The 3 Percent Conference Equals 100 Percent Valuable Conversation


Back when it was first announced and details were scant, I made mention of the 3% Conference, an effort to call attention to the lack of female CDs in the ad industry. Since that time, conference founder Kat Gordon not only organized a successful conference in 2012, she’s doing it again this year. And she […]

TracyLocke, The Darlin’ of Dallas, Turns 100


Longevity is the ad business is not common. Only six agencies in the U.S. have achieved 100 years of service thus far. The newest member of this elite club is Dallas-based TracyLocke. The agency that has propelled visibility and sales for such iconic brands as Dr Pepper, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo and Pizza Hut will celebrate its […]

The Underworld Of Below-The-Line Advertising


This is what you call a “slot topper.” I didn’t write this particular one, but it’s exactly what it sounds like. Most copywriters, at one point or another, work on things considered “below-the-line.” But does this kind of work get any respect, or results? Some people love to go around saying things like, “Advertising is […]

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


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 […]

Some Light Holiday Reading: The Evolution Of Advertising


Check out this 472-slide presentation from HubSpot. It’s quite entertaining and comprehensive. The Evolution of Advertising: How Consumers Won the War for Their Attention from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software Have a great Independence Day Weekend.

Square Tomato Looks For Juicy Client Challenges


SEATTLE—You have to trek up four flights of inconveniently located stairs to get to the office of Square Tomato, an agency located in the shadow of CenturyLink Field. So when a strange man knocked on the door unannounced and inquired about advertising services, agency principal Frank Clark was a little skeptical. Turns out the man […]

Quiet Doesn’t Work In Ad Agencies


Following up on a recent post, I decided to take a closer look at introverts in the ad industry: Advertising is a subjective business that’s prone to groupthink. Do quiet people react to certain types of advertising the same way as extroverts? I wonder how many bad ads, or how many brand problems, could’ve been […]

Timesheets Are A Problem At Mediocre Agencies. But Are They Fraud?


“Fraud” is a very strong accusation, and that’s why this column in the Agency Post, written by Deborah Fisher of Response Mine Interactive got my attention. Fisher provides the all-too-common view of timesheets in the agency world: Driven by the need to bill clients in a timely manner, the accounting department nips at the heels […]