Make Room For HR In Your Company’s Social Feeds

Not too long ago, people used to “break in” to advertising. That’s how hard it was to land a job at a top creative agency. Today, even the best agencies need to make an effort to recruit talent. Witness Brunner’s self-promotional efforts on Twitter: We offer careers where you’re not holed up over a laptop […]

Easy Listening for Advertising Addicts

Hear Ye, Hear Ye. 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That is up from 17% in 2015. With one in five Americans tuning in, advertising pros are taking notice and grabbing the mic. According to Digiday, “Ad agencies have caught podcast fever.” Digiday highlights and […]

David Ogilvy Loved Fire-Eaters And Golden Geese

I love this long copy ad from the Ogilvy & Mather archive. It’s endowed with more attitude per paragraph than I’ve seen in years. Clearly, this ad is from another time. #OgilvyArchive #TBT David Ogilvy and the Ogilvy culture View full print ad: https://t.co/qnCUgJwYbP pic.twitter.com/3YxJTpDRo0 — Ogilvy & Mather (@Ogilvy) May 18, 2017 While dated, […]

Hold It, What Are You Laughing For?

Paul Burke, a freelance copywriter and novelist, thinks advertising is no longer funny. He knows what of he speaks, and he knows why. “A client erring on the side of caution is like a pope erring on the side of Catholicism,” he argues in Campaign. In other words, you need to take substantial risks to […]

Keep Advertising Weird

British ad man, Mark Wnek, wants advertising people to loosen up. At what point did ad agency clients start coming to us because we’re the same as them? Never, I would guess. But somewhere along the line (perhaps it was pitch “chemistry” sessions?) agencies came to believe that the best way to win was to […]

Ad Life in the Fast Lane

U.S. agency revenue rose 4.4% to $48.3 billion in 2016, according to Ad Age Datacenter. All major agency disciplines grew last year, led by healthcare, up 7.6%. Promotion gained 5.4%, boosted by experiential marketing. The data-centric field of CRM/direct marketing rose 4.5%. PR increased 3.2%. Also, U.S. ad agency employment in December reached its highest […]

This Week on The BeanCast: How To Improve Digital Customer Experience

One of the reasons I enjoy being a guest on The BeanCast is Bob Knorpp’s expert presentation and handling of important marketing topics. This week’s show is a classic. We begin the hour with a robust exchange about the disconnect between what marketers think customers want from digital experiences and what customers actually want. From […]

Achieve Amazing Things Without Flying Too High

What happens when creative professionals rise too far up the agency ranks too fast? Word is they may lose touch with their craft. Veteran copywriter Ernie Schenck weighs in on the view from the top of the pyramid: …far above the creative tree line, there’s nowhere to hide. And until that moment, there has always […]