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 […]

Ladies, Start Tracking The Rudeness All Around You

Are you a mansplainer? Prepare to be disrupted. In honor of International Women’s Day, BETC São Paulo has launched the Woman Interupted App to combat gender inequality. In 2014, a study by researchers at George Washington University pointed out that women are significantly more interrupted than men. Last summer, during the first “debate” between Don […]

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 […]