11.17.20 | Ritz Crackers launches a new holiday campaign that reminds us, “Where There’s Love, There’s Family.” The spot features a few vignettes including an LGBTQ scenario. While we applaud Ritz, we question who sees these longer-form spots that do not appear in mainstream media such as cable or network TV. Then, an American is jailed in Thailand for his review of a hotel on Trip Advisor and Manscaped takes over Penn Station. Remember to keep yourself neat and tidy.
11.11.20 | Can anyone fill Alex Trebek‘s shoes? A fortune in Star Wars Dolls and the KFC Firelog caught our eye this week. Marge Margulies checks-in with some of her great pottery pieces and gift ideas as the holidays approach. Shop Talk looks at Netflix and their new linear service, and how do rail systems deal with lost Air Pods? John T. Dorrance of Campbell Soup fame is our Business Birthday.
11.10.20 | Pope Francis continues to be the PR Master as the Vatican has to walk back his alleged support of same-sex marriage. The Vatican released the following statement: “The Catholic Church teaches that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect but that homosexual acts are ‘intrinsically disordered.’” People who decorate early for the holidays are happier, and we need to stop saying this one word in business.
11.04.20 | The Focus Group breaks form and reports on the Presidential Election. Tim and John provide their thoughts on what transpired on Tuesday as the world awaits the results as to who will lead the free world. Then, Noel Caster, who worked for Trump on The Apprentice for six seasons dishes some dirt. As John noted, if even 10% of it is true, it’s shocking. Support our sponsors Deep Discount and Fiverr.
11.03.20 | Today is Election Day, make your voice heard and please vote. Uber Eats is the target of a boycott due to using a Queer Eye actor for advertising. Pick up a bottle of Jägermeister and support The Lesbian Bar Project. The brand is working with Fractured Atlas to help raise awareness and money for the 15 remaining lesbian bars in the USA. Finally, same-sex couples are rushing to the altar with the appointment of Justice Barrett.
10.28.20 | Linda Lauren and Todd Evans for The Vibe™ Room Energy Clearing Spray visit with Tim and John. The Vibe Spray is a must-have when you want to drive negative energy from your space, and a cleaner alternative to burning smokey herbs. But first, gray sweatpants are the latest in fetish gear for a certain set. Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, the father of photojournalism and the first full-time editor of National Geographic is our Business Birthday.
10.27.20 | Electric cars and the batteries that power them are on the rise globally and China is leading the way in manufacturing and sales. It’s not too late for the USA to make a statement, but time is running out. Netflix boycott due to the movie ‘Cuties’ seems to be having an impact on subscriptions. Finally, for the first time in 54 years, The Peanuts Holiday Specials will not be broadcast on a major TV network.
10.21.20 | Leo Burnett, founder of the iconic Leo Burnett Agency is our Business Birthday this week. The list of accounts and advertising mascots that Burnett created is beyond compare. Caught My Eye says goodbye to TAB, and some of the original puppets from “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” go up for auction. Shop Talk explores 12 words or phrases that we should try to eliminate from our business-speak. Tough in some cases, but always good to consider other ways to express yourself.
10.20.20 | A new study published in Fast Company says that 25% of the people polled have had non-romantic “hooking-up” with a roommate or quarantine partner. We call that fellowship. Then, Lasik Surgery is seeing a resurgence as people have money for elective surgeries. Forget the knee or hip replacements, it’s about how you look on the screen! Finally, #KevinNaff, of the #WashingtonBlade, opines about the hypocrisy of Lindsey Graham and his ilk. Google Lindsey Graham and ladybugs—you can thank us later.
10.14.20 | Over 70% of Americans plan to celebrate Thanksgiving differently this year. Smaller gatherings mean smaller turkeys, but the turkey industry was not prepared to pivot. As John noted, it means more leftovers, which is not a bad thing if you are preparing with a larger than needed bird. Lawrence Herkimer, the Grandfather of Cheerleading is our Business Birthday. Finally, we have a special guest, Marge Margulies, joining us from her pottery studio in Northern California. So many businesses have had to adjust in 2020 from in-person selling to e-commerce. As a working artist, Marge shares with us the how and why of changing with the times.