On Bloom’s Bullshit Meter (A Place You Don’t Want To Be)

Joseph Jaffe, President and Chief Interrupter at Crayon, on the changes his company is undergoing: crayon relaunches itself today as a conversational marketing company, specializing in helping its clients engage advertising-weary consumers through the power of community, dialogue and partnership. Think of crayon as a cross between a think tank and a strategic consultancy, with […]

“Advertising Is Poison Gas. It Should Knock You On Your Ass.”

[George Lois care of AMCTV.COM]

Creating Cultural Change Through Marketing

John Winsor weighs in on his first 90 days at Crispin Porter & Bogusky. His Boulder-based firm, Radar Communications, was acquired by Crispin last spring. CP+B is an incredibly entrepreneurial place. While it creates some manic energy it also has intensity around the creative process that is so necessary for anything great to happen. This […]

Breathing Digital

In another sign that digital creatives are hot shit today, Jean-Marie Dru, the chairman of Omnicom Group’s TBWA Worldwide, flew from his office in New York to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for lunch. His task: sealing a top-secret deal to lure Colleen DeCourcy, then top digital executive at WPP Group’s JWT. The Wall Street Journal (paid […]

Spending Shortfalls Leave Digital Strategies Dragging

Adweek senior writer Joan Voight spoke with Tom Bedecarré, CEO of AKQA in San Francisco. Mostly the interview is about advertising in China, but here’s some of what Bedecarré, 51, says about the need for a digital champion on the client side who can marshall the funds needed to run a vigorous interactive program: If […]

Power Point Is The New Business Book

“The realization that shopping was getting cast in a specific—yet broader—cultural context made me curious about the role of shopping in modern American life.” -Meg Kinney Meg Kinney, Executive VP of Strategic Planning at The Integer Group, is a former colleague of mine. Her investigation of shopper culture is now available as a PDF from […]

Editors Can Star

The American Society for Magazine Editors is whacked. According to Folio, the trade association is bent out of shape because XXL editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson appears in a Roccawear ad on his magazine’s back cover. “No person on an editorial staff should ever be involved in producing or participating in advertising,” says ASME executive director Marlene […]

Everyone Reports To Someone

Fallon is under new leadership, but that doesn’t mean famously combative, Pat Fallon, has to like it. “This is certainly not how I would script it,” 62-year-old Mr. Fallon said. Referring to his agency’s new boss, Fallon said, “Kevin has ‘Lovemarked’ his way into clients. We’ve been saying that we’d rather outsmart the competition than […]