Ad Chatter: Justin Bajan On Running Your Own Shop

If you’re a creative working in advertising, running your own shop sounds like a dream. But it involves much more business thinking and a whole lot of other skills. On this latest episode of Ad Chatter, Justin Bajan, the co-founder of Richmond’s Familiar Creatures, talked with me about running his own shop. We discuss: How […]

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New Film Asks the Right Questions about the Agency Business

The current and future state of the ad agency business is the subject of a new documentary film from  Togetherr, Kill your Darlings. The film is narrated by Anouk Jans, a Creative Director from Germany who is looking for answers, positive change, and a brighter future for herself and everyone that loves the business of […]

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Ad Chatter: David Esrati on Being an Ad Veteran, Army Veteran, and Congressional Candidate

David Esrati is the owner of The Next Wave, an ad agency in Dayton, Ohio. He’s also currently the Democratic nominee for Congress in Ohio’s 10th District. Dan Goldgeier talks with David about the intersection of politics and marketing, along with: How military experience relates to an advertising career The commercialization of Memorial Day and […]

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“Owning A Large Portion of the Best Talent” Is Pre-COVID Thinking

Like so many businesses, the agency business is a talent business from top to bottom. Nothing good happens without extraordinary efforts made by dedicated, gifted people working as one. Agency heads used to say the agency’s “best assets,” a.k.a. the talent, walk out the door and go down the elevator each evening. Of course, these […]

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Ad Chatter: Joe Cole Talks About Clean Creatives and We Are Rosie

A new generation of ad pros is getting more vocal about what they’re willing (and not willing) to work on, and how to do their work. Joe Cole is at the intersection of both of those ideas. He’s the Creative Strategist for Clean Creatives and a Creative Recruiter for We Are Rosie. In this 35-minute […]

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Job Number One: Ask Good Questions and Take Good Notes

I started interviewing people when I was 18 years old and a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College. One thing I know about myself—I have a journalist’s temperament, which I bring to the ad business, sometimes successfully. In this new collection of 18 interviews with 19 advertising professionals, there’s a series of successful moments where […]

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A Book for ‘Ad People’ with Brains

Adpulp: When you hire someone new, what’s the one thing that you need to see in them? David T. Jones: Four things. Hunger, honesty, creativity, and humor. One of the best things about Adpulp.com is the people we meet. The site opens many doors and behind many of these doors are amazingly unique people with […]

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Ad Chatter Featuring Sean Looney of Looney Advertising

This episode of Ad Chatter features a revealing conversation with Sean Looney of Looney Advertising in Montclair, New Jersey. Sean and his wife Debbie Looney started the agency more than 20 years ago. Today, Looney is one of the industry’s fastest-growing agencies in the industry and we ask Sean what his secret is. The short […]

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Agency Habitat in Fort Worth, Texas Is Making Bold Moves

Agency Habitat, a content-focused, full-service advertising agency will celebrate the grand opening of its new home by inviting Dallas-Fort Worth’s creative community to explore the company’s headquarters at an open house next week. The event will feature complimentary food and drinks from Fort Brewery, as well as music by DJ Sober. DFW creators, professionals, the […]

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Ad Chatter with Special Guest Robb Burnham of KC Truth

In this episode of Ad Chatter, we hear from special guest Robb Burnham, who is VP and executive creative director at Kruskopf & Company (also known as KC Truth) in Minneapolis. Robb is an art director by trade and an accomplished illustrator and fine artist (known as WACSO). He attended Art Center College of Design […]

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Introduction to Marketing Effectiveness (A Primer)

“Marketing effectiveness” sounds like a webinar that someone once forced you to attend, or worse, a graduate seminar on the way to a Master in Business Administration. Perhaps, the term would benefit from a rebrand, because it’s not a seminar or webinar. Marketing effectiveness is the difference between failure and success. Given its importance, why […]

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CPB Falls On Hard Times, Iconic Agency Down to Just 40 Employees

The ad agency business is a fickle beast. A rollercoaster of highs and lows. It’s also one of the few places that creative mavericks and outcasts can make a name for themselves and millions of dollars too. Alex Bogusky, for example. He rode his skateboard into the Miami offices of Crispin Porter and soon ascended […]

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Does Your Agency Have An Effective Prospecting Brand?

“You don’t have time to tell a story at the top of the funnel.” -Lee McKnight, Jr. Lee McNight, Jr. is VP of Sales at RSW/US. RSW works with small and mid-sized agencies to help them drive new business. McKnight thinks that agency principals are bad at new business. “What I’ve always found fascinating is […]

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How To Stop Boring People and Make Your Presentations Sing

When you have an important presentation deck to make—and present—do you want to say all there is to know and impress the viewers with the depth of your research and knowledge on the subject? In your desire to make a good showing, did you weigh your deck down with text and graphs and lopsided thinking […]

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Media and Marketing Workers Enlist the Help of Labor Unions

Do unions and does unionization stand a chance of being adopted in the world of advertising, marketing, and media companies? “Unlikely,” is my instant gut-level response. But before the idea is rejected outright by me or by you, let’s spend a few minutes imagining a future where employees have much stronger footing and greater standing […]

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David Droga Named New CEO of Accenture Interactive

David Droga has been promoted. Accenture PLC is naming David Droga as chief executive officer and creative chairman of Accenture Interactive. In his new global role, Droga will be charged with delivering creative excellence to accelerate results that sustain business growth. During the last fiscal year, Accenture Interactive grew to $10.6 billion in revenue. Droga, […]

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There Is No Ad Industry ‘War For Talent’ And There Never Has Been

I admit I’m a sucker for Digiday’s “The Confessions” series. When I started writing my columns for Talent Zoo back in 2002, I did it anonymously because I feared repercussions. So I get that there are those in power who can’t talk freely. Like this “holding company agency exec” who complains about the lack of […]

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When You Fail to Reward Talent and You Run from Conflict, You Lose

Why are advertising agencies having a hard time finding talented people to work for them? Once upon a time, ad agencies had people beating down their doors. Many of the industry-famous shops still do. Yet, according to Campaign US, the talent crunch is pushing agencies to lean on staffing and recruitment firms and, in some […]

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21st Century Advertising Talent, Wherefore Art Thou?

Advertising agencies are having a hard time finding people to work for them. On its surface, the statement sounds ludicrous. So let’s dig a little and see what we can learn. According to Campaign US, agencies are increasingly looking for seasoned talent in niche roles that are difficult to fill. Sean Corcoran, U.S. CEO at […]

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Ad Chatter, the Podcast from the Makers of Adpulp.com

“I always loved radio. Writing it. Listening to it. I also like to talk. One of my strategies in life is to ‘just keep talking until something good happens.’ That’s what a podcast is. The secret is to let the guest talk.” -Rob Schwartz When Dan Goldgeier and I started the Adpulp podcast, Ad Chatter, […]

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