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 […]

Power of the Pivot: Rova’s Joe Olsen Turned His Former Agency Into A SaaS Provider

A decade ago many “digital agencies” were primarily production shops sub-contracting out to the big agencies in big cities. It was a profitable business for several years, but many clients were not fully satisfied. Something was missing. According to Joe Olsen, CEO of Rova, that something was the strategy that would wed digital production to […]

Nay Say All Day To Keep Ad People At Bay

Do you get tired of reading about how the ad agency business sucks, and how no one wants to work in advertising any longer due to the long hours, low pay and lack of prestige? Personally, I see many of these sour takes on the industry as little more than ill-informed attempts to fill space. […]

Can Agencies In Blue States Relate To Shoppers In Trump’s America?

Do the coastal elites who work in Manhattan and L.A. ad agencies truly understand what motivates the people in the middle of the nation to buy hamburgers, life insurance policies, and pickup trucks? Clearly, the best of them do. Carl’s Jr., for instance, runs sexist ads made by award-winning creatives from 72andsunny in Southern California. […]

Laura Fegley Moves To Minneapolis

Laura Fegley recently left her role as executive creative director of BBH NY to take up the same position at Minneapolis agency Colle + McVoy. The Drum asked her a few questions about the move. One question in particular is worthy of further exploration. What’s the most exciting trend you’re seeing in advertising right now? […]

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 […]

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

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 […]