10 Not So Litte Things To Help Turn Your Agency Around

As a help to brand planners everywhere, Gareth Kay, Director of Brand Strategy at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, has offered up 10 “little ideas” on his blog. Here they are: #10 – be interesting, not right #9 – get obsessed by games #8 – be a magazine editor #7 – break the tyranny of the […]

Plan To Move People

Bob Hoffman, a.k.a. The Ad Contrarian is at it again–the guy has a knack for stirring shit up. This time, he’s saying account planning “needs to crawl away and die.” Here’s his first reason why: Strategy is too important to be left to the strategists. Advertising and brand strategy ought to be done by the […]

Calling All Auditors

Lately, I’ve been wondering if anyone performs brand audits. It seems like it would be an important step to take, but I never heard of one taking place and I don’t know anyone who performs them. Of course, that could be a reflection of my unconnectedness. Or it could be that very few brand managers […]

Fear Not This Word: Commitment

On Slide 22, Paul Isakson says “Committing = building your brand on principles that never change.” It’s a wonderfully conservative notion for an unusually progressive brand. For instance, Patagonia achieves this.

I Plan; Therefore I Am

Adliterate reveals the results of the fourth annual Global Planners survey from Heather LeFevre. | View | Upload your own note: click full view to see this presentation 798 planners from many nations participated in the study. Some of the key findings include: The majority of planners want to work for Wieden + Kennedy; planners […]

Fast, We Need A Strategy

Richard Huntington writes clean sentences and places them on his site, Adliterate, for our enjoyment. The business world has little time for the desperately bright, painfully academic, socially inept and ponderous planner. Indeed, in our time squeezed environment it is tough to make the case for strategy at all. See what I mean?

Brands That Occupy Physical Space Gain Mindshare

Planners are known to inhabit all sorts of out-of-the-way corners of the bloatosphere. They make up their own worlds in fact, wherein big thoughts are free to roam. By clicking around a bit in this realm, I managed to stumble upon Sarah of Digital Rain. She’s writing about The Method of Loci and how it […]

Give ‘Em Something They Can Actually Use

Members of the adverati are increasingly calling for branded utility. You might even say it’s a mantra for a new year. But what is it? What does it look like? And how might we sell it in? Benjamin Palmer of Barbarian said, “For the same budget and energy as we expend on current forms of […]

More Random Notes From The Account Planning Conference

There are only two types of Account Planners in America: Forty-something Brits and Twenty-something Americans. That’s it. I’m not sure if that bodes well for the future of Account Planning, because those British accents can really give any presentation an aura of legitimacy. This whole conference is awash in…greenwashing. From carbon-neutral ad agency networks and […]

Planners Planning To Use Blogs To Plan Their Plans

Today at the Account Planning Conference, Aki Spicer from the Fallon Planning Blog and Ed Cotton from Butler Shine & Stern’s Influx Insights led an interesting discussion entitled “Blogging the Agency,” encouraging Account Planners to start blogs, use the blogosphere to find unique voices and encourage clients to take advantage of blogs and social networks. […]