George Lois Talks CLIOs, Ads, And Industry A–holes


At this year’s CLIO Awards, legendary adman George Lois will be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Awards. AdPulp had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his work and the state of the industry today. The man certainly tells it like he sees it. After all the accolades and awards you’ve gotten, is […]

Small Shops Don’t Have Room For Big Problems


I’m not big on industry awards, but “Small Agency of the Year” sounds like the kind of award I’d like to win. No offense to agencies of size, but small agencies deserve more accolades. Clearly, it’s not easy to keep the roof on a small agency, nor is it easy to provide the kind of […]

Wunderman Tries To Look Natural At Cannes

The 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity doesn’t need a commercial, but Wunderman made Cannes one, because Wunderman can. And Wunderman isn’t stopping there. This is 2012, every company is a media company, including global marketing services agencies. Ergo, a team of 30 of “citizen journalists” from AdPeople, Blast Radius, Designkitchen, Futurecom, These Days […]

The Miami ADDYs Look For Ideas That Survived

From AAF Miami comes a literal interpretation of ‘the idea that got killed.” Which reminds me of something I once wrote: At any moment, your executions may be killed at random by people you’ve never met for reasons that don’t make sense. Share

Direct To Boston

BOSTON–Direct marketers from agencies and client organizations near and far are in the house for their annual Direct Marketing Association confab. But that is not why I am here. I am here to geek out, thanks to an invite to speak on the future of paid content from the organizers of the first-ever Geekend Roadshow, […]

Boulderado, One Of The Finest Outposts In Adlandia

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Before Crispin moved to Boulder, Sterling Rice Group and tda held court. After Crispin moved to Boulder, tda and Sterling Rice Group continue to do quite well, thank you very much. In fact, Outside Magazine just named Sterling Rice Group one of the nation’s “Best Places to Work” on its annual list. The agency ranked […]

Congrats To The Via Agency

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Yesterday I declared, “W+K is in Portland, but not of Portland.” Imagine my surprise this morning upon seeing the following declaration on The Via Agency’s site… The Via Agency, of course, is located in Portland, Maine. It’s also, as of last night’s awards ceremony in Denver, Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year. Ad Age […]

Can Creativity Be Codified?

On the heels the annual migration of hyper-privileged advertising execs to Cannes, let’s consider the value of a firm’s “creativity” to their new business process. Business development specialist, Blair Enns, asks, “Can Anyone Own the *More Creative* Market Position?” While creative quality gets a firm on the consideration list, unlike more meaningful differentiators (deep expertise) […]

Cannes Do

Miles Young is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. He makes Cannes sound like work, but I’m pretty certain a high percentage of people actually working in the ad business would be pleased to step away from their desks for a week of fun in the sun. Young also downgrades his digital peers in this […]

Apply Some Creative Thinking And Anything–Even Peace–Is Possible

BBR Saatchi & Saatchi Israel issued a brief meant to spark fresh ideas from the global advertising community that could help foster a new peace between Jews and Arabs. The Objective Rather than ‘out of date’ policies, we need ‘out of the box’ solutions. Let’s show the world that creative minds at their best can […]