Another GM Story: This Time, Goodby Gets Graded In Public

Sorry to put another GM story on top of the last one, but I think this is a bit bizarre. Ad Age reports on a public grading of Goodby’s Chevy work.

Asked to grade Goodby nearly one year into the “Chevy Runs Deep” campaign, Mr. Ewanick said: “I think they’re a great agency. I’m really happy with them in general.” But, he said, “To get an A, you have to be consistent. That’s more of C and B work when you can’t find the consistency.”

Mr. (GM CEO Joel) Ewanick said he has “told them the same thing” in recent discussions with the agency, which has moved about 125 employees to an office in Detroit to handle the account. He did not single out Goodby work that he thinks reflects inconsistency.

Why on Earth is this sort of thing made public? If you want better work out of your agency, fine. Tell them. But let them know in private. To put something like this in a trade publication is a bit of a public shaming, and uncalled-for. Coming from GM, a company that hasn’t been the picture of consistency for decades, it’s a little hypocritical as well.

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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. Dan is also a columnist for TalentZoo.com and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.