Producing Mass Quantities of Content Might Be The New Normal

I’ve been working on lots of little assignments for one of my clients these days. Greeting cards, web videos, blog posts, that sort of thin. Are all these bits of content adding up to a successful career, or a successful brand? Well, I’m not sure. But it appears to be the future of advertising.

We might have to face the reality that most of us in marketing are playing small ball. That the majority of our work isn’t going to be seen, appreciated, or acted upon by even our client’s most loyal customers. We’re sending content and messages down increasingly narrow rabbit holes. And despite the explosion in new awards categories for some of these tactics, much of this work won’t get creative people lauded, doesn’t look great in their portfolios, and certainly doesn’t get people promoted into new or better-paying positions.

It’s the subject of my new column on Talent Zoo.

About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for Dan published the best of his columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.


  1. In Adland, accolades are us. If it’s not shiny and expensive, it lacks appeal. And therein lies the impediment to real progress.

    I am reminded of Sally Hogshead’s point about the three things we can gain from our ad careers: fame, money or time (to go home at 5:00). She says the luckiest among us may receive two of the three, but never all three. At one time I wanted fame, for sure. But I am happy to settle for money.