There’s Something In The Amsterdam Water

Once again, from BusinessWeek (you can tell I read it a lot), a closer look at shops in Amsterdam, which are gathering momentum with global clients: Why Amsterdam? The city’s openness and bicycle-to-work lifestyle helps attract talent, as do a vibrant design scene and a cosmopolitan mix of people. “Amsterdam allows us to be in […]

Anonymous Source Says D/FCB Lion Ad Screwed Roehm

Take it for what it’s worth. Speculation is leaking out about Julie Roehm’s quick departure from Wal-Mart. From Mediapost: One source says that during the pitch process for the Wal-Mart account, a lot of “gratuitous gifts” changed hands, raising eyebrows inside the company. Wal-Mart has a very strict policy about gratuities. While many executives in […]

Reach And Frequency

Still one of the funniest videos ever made about the ad biz, courtesy of the now out-of-business Elvis & Bonaparte Advertising in Portland. By the way, someone recently registered ReachFrequency.com just to post this video by itself. It’s a bit mysterious.

McCann Creatives Forced To Be “Army Strong”

Not sure if you need to be a subscriber to read the whole thing, but Adweek has an interesting report on the McCann creatives who underwent basic training in order to fully understand life in the US Army so they could work on their new account: By his second day of basic training at Fort […]

Hamish McLennan Of Y&R Talks

In an interview in today’s New York Times, Hamish McLennan, new CEO of Y&R Brands and Ann Fudge’s replacement, talks about the challenges that agency faces: Q. What is your perception of Y&R’s place in the industry? A. Generally, it’s going well. We’ve got $800 million in global revenue. What’s happened in North America over […]

Money Talks (Again)

Omnicom swooped in on another creatively-driven agency. This time, it’s 180 in Amsterdam. Founded in 1998 by Managing Partners Alex Melvin, Guy Hayward and Chris Mendola, 180 Amsterdam is one of the most awarded independent agencies in the world. In 2004, 180 Amsterdam was recognized as the world’s third most awarded agency at the Cannes […]

Creative Company Makes Ties To Creative Community

La comunidad (the community), Miami, is curating an art exhibit Dec. 4 – 10 in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 7-10), the American sister event to the internationally renowned art show and exhibition Art Basel in Switzerland. La Comunidad will host three installation artists displaying never-before-seen works in the raw, 20,000 square-foot warehouse […]

Is The Wieden Lifestyle Portland’s Lifestyle?

Staffers from Wieden & Kennedy appear in an “ad” for Portland, thanks to The New York Times’ treatment of them in an article on American cities competing for Richard Florida’s now famous “creative class.” In Portland, Ore., employees at an advertising firm can watch indie rock concerts at lunch and play “bump,” an abbreviated form […]