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About wizardwalter

After more than 35-years refining the craft of ad writing I know a bad ad when I see or hear one. The majority of my time is split between consulting a select group of small businesses and creating effective ad campaigns for others. I look at the world first as a consumer, then as a marketer. Rather than bringing pre-conceived notions and snap answers to my clients, I bring a lifetime of experience based on trial and error as well as 20 years of successful sales management experience to the table. I have been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, has taught at the Wizard of Ads® Academy and speak to groups of business owners on ways to improve their advertising any chance I get. I look for business owners who have a burning desire to grow and a passion to make it happen. Then I help bring out their best. When I’m not working with clients, I’m usually researching, writing, recording commercials and viewing the world in a tree house down the road from Lake Michigan. I travel light and have easy access to Milwaukee Mitchell and Chicago O’Hare. If you’d be interested in discussing your situation let’s talk.

Finger Lickin’ Bad


I never watched Saturday Night Live so I never saw Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of Bill Clinton.  So imagine my confusion the first time I saw one of the new ads for Kentucky Fried Chicken.  My first thought was why do they … Continue reading

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The NASCARization Of Horse Racing?


I heard that the owners of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah had sold exclusive sponsorship rights to Monster Energy and private jet service Wheels Up prior to the Belmont Stakes  I watched much of the coverage leading up to and … Continue reading

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Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Personal Endorsements


Endorsements can be a powerful tool for advertisers but before you sign on for a campaign do your homework Continue reading

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Old Jingles Played In A New Way


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A Question For K-Mart Merchandisers


I don’t shop for socks very often (working from a home office has certain benefits) and after my experience at my local K-Mart I hope I won’t have to shop for them again for quite a long time.  You’d think … Continue reading

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Chili Today Hot Tamale


After being opened for seven months, a restaurant in downtown Racine changed it’s name. The original name of the restaurant was Taos Chili. Seems the owner was surprised that he’d been pigeonholed by customers as only a chili place and … Continue reading

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A Cool Toy That Would Get A Kid Kicked Out Of School These Days


  Smoking barrel and all.  

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