The Super Bowl will be quickly upon us -- and with it a bevy of head-scratching corporate tie-ins. We were, admittedly, caught off-guard by this big-game ad campaign from Wheat Thins. Our confusion starts right at the beginning. The campaign is titled "Must Have Wheat Thins." Now, nothing agai ... More >>
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Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion.
Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>
Grocery chains have been rebranding their generic store brands for a decade or two now with flashier packaging and better names -- Whole Foods' 365, Safeway's O Organics -- but a new story from Bloomberg Business Week/SF Chronicle reports that the chains are now initiating large-scale marketing ... More >>
The nationally-recognized market research nerds NPD Group just released their latest poll, which suggests the shutdown of the file-sharing application Limewire this past October reduced peer-to-peer-based music piracy in the U.S. by a significant 7 percent. Wait, that many of you were still ... More >>
Burger KingThe Jalapeño and Cheddar BK Stuffed Steakhouse burger: digusting or brilliant?It didn't take long for the creative geniuses behind fast-food marketing to come up with a new way to make you fat in the New Year. Earlier this week we noticed a new menu item at our local Burger King, ... More >>
forced to trade adspace for media coverage of an event is not the
current journalistic norm. Sadly, it may become commonplace in the
In the impending newspaperless world dreaded by journalists, and glowingly touted by futurists, we'll all be glorified ad-salespeople, burnishing our ... More >>
Nan Park ImagesAh, but is it art? In San Francisco, the term "Arts Commission" is misleading. This is not merely a roomful of wealthy dowagers deciding where to place a bust of Adolph Sutro. A small percentage of funds expended on development projects in the city, by law, are sent the commission' ... More >>
rrrarchPotential cocktail mixers on display at Ferry Plaza.The hottest bartenders in town are partnering with the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture(CUESA) and the S.F. chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild tomorrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Ferry Building to make ... More >>
The State Bar of California has taken over the law firm of Mitchell Roth, who had, in partnership with convicted felon Paul Noe II, convinced more than 2,000 troubled homeowners to fall for an apparent "foreclosure assistance" scam.The apparent swindle, fist described in the September, 2008 SF Weekl ... More >>
PeopleSoft software has forced a Delaware manufacturer to cut paychecks to Mickey Mouse and let failing Wisconsin college students evade expulsion. Guess what software the San Francisco school district owns?