Unprofessionalism Is the Very Essence of Creativity

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I’ve worked at several agencies where the management routinely asked staff to clean up their desks and workspaces before an important client entered the building. I never understood the impulse. Why not show the messiness, the madness, the scramble for solutions? Craig Mawdsley, joint chief strategy officer at AMV BBDO in London, could be on […]

We Write for Ogilvy Dunthorpe, Jolie Freeman and Ad Grunts Like You

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AdPulp is for ad grunts, by ad grunts. We’re not Adverati. We can’t be, we’ve never been to Cannes. We know our place. And we’d like to think we know you, dear reader. We know you, because we work with you, we meet you for coffee or beer and we may even listen to you […]

Tame Your Lion And Pencil Worshipers, Effectiveness Is The New Black

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Business results. ROI. Clients love it; ergo, agencies must provide it to remain essential. Enter the Warc 100, an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The rankings are compiled based on the winners of 87 effectiveness and strategy awards from around the […]

In Little Rock, It’s A Family Affair

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Thanks to this article in Arkansas Business, I came across news that the Cranford brothers of Little Rock, Arkansas have banded together to form a new agency called Cranford Co. If you’re not up on Arkansas advertising industry history, let it be known that Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford are sons of Wayne Cranford, who […]

Right In Front of Elliott’s Eyes, Media And Advertising Mutate

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Stuart Elliott, the long-standing advertising critic at The New York Times, typed up his final column for the paper last week. Still getting pitched at 1:48 pm ET on my final day at #TheNewYorkTimes. In holiday spirit, won't unleash a "Stuartism" on hapless PR person — Stuart Elliott (@stuartenyt) December 19, 2014 In his final […]

Matt Anderson Is A Writer At The Helm

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“Is this great enough? Because if it’s not, sooner or later we’ll turn into one of those small regional agencies that does ads for oil changes.” -Matt Anderson Linda Baker of Oregon Business spoke to Matt Anderson of Struck, following his recent promotion from creative director to CEO of the Salt Lake City-based agency. Here […]

That Was Swift

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Portland agency Swift Collective was founded by Liz Valentine and Alicia McVey in 2007. Thanks to an acquisition by POSSIBLE, the pair have already realized an exit, which points to their skill level, network and the viability of content marketing. @alannaohlala and @therachael got the memo… #swiftstyle #stripes #jailbirds A photo posted by Swift Collective […]

Don’t Kill The Copywriter: A Short Guide to Treating Freelancers Like Human Beings

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Editor’s Introduction: This is our first piece from Joel Wayne, a writer and director in Boise. He’s chosen to explore a topic that is near and dear to us. The great majority of creative people in advertising have worked freelance at one time or another, and have suffered the indignities common to the position. It’s […]

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 […]