Eight years ago, I had an opportunity to speak to a group of marketing pros in Boston about the future of paid content. I was invited to speak by my friend and former colleague, Sloane Kelley, one of the founders of Geekend, an annual gathering now in its 11th year. I had an audio recording […]
When you work in a creative field, you traffic in ideas. For a creative person in advertising, ideas are currency and like cash, fluid and hard to capture. Ideas are also something that people in advertising fight for, steal, glorify, and covet. The thing to know about ideas is they do not accrue value when […]
What often separates the most successful ad people from others? The ability to effectively speak and communicate. We all can have great ideas and vision, but without the ability to sell them, those ideas won’t get anywhere. And public speaking is of the areas ad agencies often don’t train employees or work to nurture their […]
If you work in advertising, there’s simply no avoiding the PowerPoint deck. Sometimes it’s needed to present concepts or creative work, other times it’s a major player in a subject matter presentation. We’ve all seen the good, bad, and ugly of presentations. In his book, Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design, author […]
Check out this 472-slide presentation from HubSpot. It’s quite entertaining and comprehensive. The Evolution of Advertising: How Consumers Won the War for Their Attention from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software Have a great Independence Day Weekend.
“If you just hire people with ads on the resume they’ll probably make you more ads.” -Robbie Whiting It’s not enough to just make ads today, ad people need to let their inner inventor out to play. That’s the message unleashed by Robbie Whiting, director of creative tech and production at Duncan/Channon, last Friday in […]
What’s the difference between a talented ad executive and a talented and successful ad executive? Often times, the successful one knows how to present. While many people are lamenting the pervasiveness of spec creative, or the futility of the pitch process, Peter Coughter argues the case for successful presentation and pitching skills in The Art […]
Editor’s Note: The following piece was written by Darby Burn Strong, who attended Portland Creative Conference on Saturday at Newmark Theatre in downtown Portland. The organizers kindly provided a press pass, and gladly honored it when Darby showed up in my place. PORTLAND—Unlike many conferences, where frenzied “participants” with bloodshot eyes scurry around maze-like super […]