Real Life McCann Welcomes Fictional Agency

The folks at McCann Erickson probably liked, and disliked, the season finale of “Mad Men.” The episode featured Sterling Cooper set to be sold to 1960’s era McCann, an agency described as not a good one for Don Draper & Co. to work for.
2009’s McCann decided to play along:

McCann Erickson bought ads that appear in the Nov. 16 issues of the trade publications Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek, which carry the headline “Welcome, Sterling Cooper.”
The ads are signed, “Your friends at McCann Erickson” and include the address of a Web site, which is the site of the flagship New York office of McCann, part of the McCann Worldgroup division of the Interpublic Group of Companies.
Visitors to the Web site are being greeted by a video clip produced by McCann New York, which compiles various moments from the Nov. 8 episode in which the characters say “McCann” or “McCann Erickson.”
The clip ends with the words “Welcome, Sterling Cooper” and an excerpt from the theme to “Mad Men.”

Sterling Cooper isn’t portrayed as a hip progressive agency in the way DDB was in the early 60’s. So if Don Draper & Co. bash McCann for being big and bad, I shudder to think of how staid McCann really was then.



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Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. Dan is also a columnist for and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.