Geezertising

This article on Adweek.com highlights the new AARP campaign done by GSD&M. According to the article, the ads are an “effort to combat the Bush administration’s Social Security proposals.” One ad shows a house being destroyed simply because of a broken sink–a metaphor for what the AARP thinks the Bush administration wants to do with […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised

A NYC agency called Anomaly was started last year amidst a barrage of hype and sycophantic press releases, which claimed the agency’s founders “decry tradition and embrace revolution.” So the entire ad industry has been waiting for the first fruit of this revolution. Well, according to Adweek they’re breaking their first work for Dasani, a […]

Have Philosophy Will Travel

Given that I am from Omaha, and having plied my trade in several small markets, I always appreciate when the advertising press looks in on the excellent work being done far from Madison Avenue. Communications Arts does precisely that in its current issue, choosing to feature Indianapolis agency, Young & Laramore. Shiel Sexton headquarters, Indianapolis, […]

Pissing On The Carpet

Ad Age has an article today on BBDO’s resignation of the Stainmaster carpet account. Here’s a telling quote from BBDO COO Jeff Mordos: “It has become clear that current management is seeking a level of service that is more consistent with its own economic realities. As such, we have determined it is no longer a […]

Shutters

from Lewis Lazare: In another hard blow to the Chicago advertising industry, Grant/Jacoby, one of the city’s oldest ad agencies, is believed to be on the verge of closing its doors for good, another apparent victim of the plague of bad management that has cast a pall over more than one shop in this city […]

Forget Michael Jackson. This Is The Trial To Keep An Eye On.

Where’s Geraldo? Where’s Court TV? Doesn’t matter. I’m glued to Adweek’s play-by-play coverage of the trial of Shona Seifert and Thomas Early, two former Ogilvy executives accused of fraud and conspiracy in an attempt to make up a $3 million revenue shortfall by overbilling the government on the Office of National Drug Control Policy account. […]

Old Boy Gets All Visceral

MIAMI, Jan. 26 /CNW/ — Bob Jeffrey, Worldwide CEO of JWT, the largest advertising agency in the U.S. and the fourth largest in the world, today introduced a new agency point of view that recognizes that time is at a premium, and advertising needs to focus on buying people’s time. “Time is the new currency,” […]

Dance With Them That Brung Ya

“It wasn’t a wonderful year for Chicago’s advertising industry. In fact, it was a pretty lousy 12 months, marked mostly by advertising accounts leaving town, ad agencies shrinking their staffs (yet again), and an overall feeling of lethargy that didn’t keep Chicago on the radar screen when many would-be clients went searching for new agencies. […]

Thanks Pop

Rubin Postaer + Associates’ Chicago office is merging with Euro RSCG Chicago. The Santa Monica-based agency will keep a field office in the Chicago market in order to help service its Honda and Acura business. The remainder of accounts, and staff, are headed to Euro RSCG in a move that seems likely to benefit all […]

C-K Pours Money Into Empty Tank

from Lewis Lazare: After spending what some sources said was upwards of a whopping $700,000 on an elaborate pitch, Cramer-Krasselt/Chicago has failed to land the whopper piece of new business. On Tuesday the agency was notified it had lost out in its bid for the $240 million Kia Motors America account. C-K was one of […]