Hey, Let’s Manufacture Products, Someone Else Can Offer Services

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Brian Morrissey of Adweek reminds us that ad peeps are often restless souls with gigantic ambitions.

A half-dozen executives from the London operations of DDB, Naked Communications, Isobar, Tribal DDB and Diageo have joined forced to launch AnalogFolk, a shop that is dedicated to what it is calling “communications products” that meld digital technology with real-world interaction. Unlike regular bits of ad messaging, a communications product is sought out by consumers, even bought, the shop believes.
“We need to be thinking of communications as a product rather than something that has finite value that decreases over time,” said Matt Dyke, a founding partner and head of planning at DDB London. “You do a Super Bowl ad, then it loses value and eventually peters out.”

Actually, thanks to YouTube, Super Bowl spots don’t “peter out.” But I get his point, just the same.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.