This was the full-page ad from the August 17th issue of The New York Times Sunday Magazine announcing a food conference. The name of the event, dates and locale are in light, light, unreadable yellow. Between the bottom row of photos and the mouse-type agenda in all caps is a subhead so faint it is invisible to the naked eye.
My colleague and client, Bob Doscher, loves FSIs. "When a Valassis FSI ('shared mail') goes out, CEOs of love it!" Doscher once said to me. "When these cents-off coupons are delivered, he can look out the window and see the trucks full of his products leaving the warehouse to stock supermarket shelves." FSIs are generally for down-market products and cashed in by those who love savings.
red·line, /'red,līn/, intransitive verb: to withhold home-loan funds or insurance from neighborhoods considered poor economic risks; and transitive verb: to discriminate against in housing or insurance—Merriam Webster. My six-word definition of marketing: Find profitable customers; avoid unprofitable customers. In actuality, that's redlining.
Children's book publisher Frank Watts was my second boss in business. Many of his aphorisms—including the title above—are hard-wired into my DNA. What triggered this piece was the withdrawal by two distinguished, high-achieving commencement speakers at Rutgers University and Smith College.