Agencies In Strange Places: Second In A Series

I’m fascinated by the strangest of ad creatures. Therefore, when Jay Roth–an ad creature in his own right–wants us to know more about 86 the Onions in Venice, CA (a strange enough place for these purposes) I’m inclined to give him a listen. Something doesn’t stink in Venice Beach by Jay Roth Ever hear about […]

Jerk Radar On. Okay, Interview.

Ames Scullin O’Haire in Atlanta wants a new copywriter. But not an angry, misunderstood genius. According to their Talent Zoo classified ad, “We don’t tolerate prima donnas or asses. In fact, we despise them and toss them overboard–we’re on the 24th floor.” Tough crowd. But here’s my question. Do you think angry, misunderstood geniuses, prima […]

NY Times Continues To Investigate Blogs

from today’s NY Times: Internet writers say they have been empowered by the Web to begin serving as a long-needed real-time check on mainstream outlets and reporters who they say wield too much power, sometimes irresponsibly and often with hidden partisan motives. “The traditional players, including the press, have lost some of the control or […]

Sometimes Market Research Does Pay

from The Onion: BERKELEY, CA

The Captain Sails Off With The Money

Spirits distributor, Diageo, is rumored to be moving its marketing services account away from Chicago agency, Upshot. Arc Worldwide, the agency formerly known as Frankel, also works on the Diageo business. It is not known at this time if the move will benefit Arc in any way. Captain Morgan

Tungsten Group Finds Value Where Others Don’t

Jim Kirk, The Trib’s media and advertising reporter, reports that there’s a new ad agency holding company in town. Goes by the name of Tungsten Group. Run by some heavy weights. Notably, Tom McConnaughy, who sold his interest in McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown to Euro RSCG Partners several years ago. The “M in MSSB” joins […]

Outstanding Mission Statements: First In A Series

Kicking anvils and hiring “yes” men. They have more in common than you think. Both are unproductive. Both lead to regret. And both are completely avoidable. At Hanna, we try to say “Yes” as much as possible. Unfortunately, it usually comes out sounding like “Why?” “Why make a claim your competitor could easily make?” “Why […]

ATA Backs Away From Gate

from Crain’s Chicago Business: ATA Airlines has agreed to turn over its Midway Airport operations to Air Tran Airways Inc. for $87.5 million as part of its restructuring and filing for Bankruptcy Court protection Tuesday. Subject to approval by the city of Chicago and the Bankruptcy Court, AirTran will assume ATA’s flight operations, gate leases […]

Suit Migrates To Agency-Side. Personal Shopper Needed.

The NY Times reports today that Karen C. Francis, with Harvard MBA and 20 years of client-side service, will be named Publicis & Hal Riney’s chief executive. from the article: The migration of brand marketers to agency executive suites, once rare, is becoming less so as agencies seek to remake their business models to meet […]

Times Message To Bloggers: Extract Vitamin A Directly From Sun

Madison Avenue ponders the potential of web logs says Times. The lead: “WEB logs have had an astonishing season this year, enough to freckle the faces of bloggers who do not, as a rule, get much time outdoors. Although political blogs have received the most attention, advertising agencies and communications professionals are using blogs to […]