English Good In The Saddle

You don’t see a lot of English jokes in advertising. Perhaps the copywriters are mostly WASPs. Anyway, I found one. Rick Johnson Advertising in New Mexico has created an ad that both celebrates the English and denigrates them. Share

Chicagoans Will Sing A Song For Leap

According to the company’s home page, Leap Wireless is a customer-focussed company that provides innovative, wireless, communication services for the mass market. According to Adweek, this San Diego firm moved their account from Sausalito’s Butler Shine and Stern to Chicago’s Element 79 without a review. Excellent, now can someone please get to work on that […]

Tacos So Good We’d Rather Talk About Ourselves

Outdoor for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos by tda in Boulder Share

Subaru Is Garfinkel’s Simon

from Adweek: After winning Subaru early this month, DDB’s Lee Garfinkel sat in his Madison Avenue office-bare white walls, an acoustic guitar sitting nearby-and contemplated the significance of the victory. The big picture was obvious: It meant a return to the automobile category for the agency that changed the ad business with its Volkswagen work […]

Cramer/Krasselt Gets “D” For Hyatt Work

Lewis Lazare in today’s Sun Times: What’s most depressing about this new Hyatt campaign, called “Spliced,” is that its creators have completely forgotten — or else totally ignored — the cardinal rule of truly great and memorable advertising: Tell a good and relevant story, and tell it extraordinarily well. That is certainly NOT what the […]

Jerk Radar On. Okay, Interview.

Ames Scullin O’Haire in Atlanta wants a new copywriter. But not an angry, misunderstood genius. According to their Talent Zoo classified ad, “We don’t tolerate prima donnas or asses. In fact, we despise them and toss them overboard–we’re on the 24th floor.” Tough crowd. But here’s my question. Do you think angry, misunderstood geniuses, prima […]

The Captain Sails Off With The Money

Spirits distributor, Diageo, is rumored to be moving its marketing services account away from Chicago agency, Upshot. Arc Worldwide, the agency formerly known as Frankel, also works on the Diageo business. It is not known at this time if the move will benefit Arc in any way. Captain Morgan Share

Suit Migrates To Agency-Side. Personal Shopper Needed.

The NY Times reports today that Karen C. Francis, with Harvard MBA and 20 years of client-side service, will be named Publicis & Hal Riney’s chief executive. from the article: The migration of brand marketers to agency executive suites, once rare, is becoming less so as agencies seek to remake their business models to meet […]

Sun Microsystems Goes Into Review – Limited to Bay-Area Agencies Only

Last week, Sun Microsystems put their ad account in review as a creative consolidation move. The current agency of record is Arnell Group (Omnicom) of New York. Interestingly, only shops with offices in the Bay Area are being invited to the table, likely dropping the incumbent from the pitch altogether. See Ad Age (reg. req.) […]

Elevators Rarely Go Anywhere Worthwhile

Adweek’s Joan Voight published an article today about the importance setting has on an agency. Naturally, she leads with Mike Shine, since Butler Shine and Stern occupy offices in Sausalito Share