About Wade Sturdivant

Currently jumping on the creatives-go-client-side bandwagon as Director of Creative Copy for MGMRI in Las Vegas. Wade’s years of ad agency experience include award-generating stints at DDB, Publicis, The Richards Group and most recently Leo Burnett in Tokyo, Japan. Along the way, he’s shot commercials on four continents, worked with heads of state and U.S. Army four-star generals and met Carrot Top in-person. When he’s not busy thinking up big ideas, you’ll find him at home playing guitar, building guitars and scouring the internet for (duh) more guitars.

How Ad Agencies Do Less With More

Robin Williams once said cocaine was God’s way of saying you make too much money. Something tells me he’d say the same about ad agencies’ current fascination with turning even the smallest task into a gigantic group project. You’d think in these days of tight budgets, rapidly changing media and constant connectivity, agencies would not […]

What Being A Fearless Leader Really Means

Anyone who’s ever worked in an office where fear is the motivational tool of choice (in other words, anyone who works in Advertising) will appreciate this interview with Paul Venables from Sunday’s New York Times. Specifically his observation that when it comes to motivating creative people, “What generally doesn’t work, or only works for a […]

The Last Brief You’ll Ever Need

Dave Grohl: “Why can’t it always be this easy?” Paul McCartney: “It is.” From the film Sound City Fellow Creatives, your suspicions are correct. Despite all the PowerPoint decks, hours-long strategy sessions and touchy-feely tortured logic masquerading as valuable insight you’re forced to sift through every day just to make sense of your newest banner […]

Pepsi Next and TaskRabbit Make Time For You

So busy you don’t have time to drink a Pepsi? Then Pepsi Next and TaskRabbit have just the thing. In a new promotion from The Barbarian Group, Pepsi Next is giving away free TaskRabbit services in order to give you enough free time to try “the unbelievable taste of Pepsi Next.” For those who don’t […]

Also Made In USA? Our Conflicted Emotions About Overseas Manufacturing

In the wake of the US Olympic Team’s Chinese-made uniform kerfuffle, kiplinger.com has an interesting feature showcasing some fashion brands that are still made in the USA, including familiar names like New Balance, Hickey Freeman and Pendleton. I’m sure we all know a few more names we could add. Still, it’s a pretty short list. […]

Too Many Opinions? Let Me Tell You What I Think About That.

Separating fact from opinion ain’t what it used to be. There was a time when the more you read, the more engaged you were with your world. Your city. Your neighborhood. Not some imaginary world you wished could be, but the world as it actually existed outside your door. Back in these ancient times (otherwise […]

When The Creative Product Is Just A Commodity

Just as news of Havas’ acquisition of  Victors & Spoils brought everyone’s favorite buzzword, crowdsourcing, back into the spotlight this week, I received an email alerting me that one of my neighbors had chosen a logo for his new business. Where did he get it? From the crowd, of course, via 99designs.com. Check the screen […]

Pop Will Eat Itself: Long-Form Ads Jump From Web To TV

It’s no secret that people will watch long-form video ads online. BMW Films proved that long ago, spawning a slew of adland imitators in the process. Today, so many brands have their own “Brand X Films” online that it seems long-form ads were bound to cross over to the TV screen sooner or later. (Which […]