• Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Magna Carta Holy Marketing

    [Editor's note: LA Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on our sister paper's music blog every Wednesday. His archives are available here.] When we look back on 2013, we'll consider it the year of the event album. What's less clear is whether we'll remember the music or simply ... More >>

  • Art

    March 6, 2013

    Liz Magic Laser Assumes the (Poll) Position

    Mad as hell, and shilling brilliantly for the Armory art fair

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    The Charitable Industrial Complex: "Charitable" Telemarketing by Professional Fundraisers Mostly Funds Professional Fundraisers

    If you're thinking of giving to charity this holiday season, you might want to take a second to find out where your money is going. A report released today by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that a staggering amount of the money raised by charitable telemarketing winds up going to ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 26, 2012


    Warning: these toys may 
give you nightmares

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    NYC Chefs Modeling For J. Crew, Uniqlo

    Fashion brands like J. Crew and Uniqlo are recruiting NYC chefs as models for their brands, according to the New York Post. Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien is modeling for Uniqlo, the culinary team behind The Fat Radish is in a new ad for the prepster label Gant, and Michael Chernow of the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 2, 2012


    Scissor Sisters hit the Bowery Ballroom

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    The Fat Wars, Animal vs. Vegetable

    There's a story behind vegetable oil taking over the American pantry and it has nothing to with health or flavor. In the early 1900s, Procter & Gamble found a way to market excess cottonseed oil and it forever changed the way we shop, cook and think about food.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    James Bond Becomes a Beer Man, Fans Not So Impressed

    James Bond will no longer be ordering martinis "shaken, not stirred." The Bond franchise has sealed a marketing deal with Heineken, rumored at $45 million, to have the spy sip on the Dutch beer instead of the usual martini in the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall.

  • Voice Choices

    February 29, 2012


    Music infiltrates the fashion world, 
like always

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2011

    More Americans are Buying Lotto Tickets, Should You?

    ​With unemployment rates at a standstill and the economy still withering, one financial sector just had a banner year: lottery tickets. According to USA Today, 41 state lotteries saw a sales increase from the last fiscal year, with 17 states recording record-high ticket sales. A 2004 Cornell U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2011

    Television Show Marketed to Hampton Jitney Riders During Precious Jitney Time

    ​In an attempt to build "buzz" for their upcoming drama Revenge, ABC will hand out pilot scripts to passengers on the Hampton Jitney this weekend. The show, which is set in the Hamptons, is based on The Count of Monte Cristo. Will Hamptons residents enjoy reading a tale about someone planning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    David Letterman Threatened By Jihadists

    Middle East Media Research Institute​Are jihadists becoming a bit out of touch? Their latest target is David Letterman, of all people, because he made a joke about the deaths of Osama bin Laden and OBL's successor Ilyas Kashmiri. On the al-Qaeda forum Shumoukh al-Islam, someone by the name of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Today's Three Signs That The Concept Of "Punk" Has Reached An Awkward Age

    These riches could be yours. ​ 1. The CBGB brand is up for auction. Not all that surprising a development given the financial woes suffered by the company that used to hold the trademark had. But still a little sad? Especially because of the high odds that Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters wins o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    UFO Video Proves Existence of YouTube

    The above video of a supposed "UFO Mothership" over London was posted onto YouTube Monday and has already garnered over two million hits. It briefly captures a group of glowing lights passing by overhead and is similar to another popular UFO video shared months ago from Jerusalem. Whether you belie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Gay Marriage Gets an Ad Campaign, May Fix the Economy

    ​Following Friday's passing of same-sex marriage in Albany, the office of the mayor has already updated to provide some new info on nuptials, including the heartening headline: "New York City to Welcome All to Marry Here." It continues, "We look forward to welcoming all couples who wan ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2011


    Bands, beer pong, and a dance-off await

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Woman Needs a Million People to Join Her Facebook Group So Her Wretched Fiancé Will Marry Her

    ​Imagine if you got engaged. Imagine if you waited a loooooong time, like maybe even 10 years, for your wedding. Imagine if, after those 10 years, your would-be lazy-ass husband tells you that the only way he'll actually marry you is if you create a Facebook Group and get a million people to j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    The Red Cross's Accidental Drunk Tweet Is Adorable

    The Red Cross has won us over, not just because they're a nonprofit that does good things for people, but because they actually have a sense of humor, and they might, every so often, like to booze -- responsibly! On Tuesday night, a Red Cross social media specialist accidentally tweeted this from th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2010


    The new hot dance party gets local help

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Chris Batty and Michael Cascio, Dark Siths of Sales at Gawker Media: Out

    Chris Batty, via Facebook. Not Business Insider.​Sales, right? Normally, the Mamet-esque figures of the media world wouldn't get the time of day on this here blog, because all they do is get in the way of us writing things about their clients (when they're not, you know, subsidizing our jobs). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2010

    Nursing Is Gay, and Other Things Marketers Know About You Via Facebook

    ​Online advertisers target Facebook users based on information Facebook claims not to share, according to two new research papers reported on in today's New York Times. The most jarring of the findings indicates that online marketers "cater" to users based on criteria like sexual preference, d ... More >>

  • Music

    October 20, 2010

    The Downward Spiral of TVT Records

    How the ambitious NYC indie nearly brought artists from Ambulance LTD to Lil Jon down with it

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Today in Non-Shockers: That Berlin Cannibal Restaurant Is, Indeed, a Hoax

    Remember the cannibal restaurant that we told you about, the one that was angering Berliners with requests for body parts, but was probably a hoax? It's a hoax! Apparently, the whole marketing campaign was a tone-deaf hoax perpetrated by vegetarian activists trying to draw a moral parallel between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Grassroots Effort Gets Zynga to Remove Ugly-Ass Stickers in East Village

    via East Village Feed​Have you seen random fake dollar bills glued to city sidewalks downtown? Apparently they're part of a new ad campaign from San Francisco-based online game developer Zynga to promote their new game "Mafia Wars." The stunt started in San Francisco, where a steam cleaner had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Ashton Kutcher Has Been Put on 'Bros Icing Bros' Notice

    ​After the New York Times linked to our piece about Bros Icing Bros - a game/form of urban sabotage involving the worst malt liquor drink on the planet that is not, as far as anyone can tell, a viral marketing campaign - we'd figured that the worst of it had been pushed through relatively earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Chipotle Expands Into Europe; Jet Dustin Keller Names Katz's City's Best Dog

    ​The Indian yogi who claims to have not eaten a thing in 70 years baffled scientists who studied him for 15 days. The hope was that information gleaned could help soldiers survive without food and drink or save people trapped in natural disasters. [FOXNews] Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Molson Canadian Hopes the Olympics Will Make Canadians Patriotic; Diageo Is Up to Its Old Tricks

    ​They say wine is good for you. But which wines are best for your health? Research suggests that wines higher in procyanidin, which helps prevent heart disease, are those that undergo a long fermentation. In other words, more traditional wines. [Wall Street Journal] A roundup of the city's to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Follow the Fooderati on Gastrobuzz

    Josh Friedland, who runs the blog The Food Section, has introduced a new website called Gastrobuzz that tracks the tweets of the food world. Follow the twitterings of hundreds of chefs, food writers and bloggers, and other culinary personalities in one place by visiting the site or following @Gastro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Streaking Past Viacom Offices in Times Square Now Legitimate Path to MTV Video Music Award Nominations

    Hey, so the downy elf with the dilated pupils who dwells inside the padded confines of MTV's viral marketing campaign closet did good today! The MTV Video Music Award Nominations are out, and boy, look at that Breakthrough Video category: the ninja-filled, Underworld-vibing video to Bat For Lash's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    In the New New Economy, You Work for Free!

    BusinessWeek looks at a popular internet business model in which readers contribute the content, for free or for cheap perks, resulting in "an outpouring of creativity" and a thin trickle of labor expenses. One company, Communisphere, uses social marketing tools to lure "volunteer marketing consulta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    Could Fort Greene be Home to a Really Good Flea Market?

    The folks at Brownstoner have just launched a new blog, Brooklyn Flea, documenting the process of opening their flea market, which is scheduled for April 7. This is also an opportunity for y'all to chime in with your opinions. We are excited to hear that the space, in the Bishop Loughlin schoolyard ... More >>

  • Music

    October 9, 2007

    Kenna's Make Sure They See My Face

    Make sure you hear the urban legend marketers couldn't kill

  • Film

    June 5, 2007

    Reality Czech in Aisle Nine

    Doc dupes entire nation, makes trenchant case against consumer culture

  • Music

    February 21, 2006


    Morals get fuzzy as biz tries to embrace the blog world

  • Film

    February 21, 2006

    Spin Cycle

    Crisis filmmaker shows all politics aren't necessarily local

  • Screens

    June 14, 2005
  • Film

    May 17, 2005
  • NYC Life

    March 8, 2005

    The Jean Genie

    Product-designing whiz Marc Newson does G-Star proud

  • Film

    November 2, 2004
  • Theater

    December 9, 2003

    Message In A Bottle

    Indian telemarketers learn it pays to mimic TV's Friends

  • News

    August 20, 2002

    Focus Queens

    Marketing Yourself to Marketers

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Workers Ask Judge to Stop Enron's Shredding

    Meanwhile, Dems Get Their Share of Blame

  • News

    July 18, 2000

    A Study in Synergy

    Nike Money Buys a WNYC Talk Show

  • News

    April 13, 1999

    Baseball's New Pitch

    The National Pastime Finally Reaches Out To Its International Fan Base

  • News

    December 15, 1998

    Hocus Focus

    Focus Groups Move Out of the Office

  • News

    December 15, 1998

    Spy Commerce

    The Surveillance Society: Part Three

  • News

    February 24, 1998

    Shopping Spies

    Why is this Man Staring at Me?

  • News

    November 25, 1997

    Modern Art

    A Museum Goes Digital

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