with a new spot that is positively hallucinatory. It’s also a good […]

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The Best Gifts Don’t Come from Amazon, They Come from the Heart

Amazon.com is the information economy’s superstore. One can buy just about anything one desires from Bezos and company. If you’d like, Amazon’s Prime will even rush it to your doorstep. Such is the state of retail today. The mass appeal of fast-moving goods (that are just a click and a local warehouse away) is a […]

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Bud Light Seltzer Packs Flavor Explosions in Tye-Dye Cans

Packaging matters, especially at the point of sale. Sometimes a product’s packaging makes all the difference. For instance, the Bud Light Seltzer Retro pack, which features a tie-dye design, quickly became a favorite this summer, generating a 3.5% share of the entire hard seltzer category. Loud Enough to Blow A Hole in the Wall The […]

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Indie Rockers Head To Yosemite for a Brand-Sponsored Jam Session

Ads present the product or service in the right light to motivate consideration and purchase. Content marketing is something different. Content-fueled campaigns are designed to please people and that’s pretty much it. In other words, content is a gift from the brand, not a clever request to purchase. Content also rewards customers and provides a […]

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Hyundai Is Out Front in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Some brands are searching for a purpose. Other brands focus on purpose from day one because it’s an expression of the company’s core values and because it’s good for business. Emotion moves people to pay attention, care, and buy. The following short film from Hyundai is packed with raw emotion. Paul Imhoff has been successful […]

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Plant-Based Eggs Are No F*^$ing Joke

Do you love eggs, but feel bad about supporting corporate farms that raise chickens in pens? Have you tried Just Egg from the scientists and culinary artists at Eat Just, Inc.? Perhaps, you will soon? Eat Just, Inc. just launched a new multi-million-dollar brand campaign for its popular plant-based JUST Egg products. The brand’s “Really […]

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Janelle Monáe Helps Martell Soar Beyond the Expected

How do you make V.S.O.P cognac new and unexpected? You create new recipes for the liquid. Or you hire a big-time pop star to make the brand her spirit of choice. Martell chose to do both. Martell is now working with Grammy-nominated recording artist Janelle Monáe who stars in a new brand campaign, “Soar Beyond […]

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Lexus and AMC Theaters Boosted by Celebrity Endorsements

Influence. Who has it, and how do they use it to help sell products and services? Some brands insist on dipping into the Instagram pool for talent. Others, like Lexus, find their edge in emerging artists, and then seek to re-express this raw aesthetic in pop cultural terms that attach to the brand. In its […]

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How To Rose? the Snoop Dogg Way

Wine marketing is oftentimes painfully boring. I’d rather watch paint dry than see a wine ad. Wine ads—like some winery tasting room staff—can be stuffy, talkative, and off-point. Thankfully, change is coming to the wine industry. In June, we reported on Elizabeth Banks and her connection to Archer Roose. Now, it’s Snoop Doggy Dogg’s turn. […]

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The Richards Group and Tommy Lee Jones Make A Short Western

Beef is the top-selling meat in the U.S., with sales in 2020 increasing to $30.3 billion, a 23.7% jump year-over-year. In Texas—the nation’s top beef-producing state—17,500 beef cattle producers, ranching families, and businesses are members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), a 144-year-old organization. According to Adweek, the trade org hired The […]

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Billie Eilish and Adobe Do the Celebrity Endorsement Dance

Billie Eilish is a superstar with a shelf full of Grammys. She’s also a maker and like so many modern-day makers, she uses Adobe software (to create visual worlds to accompany her music). Before we get to the new Adobe commercial in which she stars—the purpose of this article—let’s tune in to Ms. Eilish’s pop […]

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Elizabeth Banks Hangs Out and Drinks Wine

How would you like it if Elizabeth Banks was an uninvited houseguest? Many Americans would welcome the Hollywood star with open arms. She’s funny, charming, beautiful, and famous. She also likes to drink wine. Marian Leitner, who has a new company to run, isn’t so sure. Let’s watch. According to T.L. Stanley at Adweek, Banks […]

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