Hallelujah! The Ad Industry Finally Gets A Code Of Ethics

Following a judge’s order, former O&M Account Director Shona Seifert has submitted an 18-page code of ethics for the advertising industry. Adweek has the story: In the document, Seifert also said the industry faces some unique ethics challenges in part because “the advertising industry places a higher value on big ideas than we do on […]

They Put Leo’s Name On The Door Again

Leo Burnett once gave a speech entitled “When To Take My Name Off The Door.” Today, as Adweek reports, the Leo Burnett name is going up one more time–in Detroit. Leo Burnett Detroit is the agency which used to be called Chemistri. Chemistri was the agency that used to be called D’Arcy Detroit. D’Arcy Detroit […]

For Writers, Reality Shows Are Just Sweatshops

Not ad-related, but amusing for creative people, nonetheless. From the CBC: Hollywood writers have sued Fox Broadcasting and a reality show production company, charging them with violating California’s labour laws covering wages, overtime and meal breaks. The production company is Rocket Science Laboratories, maker of Joe Millionaire, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, and other well-known […]

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 […]