Apparently, New York-based Joystick Interactive hasn't heard Bitcoin is imploding. The agency, which works with Google
and Disney, has announced they will now accept Bitcoin as a payment for their work. To celebrate what they call "embracing the future of money," Joystick is offering all clients paying with Bitcoin a
20% discount. Of accepting Bitcoin, Joystick CEO Chris Wilson said: "As an agency with global clients and a focus on creative innovation, we recognize the need for innovation and growth in digital
currency, just as there is in digital advertising." Good luck with that, Chris.
Matthew Charlton, CEO of independent agency Brothers and Sisters, makes a clear and concise argument as to why he chose to head up an independent agency rather than work for large, global holding company. Chief among his reasoning is the fact that all the decision makers are under one roof making for quicker decisions that are closer to home and unencumbered by layers of external management and, as well -- for the most part -- a focus on what's right for the client versus what's right for the agency. He explains, writing: "I remember very clearly a conversation with Nigel Bogle when I was running Johnnie Walker about some inter-office politics in the micro network and Nigel was very clear: 'Do what is right for the brand, everything else including money is secondary.' In that one sentence the difference between being private and a PLC (holding company) was loud and very clear."
That Barbarian Group Superdesk? We just saw it in person this week at a party the agency hosted. It's as awesome as everyone has said it is. And while the desk is most certainly awesome, its designer created a similar desk for Mother London in 2004. Architect Clive Wilkinson shares the story saying: "We were working with an advertising agency in London called Mother, which had started with six people around a kitchen table. When we began with them, they had a 75-person table and they wanted a 200-person table. We based it on a racetrack the Fiat company had on their Turin factory rooftop, a big oval. It was 14 feet wide and cast in concrete, which was suitably ridiculous for an advertising company. They're all about ephemera, and three-inch-thick concrete with rebar is as permanent as you can get.” But who really cares? That desk is in London, this desk is in New York. And it is awesome!
Like an oxymoron trying desperately to convince us it possesses a shred of logic in its schizophrenic brain (well, you know, if oxymorons actually had brains), New York-based Rosetta is professing "growth and evolution" as reasons for its latest round of layoffs. The Publicis Groupe customer engagement agency, which just brought in Lars Bastholm as chief creative officer in November and said goodbye to ECD Dave McClain, appears to be grasping for straws when it comes to placing a bow on its apparent downfall. They agency has reduced its North American staff by 5%.
The Warc 100, an annual list of the best agencies based on an analysis of winning campaigns across 87 different award events or competitions, has named Lowe Lintas India the number one agency on its 2015 list. The agency scored 213 points and was closely followed by AMV BBDO with 191 and Colenso BBDO with 148.
Of the recognition, Lowe Lintas
India CEO Joseph George said: "We have had a terrific run on creative effectiveness this year across the globe; and all the accolades have further reinforced our belief in the type of work we want to
do and believe in."
Chicago's Starcom MediaVest Group Chicago was named top media agency, followed by PHD Mumbai. 360i New York was named top digital agency with R/GA New York taking second place.
The Warc 100 is a ranking of top marketing campaigns and companies that the organization says is based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The organization does not disclose the competitions that it uses to devise the ranking.
Clearly Havas Chicago hasn't been paying attention to recent research that found open office space to be decidedly less productive than that of the old school office. The agency recently completed
a $10 million renovation of its 81,000-square-foot River North office space transforming two floors of office space into a wide open, unproductive free-for-all.
And get this. The agency used to occupy three floors. Now it occupies two. They say that's because the new office design uses space more efficiently. Translated into English, that means stuffing the same amount of bodies into a smaller space to save money.
The new design has done away with all offices and added all the usual distracting crap you'd expect to see in an advertising agency: graffiti, a soda fountain and a bubble hockey table. They've even added bicycle racks and a "town hall" meeting area with bleachers. Oh, and they've given the new space a cute new name; Havas Village. Because yeah -- it takes a village to raise children and, well, that's pretty much what ad agency people are; spoiled little brats who prefer a playpen instead of an office in which to "work."
Okay, that's harsh, but I can say that because I've been there.Of the new space, Havas Chicago CEO Paul Marobella said: "The big part of this space, outside of how cool it is, is that it's really built for utility and built for a purpose. Creative, media, strategy and account all sit together, organized by account. What's different about us is we can make a decision on Monday and it will be implemented by Friday."
It's really kind of strange -- and, well, depressing -- that actual adults with actual jobs in actual ad agencies that are actual businesses that, you know, are run by actual adults actually need
advice like this, but apparently this is the case.
Penning a piece for The Chattanoogan (what the hell kind of name for a news outlet is that?), Connect Marketing Head Honcho Clint Powell has some advice that really shouldn't be the kind of advice that actual adults need. Kids, maybe, but actual adults? No. In any event, he wrote the piece and if you've worked in the ad business for any length of time, you know full well there are, unfortunately, plenty of people who need this advice.
His advice? Knowing when to say things clearly and in a way that doesn't waste other people's time nor make you end up looking like a fool. He offers up four things that are perfectly okay to say but for some reason, people are too scared to say them. They are "I am sorry," "I can not do that," "I don't know" and "Let's be clear." You can read his whole article for the details but, seriously, you really shouldn't have to.
Toronto-based agency john st. has made an interesting hire. Hoping to beef up their digital services, the agency has brought in "an accomplished entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience
building global digital media and consumer internet businesses from concept through to final acquisition."
So who did the agency hire? The guy's name is Tom St. John. Yeah. No kidding. john st. hired St. John. Like, when does that ever happen?
Of joining the agency, St. John says, “I feel that john st. has done some of the most innovative digital work in the country for some time now, but I believe that there is room for them to lead the broader digital discussion with clients. Analytics, social ROI, branded content, mobile advertising, online video -- these are just some of the challenges our clients are facing, and we can help them maximize those opportunities.”
Working with McCann London, the folks behind Cannes Lions have launched a new campaign that suggests agencies offer to send their worst employees to the festival of creativity this year...because
it's cheaper than firing them and paying severance.
The purpose, of course, is to make one last-ditch effort to inspire the -- shall we say -- less inspired by dropping them into the center of advertising creativity for one week. I guess if after a week in Cannes they still suck, well, then it's time to bid them adieu. Although you will have to pay them severance then, so the whole send-them-to-Cannes thing is, indeed, a gamble.
Headlines to the ads read: "Nisha, Strategist. Has dedicated seven loyal years to your agency. With very little to show for it" and Samuel, Producer. You fought hard to hire him. Responds to every suggestion with 'It can't be done.'" The ads are signed off with "Buy her/him a delegate pass. Cheaper than severance."
Of the approach, McCann London CCO Rob Doubal said: "Although our campaign is humorous, it makes a very sensible point. Why should being a Cannes Lions delegate be the preserve of the already excellent? If we really want a more creative world, as we all profess, we should also be encouraging the not-so-excellent performers to be inspired by Cannes Lions."
Funny stuff, this campaign. Trouble is, now everyone that is sent to Cannes by their agency is now going to have a gigantic inferiority complex along with nightmares about whether or not agency management thinks they’re up to snuff.
Oh, and the poor people who had to pose for the campaign -- branded losers for life!