Better Agency/Client Relationships Rely On Open And Honest Dialogue

Ad people, like most people, love to bitch and moan. I can hear the collective groan now: Whoa is me, I have another dumbass client with another idiotic demand that subtracts value from ‘the work.’ Maybe there are many good reasons for this sour-faced condition. Or maybe ad people are choking on self-importance. Ask yourself […]

Ad Grunts Want To Work for Pay, Time Off and Coffee (Not Trophies)

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Advertising is a glamorous industry. Or so it may seem to some from the outside looking in, partly due to how the industry is portrayed in TV shows, film and lifestyle press. Of course, there are ad people enjoying a corner office with views of the San Francisco Bay or the equivalent, but they’re in […]

Unprofessionalism Is the Very Essence of Creativity

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I’ve worked at several agencies where the management routinely asked staff to clean up their desks and workspaces before an important client entered the building. I never understood the impulse. Why not show the messiness, the madness, the scramble for solutions? Craig Mawdsley, joint chief strategy officer at AMV BBDO in London, could be on […]

Where Have All The Visionary Money Makers Gone?

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The agency business in being pounded by a sea of rough and tumble changes today. Agencies are struggling to get lean and nimble, and MBA-toting bean counters are key to this reformulation. Unpopular though they may be, agency CFOs are nevertheless in high demand, says Jay Haines, CEO of global executive-search firm Grace Blue. One […]

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 […]