Ads ‘n’ Ends From the Boston Dailies (Happy Couples Edition)

June 8, 2015

The hardreading staff has long been dedicated to bringing all you splendid readers what’s most distinctive in the local dailies, and today we have a twofer in the ad department.

Start with the Boston Globe, which featured this sixth-page ad on paste A5 (it also ran in yesterday’s Metro section).


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We count eight names overall between the two in the happy couple. That’s a lotta class, eh?

But why run the ad in the Globe? The lede supplies a lead:


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Plug Renata von Tscharner into the Googletron and you get this: Renata von Tscharner, founder andp resident, Charles River Conservancy. Mystery solved.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the mystery lingers in this ad, which has run several times in the past month, including today.


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We count zero eyes between the two in the happy couple. Plug The Chic Sheet into the Googletron and you come across this Herald promo, which seems to have appeared only online.

The Chic Sheet launching June 9

The Chic Sheet is the Herald’s new annual celebration of style and spirit.

Launching on June 9, the feature will give readers an inside look at Boston’s most giving, gracious and stylish individuals who have mastered the art of being chic.


The selfie local tabloid also includes this informative video.



Raise your hand if you can’t wait for tomorrow.

Same here.

Herald Again at a DisAdvantage (CVS Smokes-Free Edition)

February 6, 2014

The Boston Herald is a three-time loser in the advertising department today. Once again, the Boston Globe scoops up all the good ads, starting with this one from the new nonsmoking CVS.


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(The Herald has a news story about the chain’s move, but that’s all.)

Also in the stately local broadsheet, this media culpa from Neiman Marcus:


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Here’s a slightly more readable version:


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The hardsquinting staff gets why Neiman’s wouldn’t run that – or any – ad in the Herald. But CVS? What – only smokers read the Herald?

Regardless, this Puffs ad doesn’t soften the blow any either.


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The feisty local tabloid, no doubt, is reaching for the Kleenex.