Howard Davidson Arlington, MA

Marketing Guy – Arlington, MA

Agency post-it war erupts on Canal Street

Two things ad agencies are good at: being creative and being competitive, so it’s not surprising that a Post-it war erupted on Canal Street. Two little letters got this whole thing started when someone posted the word “Hi!” in their window. Not even a week later the windows of Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, […]

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Federal Trade Commission Gags on Stench from VW’s “Clean Diesel” Silent Stinkers

The Federal Trade Commission has officially gagged on the unsavory stench wafting about from Volkswagen’s recent “Clean Diesel” engine emissions scandal and marketing chicanery. The Federal Trade Commission announcement: The FTC announcement specifically called out VW’s U.S. creative agency Deutsch Los Angeles for excessive tooting of the Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) “Clean Diesel” horn in […]

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Bud Light’s Bud-E-Fridge: Two Sides to Every Beer

Have you seen Bud Light’s nonsense known dubbed Bud-E-Fridge? Okay, There are two sides to every beer (or 10).There is that magical sound as the tab breaks the seal allowing the glorious elixir to quench your palette on a hot day or compliment your pizza and wings as you watch the big game with your […]

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Safeway must pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million

Grocery chain Safeway must pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name. Nowadays it seems that no good deed goes unpunished and no stone will be left unturned to make a buck or 8.9 million. Although, to play devil’s advocate, altruism is not necessarily a “good deed”. “Last month, a jury decided that Safeway—the […]

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OnStar Taps Into Amazing

OnStar highlights new features with “Tap Into Amazing” campaign. The OnStar in-vehicle safety system has been around for years. From cutting down response times for emergency crews, to simple tasks like giving directions, OnStar is a household name. With improvements to the technology, the brand has new features to offer – including automatic response services […]

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Under Armour’s #RULEYOURSELF Seeks to Inspire First, Sell Second

Under Armour’s #RULEYOURSELF totally sets out to inspire and then sell. In his 2008 bestseller, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell posits that it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert in a concentration, whether it be basketball, linguistics, or crocheting. On the one hand it is nice to think of expertise in such an objective manner, one […]

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Eerie But Clever “Slow Down” GPS App

There’s a new “Slow Down” GPS app that’s very clever but a bit creepy. Swedish ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors created the Slow Down GPS app for If Insurance. It gives directions in a child’s voice when you drive near schools, day care centers and other areas where there will likely be a lot of […]

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Share a Coke Promotion Scores 19% Lift

Slurp. The Share a Coke promotion is totally quenching thirsts of consumers, with a 19% lift in sales for 20-ounce bottles year-over-year.  That’s a lot of coke sharing. First, the soda syndicate teamed up with JetBlue to pull off a subway stunt at Penn Station. A special vending machine was set up that dispensed two […]

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Airbnb Ad is a Parody Target for Comedic Copycats

Airbnb’s latest ad has become a parody target for comedic copycats.  The canny ad has spurred other ad agencies and other creative types to try their hand at comedy (sans standup routines). The ad, which debuted last week, was done by TBWA/Chiat/Day for Airbnb and features a baby slowly walking towards the front door of a home […]

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Nude Baristas Serve Coffee for Nestlé’s All-Natural Creamer

Nestle has nude baristas serving for coffee for their all-natural creamer. Well technically the baristas are brewing beans in body paint and not full on birthday suits, but the point is the same: shock customers enough to wake them up before they chug a double espresso. The scene of the strip down was an Irving […]

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