Better Agency/Client Relationships Rely On Open And Honest Dialogue

Ad people, like most people, love to bitch and moan. I can hear the collective groan now: Whoa is me, I have another dumbass client with another idiotic demand that subtracts value from ‘the work.’ Maybe there are many good reasons for this sour-faced condition. Or maybe ad people are choking on self-importance. Ask yourself […]

Putting The Right Tech In Place To Meet Customers’ Sensory Needs


In certain circles, marketing automation is all the rage. People are genuinely excited by the idea that a machine can be programmed to anticipate a customer’s needs. Mostly this means a customer’s need for another email notification, but the idea behind marketing automation is much bigger than that. In the hospitality industry, for instance, it’s […]

In GSP’s Hands, Adobe Stock Photography Delivers Stunning Results


Stock images have a bad reputation in the creative community because creative teams set out to make original communications specific to one brand on the planet. That’s hard to do with an image that wasn’t shot specifically for the ad, or project, in question. And it’s impossible to do when using a stock image that’s […]

Ask David Ogilvy And Watson Will Reply


Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one of the early heroes of the ad business a few questions? Thanks to IBM’s Watson, and some diligent research work from The Drum, we are now able to ask one deceased legend—David Ogilvy—about various items of importance. By the way, The Drum is a global media platform and […]

FCB’s Creative Leader Sets The Story Straight


Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, believes in the power of story to move people to buy and to believe. She’s not alone in this, although it pays to clearly make the argument over and over. In a guest piece written for The Wall Street Journal, Credle explains the great tradition that today’s […]

Mike Diva Makes The Impossible Possible: The Donald Can Dance!


Art Net News calls it, “a hypnotically-brilliant video.” The New Republic says, “It makes the end of the world seem as sweet as bubble gum.” All high praise for North Hollywood-based Mike Diva, the director behind one of the best political ads of the season, hands down. If Trump’s team knew what they were doing, […]

Dreyer’s Is The Official Ice Cream Of Inclusiveness


Dreyer’s, now owned by Nestlé, was founded when an ice cream maker (William Dreyer) and a candy maker (Joseph Edy) came together in 1928. In one way or another, the brand has been celebrating togetherness ever since (said the planner to the creative team). What does togetherness look like today? When Goodby Silverstein & Partners […]