Make Room For HR In Your Company’s Social Feeds

Not too long ago, people used to “break in” to advertising. That’s how hard it was to land a job at a top creative agency. Today, even the best agencies need to make an effort to recruit talent. Witness Brunner’s self-promotional efforts on Twitter: We offer careers where you’re not holed up over a laptop […]

Hold It, What Are You Laughing For?

Paul Burke, a freelance copywriter and novelist, thinks advertising is no longer funny. He knows what of he speaks, and he knows why. “A client erring on the side of caution is like a pope erring on the side of Catholicism,” he argues in Campaign. In other words, you need to take substantial risks to […]

Thanks To Gen Z, TV Breaks Out of Its Box

Are you “watching TV” when you’re streaming your favorite episodic content? Does it matter what we call the screen or box where content is consumed? According to a new study from Hulu and Tremor Video, a provider of software for video ad effectiveness, 84 percent of adults aged 14-50 equate “watching TV” with devices such […]

Rated Red Is A Media Magnet for Millennials

Well made media is a mirror. Programming that truly connects on a meaningful level often does so because it reflects images of self. According to Campaign, Complex Networks realized that they could reach underserved segments of the online viewing market by showing “selves” that were more reflective, and therefore more relevant to the intended audience. […]

Ask And You Shall Receive A Thoughtful Answer

Russian hackers are now meddling in the French election. French newspaper, Libération, is fighting back with a search engine staffed by real-life journalists. Libération with the help of J. Walter Thompson/Paris came up with the anti-hoax service CheckNews.fr, a search engine trading cold algorithms for journalists for three days before the French elections. In related […]

Ad Life in the Fast Lane

U.S. agency revenue rose 4.4% to $48.3 billion in 2016, according to Ad Age Datacenter. All major agency disciplines grew last year, led by healthcare, up 7.6%. Promotion gained 5.4%, boosted by experiential marketing. The data-centric field of CRM/direct marketing rose 4.5%. PR increased 3.2%. Also, U.S. ad agency employment in December reached its highest […]

Democracy Dies In Darkness

The Washington Post drove Tricky Dick Nixon to resign. Will the nation’s newspaper also drive Don Trump from office? Time will tell. What we know now is the mainstream press is consistently under attack from a wannabe dick tater. Don Trump says the press is “an enemy.” The fact is he and his criminal syndicate […]

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 […]