Advertising Malpractice: How Would You Define It?

Well, there’s no such thing, really. And there probably can’t be. But I float the idea as the focus of my new column on Talent Zoo. Are clients truly getting their money’s worth when good ideas are killed internally in agencies because of fear that “they’ll never go for it?” How risky should a concept […]

Whatever

Planning whiz, Russell Davies, recently unearthed an old t-shirt from 1999 Share

Big Win For Small Shop

Lewis Lazare: After some initial confusion sparked by premature and inaccurate online chatter among advertising trade journalists about the results of electronics giant Sony’s account review, the matter was clarified late Monday. Sony said it would not have one ad agency of record going forward, but rather three shops: Fallon/Minneapolis; McKinney + Silver in Durham, […]

Austin Kelley & Fitzgerald Get Hitched

Forget Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This is bigger! OK, not really, but in yet another upheaval in the Atlanta advertising market, Adweek is reporting the merger of two Interpublic-owned Atlanta shops, Austin Kelley and Fitzgerald+Co. A few years ago, IPG persuaded Fitzgerald + Co. to merge with the Atlanta office of McCann-Erickson, so this […]

Mad Dogs Morph Into Walrus

Adweek: Former Mad Dogs & Englishmen creative director Deacon Webster and 10 staffers have absorbed the defunct shop’s last four clients and this week opened under the banner Walrus. With Grand Marnier, Radar magazine, the 21 Club and Wacoal’s CW-X Conditioning Wear, Walrus has about $7 million in billings, said Webster, now chief creative officer. […]

Go Steffan Go

Lewis Lazare: Late last week Harris, the city’s third-largest financial institution, invited five shops to pitch the bank’s ad business. Or more accurately five shops plus one. The plus one, in this instance, is Euro RSCG/Chicago, the corpse that former Leo Burnett creative whiz kid Steffan Postaer is trying to resuscitate. Euro RSCG has joined […]

Corporate Raider Has His Way With Havas

Ad Age: Havas shareholder Vincent Bollore won the four seats he demanded on the holding company Share

Soul Patch For Sale (No, Not On eBay)

Columbus, OH ad agency, Young Issac, was written up in the print edition of Adweek recently. The source of their newfound fame is a viral effort directed not to unsuspecting and callous consumers, but to those jaded plebes who work in the ad biz, or hope to one day soon. Get creative with the click […]

Say Hello To Stupid

We’ve got two series running on the site now´┐ŻAgencies in Strange Places and Outstanding Mission Statements. Maybe we ought to add a third series´┐Ż–Agency Lobby Art. Here’s what the folks at W+K London see each time they pass reception. “Blender Man” serves as a constant reminder of the ethos of the company and how we […]

Pittsburgh Shop Branches Out

Pittsburgh agency, Blattner Brunner has acquired Sawyer Riley Compton, one of Atlanta’s more well known creative shops. According to Adweek, SRC was down to but 15 staffers and $20 million in billings (a great per employee billings ratio). SRC is Blattner Brunner’s second acquisition in as many years. The shop acquired MHI in Washington, D.C., […]