Geniuses Masquerading As Interactive Creative Directors, There’s A Place For You

Digital talent. There’s a growing need, and the need is not being met. Even by the best agencies in the land. Ergo, Iain Tait, partner at W+K, has taken to searching for the elusive creatures (sometimes known as Interactive Creative Directors) via his newly reconfigured blog, Crackunit2. We’re looking for Digital Revolutionaries with Traditional Sympathies, […]

All Marketing Is Shopper Marketing, But I Digress

Are you tired of hearing about shopper marketing? Or no, maybe you are still wondering what the hell “shopper marketing” is? It’s two words for retail, instead of one. Stuart Elliott calls shopper marketing “one of the hottest fields in advertising” in his piece on Team Enterprises, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Team Enterprises is […]

In Advertising, There’s No Substitute For Experiencing

A while back, I wrote about my newfound friends at Seattle’s egg and their Tomato Goodness brand. So should all agencies get into a business of some other kind? What kind of experience is lacking if all we focus on is making advertising? If we’re going to pursue more experiential marketing ideas, it helps to […]

To Be Held, Or Not To Be?

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Certainly, big holding companies like Omnicom or WPP would love to have a piece of David Droga’s action, but Droga values his independence, and it appears that he has other means. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Droga is injecting $6 to $7 million into his five year-old agency Droga5, care of angel investments […]

One of Adland’s Stranger Marriages

Strawberry Frog has Leaped to What’s Next, namely the acquisition of the firm by APCO Worldwide, a stakeholder-engagement firm (whatever that means). The strawberry frogs will no doubt want to know what it’s like to work at APCO Worldwide. No worries, the stakeholder-engagement firm (whatever that means) has made a video to answer that. According […]

And The Gravity Shifts Back To Manhattan

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Alex bailed (and his name is on the door). Jeff Benjamin, a partner in the agency, bailed. Now, according to Ad Age, two more high profile staffers–Ari Merkin and Dave Rolfe–have bailed on Crispin Porter & Bogusky, which until recently was the hottest agency in all the land. I have no idea what’s driving these […]

Pepsi Says “You’re Fired”

Pepsi was the choice of a new generation and a foundational client for many in Adlandia. But some of those ad pros are being handed their jocks this week, as Pepsi prunes its list of North American agencies on the roster from from 150 to about 50. In related news, CEO Indra Nooyi also said […]

Advertising’s Top Creatives For A More Creative Economy

Why do I feel like Dan Wieden and crew have a not-so-secret deal with the White House to promote American values in this time of trouble? Probably because it shows in the agency’s reel. Clearly, bailing out Wall Street and Detroit’s automakers was a political act; therefore, reshaping those brands is an also a political […]

Conceived, Incubated and Delivered in L.A.

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David&Goliath and Siltanen & Partners in El Segundo; Saatchi & Saatchi in Torrance; Team One in El Segundo; RPA in Santa Monica; and Innocean in Huntington Beach. All have been toiling away on Super Bowl commercials for their clients. Meg James of Los Angeles Times notes that 20 of this Sunday’s Super Bowl commercials, including […]

Made In Mexico, Marketed In Mexico, Downed In The U.S.A.

According to Ad Age, Heineken’s Tecate beer brand is moving U.S. advertising from Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners’ U.S. Hispanic unit Ramona to its longtime Mexican agency, Olabuenaga Chemistri. The consolidation, which will save costs, means all Tecate and Tecate Light U.S. advertising — including digital — will be run from south of the border, […]