When A.D.D. Adds Up To Crapola

Is it a wise move for clients to “expand their agency roster” and spread their work out among a bunch of shops that don’t communicate with each other? For better or for worse, we all think short-term now. To do project work for a client means the advertising needs to cause a quick, sudden splash, […]

New Town Takes New Route

Living in the Hilton Head area, as I do, it’s not everday I get to report local ad news. Adweek: Brandon Advertising said it would provide all advertising, media buying and public relations for the Habersham residential development near Beaufort, S.C. The independent Myrtle Beach, S.C., shop won the account without a review. Previously, the […]

The Funniest Thing To Come Out Of Cliff Freeman In Years…

…has to be this quote from the man himself: “I have always regarded Shoney’s Restaurants with the highest level of affection, having grown up with the concept,” Freeman said in a statement, referring to his childhood in Mississippi and Florida. Affection from former clients helps, too: [Client svp of marketing Dan] Dahlen worked with agency […]

Slipknot Hires Lawyers To Coq Bloq Burger King & Crispin

From The Smoking Gun: Claiming that its image and persona have been hijacked as part of a marketing campaign for Burger King’s new chicken fries, the costumed heavy metal band Slipknot is threatening the fast food giant with legal action. In the below August 4 letter, the band’s lawyers charge that Coq Roq–a mock metal […]

So Much For Having A Nice, Lazy Summer

From The New York Times : In the last several days, accounts with spending estimated at more than $200 million have changed agencies, affecting brands in competitive categories like restaurants, automotive services and household products. And there will be more changes as reviews proceed for other accounts, with combined spending estimated at more than $1 […]

Econometrics: Sorrell Says “Yes.” Porter Says “Whaaa?”

Today’s Wall Street Journal (you’ll need a subscription or pick up a hard copy of the real thing) has an interesting article on “econometrics” and its impact on the ad industry. Here are the highlights: “There is no doubt in my mind that scientific analysis, including econometrics, is one of the most important areas in […]

Dog Days Of August Are But A Memory

Adweek: What happened to the dog days of summer, the time when nothing big happened in August and agency people took long overdue two-week vacations and spent Fridays on the golf course? “No one I know can remember an August like this,” said Mike Duda, director of business development at Interpublic Group’s Deutsch, who said […]

Burnett Bows Out

Lewis Lazare: Leo Burnett’s decision to resign the $80 million Morgan Stanley account was a big blow on several fronts: A blow to the agency that had worked on the business for 17 years, and a blow to the Chicago advertising community that looks like it will lose another prestigious piece of business to another […]

Febreze: The Great Unifier

New York Times: Think only politics makes strange bedfellows? Look what Procter & Gamble has wrought. The company long ago split up its advertising, with Tide laundry detergent now handled by Saatchi & Saatchi, Bounce antistatic dryer sheets by Leo Burnett Toronto and Downy fabric softener by Grey Worldwide. But now the company has put […]

Too Much Hoopla Is Just Enough

I was invited to the Hadrian’s Wall summer party. And I’ll bet you money, Lewis Lazare was not. Nah nah na nah nah. Okay, enough of that. You’ve got to see how Chicago’s most creative agency prepares a party invite. Go now. You’ll be better for it upon your return. Share