Hey, It’s Only $500 Million

More stories about Julie Roehm and the future of the Wal-Mart account pop up today. Brandweek addresses the future of the account, pondering this: Whether the remaining management team will stick with Roehm’s decision in late October to hire DraftFCB in New York to replace GSD&M in Austin, Texas, and Bernstein-Rein in Kansas City, Mo., […]

Anonymous Source Says D/FCB Lion Ad Screwed Roehm

Take it for what it’s worth. Speculation is leaking out about Julie Roehm’s quick departure from Wal-Mart. From Mediapost: One source says that during the pitch process for the Wal-Mart account, a lot of “gratuitous gifts” changed hands, raising eyebrows inside the company. Wal-Mart has a very strict policy about gratuities. While many executives in […]

David Horowitz Still Fights Back. Listen To Him.

I firmly believe that advertising and marketing professionals need people out in the media who provide checks and balances. So I was privileged to talk with consumer advocate David Horowitz of FightBack.com on a new Hot Mic podcast on Radio Talent Zoo. We talked about some big issues in the advertising industry, including “loyalty” programs, […]

PC Isn’t OK With Left And Right

When I first heard about the ad below, created by the right-wing Move America Forward organization, I was reminded of this poster, created for the relatively liberal Bill Maher’s book When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden. YouTube is clearly demonstrating an ability to get all sorts of issues out to the public. […]

Roehm Leaves Bentonville In The Dust

Boy, if you thought DraftFCB was up shit’s creek before, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Because the key client decision-maker at Wal-Mart who gave the account to them has gone–after 9 months on the job. From Ad Age: Ms. Roehm’s departure comes a little more than a month after the retailer handed its account to […]

Reach And Frequency

Still one of the funniest videos ever made about the ad biz, courtesy of the now out-of-business Elvis & Bonaparte Advertising in Portland. By the way, someone recently registered ReachFrequency.com just to post this video by itself. It’s a bit mysterious.

Quote Of The Day

“We’re turning Interpublic into a real company.” So says Michael Roth, CEO of Interpublic. Ad Age has the full report on what Roth said today at a media-industry conference.

McCann Creatives Forced To Be “Army Strong”

Not sure if you need to be a subscriber to read the whole thing, but Adweek has an interesting report on the McCann creatives who underwent basic training in order to fully understand life in the US Army so they could work on their new account: By his second day of basic training at Fort […]