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Brand planners love the future. Almost as much as they love the past.  Google is introducing some type of campaign or game or something today at South By whereby it’s mashing up some old school ads form the 60s with new school media.  I’m sure it is going to be lovely and may even sell a little Coke, Alka-Seltzer and few Volvos — participating brands.  Hopefully, the effort will sell some Google thingies.

Planners — and I’m one of them — love the future.  Do things that have never been done. Build new categories. Break new use-case ground.  Design ideas that are future-proof.  Plan “beyond the dashboard” as I like to call it.

But what’s wrong with today?  Today is not sexy for most. Today is boring.  Or is it?  Retailers and those focused on retail marketing are all about today.  And they are so amped it’s scary. Zimmerman Advertising is a retail advertising specialist and they’re not too famous, but they could be.  They are all about the now and have had long-term success. Cash registers are their mana.

The past is gone.  The future never arrives (Remember being a kid in bed on Christmas Eve?  That was some existential shizz, no?)  “Now” is what’s up.  Sell more now.  Today.  Plan for today. Peace!


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i lazy

I think it’s time for AT&T’s iPhone print ads to lose the big and tall picture of the unit with its 17-function button display screen. We get it. It sends pictures, searches the Internet, has a camera, email, text, and makes phone calls. Whenever I look at an iPhone in person, I’m certainly not awed by the start page menu. My jaw drops, though, when I a see something “real” and “surprising” on it.  Often that’s a picture. Now I’m not going all Canon on you, but right now all I see in these ads is a sea of orange (hold-over color from the Cingular days), a cute headline and some retail store location.
This is lazy, retail advertising at its worst. The type of effort where the agency counts how many pages from the front of the paper they are and compares it to Verizon. These are expensive ads. This is a cool product. Bring it to life.

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