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

What A Crazy Idea

W+K London has a padded concepting room. Share

More Troubles for IPG

With the accounting issues that have plagued Interpublic Group and the loss of media-buying duties for General Motors still fresh in the rearview mirror, word out of the West Coast is that Bank of America, is spreading the RFP around. Notably to Omnicom and WPP. The is could be a disasterous loss for the troubled […]

My Life. My Card. My Idea. My Lawsuit.

If you tell people you work in advertising, have you ever heard someone say, “I’ve got a great commercial idea for Coke. What do you do, just call them up or send in your idea?” And then they don’t understand why you can’t really do that. Here’s why, courtesy of The New York Times: A […]

Wireless Companies Use Too Much Fine Print. In Other News, Scientists Declare Earth Is “Round.”

Has Catherine Zeta-Jones been lying to me this whole time? From Ad Age: New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs is suing three wireless phone marketers for violating the city’s consumer protection law. Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, in a suit filed in New York Supreme Court, charged Nextel Communications, Sprint Spectrum and T-Mobile USA, with deceptive […]

MDC Plays With The MFP Formula

According to a New York Times report, Canadian holding company, MDC Partners, is buying Powell, a small creative shop in New York, and folding it in with Margeotes Fertitta & Partners, a mid-sized shop already in the MDC stable. MDC bought a majority of Margeotes Fertitta in 1998; the rest is owned by Mr. Fertitta […]

Convicted Felon Will Write Ad Industry’s Code of Ethics

From Adweek: Former Ogilvy & Mather executive Shona Seifert today was sentenced in U.S. District Court here to 18 months imprisonment (and two years probation) for her role in a scheme to overbill the government’s $1 billion Office of National Drug Control Policy account to cover a $3 million revenue shortfall on the business. Seifert […]

If You Can Make It There…

Adweek: Fallon Worldwide said it would no longer operate a full-service outpost in New York following the departures today of office president Anne Bologna and executive creative director Ari Merkin. “While we have loved doing business in New York, and have a great group of talent, the truth is that New York is not a […]

Marketing Norwegian Sweaters And Steel Furniture

Dean Gemmell, president of Black Lab Five, an enthusiast marketing specialist in Michigan wants L.L. Bean to consider his shop for projects. He offers the letter he sent to Bean and details on his consequent conversations with “the sweet and polite Nadira Vallee at Pile & Company, the consultant handling the review process for L.L. […]

The Home For The Strategically Challenged

Should art directors and copywriters become more involved in developing the strategy for the ads they work on? Can you do anything about if you’re handed a bad strategy? What if your client wants to push a bad strategy on you? That’s the focus of my new column on TalentZoo.com. Hey, I never said I […]