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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War in Ukraine Leads Western Firms to Close the Door on Russia

Horrible news and painful images are pouring out of Ukraine every day now, as the European country of more than 40M people struggles to survive and repel Russia’s lethal invasion. The images and news from inside Russia are also disturbing as the Kremlin is viciously attacking anti-war protestors, closing media outlets, and tightening its grip […]

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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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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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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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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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Mekanism’s Unique Blend of “Soul + Science” Helps It Win New Business

How does an agency win so much new business, its hair catches on fire? For decades, the answer has been to win a truckload of trophies at One Show and Cannes. But that answer has worn thin. Today, savvy clients are looking for the creative firepower that’s capable of gathering a crowd and a team […]

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Havas Studios Is A New Kind of Content Producer for Brands

Editor’s Note: The following article was written and kindly provided by Mark Tungate of Epica Press Club. Havas Group may have just cracked the production challenge of the multi-platform digital era. In partnership with Wellcom Worldwide, the holding company has created a world-spanning creative production network called Havas Studios. The operation is headed by Paul […]

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Respect The People Who Make the Ads That Make Clients Rich

Agencies are mirrors and the people who work in them often learn to ‘mirror’ the client’s language, preferences, and standard modes of conduct. It is natural and sometimes good that bonds are made with members of the client team by “speaking” their same language. It’s not always good, of course. When ad people mirror a […]

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Indie Agencies with Strong Strategic Offerings Win, and Win Again

For far too many years, ad people have been degraded, muscled by the data freaks, and minimized by consultants and in-house agencies. The Adverati went from being the brains of the marketing operation to the hands. And it cost the industry dearly. Therefore, I am glad to see this article on Campaign US that highlights […]

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Stan Richards Said Dumb Things, Now His Agency Is Reeling

Stan Richards said something he wishes he had not said. It’s personally embarrassing and it’s costing his agency money. According to The Dallas Morning News, Richards described a new ad pitch for long-time client, Motel 6, as being “too black” for the motel operator’s “white supremacist audience.” According to Ad Age, the remarks were heard […]

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Vital Farms Takes “Cage-Free” Out of Its Cage

Advertising that reveals brand truth is advertising that’s worth making, viewing, and sharing. Vital Farms—the largest supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the country—understands this, and is wisely using their brand truth to establish a competitive advantage. Let’s look at some of the ads the company has made over the past few years. Austin’s creative powerhouse, […]

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Bee-Two-Bee Is In Need of Some New Buzzy Buzz

With industry conferences and live events now off the table because of COVID-19, business-to-business marketers are busy looking for new avenues and new methods to help them connect to prospects and current customers. According to Carla Piñeyro Sublett, the chief marketing officer of NI (formerly known as National Instruments), spells it out in a lengthy […]

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Chemistry Rules the Relationship, Inside and Outside the Agency

What’s the most difficult part of working in the ad agency business? Nine out of 10 people say that working well with clients is the most difficult part of working in the ad agency business. Actually, I just made that up. Nevertheless, clients can and do ruin a good thing. Here’s a related question…who is […]

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Wieden+Kennedy Isn’t Used To Vulnerability or Criticism, But Here’s A Chance to Learn

Wieden+Kennedy, the agency with 11 Agency of the Year credits to its name,  laid off 11% of its global workforce due to financial impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. W+K has offices in Portland, New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Delhi, and Sao Paulo. Prominent W+K clients include Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Disney, Facebook, Old Spice, Ford, McDonald’s, […]

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BFG + MARC USA + BLR | further = 9Rooftops

The ad business is hungry for change. Clients and their customers too—everyone is ready for what’s next. For BFG Communications, MARC USA, and BLR|further, change is here, today. The three agencies are now one. The newly named entity, 9Rooftops, is an integrated agency with more than 300 employees, and offices in nine cities (New York […]

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The Adpulp Interview: Katherine Hollar Barnard

Katherine Hollar Barnard is a force, a dynamo, a badass. She’s the founder and CEO at Firesign in Kansas City, which offers “enlightened legal marketing” to its clients. We became friends two years ago and I want to mention why that is. This lady is fierce. I admire this in her, and in others. Katie […]

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When You Wear A FaceShield, We Can Safely See You Smile

Do you and your loved ones have face shields? Would you wear one if you did? Face shields offer more effective protection against coronavirus than masks and should be worn by the public whenever they leave home, according to physician and epidemiologist Michael Edmond. He believes the simple devices are more effective than masks at […]

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Creative Unicorns Starting to Multiply

Editor’s note: This second article in our new Emerging Voices series is made possible by the generous support of Looney Advertising in Montclair, NJ. The advertising industry calls them unicorns—the creatives that are skilled in both art direction and copywriting. When a unicorn is discovered, some advertising veterans that believe in the traditional creative structure […]

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