What’s Your “Truth Well Told”?

Quick. In a sentence tell me what your agency is all about. Come on, we don’t have all day. Ad People Can’t Seem To Sum Themselves Up Darren Woolley is the founder and global chief executive of TrintityP3, an independent global marketing management consulting company. Q. A what? A. He’s a consultant. Over the past […]

Leo Burnett/London Helps To Elevate Role of Design in Society

Creative agency Leo Burnett London and the Design Museum, have launched the museum’s new purpose campaign, called ‘Design: Humanity’s Best Friend’, celebrating the impact of design in everyone’s lives. The campaign aims to show how design is integral to everyday life and highlights the museum as a must-see destination in London this year. Lord Mandelson, […]

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Are You A Counselor to Brands? Or A Circus Freak Out On Loan?

Generally speaking, agencies of record are no more. Today, even the fattest of Ad Cats are happy to take on projects. Has this change ushered in an era of egalitarianism? Or has it turned ad men and women into fine young cannibals? A Lament for Lost Days The breakdown of the AOR relationship between agency […]

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The Weirdest Natural Gas Commercial You’ll Ever See

Now that space travel is a commercial enterprise, eccentric people are saving their money for a ticket to a new planet where the air, water, and land are unspoiled. It’s a new kind of post-Earth utopianism. It’s also disgusting, and Paris ad agency ROSAPARK captures this cheap clueless aesthetic perfectly in their new commercial for […]

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In A Dallas Courtroom, The N.R.A. and Ackerman McQueen Meet Again

Q. How do men in suits fight? A. With lawyers in a court of law. In the legal skirmishes that continue between the National Rifle Association and its former ad agency, Ackerman McQueen, there is much tit for tat. It seems to me  that their differences might be settled the old way—in a duel. But, […]

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Work Isn’t Just Work—Work Is Money, Meaning and Identity

Rene Huey-Lipton knows the pain of losing a job. Too often it’s a surprise and a violation; nevertheless, dealing with the aftermath is something we are often asked to do alone while acting brave. I don’t know how others feel, but for me, getting laid off feels like someone has yanked their love away. And […]

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Jared Allen Discovered in Mega Fan’s “Jan Cave”

What happens to NFL stars after football? Some become commentators on cable TV, some open car dealerships, and a few make their way into the circus of commercials. For instance, Periscope and Minnesota Lottery, and the Minnesota Vikings are bringing Jared Allen back just in time for the season kick-off. “When it comes to sports […]

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BBH Will Work for PBR

Agency compensation is a hot topic today. An industry that grew up on the billable hour has been looking for a new remuneration model for years, unsuccessfully for the most part. Some agencies want to tie compensation to performance. Others, like BBH New York, are willing to barter. For example, the well known creative agency […]

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Legal Sea Foods Is A Safe Harbor for Wayward Stoners

A new ad campaign from DeVito Verdi for Boston’s Legal Sea Foods celebrates the legalization of marijuana in the Bay State. The TV and print ads play off the restaurant’s baked, fried and smoked menu items. “Baked” and “smoked” makes sense. “Fried” is something that happens when you drink too much, work too much, and […]

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Five New Winners of the $10K Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship

Diversity is a talking point. Unless your company is actively doing something about it—then, it’s a universal problem that we’re slowly overcoming. One means of combatting inequality in the ad business is to find talented women, people of color, and people over 40, and help to support their efforts, wherever they happen to be in […]

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Ad Age Names Several Small Agencies of Year; In Other News, Barton F. Graf To Close

Agencies rise and agencies fall. Let’s start with the bad news. Barton F. Graf, the small indie agency in NYC, like Wexley School for Girls in Seattle (and other “hot shops” before it), is closing down. Jeff Beer writes about advertising for Fast Company. When learning of the closing of Barton F. Graf, he pondered […]

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“Joie de Hooha” Is Utterly Natural and Totally Achievable

Singing vaginas is not the answer you might expect, no matter the question. Yet, here we are, and in this case, it’s a good answer because the Whole Foods shopper doesn’t want rancid chemical solvents on, in, or near her body. That’s why OrganiCare CEO and serial entrepreneur, Caroline Goodner, is battling industry juggernauts to […]

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Thanks to Leo Burnett, Coors Light Is Now “Made To Chill”

Coors Light is cold. The brewery in Golden, Colorado has spent countless millions to make and remake this point, but mostly failing to explain what cold means to the beer drinker. For what it’s worth, Coors Light is cold-filtered and the beer never gets to room temperature—it’s delivered to the store in refrigerated trucks. Now, […]

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“I Am An Angler” Is A Powerful Call To Action

Fishing is one of my favorite recreational activities. Leaving the land and my screens behind to focus purely on the water and the fish in it is a physical and mental reprieve. For me and millions of people who love to fish, fishing is good medicine. Take Me Fishing TakeMeFishing.org, the website from Recreational Boating […]

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The Denari’s Life-Saving Story Could Be Anyone’s Story

When the agency truly cares about the client, it shows. Witness the latest pro-bono campaign from Indianapolis-based Young & Laramore, which encourages Indiana driver’s to register as organ donors. This isn’t just any assignment for the agency. It’s personal. Maggie Denari, wife of Y&L’s president Tom Denari is the recent recipient of a heart transplant, […]

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Ogilvy’s Recruitment Advertising for U.S. Customs and Border Protection To Continue

The Wall Street Journal reports that staff pushback at Ogilvy was not strong enough to topple management’s decision to keep the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a client. Ogilvy’s CBP contract is valued at more than $12 million, and is expected to generate around $1 million in annual fees for the agency. “Some of […]

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Feel A Surge of Personal Empowerment: Only Pay for What You Need

Goodby Silverstein picked up the Liberty Mutual account in 2017, and now the Boston-based insurance company makes weird commercials. San Francisco creatives will do that to a brand. Here, check out another in a long line of ads that make fun of ads… Over-promise much? Not to worry, we have a disclaimer! Pigeon Man Don’t […]

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SeaVees Is California Casual

Whether you’re headed to a wedding or to an important confrecne call, there’s no need to sweat it. As long as you’re wearing comfortable footwear from SeaVees, any occasion can be casual. ICYMI, SeaVees is a brand reborn. In June of 1964, BF Goodrich launched SeaVees and introduced the shoe brand with a groundbreaking advertising […]

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Silence the Drama of Pain with Voltaren’s Pain Relief Gel

There’s not much great or even good work being done in the pharma category. The category is full of tepid commercials that offer a weak afterglow of what life might be like following a doctor’s office visit. Over-the-counter remedies like Voltaren’s pain relief gel from GSK, on the other hand, can skip the line and […]

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Break Free And Do What Moves You

Rum is an intoxicant that makes people happy, at least for awhile. If you were given the opportunity to promote the product, how would you capture the spirit of the spirit? If you’re like BBDO, you would get people moving to the beat. You would start and party, and keep a party going. “If it’s […]

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