Monday, January 7, 2008

Adverganza's Monday morning picks 01.07.08

Wherein, I scan the Monday morning headlines so you don't have to:

From Advertising Age:

—Why the Iowa caucuses flew in the face of traditional political wisdom.
—Ben Silverman, flying NBC without pilots.
—Is Procter & Gamble's Venus washed up?
—More double cheeseburgers for 99 cents. Yum.
—Jonah Bloom makes some predictions for '08. Let's check back this time next year.
—Bob Garfield turns into a political pundit. For his review of an Obama ad, click here. For a transcript of his appearance on "Hardball with Chris Matthews, click here.

From Adweek (the "In Print" link so far only shows last week's issue, so there's probably substantial content—not to mention a cover shot from this week's issue—that I'm missing):

Vote in the most over-rated agency poll. So far, it's Crispin by a landslide.
—U.S. agency of the year: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
—Global agency of the year: Wieden + Kennedy.
—JWT hires a global planning poobah.
—Barbara Lippert gives one well worked out thumbs up to a new Nike ad. (Sorry, couldn't find this one online folks.)

Mediapost links usually go here, but haven't received anything from this morning. This can mean only one thing: somewhere a big Mediapost server has crashed.

From The New York Post:

—Everyone's afraid of the big, bad Google. Actually the Post story just riffs off of this ginormous piece on Google by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker. Read it here.

From The New York Times:

—1-800-FLOWERS and Google sponsor a contest to find the year's most intriguing
marriage proposal
. My guess is that, for the purpose's of this contest, telegraphing the proposal during a Major League Baseball game is probably going to come across as mundane.
—Om Malik has a heart attack. Was it all the blogging or all the ciggies?

From The Wall Street Journal (subscription required, unless otherwise noted):

—McDonald's will open coffee bars in all of its U.S. stores. Time to dump that Starbucks stock. Free.
A Phil Dusenberry obit I hadn't previously seen.
—Omnicom buys Hong Kong-based Shunya Communications.

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