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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]