Content Studios Increasingly Borne of the Agency’s Rib

Content marketing has been around since John Deere started a magazine for farmers in the late 19th century. For the past 10 to 12 years, the discipline has come back with a furry, as digital reawakened the opportunity in long-form brand and multi-platform storytelling. The changes have been disruptive, and many clients and agencies continue […]

The Martin Agency Joins Wieden+Kennedy In The Agency Incubator Game

Agencies don’t just churn out ad campaigns these days, they incubate startups. And why not? When you have the resources you can afford put them to good use. In fact, it is your responsibility to do so. You may have heard, Wieden+Kennedy got into the baby-company warming game a few years back with the launch […]

Kansas City Shifts To The Tech Fast Lane, VCs and Ad Creatures Put Gas In The Vehicles

If you’re wondering what investment in infrastructure looks like, take a look at the terrific corporate-led model presently underway in Kansas City. Google selected the Hanover Heights neighborhood in Kansas City, KS to be the first “fiberhood” in America, and the search giant is now busy supplying the area with its most awesome Google Fiber. […]

Amazon’s Cloud Is Raining Tunes

How smart is Amazon.com? If their latest move to improve its music store is any indication, they’re smarter than all their competition. According to Time, Amazon’s new “Auto-Rip” gives customers a free online version of any album they buy — or have bought on Amazon in the last 15 years. I just logged in to […]

To Cook A Pizza, You Need An Oven

Deutsch LA is “conceiving and developing digital products at an affordable cost” under its newly hatched Invenionist label. According to Adweek, Winston Binch, the agency’s chief digital officer, says, “We think great advertising can do a whole lot for a brand, but remarkable products are the best ads.” “Sometimes we feel like the best way […]

Like A Baton, I Hand You This Story

Maria Popova of Brain Pickings has some interesting things to say about content curation. Finding a way to acknowledge content curation and information discovery (or, better, the new term we invent for these fluffy placeholders) as a form of creative labor, and to codify this acknowledgement, is the next frontier in how we think about […]

A Charlie Brown Christmas For Ad Peeps Everywhere

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The State Dept. Google Is Not

Google believes in the power of good. That’s why they’re guided by Sergey’s Don’t Be Evil philosophy. It’s a great ideal, but one that can be tough to uphold in an international business setting. You have to really mean it when you put ideas like that into your charter. According to David Drummond, SVP, Corporate […]