I was recently paging through a couple of Transworld consumer mags (Surf and Skate I think) and something caught my attention. I don’t know what made me notice it, but I suddenly realized there was not one non-endemic advertisement in either mag. Okay, maybe I missed one, but there was no Ford Trucks, Mountain Dew, AT&T or any other of the major brands that had previously graced their pages. There was Nike. I’ll get back to that.
Talking about coming full cycle. I remember when there use to be none of these big advertisers in Transworld’s magazines at all and we thought that was a good thing. I had conversations with various Transworld people years ago about their efforts to work with these major brands. The brand, having exactly no understanding of the industry or the demographic they wanted to reach, would submit ads that were, well, not specifically too good. Transworld would try to work with the company to get it to change its ad, but that meant working through the advertising agency who could hardly go back to their client and say, “Actually, our ad sucked and we didn’t know what we were doing.”