Fighting Words

PORTLAND–It’s a drizzly Thursday afternoon, but inside Paddy’s Bar on SW First and Yamhill things are amazingly clear. Dave Allen, a partner in Fight–the strategic marketing firm he launched last year with Justin Spohn and Rob Shields–is holding court. He asked me to join him in order to practice his agency’s pitch. I said yes […]

What Clients Really Think

RSW/US, a Cincinnati-based consultancy that helps agencies hone their new business development efforts, asked marketing execs at 200 companies including Nestle, Pfizer, Kraft Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, Hilton and Harrah’s 23 questions about their agencies. Here’s one of the questions and several random answers pulled directly from the report. Q. If you had one piece of advice […]

Make A Place For Product Development In Your Portfolio

We all know how clients can up and split. Well, the same is true for new and ambitious groups lodged within an old school New York agency. According to Ad Age, McCann Worldgroup is launching a tech unit called Split to create a new revenue stream for holding company Interpublic Group of Cos. Split is […]

Digital Provides Manufacturers A Direct Path To Consumers

Procter & Gamble and e-commerce provider PFSweb will begin operating an online store this month. Named the eStore, the online shopping site will be owned and operated by PFSweb and exclusively feature P&G products to consumers in the U.S. “We are very excited about the eStore‟s potential to reach more consumers and create new online […]

The State Dept. Google Is Not

Google believes in the power of good. That’s why they’re guided by Sergey’s Don’t Be Evil philosophy. It’s a great ideal, but one that can be tough to uphold in an international business setting. You have to really mean it when you put ideas like that into your charter. According to David Drummond, SVP, Corporate […]

During The Digital Decade I Became A Content Machine

In October of ’01 Bill Gates spoke about the coming “Digital Decade” and how “more people and businesses would realize their potential” via the cultural and technical transformations underway. Josh Bernoff of Forrester now agrees Gates was right. He cites broadband penetration (80% of US households now have broadband), and impressive stats on the widespread […]

Designing Digital Trails To Very Real Mountaintops

The trade press is fascinated by digital. Perhaps they believe their own existence depends on it, as well as the existence of the entities they daily report on. Adweek and Ad Age are both featuring articles about digital trends to look for in 2010. Ad Age reached out to Duncan Southgate and Ken Mallon for […]

Undoing The “Creative Sensibility” Oxymoron

Ad Age enlisted Conor Brady, chief creative officer at Organic, to help explain the new playing field agency personnel find themselves on today. Brady says we’re entering “the age of creative sensibility” which he characterizes as “a dramatic shift from the ‘big agency’ practices of the past.” Specifically, Brady says creative directors today need to […]

Now THIS Is Honesty In Advertising

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For Commodities To Compete, Real Value Has To Be Found In The Brand And the Experiences It Creates

Consumer packaged goods brands are losing share to less-expensive store brands, a fact that marketing execs working at CPG companies and their partners in agencies around the globe are trying to reckon with. According to eMarketer, and its new report there’s hope for brands in online loyalty programs. In addition to regular e-mail communication, CPG […]