Boston Herald Pages Not (Amazon) Prime Real Estate

September 15, 2022

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Fact of life: The Boston Globe is always going to garner far more advocacy/corporate image/memorial full-page advertising than the Boston Herald.

(To be sure graf goes here)

To be sure, we get why, say, Mass General Brigham last Sunday would run this double-truck only in the stately local broadsheet.

(There was also a third full-page ad that went with those two, which meant MGB spent some serious money. Then again, those U.S. News & World Report rankings have gone over like the metric system for quite a while now, so maybe not the wisest investment.)

For the life of us, though, the headscratching staff cannot understand why this full-page ad ran in today’s Globe but not today’s Herald.

Hey – if even NFL telecasts ignore the thirsty local tabloid and treat Boston like a One-Daily Town, it just might become one.


Do MGB’s Boston Globe Ads Really Have ‘The Facts’?

March 21, 2022

From our kissin’ cousins at Ask Doctor Ads

Well the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

There I was, minding my own business and working my way through the Boston Sunday Globe, when I came across this full-page ad for Mass General Brigham touting the healthcare system’s proposed expansion.

The ad’s subhed claims that “The capacity problem is preventing us from caring for the patients who need us the most.”

As you know, Doc, advertising quite often is entirely fact-free, so should we take this campaign at face value? Or what?

– Mess General

Dear Mess,

First, let’s look at the ad’s body copy.

Okay – so according to Mass General Brigham, demand has outstripped supply at the hospital for the past three years.

Except, according to this piece a few weeks ago by Boston Globe reporterJessica Bartlett, the expansion could simply be a naked power grab by the healthcare behemoth . . .

Read the rest here.