GSP 2.0

Ad Age chose Goodby Silverstein and Partners as its agency of the year.
Two things jumped out at me from the article. GSP’s understanding of content’s central role in our business.

“Content is an evolution of where agencies are going,” Mr. Silverstein says. “We have become a content house. We, in a sense, are our own Pixar. [In 2008] I hope to evolve to a point where we make more content for our clients and ourselves.”

And the challenges GSP continues to face.

David Roman, VP-worldwide marketing communications, Personal Systems Group at Hewlett-Packard, who praises the agency for significant contributions to HP’s success, also says Goodby still has to master the social web and work out its position on public relations, where the line with advertising has begun to blur.

Content, the social web and pr are intertwined practices that help create conversation around a brand. By next year at this time, I’m sure GSP and others will have solved some of the riddles native to this new culturescape.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. That’s a whole lot of white dudes.

  2. Sure, but they’re cool white dudes.

  3. Steven Nash is a white dude, too, in a field of ______________, but still a bit indie, eh?

  4. Interesting comparison, but the advertising industry is generally so white that there are “diversity” awards for those whom are not. Cool white dudes above are more the norm than the exception (in terms of demographics).

  5. I didn’t notice their color, just that one was really tall, because that illusion or perspective, whichever, seemed more forced.

  6. good to see these guys finally catching a break.