A LOVEboard for Don Draper

Baby-Puppy LoveThere were two hit singles that topped the U.S. record charts some years ago that carried LOVE throughout the lyrics.

The Supremes’ Baby Love and Donny Osmond’s Puppy Love.

Neither apply here, but if you take The Supreme’s BABY and Donny’s PUPPY, you can see where I’m going with this “love connection.”

In television advertising, nothing sells a product better — if you rule out sex in all of its suggestive forms — than babies and puppies. Sure, SEX SELLS, but so do babies and puppies.

Don Draper of MadMen | @ AMCEither one, or both — babies and puppies, not sex — appearing in a company or product brand advert, give the message a real fighting chance to rise above the clutter on the “one-eyed monster” and be successful.

Don’t believe me? Then ask debonaire Don Draper of MadMen fame; or, survey all of the guys in gray-flannel suits and hats walking up and down Madison Avenue in New York City.

Hopefully, my take (storyboard) on WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge — LOVE — is a big hit with Mr. D. and the rest of the chain-smoking, martini-drinking creative execs over at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency.

If not, I’ll just share the concept with Joan Harris; she’ll know what to do.

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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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