Data Informs Strategy And Creative (Don’t Fight It)

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The bean counters truly are in charge of OgilvyAmp, the new WPP unit dedicated to data-driven decision-making. Todd Cullen, who joined Ogilvy & Mather last year in the new post of global chief data officer, will lead OgilvyAmp. He said the goal is “using data to inspire creative work or creative thinking.” According to The […]

Colle+McVoy Wins Grain Belt For The Agency And Minnesota

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I used to collect beer cans as a kid. So, I know an iconic local beer brand when I see one. Old Style, Iron City, Olympia, Pearl, and Yuengling—with beers like these, who needs PBR? Now that we’ve established that, some ad news… After a competitive review, Minneapolis agency Colle+McVoy has been selected to oversee […]

Brand Activation Is A Global Movement

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Once upon a time, I lived in Chicago and I spent some time freelancing for Frankel. Bud Frankel was a pioneer in sales promotion, and I thought it was pretty cool to see him walking the halls as Chairman of the firm he founded, led and eventually sold. The sales price in 2000 was estimated […]

Wolf & Wilhelmine’s #WolfHowl Reverberates Coast-to-Coast

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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 […]

The Optimists At 72andsunny Are Rockin’ In The Paid World

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The Hundreds paid a recent visit to 72andsunny in Playa Vista. The result is a look inside one of today’s top agencies and their remodeled mid-century modern offices. If we were an architectural lifestyle ‘zine, we’d jump all over the intricacies of the building design, and how Howard Hughes once worked here. But what AdPulp […]

Viewer Counts In The Millions An Impressive New Agency Credential

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Mashable’s Todd Wasserman believes the ad industry’s “state of flux has swung open the doors for entrepreneurs, usual refugees from big agencies looking to capitalize on new opportunities.” Hey, I can identify with that. Wasserman points to three new types of ad agencies, including the viral video factory. He argues that it is impossible to […]

Publicis Groupe’s Digerati Join NYC Media Lab

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In a quest to innovate and apply leaner methods to age old practices, agencies are increasingly acting like media and technology companies. In one such move, Publicis Groupe—agency parent to DigitasLBi, MRY, Razorfish and VivaKi—is joining the NYC Media Lab as a corporate member. Other partners include AT&T, ESPN, HBO, Hearst, NBCUniversal, News Corp., Time […]

BBDO/NY Rolls Film, Presents GE’s Technology As A Service To Humanity

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David Lubars is Chief Creative Officer of BBDO in New York. Therefore, it is safe to conclude BBDO/NY will consistently make beautiful work. Shot documentary-style by Greenpoint Pictures’ directorial duo The Hudson Dusters, the films capture real, inspirational stories from places around the globe where GE technology is truly making a difference. The films are […]

Spotting Advertising Talent In The Wild A Lot Tougher Than It Looks

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Creative people in advertising are not normal. Things like meetings and time sheets are real crimps in their machinery. So, imagine how hard it can be for a non-conformist artist or writer to package himself in a way that appeals to corporate America’s jester service. Despite the difficulty, it’s a popular pursuit for people not […]

Digitas LBi Applies BuzzFeed’s Content Formula To Client Problems

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Agencies active in the content game are making progress. They’ve moved away from the “every company is a media company” fallacy to a better place. One thing we know for sure, every company is NOT a media company, especially not every advertising agency nor the marketers they support. Yet, the need for compelling brand-building media […]