New At The Zoo: Sally & Seth Naked And My New Column

Two things of note today on Talent Zoo. First, Sally Hogshead returns with The Naked Career podcast featuring Seth Godin. My TZ spies tell me, “This is the first time Seth has directly addressed the ad industry and the fact that they are in dire need of self-reinvention.” Second, Dinosaurs, Cockroaches, and Guerrillas, my new […]

Now for Some Good News Out of Baltimore

“Some people got hopes and dreams; Some people got ways and means.” -Bob Marley The ad above is the work of creatives at Exit 10, an agency formed by ex-Eisnerites 11 months before the end of Eisner. [UPDATE] Click here for more recent work (for CSX Railroad) from Exit 10. Apparently drunk college students have […]

Atlanta Art Director Needed

Don’t let “The Google” fool you–this is an old posting, I posted this back in February 2007. How would you like to work with me? And my agency? Partners + Napier in Atlanta is looking for an Art Director, full-time. Someone with a bit of experience who’s ready to step into a Senior role. I […]

Hell Hath Frozen Over

According to today’s WSJ (paid sub. req.), Agency.com in the U.K. has been hired by Ikea to make print and outdoor ads, in addition to the digital work the shop already handles. It is possible that Agency.com could make TV spots in the future, an Ikea spokeswoman says. Other digital agencies are starting to gain […]

Ads On Auto Pilot

It’s nearly impossible to do something creative with stock footage. But it looks like Zimmerman found a way. From the NYT: Zimmerman Zimmerman Advertising, an advertising agency that is part of the Omnicom Group, is selling stock advertising and online buying for TV, the Internet, print publications, radio, direct mail and in-store ads. The automated […]

Element 79’s Super Bowl Quickie

Super Bowl spots take months to create. Or not. According to Lewis Lazare, Chicago’s Element 79 put one together in a hurry for their client Frito-Lay. Creative Director, Phil Gant, at the agency all of a week, went to Chief Creative Officer, Dennis Ryan, with his pitch a mere eight days prior to the game. […]

Digitally-Minded Ad Peeps In High Demand

Boston Business Journal writer, Lisa van der Pool, examines the convulsions being felt throughout Adlandia. She says traditional advertising agencies are facing a difficult paradigm shift–the need to evolve their businesses to accommodate for all things digital. “Our digital group used to be a department. Now, they are right at the center of the agency, […]

AKQA Sells Majority Stake To Well-Heeled Money Men

The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.) is reporting that San Francisco interactive-ad firm AKQA has sold a majority stake to private equity firm General Atlantic LLC. While there’s nothing new about an agency acccepting large wads of cash for a partial or full buy out, there is a unique twist to this transaction. AKQA […]