Seven Steps To A More Agile Agency

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Editor’s note: Please welcome Nathan Archambault of AKQA in NYC to AdPulp. An earlier version of this article appeared on Maybe I’m Gravy. The old advertising agency model, the one where Madison Avenue agencies took their sweet and expensive time, isn’t working anymore. It’s time for a forced retirement. Sorry, old model. The nature of […]

For Modern Brands, Social Media Marketing Is A Shared Responsibility

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Hats off to David Zaleski at iMedia Connection for capturing a serious topic in a humorous way. Zaleski says at the end of his video lashing that there’s no need for social media managers. I wouldn’t go that far, but statistics do point to a downward trend. According to newly released stats from career site […]

How Ad Agencies Do Less With More

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Robin Williams once said cocaine was God’s way of saying you make too much money. Something tells me he’d say the same about ad agencies’ current fascination with turning even the smallest task into a gigantic group project. You’d think in these days of tight budgets, rapidly changing media and constant connectivity, agencies would not […]

What Being A Fearless Leader Really Means

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Anyone who’s ever worked in an office where fear is the motivational tool of choice (in other words, anyone who works in Advertising) will appreciate this interview with Paul Venables from Sunday’s New York Times. Specifically his observation that when it comes to motivating creative people, “What generally doesn’t work, or only works for a […]

Do You Work In A “Relatively Frivolous” Industry?

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David Gianatasio of Adweek explores the rare art of moving from an agency leadership role to CEO on the client side. Ironically, agency executives tend to suffer from, of all things, ‘a branding problem,’ according to Renée Richardson Gosline, assistant marketing professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She says recruiters and corporate boards have […]

Like A Zen Master, Tom Asacker Explains The Business of Belief

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When we change our actions, we also change our beliefs. And what we believe compels further action. It is a virtuous cycle, and understanding its elemental framework can help you to connect with and motivate people. “People are drawn across the bridge of belief by their anticipation of a better experience and a better life. […]

The Martin Agency Joins Wieden+Kennedy In The Agency Incubator Game

Agencies don’t just churn out ad campaigns these days, they incubate startups. And why not? When you have the resources you can afford put them to good use. In fact, it is your responsibility to do so. You may have heard, Wieden+Kennedy got into the baby-company warming game a few years back with the launch […]

If CMOs Can Rate Agencies, Then Marketing Directors Should Be Rated Too

I always take company reviews I read on Glassdoor or services like TripAdvisor with a grain of salt. Because you never really know who’s behind the review and if they have an ax to grind. Yes, if you take these reviews in the aggregate you can get a good picture of a restaurant or service […]

What’s The Future Of Business? Comes With An Incomplete Answer

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When I review books here on AdPulp, I don’t talk about whether I like a book or don’t like it, or whether it’s well-written or not. I simply try to answer the question, “What would AdPulp readers learn by reading this book?” With that mind, I confess: I simply don’t know what to make of […]

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer Gathers The Troops

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Location, location, location. It’s more than a Realtors’ call to arms today. Some of the nation’s most influential business leaders are promoting the value of face time and physical proximity. “Opportunities flow through congregations of people. Those with good ideas and information tend to hang out with one another,” Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn wrote recently. […]