Facebook’s Rogue Founder, Chris Hughes, Funds Anti-Monopoly Efforts

Do you know Mark? Mark knows you. Do you know who does know, Mark? Chris Hughes knows Mark. Hughes was there along with fellow Harvard undergrads Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Dustin Moskovitz when Facebook was founded in 2004. Incidentally, Adpulp was founded a few months later that same year. Because Hughes knows Mark, Hushes […]

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Facebook Blows Technicolor Chunks

Facebook blows technicolor chunks. Let’s count off a few of the leading reasons for the giant suck. Facebook lies about its traffic, inflating their numbers by 900% in some cases. Facebook allows politicians (and Russian agents) to run paid lies on its platform. Facebook is the world’s largest excuses factory. The San Jose Mercury News […]

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In the Hospitality Business, The Personal Is Increasingly Political

A chain of high-end boutique hotels with locations in Portland, Seattle, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Boston, and other American cities is facing increased consumer scrutiny for one reason and one reason only. “Anyone who cares about America should not do any business or stay at any of Gordon Sondland’s hotels,” U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer said. […]

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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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Houston Rockets GM Tweets His Support for Student Protestors in Hong Kong (BIG MISTAKE)

According to Foreign Policy, “an American business with a global footprint, one that prides itself on supporting freedom of speech in America, recently became an arm of Chinese censorship.” Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his way into a shitstorm—by supporting democracy. Morey has since deleted the Tweet proclaiming to “stand […]

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Content Kings and the Never Contented: A Modern Fable in Reruns

Gary Vee. The guy manages to get our attention. Furthermore, he manages to get paid for the attention he gathers. Gary Vee had my both attention and my respect when he was the wine guy blowing up the business of wine reviews on YouTube. Since that time, he’s moved into the ad world. My world. […]

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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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How Do You See Her? When Do You See Her? Where Do You See Her?

Media is a false mirror. It’s false because it doesn’t show us who we are. It shows us who we are programmed to be. Media makers have a professional obligation to widen the lens. Advertisers often ask for people of color in their ads to showcase their awareness and sensitivity and to appeal to the […]

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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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Ogilvy’s Recruitment Advertising for U.S. Customs and Border Protection To Continue

The Wall Street Journal reports that staff pushback at Ogilvy was not strong enough to topple management’s decision to keep the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a client. Ogilvy’s CBP contract is valued at more than $12 million, and is expected to generate around $1 million in annual fees for the agency. “Some of […]

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Out-of-Home Advertising Is A Business Driver And/Or A Public Nuisance

Out-of-home advertising is a growing field that is filling an important niche for marketers today. According to Crunchbase, Eaze, a cannabis delivery company founded in 2014 and backed by $51.5 million in funding, said it uses billboards because it has no other choice. The company can’t advertise through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and neither Apple […]

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San Francisco CEOs Against The World

Salesforce is on a mission, and on a roll. The company occupies the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco, is working to end homelessness in the city, and now multi-billion dollar software company is refusing to provide its product to companies who sell high-powered assault weapons. Righteousness is in. And what the federal government refuses to […]

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Georgia On the Production Community’s Mind

As President Trump’s power and popularity continue to sink to historic depths, the religious right is making its move. States across the Bible Belt are now moving in concert to severely restrict or eliminate abortion. Several states have already passed new bans or restrictions this year, including Georgia and Mississippi bans on abortions after six […]

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San Antonio Airport Not As Important to Texas Lawmakers As Georgia Chicken Chain

Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit arm donates to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential home that teaches young boys that same-sex marriage is a “rage against Jesus Christ and his values.” Therefore, the city of San Antonio voted to boot Chick-fil-A from its airport. In a sane world, this would be the end of the story, but […]

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The Swoosh Gets Owned In This New Athlete-Led Takedown

It’s 2019 and people are finding their voice and claiming their power, particularly women of color. It’s great to see. What is sickening to see is the federal government doing all it can to rip to shreds any law it can find that supports women or people of color. Sadly, these evil and corrosive behaviors […]

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The Saturday Morning Marcom Mashup

I call Adpulp, “The Chronicle of Bright Ideas,” because I’m a collector and admirer of smart thinking and elegant doing. After a long week with my head inside a strategy deck, I’m now choosing to unwind on Saturday morning by reflecting more deeply on three articles in my cue. 1- “Brand First” Is the Wrong […]

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Data Predators and Surveillance Capitalists Get “T Boned” at SouthBy

Legendary musician and music producer T Bone Burnett came to SXSW 2019 to slay digital demons. I highly recommend that you make some time to watch his keynote and/or read the text of his speech. It may shake you awake. There is so much to digest in Burnett’s speech that no recap is going to […]

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Fox News Still Has Viewers; Increasingly, Brands Don’t Care

Are advertisers responsible for the content that they financially support? The answer to this question has been “no,” for many years, but that’s beginning to change as the line between editorial and ad sales continues to blur. According to Ad Age, Fox News opened up its studios to advertisers on Wednesday to promote a message […]

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Can We Quit All the Quitting, Already?

When the content firehose drowns a person in noise and distortion, it’s natural for the person to flee. To say enough already and quit. You may have heard that people have been leaving Facebook in droves. Some of your friends and family may have vacated the digital premises. Many Facebook users have begun to rethink […]

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Escapist Fantasy or Effective Recruitment Advertising?

How do you get bored kids in dead-end McJobs to want to be part of something bigger than their present-day circumstances? For decades, military service has been framed as a way out and a way up. For kids who are not looking at college, the military offers training, pay, shelter, a sense of belonging and […]

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