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Publicis, Omnicon Merge to Become World’s Biggest Ad Firm

Publicis, Omnicon Merge to Become World’s Biggest Ad Firm

Fuse(NEW YORK)  — Omnicon and Publicis announced Sunday that they would be merging and creating the largest advertisng company in the world, BBC News reports.
Together, Omnicom, a U.S. firm, and Publicis, a French firm, will be worth $35.1 billio…

Playboy Bunny Sign Stirs Controversy Along West Texas Road

Playboy Bunny Sign Stirs Controversy Along West Texas Road

Amina Munster/Getty Images(MARFA, Texas) — A 40-foot tall neon Playboy bunny erected just outside  the high desert town of  Marfa, Texas, has stirred controversy among West Texas residents, with some calling the sign a work of art and others…

‘Big Gas’ Ad Is Kmart’s Latest Promotion to Play on Words

‘Big Gas’ Ad Is Kmart’s Latest Promotion to Play on Words

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kmart’s new ad is a gas. Literally.
In its new tongue-in-cheek ad “Big Gas,” the retailer promotes a special discount on gas. Throughout the spot, customers praise the “big gas” savings …

Facebook to Increase Ad Targeting

Facebook to Increase Ad Targeting

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Facebook is hoping to increase its advertising revenue by gathering even more information about its users.The social media website rolled out a new tool on Wednesday that will assist advertisers in t…

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than eight million people along the East Coast are without power and Internet after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.  But those who could access their email were greeted with hurric…

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than eight million people along the East Coast are without power and Internet after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.  But those who could access their email were greeted with hurric…

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than eight million people along the East Coast are without power and Internet after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.  But those who could access their email were greeted with hurric…

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Hurricane Sandy Sales: Good Business or Bad Taste?

Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than eight million people along the East Coast are without power and Internet after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.  But those who could access their email were greeted with hurric…

‘Operation Dot Com’: Sting Reveals Drug Dealers Openly Advertising on Craigslist

‘Operation Dot Com’: Sting Reveals Drug Dealers Openly Advertising on Craigslist

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An undercover sting by the New York Police Department and the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor has revealed a booming business for drug dealers who now openly advertise on Craigslist. Police arrested 21 in the New Yo…

McDonald’s Mangles Attempt to Reach Ethnic Community in Minnesota

McDonald’s Mangles Attempt to Reach Ethnic Community in Minnesota

Keller Grayson Communications(ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — McDonald’s likes to boast that “Nothing can do it like McDonald’s,” but that sentiment apparently failed to get through to the fast-food giant’s ad agency, which report…

Denver Bans Outdoor Marijuana Advertisements

Denver Bans Outdoor Marijuana Advertisements

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The Denver City Council is making it more difficult for medical marijuana dispensaries to advertise their product.On Monday, the City Council voted to ban all outdoor advertisements for medical marijuana.  In addi…

Your Ad Here: Toilet Paper Features Coupons

Your Ad Here: Toilet Paper Features Coupons

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ever get the urge for to read something while you’re “conducting business” in the bathroom stall? Well, a couple of brothers from Rye Brook, N.Y., have just the answer — and it’s literally at…

Michael Phelps’ Leaked Louis Vuitton Ad Could Mean Olympic Trouble

Michael Phelps’ Leaked Louis Vuitton Ad Could Mean Olympic Trouble

CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Swimming champion Michael Phelps might be in hot water with the International Olympic Committee after photos of him posing in a bathtub for part of a Louis Vuitton ad campaign were leaked on the Internet.Ph…

Ragú Does Something Spicy, and It’s Not Their Sauce

Ragú Does Something Spicy, and It’s Not Their Sauce

Unilever(NEW YORK) — Ragú, which calls itself a once-very-conservative company, is spicing up its style with a new, provocative advertising campaign.Its new commercials revolve around different scenarios representing the “ultimate, longes…

JCPenney Raises Ire With Another Gay-Friendly Ad

JCPenney Raises Ire With Another Gay-Friendly Ad

JCPenney Catalog(NEW YORK) — JCPenney last year announced that Ellen DeGeneres, who is openly gay, would be its latest spokesperson. On Mother’s Day, it featured a lesbian couple in one of its ads. And now, just in time for Father’s Day, t…

GM Pulls Ads Off Facebook

GM Pulls Ads Off Facebook

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just about everyone is excited about Facebook’s initial public offering scheduled for Friday that could value the social networking site at a whopping $105 billion.Somehow, that doesn’t impress the folks at Gener…

Pepsi Announces New Michael Jackson Ad Campaign

Pepsi Announces New Michael Jackson Ad Campaign

Pepsico(PURCHASE, N.Y.) — The estate of Michael Jackson has teamed up with Pepsi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the King of Pop’s multi-platinum album Bad and his unforgettable Bad tour.

As part of its new Live for Now campaign, Pepsi will stam…

FCC Requires Local TV Stations to Disclose Political Ads

FCC Requires Local TV Stations to Disclose Political Ads

Ingram Publishing(WASHINGTON) — Local TV stations will be required to post information on the political ads they run, including rates, to a public database, the Federal Communications Commission ruled Friday.How will this work? The FCC will host an on…

CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In A Tip From a Former Smoker, Terrie, a frail, bald and toothless 51-year-old woman explains to viewers in her achingly raspy voice how she gets ready for her day. We see her putting in false teeth, adjusting h…

New Ad Attacks Romney’s History with Dogs

New Ad Attacks Romney’s History with Dogs

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It’s the problem that won’t stop hounding Mitt Romney.  On Friday MoveOn.org became the latest group in a long line of opponents to take advantage of Mitt Romney’s troubled past with c…

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