Nostalgia At Ten, Along With A Renewed Focus

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Ten years ago today we started an experiment here. The experiment has grown and morphed, and we, its producers, with it. There have been many things to learn along the way, and on this, the site’s 10th anniversary, I’d like to share some of the more pointed lessons that come to mind. 1) Do what […]

When Content Scores Points For Brands, It Doesn’t Need Much Defense

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People like my friend Bob Hoffman, a.k.a. The Ad Contrarian, at times grow fatigued by all the hubbub around social media and content marketing. Bob says, “Content is a meaningless term — a media contrivance — invented by bullshit artists to add gravitas and mystery to mundane marketing activities.” Yes, Hoffman is a humorist at […]

Move 10% to 25% of Your Client’s TV Spending To Online Video

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Daryl Simm, chief executive officer of Omnicom Group’s media operations, overseas roughly $54.4 billion in advertising spending around the globe. According to The Wall Street Journal, Simm has been advising advertisers such as PepsiCo, Visa, McDonald’s and Apple to move 10% to 25% of their TV dollars to online video. It’s an exciting prospect. Say […]

Subway Crosses The Line, Bruce Turkel Throws A Flag #goodcall

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Miami ad man, Bruce Turkel, appeared on Fox to provide expert commentary on two new commercials: a sexist blunder from Subway and a spot from Domino’s that features a voice ordering app for pizza. Turkel rightly claims that Subway missed the mark. You don’t tell people to go on a diet so they fit into […]

Jerry Seinfeld Wins A Clio, Treats It Like A Lesser Emmy

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Jerry Seinfeld won a Clio and made an anti-advertising speech. Yes, that is working both sides of the silver dollar. Personally, I don’t want to watch or hear Seinfeld’s whine. I think the following ad from Adobe is better. Share

Will The Real Experience Designer Please Stand Up?

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Titles are superficial. And like so many superficial things, we cling to them dearly. Particularly so in the ego industries where a director is someone with a seat and a say. Hey, I get it. It makes sense. When it takes you 15 years to make it to creative director, you want to revel in […]

Wolf & Wilhelmine’s #WolfHowl Reverberates Coast-to-Coast

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Heidi Hackemer, founder and director of strategy for Wolf & Wilhelmine, has the right idea—either rebuild the agency of the future around her own human needs or get the hell out of dodge. Hackemer is a Wisconsin-bred New Yorker who believes in good ideas, a good run and good hair. She also eloquently states several […]

Here’s A Provocative Question: “What Do You Hate About This Business?”

Digiday asked Matt Williams, CEO of The Martin Agency in Richmond, some good questions. Including this one: What are your go-to interview questions? What do you hate about this business? And what do you worry about if you were to get this job? That’s basically a way of asking people what’s important to them. No […]

The Optimists At 72andsunny Are Rockin’ In The Paid World

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The Hundreds paid a recent visit to 72andsunny in Playa Vista. The result is a look inside one of today’s top agencies and their remodeled mid-century modern offices. If we were an architectural lifestyle ‘zine, we’d jump all over the intricacies of the building design, and how Howard Hughes once worked here. But what AdPulp […]

Where Have All The Visionary Money Makers Gone?

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The agency business in being pounded by a sea of rough and tumble changes today. Agencies are struggling to get lean and nimble, and MBA-toting bean counters are key to this reformulation. Unpopular though they may be, agency CFOs are nevertheless in high demand, says Jay Haines, CEO of global executive-search firm Grace Blue. One […]