• Have You 'Travoltified' Your Name Yet?

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    John Travolta's Oscar flub of calling Idina Menzel "Adele Dazeem" is good fun for everyone. Especially thanks to this handy widget from our friends over at Slate.

    Go ahead. You try it.


  • Reebok: 'New Brand Mark is Not a Logo, It's a Symbol'

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    Canton-based Reebok is adopting the new delta symbol — introduced when the partnership with CrossFit began three years ago — company-wide and across its entire product line (except for Classics).

    “The branding change coincides with Reebok’s singular focus on fitness,” the brand said in a press release. “...Through the millennia, the delta has been a symbol of change and transformation. The Reebok Delta has three distinct parts each representing the changes—physical, mental and social – that occur when people push themselves beyond their perceived limits and embrace an active and challenging life.”

    What do you think? Good move or no? Is anyone gonna miss the vector logo?


  • Do You Have Affordable Valentine's Day Coverage? Apply Now!

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    Valentines.gov makes sure every American has affordable Valentine's Day coverage... when it's working. So, are you covered?

    From the same people who brought us Headlines Against Humanity.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  • CVS Quits For Good.

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    If you haven't heard yet, the Woonsocket, RI-based CVS Caremark will stop selling tobacco products at all its CVS/pharmacy locations starting October 2014.

    Obviously this is a huge PR coup for the company, albeit not a financial one – CVS will be forgoing nearly $2 billion in annual revenue with the move. So bravo, CVS. We at the Egotist (tobacco-free ourselves) applaud this decision and announcement. It's nice to see another New England brand leading the way.

    So what's the lesson here, boys and girls? If a huge corporation can do it, so can you.

    You can read the full press release from CVS here.

  • Exhibition: The Art of American Advertising 1865-1910

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    From the Baker Library Historical Collections at Harvard Business School:

    “Advertising is a distinct art, as much so as the art of coal mining or of engine building,” noted copywriter and author Nathaniel C. Fowler wrote in 1889.1 Fowler was referring to modern American advertising that burst onto the economic and cultural landscape after the Civil War. By the 1860s, the railroad industry had created a national network for the manufacture and distribution of industrial and consumer goods and, with it, the need for eye-catching, widespread advertising. Capitalizing on the growing industries of advertising and printing, companies with products to sell reached wholesalers, retailers, and home consumers through media of all shapes, sizes, colors, and imagery—from trade catalogs and trade cards to broadsides and posters to souvenir publications and novelty items. The emerging advertising profession after the Civil War represents a marketing revolution in which technology, creativity, and art were marshaled together to serve commercial ends. Drawing from Baker Library’s Historical Collections, The Art of American Advertising, 1865—1910 explores the role these burgeoning and extraordinarily inventive forms of advertising played in marketing mass-produced products to the evolving American consumer culture.

    Obviously, we'll be making our way over there to check this all out soon. You should come join us...

    The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Baker Library | Bloomberg Center at Harvard Business School.

    25 Harvard Way
    Soldiers Field
    Boston, MA 02163

  • Trailer Tuesday: One Word – DINOBOTS.

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    There really wasn't much for us to be excited about with this past Sunday's Seahawks-Broncos matchup (before, and as it turned out, during the game), so we paid extra attention to this year's TV spots as they aired live. And since we haven't really been keeping close tabs on Michael Bay's activities these days, this was a pleasant surprise for those of us who grew up watching the original animated series back in the day...

    So will Grimlock and Optimus be joining Marky Mark at Wahlburgers for the premiere party this June? Please say yes.

  • Bud's 'Puppy Love' Super Bowl Ad: Did It Do It For You?

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    Agency: Anomaly

    Is it this year's Super Bowl winner? What do you think? Weigh in.


  • Happy 30th Birthday, Apple Macintosh.

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    Thirty years ago this week, Apple aired what is widely considered one of most iconic commercials in Super Bowl history. The ad boldly claimed that "1984 won't be like 1984" — the George Orwell dystopian novel — because of the imminent arrival of the Macintosh computer...

    Listen the full story from our friends over at NPR here.

    And here's a young Steve Jobs introducing the original Mac back then:


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