The Google To Adlandia: Be Lean And Agile Like Us, And You’ll Be Rich Like Us

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Earlier this summer, a technology company executive suggested I look into “lean and agile development.” Seeing a parallel between our work environments, he thought it might help me improve the way I make work. I’ve been intrigued by the idea ever since, but I probably need to read a book about it to get a […]

Slicing Up The New Apple Spots

“Steve would’ve killed these.” “Lee oughta know better.” It’s no secret that Apple’s current spots, featuring a typical Apple store “Genius,” are getting panned. I’m not here to pour more criticism on. My question is simple: How did they get these done? By that, I mean: Who approved this strategy? Who thought this kind of […]

Small Shops Don’t Have Room For Big Problems

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I’m not big on industry awards, but “Small Agency of the Year” sounds like the kind of award I’d like to win. No offense to agencies of size, but small agencies deserve more accolades. Clearly, it’s not easy to keep the roof on a small agency, nor is it easy to provide the kind of […]

Disruptive Patriots Are On The Job At Made Movement

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BOULDER—If there is hope for advertising, it can be found in a non-descript retail bay on the east end of Pearl Street. Ad people aren’t cynics, they’re “crest fallen idealists,” says Dave Schiff, partner and Chief Creative Officer of Made Movement, a new agency boldly dedicated to growing the American economy by promoting American-made goods. […]

Meowbook Is The New Catvertising

Cadbury sells a chocolate bar in Australia called Boost. Droga 5 in collaboration with BE VIACOM, Ignite Media Brands and Carat sold Cadbury a cat video. Sadly, it’s a mocumentary that’s been done before. According to Campaign Brief, the three-part series, cleverly titled “Meme Myself and I,” is running on MTV Australia. The video also […]

Wunderman Tries To Look Natural At Cannes

The 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity doesn’t need a commercial, but Wunderman made Cannes one, because Wunderman can. And Wunderman isn’t stopping there. This is 2012, every company is a media company, including global marketing services agencies. Ergo, a team of 30 of “citizen journalists” from AdPeople, Blast Radius, Designkitchen, Futurecom, These Days […]

Creative People Need To Think Strategically. Right?

I will absolutely not make judgments on agencies that appear on “The Pitch” based on how the show makes them look. The heavily edited, overly dramatic, trainwreck of a reality TV show has taken some decent people and make them look awful. I’ve met some of the participants on a few of the shows so […]

Interestingly, TV Reviewers Aren’t Buying “The Pitch”

I’ve said it before: The creative process at advertising agencies simply isn’t very interesting. So the heavily edited AMC show “The Pitch” doesn’t really make for compelling television. I have watched both episodes mostly because I know a bit about the agencies and the participants. TV critics and commenters seem to really dislike the show. […]

Pennsylvania Lottery Scratches Off Its New Agency

Whenever I think I’d love to run my own agency, with all the ups and downs that come with it, it’s the thought of dealing with crap like this that make me rethink that plan. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s decision to rescind awarding its account to Brunner in favor of re-upping […]

McKinney v. WDCW, Tonight on AMC

Fuck “Mad Men.” I want to watch “The Pitch,” and that’s precisely what I’ll be doing this evening at 8:00 PST. Each episode of this new reality show on AMC matches two agencies against one another as they pitch a client project. Tonight’s sneak peak (the show starts in earnest on April 30) pits McKinney […]