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 […]

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 […]

Lead Prospects To The Funnel of Love

What exactly does “digital transformation” mean and why should we care? It means that people are discovering and interacting with brands in new ways, putting an onus on agencies and clients to evolve. Specifically, the data-driven digital world is challenging marketers to find more effective engagement strategies throughout the marketing funnel. It demands new skill […]

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 […]

Ad Grunts Want To Work for Pay, Time Off and Coffee (Not Trophies)

Advertising is a glamorous industry. Or so it may seem to some from the outside looking in, partly due to how the industry is portrayed in TV shows, film and lifestyle press. Of course, there are ad people enjoying a corner office with views of the San Francisco Bay or the equivalent, but they’re in […]

Unprofessionalism Is the Very Essence of Creativity

I’ve worked at several agencies where the management routinely asked staff to clean up their desks and workspaces before an important client entered the building. I never understood the impulse. Why not show the messiness, the madness, the scramble for solutions? Craig Mawdsley, joint chief strategy officer at AMV BBDO in London, could be on […]

Where Have All The Visionary Money Makers Gone?

The agency business in being pounded by a sea of rough and tumble changes today. Agencies are struggling to get lean and nimble, and MBA-toting bean counters are key to this reformulation. Unpopular though they may be, agency CFOs are nevertheless in high demand, says Jay Haines, CEO of global executive-search firm Grace Blue. One […]

Seven Steps To A More Agile Agency

Editor’s note: Please welcome Nathan Archambault of AKQA in NYC to AdPulp. An earlier version of this article appeared on Maybe I’m Gravy. The old advertising agency model, the one where Madison Avenue agencies took their sweet and expensive time, isn’t working anymore. It’s time for a forced retirement. Sorry, old model. The nature of […]