So you are upset over the election results, and decided to pick up and move to Texas where nobody would ever put a death penalty measure on the ballot. But first, you are going to have to sell all your shit -- and fast. Whaddya know. There's an app for that. Forget the scammers and rapists you will ... More >>
Every day for the past week or so, upon signing into Facebook, I've been greeted by a cross-eyed baby trying to lure me into taking part in a get-rich-quick scheme having to do with Forex trading. (Word to the wise, if you see an advertisement with the word "Forex" in it, it's almost certainly some ... More >>
SF Weekly has been sold.
Last night, it was announced the San Francisco-based alt-weekly has split from its parent company, Village Voice Media. It was sold to a new, Denver-based entity in a management buyout: Voice Media Group. The purchase includes the dozen other alternative newsweeklies in th ... More >>
After Muni fired up its own version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with its bus ad, the Golden Gate Transit Agency decided to officially steer clear of political ads itself.In an 18-1 vote on Friday, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District's Board of Directors adopted a new p ... More >>
Since going public earlier this summer, Facebook has become increasing not "liked," particularly by Wall Street investors. To make matters worse, the Bay Area-based company this week published filings that revealed the social networking site has some 83 million fake users.So yeah, you don't have as ... More >>
Earlier this week, Apple's latest gadget, the loose-lipped and prudish Siri, was slammed by the Northern California ACLU for knowing a little too much about you -- and then sharing those personal tidbits with Apple. But over on the East Coast where people are arguably less patient, Siri users are ... More >>
Greyhound lovers everywhere want Skechers to dump its new Super Bowl ad before it airs on Feb. 5 -- and it's not necessarily because they'd rather see a sweaty Kim Kardashian on screen.The group is upset by the fact that the ad was shot at a racetrack in Tucson, Ariz., which the group claims mistrea ... More >>
If you find American TV spots entertaining and clever, you should see the brief bits of brilliance concocted by the whiz kids on the other side of the Atlantic. The British Arrows Awards (a more colorful and less literal moniker than its predecessor, the British Television Advertising Awards) presen ... More >>
The Chew stars some famous chefs and, OMG, What Not to Wear's Clinton Kelly!Two food-themed television networks. Chef-branded food magazines. Food apps. A new food-themed lifestyle show on ABC called The Chew. Is it all getting too much?Earlier this week, Adweek asked that very question, del ... More >>
Bait and switchGroupon is being accused of defrauding consumers by purchasing advertisements on Google for services the company did not offer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. A Google search for "San Francisco Tours" on Feb. 24, for example, purportedly returned the followi ... More >>
Will John Dennis be our next Congressman, or next YouTube laugh riot -- or both?Harking to the analogies you probably last dealt with on the SAT, John Dennis is to Nancy Pelosi as squirrel is to highway-driving big rig. The Republican Congressional candidate will not beat the Speaker of the House ... More >>
Coming to a Muni bus near you?SF Weekly's Chris Roberts yesterday reported that a local medical marijuana delivery service impresario has gotten his ads cleared to run on Muni vehicles. Not so fast, says Muni spokesman Paul Rose. Yes, Kevin Reed of the Green Cross has approached Titan Outdoor, wh ... More >>
The city attorney sends his regards...We reported here yesterday on accusations against social-gaming company Zynga by the San Francisco City Attorney's office. The city is ready to go to the mattresses over alleged vandalism of city property carried out as part of an advertising campaign by the ... More >>
Three separate lawsuits accuse Yelp of strong-arming potential advertisers.Are lawyers in the class-action suit against Yelp smelling victory?
Yesterday, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the user review giant would drop the "Favorite Review" feature and let readers see the reviews that w ... More >>
I am going to get offline right now and buy a magazine. Imagine that you are the head of a American magazine publishing company. You publish Vogue, or Sports Illustrated, or National Geographic. Your ad revenue has plummeted. You have recently shuttered several magazines. The Web site ... More >>
Interesting men are all too common latelyI'll admit it -- I listen to a lot of Energy 92.7. And over the past weeks and months, that's meant I've been repeatedly subjected to Dos Equis' "Interesting Man," commercials. You know, the one's about the old guy guy with the spray-on tan w ... More >>
Let's be honest, the Giants could use this guy, too.
The San Francisco Giants' entire ad campaign used to boil down to "Come watch: We Got Barry." Now the overriding message is, "Come watch: Barry's gone." A quartet of new Giants ads have been playing on San Francisco screens, and the theme coul ... More >>
Mondo 2000 nailed the emerging cybersexcomputerdrug zeitgeist with its first issue in 1989, making media mavens out of its founders, Queen Mu and R.U. Sirius. But the trippy, fractious family that was Mondo began to implode in 1993, torn asunder bu inter