Lack Of Passion Smells To High Heaven

In her latest Talent Zoo podcast, Sally Hogshead interviews Avi Dan, 53, Global Executive Director for Euro RSCG. Midway through the piece Dan says, “Clients can smell lack of passion like dogs smell fear.” Prior to joining Euro RCSG, Dan was at Berlin Cameron in New York, where his focus was on new business. The […]

Smock v. Fenske: Front Row Tix Still Available

Mike Smock is a marketing strategist with more than 500 marketing campaigns executed in 38 industries over a 25 year career. Therefore, he is taken aback by Mark Fenske’s claim that “nobody ever created a good ad writing to a strategy.” I don’t get this. I never will get this. I am proud of the […]

Let’s, Um, Concept Something Tonight

Our good friends at Talent Zoo are always looking for ways to bring great people together. And in that spirit, they’ve partnered with, an online dating service. It’s just an experiment in co-sponsorships, but we all know that Advertising & PR people often marry one another, for some odd reason. So maybe there’ll be […]

Dan Wieden Can

Adweek on Yahoo: After nearly a decade on the periphery of the industry, Mark Fenske has been lured back to a staff position at Wieden + Kennedy. He’ll initially team with creative director Hal Curtis on the agency’s newly won Coca-Cola global “iconic” assignment. Fenske, whose last agency post was an ill- fated seven-month stint […]

Lazarian Roundup

• Some bad news for Cramer-Krasselt/Chicago. Late Tuesday, the agency said it was terminating its relationship with fast-food chain Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, because the account was no longer “profitable.” The account was supposedly worth $7 million in billings to C-K. The agency said it is re-evaluating its client mix and reallocating resources. • Weber […]

Folino Moves Inland

Lewis Lazare: DDB/Chicago scoured the world for months and on Monday came up with Michael Folino to succeed Bob Scarpelli as chief creative officer at the city’s second-largest agency. Folino starts his new job in early January. Folino’s selection is risky for a few reasons. Folino did not grow up in the DDB culture, and […]

Housing Manhattan’s Creative Class

Kevin McKeon of Strawberry Frog was profiled by The New York Times last week. No, not for his wicked creative skills. The Gray Lady chose to chronicle his leave-the-city, return-to-the-city odyssey. After a long winter (in Connecticut), Mr. McKeon was restless. “I never thought I’d admit it, but I miss being a big shot at […]

Branding Is Nowhere Without Operations

Jennifer Rice: An effective brand keeps its promises. Advertising should communicate the brand promise, and operations should fulfill it. Everything should work together. Think Apple, probably the most coherent brand on the planet. I’m probably going to take some heat for this, but I personally don’t believe that a traditional ad agency can do an […]


Seth Godin would like to see ad execs empowered by clients to actually move the needle, as opposed to the typical dancing around it, most of us do now. What a shame that some of the smartest people in our field aren’t allowed (by their clients and by their industry’s structure) to get behind the […]

TV And Print Makers Seek Interweb Home

Adweek on Yahoo! News: The rebirth of online advertising and its growing respectability as a creative medium is attracting more traditional creative talent to interactive agencies. But many Web-shop executives are skeptical about how well creatives steeped in traditional advertising can adjust to the interactive medium. “What’s happened in the last year is the Web’s […]