From Traditional To Digital To Integrated To Social To Instagram


The lack of distinctive agency brand positions has been a thorn in our industry paw for years. We’ve all heard the cobbler’s children’s shoes metaphor and the harangues from agency consultants telling us that despite our own branding skills, our sales propositions all sound alike. Lately there has been a slow shift to agency USPs that has been brought on […]

Marketing Buzzwords I’d Love To See Gone in 2013

I’m quite the admirer of George Carlin. No one dissected the modern English language so astutely the way he did. Particularly when it came to colloquialisms and phrases we all use. Writing for Talent Zoo, I’ve attempted to do this myself a few times over the years with the language of marketing and advertising: On […]

If Your’e Going To Make Up Terms, Make Them Make Sense

Solve Media Blog, INFOGRAPHIC_ Native Advertising in Context

“Native advertising refers to a specific mode of monetization that aims to augment user experience by providing value through relevant content delivered in-stream.” That’s how Solve Media describes the latest buzz word to emerge unchecked from the depths of the marketers’ group mind. Of course, there is a full menu of definitions to choose from. […]

Does The Freelance Economy Improve Advertising?

I’ve worked at full-time jobs and also had long stretches as a freelancer. And as I wrote on Talent Zoo not long ago, more and more ad agencies are making the use of freelancers or permalancers a normal way of doing business. Writing on PandoDaily, site founder Sarah Lacy explores the flip side of our […]

Automated Writing Will Either Replace Us Or Push Us To Do Better


I hadn’t noticed it until now, but each week, my Fantasy Football team gets a nice matchup recap. Like this one: I have to admit, it’s very cool. And creepy at the same time. A company called Automated Insights teamed up with Yahoo! this year to do this for each Fantasy Football game. That’s millions […]

Dumb Ways To Die Was Born Out Of Simplicity

I always like to read “how they did that” accounts of good advertising work. On Adweek today, there’s a good account of McCann Australia’s effort for train safety, which features a video showing “Dumb Ways To Die.” Frankly, this song is so damn catchy I downloaded it, burned it to a CD and am playing […]

Simplicity Sells: A London Ad Agency Gets It

2v Joint. A new creative business in London.

I have been staring at dozens of agency websites from multinational to small market agencies. I am blown away by how similar they all are. You know what I am talking about. Same positioning and messaging “WE Blah, Blah for our clients….; WE are all about the work; WE are / look cool; WE want […]