Can Agencies In Blue States Relate To Shoppers In Trump’s America?

Do the coastal elites who work in Manhattan and L.A. ad agencies truly understand what motivates the people in the middle of the nation to buy hamburgers, life insurance policies, and pickup trucks? Clearly, the best of them do. Carl’s Jr., for instance, runs sexist ads made by award-winning creatives from 72andsunny in Southern California. […]

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Did You Know That CMD Is Portland’s Largest Integrated Marketing Firm?

CMD is a Portland stalwart. The shop opened its doors in 1978 as a provider of slide shows and filmstrips for business meetings and other corporate presentations. Today, the agency is one of the largest in Stump Town, employing more than 170 people and pulling in millions of dollars in revenue each year. Interestingly, CMD […]

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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 […]

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Disappearing Photos? Oh Snap!

Snap, Inc., the parent company of SnapChat, self-identifies as a camera company. This new “camera company” is about to unveil its initial public offering and raise billions of dollars in the process. It’s a topic we explored thoroughly on The Bean Cast this week. Snap reported that its messaging service had 158 million daily active […]

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Roundhouse Throws Caution To The Wind, And A Copywriter To The Wolves

To celebrate its 15th year in business, Portland agency, Roundhouse, is preparing to drop copywriter Lee Kimball along Oregon’s wild and scenic Lower Crooked River. Why would they do that? To see if the writer can survive one week in the wilderness equipped with only the help of the agency’s clients’ products. “All creative agencies […]

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Laura Fegley Moves To Minneapolis

Laura Fegley recently left her role as executive creative director of BBH NY to take up the same position at Minneapolis agency Colle + McVoy. The Drum asked her a few questions about the move. One question in particular is worthy of further exploration. What’s the most exciting trend you’re seeing in advertising right now? […]

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Urban Violence Epidemic Spreads Fear, Sadness and Rage

Wieden+Kennedy has something to say about the rampant violence in our society, and they’re saying it with a homepage takeover on WK.com. I like it when a company takes a strong stand about things that matter in the world. Things beyond the bottom line. Therefore, I see this as a good thing. Thankfully, timid is […]

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Great Work Is Bought And Paid For By Patient Clients

Creativity is subjective, but that’s not a positive for the ad business. For the industry to function properly, creativity needs to be quantifiable and answers to questions like, “What distinguishes a great creative person from a good one?” and “What distinguishes great work from good work?” must be readily and honestly answered. James Robinson, executive […]

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Dave Trott Is Making It Simple—Listen, Learn and Grow

Creative director and industry gadfly, Dave Trott, wants to fix advertising. His fix involves stripping away the false complexities put in the way by egotists and charlatans. It’s a long weekend, push play. His talk is full of notable moments, including his discussion of “form follows function.” Trott says we tend to fundamentally misunderstand this […]

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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 […]

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Why Working In Advertising Sucks And What We Can Do About It

Editor’s Note: I am excited to introduce Mark St. Amant to our readers. Mark is an accomplished ad guy and author of two books about sports. He lives in Boulder, CO. Human Centipedes And Other Nastiness Right now, more than any other point I can recall in my 25-year (yikes) career, the Advertising industry is […]

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Ask David Ogilvy And Watson Will Reply

Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one of the early heroes of the ad business a few questions? Thanks to IBM’s Watson, and some diligent research work from The Drum, we are now able to ask one deceased legend—David Ogilvy—about various items of importance. By the way, The Drum is a global media platform and […]

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FCB’s Creative Leader Sets The Story Straight

Susan Credle, global chief creative officer at FCB, believes in the power of story to move people to buy and to believe. She’s not alone in this, although it pays to clearly make the argument over and over. In a guest piece written for The Wall Street Journal, Credle explains the great tradition that today’s […]

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Ad Contrarians Enter The Podcast Booth; Break Down The Business In 10

If you work in marketing and you need to sharpen your cognitive skills, this new podcast is for you: The Ad Contrarian Show. Bob Hoffman (the Ad Contrarian) and Sharon Krinsky (the former president and chief creative officer of Hoffman/Lewis) are speaking into the mic. Depending on how entrenched your POV is about “the business,” […]

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Lee Clow, Supreme Master, Will See You At The Gala

“Every morning I sit for hours on the beach holding my ether orb.” -Lee Clow The “cult of creativity” that is LA’s ad scene, will be gathering at the Beverly Hilton this week to give themselves trophies. What you are about to see are promotional videos for the “Sold Out” event. Southern California advertising people […]

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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 […]

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Eat Like A Shark. #JAWSomeJerky

Discovery Channel’s annual programming event, Shark Week, begins Sunday July 5th. Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky is ready. To prepare for the big fish, Oberto’s CEO Tom Hernquist and marketing director Mike Ginal flew from their headquarters in Kent, Washington to South Africa, where they had the chance to live test a new product idea […]

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Look At Me When I’m Talking To You

Jason Sperling, SVP/ECD at RPA in Santa Monica, is posting his new book, Look At Me When I’m Talking To You on Instagram. He adds one illustrated page a day, for 160 days. – A Media and Content Explosion (continued) Between 2010 and 2013, content on the Internet tripled. Think about that. The population hasn’t […]

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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 […]

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We Write for Ogilvy Dunthorpe, Jolie Freeman and Ad Grunts Like You

AdPulp is for ad grunts, by ad grunts. We’re not Adverati. We can’t be, we’ve never been to Cannes. We know our place. And we’d like to think we know you, dear reader. We know you, because we work with you, we meet you for coffee or beer and we may even listen to you […]

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