K-Fed’s “Rappin’ Patty” On Superbowl Sunday

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), in what may be a first for the paper, is running a piece on K-Fed. Nationwide Mutual Insurance has tapped Kevin Federline, soon-to-be ex-husband of pop star Britney Spears, to star in its 30-second Super Bowl spot, a move that guarantees the insurer acres of free publicity. The […]

Soft Minded CEOs Rule The Roost

“If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” -Ted Turner USA Today is running a feature today on the thickness of CEO skin. PsyMax surveyed 13,000 employees, including 242 CEOs, to determine which ones were resilient, thick-skinned and good at taking criticism. PsyMax called it being tough-minded. Among non-management workers, 83% had those […]

Koerner Cuts Ties To IPG

Interpublic has shuttered its Consumer Experience Practice and lost one of the most frequently quoted Madison Avenue media experts–Stacey Lynn Koerner–in the process. According to Media Daily News: Launched in May, the Consumer Experience Practice was the brainchild of long-time Interpublic media research diva Stacey Lynn Koerner, who left Initiative to assemble a team of […]

Screen Size Matters

The National Association of Television Program Executives, a.k.a. NATPE is conducting its annual conference this week. Naturally, AdAge sent a reporter. Here’s a slice of what he heard: The only thing holding up the explosion of the mobile phone content and advertising business continues to be the lack of interested viewers, panelists bemoaned at the […]

Media Business On Fire In India

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) looks at the publishing industry’s recent moves in India. Lured by a growing pool of deep-pocketed readers and advertisers anxious to reach out to India’s 300 million-strong middle class, some 10 foreign consumer magazines have launched Indian editions in the past two years, and close to 20 more […]

Community News Site Suffers Setback

Despite having sold 550 ads to local businesses since April, citizen journalist website Backfence is in trouble, according to The Washington Post. In May 2005, Backfence won $3M in funding from local investors and national firms, but last week they lost three executives, including their co-founder. Apparently, the management team reached an impasse with investors […]

Geography No Obstacle

Ad Age reports on one agency’s solution to the industry-wide shortage of Spanish-speaking creatives. In an innovative solution to the chronic talent shortage facing the U.S. Hispanic market, one Latino shop is going where the creatives are: Buenos Aires. Los Angeles-based independent Grupo Gallegos is opening an office this month in Argentina, where creative teams […]

Will Diversity In Firing Reflect Diversity In Hiring?

This Ad Age chart shows, in actual percentages and numbers, the mandates for diversity hiring in New York City’s advertising agencies. But we all know how unpredictable the ad industry is, and inevitably, some of these ad agencies may hire new staff only to fire them if they lose business. So will their layoffs reflect […]