A Monthly Meditation on Branding and Language
From Your Favorite Copy Shop, Editorial Emergency
Issue 20 (Sept. 26, 2008):
Thumbs UpTake a little scroll with us down early-'60s Madison Avenue; ready those opposable digits for our transformation of texting; place your bets as "fruitcake" and "jam" fight to the finish; prepare to say, "You're welcome"; and hold your nose for another noxious installment of Not Our Clients.
The Gospel According to
Don DraperEverything I know about copywriting I learned from Don Draper.
Okay, that's not true. Don Draper is a
fictional character, the protagonist of Mad Men, that AMC show set in
the early-'60s advertising world that just won Emmys for Best Series, Drama, and Best Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special,
among other categories (believe the hype). Still, Sterling Cooper creative director Don Draper has reinforced for me the cornerstone of effective
branding: the emotional connection between the product and the consumer. Whatever bells and whistles you've mustered, if you don't bind with that tie,
Per Newsweek ("A Word From Our Sponsor," Aug. 4): "In one of the signature scenes from the first 'Mad Men' season, Kodak is looking for a campaign for its new slide-projector 'wheel.'
Read the rest here.
Messaging for the TestyYou say youíre not familiar with text messaging? Well, all the kids are doing it. Itís so much easier than
talking on the phone, which, after all, requires the laborious movement of one's jaw and the ever-taxing production of sound. And itís useful for
communicating at and from loud events like concerts and ball games (having shelled out 60 clams for a ticket, one wants to ignore said events discreetly).
Texting is also handy when you absolutely must converse with two people at the same time, i.e. one on the cell, the other through acronyms (it's
still rude but in a cool, cutting-edge way and so much less obvious than clackety-clacking away on your desktop while on the phone with Aunt Barb).
Furthermore, it can be downright indispensable in class and while traversing surface streets (don't try this on the freeway).
Read the rest here.
Files: You Voted. We Tallied.We're beyond delighted that so many of you weighed in on the subject of what we should call
unsolicited mass e-mail from family and friends. To reiterate, this digital-era nuisance differs from spam in that the sender is known to the recipient and
can therefore claim (however erroneously) to be offering something interesting, amusing or helpful.
Reader and FOEE Cybele Parsignault
asked us to coin a moniker for said e-irritants, you may recall, and after proffering "fruitcake," we solicited ideas from our readership. Your suggestions
were all marvelous, and — curiously enough — all carried on the theme of foodstuffs (except that of EE pal Chris Wolfe, "spamily,"
which arrived too late to be added to the slate of nominees.) In our previous issue we asked you to vote among the final five alternatives; now we present the results
of that poll.
Read the rest here.
We Salute You,
Silent MajorityTwice this week we ran into long-lost, sorely missed friends, who, after bringing us up to date on their various
goings-on, bade us farewell with something along the lines of: "I read your newsletter religiously, even if I never respond." You'll be happy to know that
here at Editorializing, we believe non-responders are not only people, too, but some of our favorite people. We can never say it enough: Thank
you for reading (or for at least not selecting "unsubscribe," a "word" we really don't care for, by the way). And to those of you who do drop us a line every now and then, keep the feedback coming, secure in the knowledge that all sticklers
go to heaven. XO.
Not Our Clients: Cold Soup Aftermath EditionOur readers are known for their intestinal fortitude, but even they
may not be able to stomach the latest outrage on the Not Our Clients menu.
You'll find a smorgasbord of unsavory
entrées in the NOC section of our site. Have you been put
off your food by an egregious misuse of the language? Send a photo of the offending item to us at
and if we post it, we'll send you an iTunes gift card. You can use it to buy a
thematically appropriate song like this
Like gazpacho, but with direr consequences.