Are Copywriters Just Authors In Hiding?

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Elmore Leonard’s recent passing prompted Bruce McCall to write a reflective piece for The New Yorker. McCall worked on Chevy in Detroit at the same time Leonard was banging out Westerns on his typewriter and working as a copywriter. McCall notes how common it is for real writers to find “safe harbor” in the ad […]

Ad Agency Takes Strong Pro-Detroit Stance. Go Tigers.

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There’s some shoddy reporting in The New York Times today about how Boulder, CO is the new Madison Avenue. Puh leeze. You want a job in advertising? Day Twah, baby. That’s the recruitment message now being beamed out by Lowe Campbell Ewald. Iain Lanivich, Creative Director at the shop, pitches Detroit hard in the above […]

Radio Host Bob Knorpp Makes Move, Trades On His Show’s Success

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Flashback to early October 2011 in downtown Boston. I’m in the city to present a talk on paid content at Geekend (a smaller tech conference within the much larger DMA). I see Bob Knorpp on the trade show floor from afar — he pretty much towers above the crowd. As a frequent guest on The […]

CEOs Not Pleased With Creative Snots Who Pack No Data

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Generally speaking, clients across the board are not impressed. They want results and all ad people have to peddle is their sacrosanct creativity. That’s the news from The Fournaise Marketing Group (c/o Warc, which interviewed more than 1,200 chief executive officers and decision makers around the world for its 2013 Global Marketing Effectiveness Program. A […]

What Being A Fearless Leader Really Means

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Anyone who’s ever worked in an office where fear is the motivational tool of choice (in other words, anyone who works in Advertising) will appreciate this interview with Paul Venables from Sunday’s New York Times. Specifically his observation that when it comes to motivating creative people, “What generally doesn’t work, or only works for a […]

Luminaries Back Stage at The 60th Cannes Lions

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Cannes Lions turned 60 this year, which certainly makes her the grand old dame on the award show circuit. I wonder how many trips to Cannes designer and art director George Lois has made over the years. Whatever the number, his message remains relevant, and caustic. “Understand how to create big fucking advertising ideas, that’s […]

Loveworks Promotes An Agency, Not A Marketing Methodology

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Over the years, AdPulp has written many stories referencing Kevin Robert’s book Lovemarks, an overly designed Saatchi & Saatchi promo piece wrapped in a trademarked branding process. It’s amusing to note now that in 2006, a former CEO of a department store was so enamored of the book he hired Saatchi to turn his store […]

Do You Work In A “Relatively Frivolous” Industry?

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David Gianatasio of Adweek explores the rare art of moving from an agency leadership role to CEO on the client side. Ironically, agency executives tend to suffer from, of all things, ‘a branding problem,’ according to Renée Richardson Gosline, assistant marketing professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She says recruiters and corporate boards have […]

Quiet Doesn’t Always Work In Ad Agencies

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Most of you reading this don’t know me, but I’m quite an introvert. Long ago, an art director partner of mine said once, “You don’t talk much…but you’re thinking.” Which is true. I’m the quiet one in meetings, which is often perceived as being distant and uncaring. And I’m sure my career has suffered because […]

@GaryVee Delegates Amplifies His Social Media Voice Via A “Content Person”

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Gary Vaynerchuk became a video star and disruptive force in the wine industry care of his success with Wine Library TV. But he gave that up and has been busy building his social media marketing agency Vayner Media–taking it from 30 to 250 “young people.” Doing so has meant the continual emptying (and refilling) of […]