Ogilvy Switches To Roam

Brian Morrissey of Adfreak is reporting on a new idea emerging from Ogilvy. Chris Wall, co-chief creative officer at Ogilvy, intends to launch an agency offshoot called Ogilvy Transient. Wall described Transient at the shop’s Verge conference yesterday, and it doesn’t refer to an underbathed creative. It’ll be a roaming, experimental agency unit that aims […]

Is Your Agency A Breeding Ground For Bullies?

Lord knows the ad industry is a place for eccentrics and weirdness in general. But see if this story from LiveScience.com matches your workplace experience: In a recent study, bullied employees likened their experiences to a battle, water torture, a nightmare or a noxious substance. Understanding the seriousness of workplace bullying and what it feels […]

For Some, Junior High Never Ends

Agency websites tend to be pretty tame affairs, which is a sad commentary on how slow agencies can be on the uptake. Be that as it may, today I stumbled upon something I like on an agency web site–a positioning line delivered in an impactful way. Cramer-Krasselt is hanging their hat on the following sentiment: […]

How Draft/FCB Scored Big In Bentonville

Lewis Lazare has some ideas on how Howard Draft and his team reigned supreme in the Wal-Mart review, bringing the bacon home to Chicago via an estimated $570 million in annual billings. When the Draft FCB merger was announced, Jonathan Harries, the new global chief creative officer of the merged agencies, even went so far […]

A Refresher Course

Marvin Harris Jr. on advertising on Vimeo The above video is a strange piece of self-promotion for DuFour Advertising of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Enter Burnett’s “Cathedral Of Ideas” With A Simple Click

Ad Age is reporting on Leo Burnett’s move into virtual reality. Leo Burnett Worldwide is hoping that setting up shop in a virtual world can improve its real-world results. The iconic Chicago agency — which has absorbed the losses of long-held, major accounts such as Cadillac and the U.S. Army of late — is opening […]

Will You Get Hannitized If You Buy A GM Car?

I’m not sure what advertising agency or promo firm is working on this, but right-wing talk show host Sean Hannity is co-sponsoring a contest to give away GM cars. Listeners to his show (and yes, I’ve listened) know that if they get on the air and say “Hi Sean, you’re a Great American!” he’ll return […]

Is DDB Chicago In Turmoil?

He loves anonymous sources, speculation and rumors, but still, Lewis Lazare’s column is always a good read. Such as today’s focus on DDB’s Chicago office. Sources say that some of the agency’s best creatives have called the decision to put Tilley in the top creative post the equivalent of “the last straw.” They are angry […]