I Would Write Anything For Cash, But I Won’t Write That

It’s been a long time since Neil Young sang about…well, who he wouldn’t sing for: But when it comes to advertising people, most of us have few, if any, clients we wouldn’t work on. What does it say about us if we refuse to work on something, or oppose the way a prospective or current […]

Are Agencies Staffed By Dumbasses, Or Worse?

I typically stay away from content written by anonymous contributors, but Brian Morrissey at Digiday is prompting “Confessions” from people in the industry, and the one I just read from a technology vendor seems to have merit. Agencies talk about being makers. Shouldn’t they have this technology in-house? They can’t do it. It’s the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none […]

Coca-Cola’s BHAG: $200 Billion by 2020

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Coca-Cola is planning to increase revenue to $200 billion in 2020 from $95 billion in 2008. Joseph V. Tripodi, executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer at Coca-Cola, concedes that doubling revenue is “a big, hairy, audacious goal,” a.k.a. BHAG. Yet, he believes global megatrends like urbanization and the rise of the middle […]

Pepsi Says “You’re Fired”

Pepsi was the choice of a new generation and a foundational client for many in Adlandia. But some of those ad pros are being handed their jocks this week, as Pepsi prunes its list of North American agencies on the roster from from 150 to about 50. In related news, CEO Indra Nooyi also said […]

Advertising Is Not The Place for Playing It Safe

First Lowe’s, now KAYAK. The online travel site also pulled its ads from TLC’s new show, “All-American Muslim.” Which is bad enough on its own, but the situation is made worse by company executives trying to explain the decision away like it’s no big thing. Steve Hafner, CEO and Cofounder writes on the company’s blog: […]

Divisiveness Is For Politics, In Business We’re Better Than That

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Avi Dan, a marketing consultant who specializes in client-agency relationships, reports that clients are unhappy with their agency partners vendors. Only 41% have a positive view of the quality of agency people, and just 38% are satisfied of the way agencies manage integration. Agencies are retreating from a multidimensional relationships with clients to a more […]

Creepy King Nowhere Near BK’s Guacpper

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According to Los Angeles Times, on Monday Burger King will roll out its new guacamole-filled California Whopper nationwide. And the accompanying advertisements from McGarry Bowen will feature lush images of avocados, tomatoes, lettuce and beef. What? No King? No King. “There seems to be no place for a plasticized sovereign derided by many customers as […]