Notable Words From Advertising Notables

Steve Hall started a prominent ad blog and a social network around that blog. Maybe he’ll start an agency too. Whatever the case, Hall did attend a panel at Advertising Week today called Want to start an AD agency?! Some of the interesting things he heard: Linda Kaplan Thaler told executives at Herbal Essences (the […]

Take The “Mad Men” Pseudo-Reality Tour

Lots of ad folks are dumping on AMC’s “Mad Men,” but Gridskipper has your Google-mapped guide to all the hotspots (and approximate locations) of many of the scenes on the show so far: Don Draper and Rachel Menken have their first tête-à-tête at a lounge with distinctive zebra-print wallpaper. This almost has to be a […]

Getting Creative With Mobile Content

The Japanese are reading novels on their mobile phones. Lots of novels. One of the country’s leading mobile publishers, Maho i-Land, has six million members and over one million titles to choose from. According to industrywide data cited by Japan’s largest cellphone operator NTT DoCoMo Inc., sales from mobile-book and comic-book services are expected to […]

Hogshead On The Lost Art Of The Big Idea

Sally Hogshead wants creatives to remember their true (i.e., traditional) value: as people who come up with great ideas based on insights into brands and human nature. It’s easy to forget the importance of a really kick ass “concept” these days when many agencies–even a fair amount of hotshot digital shops–are simply struggling to keep […]

Managing Chaos (Sounds Like An Oxymoron)

Husband and wife team, Jack and Suzy Welch, writing in BusinessWeek suggest that creatives must be respected but controlled, if they’re going to add to the firm’s bottom line. Leading people who often don’t think of themselves as employees of anyone or anything, let alone followers embedded in an organization consisting of levels, layers, and […]

My Jaw Is On The Ground

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is looking at the battle between two rich as shit companies striving to get even richer, a process which is about to make a bunch of other people–including Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout like Bill Gates–extremely rich. Microsoft in recent weeks approached Facebook with proposals to invest in […]

Happy Advertising Week!!!

Alas, there will be no parade of icons, as The New York Times reports: Since 2004, consumers have been asked each year to vote for their favorite characters to join a “Walk of Fame” on Madison Avenue. Among the nine icons elected so far: the Aflac duck, Mr. Peanut and Tony the Tiger. The first […]

More Minneapolis Mayhem

Erbert & Gerbert’s Human Flip Book was created by Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis. Erbert & Gerbert’s is a quirky sandwich shop with 46 Midwest locations.