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 […]

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 […]