The Future of Paid Content: Same As It Ever Was?

Eight years ago, I had an opportunity to speak to a group of marketing pros in Boston about the future of paid content. I was invited to speak by my friend and former colleague, Sloane Kelley, one of the founders of Geekend, an annual gathering now in its 11th year. I had an audio recording […]

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How Not Giving A Fuck Makes All the Difference in the World

Agency positioning is a lost art, along with long copy. Thankfully, both are currently being restored by Fallow Fields agency. Fallow Fields, unlike every other agency under the sun, has no more fucks to give. Let’s dive into some of the best self-promo copy I’ve read in A LONG TIME… When you’re over 50, you […]

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Senioritis or Reggaemylitis?

Cindy Gallop continues to wallop the industry with painfully necessary truisms. In a recent interview she said: Q. What is the biggest mistake companies – brands or the industry – are making in their attitude to age today? A. They don’t understand that experience and expertise are incredibly time and cost-efficient, and that they could […]

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Colle McVoy Is The Thoughtful Agency

As a new year’s gift, Colle McVoy sent me a series of “cubespirations” to help keep me properly motivated throughout the year. Here is one of my favorite messages in the collection. Note the letterpress printing. I like this design concept. With just two words, the agency’s creative team is making a significant statement. Artists—and […]

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For Better Advertising Conversations, Join Adpulp’s Closed Group on Facebook

The Web is the new Wild West — lawless, full of overly eager trespassers and hyped to a point of absurdity. Yet, there is always the potential for human empowerment and business growth waiting patiently around the digital corner. To cut back on the lawless and overly eager part, millions of people are increasingly turning […]

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Get Out of Any Copywriting Jam Without Losing Your Mind, Money or Clients

If you are a graphic designer, art director or front-end web designer and you struggle to work with copy, clients who write copy and freelance copywriters, check out this free 36-minute workshop from the editor of Adpulp. Are you wasting time, money and energy on poorly written copy that ruins the effectiveness of your design […]

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Migrating to Client-Side Opportunities: A Rich Topic To Mine

Communication Arts is “The Bible” for the creative side of the business. To be featured in the advertising or design annual, or to appear in a feature article in one of the quarterly editions, is a form of acceptance into the club. To have an Adpulp article land on CA’s digital front page this week […]

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New Organic Life Mist Gets Musical Boost from Art Rock Outfit, YACHT

Product launches are such difficult affairs. When the new product is Kibu — One for All Life Mist (which SOLD OUT within seconds of being introduced this week) the process is even harder. Nevertheless, YACHT makes it look easy. Typically, a rock band uses their music video to “sell” their song. Placing an actual product […]

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DigitasLBi Shines Its Light On Puerto Rico’s Darkness

The devastated island of Puerto Rico will not have power fully restored until May, nearly eight months after Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean. Did you know that nine of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities are still without power three months after the powerful Category 4 hurricane slammed the island? Frustrated residents are forced to boil […]

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At Wexley School For Girls, Team Spirit and Holiday Cheer Are One

Seattle agency, Wexley, realized this year, more than ever, that the world needs some holiday cheer. So, the agency called up a couple of out of work actors and invited them down for an impromptu video stretch. I like some of the vocal fill: Egg. Nog. Egg. Nog. Spirit. Happy. Ew, the happiest.

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#NSFW Self-Promo Video Morphs Into Hot Shit Agency Recruitment Vid

No one tells it like it is today. If someone dares to do so, they’re at risk of being cast out by the meek and mild masses. Toronto-based independent Zulu Alpha Kilo could give a shit. The agency is looking to fill 14 new positions and they want all the prima fucking donnas ad school […]

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Welcome To The Chronicle of Bright Ideas

This has been a year of transformations for Adpulp. We stopped taking advertising (including paid posts), switched to a new responsive template, secured our hosting setup, loaded Facebook-enabled comments, implemented a micro-payments platform, and now we’ve refreshed our brand identity. The Chronicle of Bright Ideas The new logo was made by Jessica Knedgen, a designer […]

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Epica Is An Award Show With A Marked Point of Difference

Too many award shows are back-slapping affairs where hungover creative directors drop a bean in a cup when they see a campaign they like. There’s a much higher standard for the industry’s output—the intended audience for the work. Did they bite or did they ignore? That’s the ultimate test of any ad campaign. Having said […]

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InklPay’s WordPress PlugIn Opens The Door To A New Day

Unlike larger and more mainstream online publications, AdPulp has the ability to reject online advertising in its current state. Like thousands of other independent publishers across the globe, we pay no rent for an office, no salaries, and no dividends. Having said that, removing advertising from this website is much more than a financial move. […]

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It’s A Free Country (Provided You’re Not Confined To A Cubicle)

Holding companies are the bane of the creative agency’s existence. Sell to a holding company and become like the bean counters themselves—that’s the not totally undeserved rap. Thankfully, there is another way. Your agency can remain independent, like Butler Shine Stern & Partners in Sausalito. Then you can choose to do whatever the hell you […]

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This Is An Ad-Free Reading Experience

After a 14-year ad-sponsored run, AdPulp.com stopped running ads this year. You’re welcome. Now, please sign up for Inkl—the micropayments platform that has the potential to change the score for thousands of indie journalists and publishers like AdPulp.com.  

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A Dime for Our Thoughts

This year, AdPulp.com moved away from being an ad-supported site. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we currently carry no ads at all. We are now 100% publisher supported. We no longer take paid posts, although the offer is there to do so literally every day. And we no longer place banners or text […]

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Make Room For HR In Your Company’s Social Feeds

Not too long ago, people used to “break in” to advertising. That’s how hard it was to land a job at a top creative agency. Today, even the best agencies need to make an effort to recruit talent. Witness Brunner’s self-promotional efforts on Twitter: We offer careers where you’re not holed up over a laptop […]

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Easy Listening for Advertising Addicts

Hear Ye, Hear Ye. 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That is up from 17% in 2015. With one in five Americans tuning in, advertising pros are taking notice and grabbing the mic. According to Digiday, “Ad agencies have caught podcast fever.” Digiday highlights and […]

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David Ogilvy Loved Fire-Eaters And Golden Geese

I love this long copy ad from the Ogilvy & Mather archive. It’s endowed with more attitude per paragraph than I’ve seen in years. Clearly, this ad is from another time. #OgilvyArchive #TBT David Ogilvy and the Ogilvy culture View full print ad: https://t.co/qnCUgJwYbP pic.twitter.com/3YxJTpDRo0 — Ogilvy & Mather (@Ogilvy) May 18, 2017 While dated, […]

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