Droga5 Pulls MailChimp from Email Marketing’s Black Hole

Email marketing is more science than art. For many small- to medium-sized businesses, email marketing is also a mystery. The person in charge of managing campaigns has to work to segment lists, design templates, create A-B tests, track click-throughs and KPIs, plus plan and execute the content delivery. When this is your task list, you […]

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, […]

People Need Money And Socks, Movie Stars Included

Direct marketing can be tough to take in one’s mailbox and/or inbox. Depending on the product and production, the “creative” can be excruciating to watch on TV. You are not day dreaming. Ashley Judd is, in fact, starring in an infomercial for socks with little grippy things on the bottom. This is the same Ashely […]

PR + Direct Creates Huge Impact For Colle + McVoy (And The Agency’s Clients)

Colle + McVoy in Minneapolis is expert at cultivating interest among the trade press. I know this because Jen Stack and her team send me amazing packages on a routine basis to help convince me. Now, let’s look at one that was not sent to me. The following press release, to support Cub Cadet PRO […]

Portland’s Direct Response Agencies Are In The Money

Portland is known the ad world over for Wieden+Kennedy and Nike. But there is another Portland lurking beneath the Swoosh. It’s mostly a tangled world of small shops fighting for table scraps and relevance beyond Oregon. Mostly, I say, because there’s yet another unheralded Portland agency world that is thriving. Three of Portland’s five largest […]

Data Informs Strategy And Creative (Don’t Fight It)

The bean counters truly are in charge of OgilvyAmp, the new WPP unit dedicated to data-driven decision-making. Todd Cullen, who joined Ogilvy & Mather last year in the new post of global chief data officer, will lead OgilvyAmp. He said the goal is “using data to inspire creative work or creative thinking.” According to The […]

Wherever Your Journey To Extraordinary Takes You, Holiday Inn Is There

Holiday Inn’s new all-digital campaign, “Journey to Extraordinary,” seeks to tell captivating stories that bring the customer journey into focus. Before you say, “Oh great, another customer testimonial,” consider that customers prefer to hear from one another, and that the brand’s job in “building community” today is all about enabling these interactions. Okay, let’s meet […]

Fresh, Tempting Sunbeam — The Bread You Need For Energy

Advertising is alive. As such, the industry evolves, sometimes as dizzying speeds. If you doubt me, please take a look at the following exhibit, a series of Sunbeam Bread TV spots from 50+ years ago. The announcer says, “Buy energy-packed Sunbeam bread” with such enthusiasm, how could our grandmothers have put up any resistance? I […]