Urban Violence Epidemic Spreads Fear, Sadness and Rage

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Wieden+Kennedy has something to say about the rampant violence in our society, and they’re saying it with a homepage takeover on WK.com. I like it when a company takes a strong stand about things that matter in the world. Things beyond the bottom line. Therefore, I see this as a good thing. Thankfully, timid is […]

Want More Great Work? Allocate The Resources And You Shall Have It

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Creativity is subjective, but that’s not a positive for the ad business. For the industry to function properly, creativity needs to be quantifiable and answers to questions like, “What distinguishes a great creative person from a good one?” and “What distinguishes great work from good work?” must be readily and honestly answered. James Robinson, executive […]

At Wimbledon, Tennis Fans Don’t Generate Media, They Are Media

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Häagen-Dazs UK and Grey London are showcasing the pleasures of championship tennis, accompanied by an ice cream bar. According to Adfreak, the agency hired fashion photographer Adam Katz Sinding, known for his streetside style portraits, to capture courtside fans for the ice cream brand’s Instagram. The idea celebrates the ice cream marketer’s new five-year sponsorship […]

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 […]