The Ryan Reynolds Toon Blast Saga

If you haven’t seen the series of ads that Ryan Reynolds starred in for Toon Blast, then you can click below to watch them now. Last July, Reynolds stared in a series of comedic ads for the block-matching app game Toon Blast. Each commercial was short, lasting between 9 and 50 seconds, and focused on…
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Well Played, Anheuser-Busch. Well played.

I tried not to watch too many trailers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before it came out. Same with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” I would rather be surprised. I’m the same way with Super Bowl commercials. Half the fun is getting the reactions of the room you’re in when the commercials come…
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Less is More

In early 2013, Toyota introduced its current tagline, “Let’s Go Places.” Almost immediately, that tagline started driving me crazy. But first some backstory. In college I minored in journalism, taking every class I could get my hands on. Over time, the instructors drilled into me these basic tenets: Don’t bury the lede Get to the…
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Commercial Value

Remember that big game a couple of months ago? And the hoopla over the commercials? In the March edition of Brogan & Partners’ 60 Second Impact, the following question was raised: Did the sales needle move? Awareness can only take a business so far before the cash register needs to start ringing.  Oftentimes, people confuse…
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Oh, I see what you did there. . .

In journalism school, it was pounded into our brains when writing standard newspaper pieces to tailor it to an eighth-grade reading level. I’m not exactly sure where or when the decision was made, but it’s a pretty universally taught ideal. Later, in a screenwriting class, it was steeped into our minds to always speak to…
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