Dave Trott Is Making It Simple—Listen, Learn and Grow

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Creative director and industry gadfly, Dave Trott, wants to fix advertising. His fix involves stripping away the false complexities put in the way by egotists and charlatans. It’s a long weekend, push play. His talk is full of notable moments, including his discussion of “form follows function.” Trott says we tend to fundamentally misunderstand this […]

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 […]

Putting The Right Tech In Place To Meet Customers’ Sensory Needs

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In certain circles, marketing automation is all the rage. People are genuinely excited by the idea that a machine can be programmed to anticipate a customer’s needs. Mostly this means a customer’s need for another email notification, but the idea behind marketing automation is much bigger than that. In the hospitality industry, for instance, it’s […]

Why Working In Advertising Sucks And What We Can Do About It

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Editor’s Note: I am excited to introduce Mark St. Amant to our readers. Mark is an accomplished ad guy and author of two books about sports. He lives in Boulder, CO. Human Centipedes And Other Nastiness Right now, more than any other point I can recall in my 25-year (yikes) career, the Advertising industry is […]

In GSP’s Hands, Adobe Stock Photography Delivers Stunning Results

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Stock images have a bad reputation in the creative community because creative teams set out to make original communications specific to one brand on the planet. That’s hard to do with an image that wasn’t shot specifically for the ad, or project, in question. And it’s impossible to do when using a stock image that’s […]

Ask David Ogilvy And Watson Will Reply

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Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one of the early heroes of the ad business a few questions? Thanks to IBM’s Watson, and some diligent research work from The Drum, we are now able to ask one deceased legend—David Ogilvy—about various items of importance. By the way, The Drum is a global media platform and […]

FCB’s Creative Leader Sets The Story Straight

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Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, believes in the power of story to move people to buy and to believe. She’s not alone in this, although it pays to clearly make the argument over and over. In a guest piece written for The Wall Street Journal, Credle explains the great tradition that today’s […]