Let's play a game. South Carolina-based agency Chernoff Newman has rebranded and...wait for it...launched a new Web site. And now the game.
Read what Chernoff Newman President and COO had to say about the branding process: “Our philosophy is grounded in finding a human connection that positively impacts the bottom line of our
clients. We asked ourselves, how do we do this? The answer is our mantra: to discover, create, connect and inspire.” Now explain what the agency does. Now read what Senior VP and CD Heather
Price said: “We needed a brand that would allow people the opportunity to look at us differently. A look that more accurately describes who we are and what we do, that’s forward-leaning,
smart and people-oriented. A way of talking about ourselves that showcases our curiosity and creativity while maintaining a foundation of innovation and measurement.” Now explain what the agency
does. Can you? Do any of these words make sense? Do they differentiate the agency from any other agency in the world? It's time to end buzzword bingo and actually come up with differentiating factors
that set you apart from the competition.
There are not many ad agencies in Rochester, NY. And there aren't many run by women. There or anywhere for that matter. But Rochester-based Partners + Napier is one such agency. Launched by Sharon Napier, the agency is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week. Kudos. Commenting on the lack of women running things in advertising, Napier said: “There needs to be more women at the top in advertising. The work has to work. It has to be creative, it has to be breakthrough work. At the end of the day, it has to drive our clients’ business.” Napier founded the company through a management buyout of her previous employer, Toronto-based Wolf Group.
We can just picture Razorfish Australia Co-Founder Iain McDonald running down the high school hallway on the last day of school screaming with glee. Or at least that's the picture that formed in our head after he announced he was leaving the agency and said, “My feelings are very much like that of a teenager leaving home for the first time but with the old family right behind.” McDonald is leaving to concentrate on personal projects. He added: “With things going well for Razorfish and me having ideas I want to pursue without any strings attached, it’s the right time. It’s been carefully planned for a while and I am in no doubt that Razorfish is ready." Have fun, Iain!
Do you ever think about the amount of ink a particular typeface uses? Is it even a consideration when you develop a campaign? Grey London thinks so. Developed as an internal project, the agency took the font, which uses 33% less ink than standard typefaces, to the U.K.'s largest stationer, Ryman Stationary. The font, Ryman Eco, was developed at the same time a 14-year-old American student suggested the U.S. federal and state governments could save $370 million annually by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond. The font isn't really much to look at, but if it can save money and ink, we're all for it.
David Murdico, creative director and managing partner of Supercool Creative Agency puts forth a solid argument as to why startups should pay agencies more than brands do for the same work.
First of all, he notes a startup is an unknown entity and no one has ever heard of it before making it all the more difficult to create the necessary marketing program to achieve awareness and sale. He notes startups are generally more demanding than established brand marketers, often times because so much is at stake.
Perhaps the biggest problem area when it comes to crafting marketing for a startup is that up until the point the startup reached out to an agency, everything about the startup has, thus far, operated in an echo chamber with scant few nodding and bobbing their heads in agreement without truly vetting the idea or how the idea will be perceived in the real world.
Another challenge when working with a startup? They tend to change their mind a lot about, well, everything. And that can be a gigantic time suck. Check out Murdico's entire list here and file it away in your back pocket for use the next time you consider working with a startup.
This is gold! Gold, I tell you! And it's arrived just in time. As we all mourn the loss of our beloved Mad Men characters, they have been given renewed life, in the form of a Tumblr blog, as
digital natives spewing all the usual buzzword bingo that's so prevalent in today's marketing landscape.
Taking on the form of animated gifs, we have Don informing his secretary: "The future of advertising is socially integrated digital platforms." We have Peggy commending a co-worker saying: "Nice branded social post, bro." We have Don asking Peggy: "But does it work as a pre-roll." We have Don reacting to a proposed "Tinder-powered drone." We have Pete telling Don: "The CTRs need optimizing for behavioral targeting of Millennials."
And on and on and on. Brilliance.
Oh for f*ck's sake! Stop. Just please stop! Every ridiculous addition to the CxO title space just dumbs down the importance of the core four: CEO, CFO, COO and CIO. Maybe you can add CMO and CCO to
that list -- but chief data officer? Chief customer officer? And now...wait for it...chief native officer?
Yeah. Chief native officer. Or at least that's what Forbes Contributor Daniel Newman would like to see instituted. Newman argues that the merging of paid and earned media requires this CxO style oversight.
He furthers his point, writing: "The biggest reason to get a Native Officer is that while digital agencies and publishers work together, they don’t necessarily do so as a team. In fact, there are instances where they don’t see eye to eye. While publishers are great at creating content, they can treat branded content like a 'second-class citizen.' On the other hand, digital agencies consider themselves star content creators for brands. In such circumstances, there’s a pressing need for a 'dedicated task force' to exploit native ads to their fullest potential. The CNO should lead this pack, guiding the brand towards rewarding native advertising campaigns and best practices."
So what say you? Do we need the chief native officer?
Sort of like food brands still pimping low fat/no fat products when studies clearly indicate the human body needs fat, the office management world is still pimping open office space when many studies have shown it's a less productive solution than
more traditional office space.
That's not stopping the latest trend in office space, the Superwide. Superwide office space is large, one floor office space consisting of 100,000 square feet or more. Of the trend, Brookfield Property Partners Senior VP Duncan McCuaig said: “Large floors are absolutely in demand.” And “right now there is very little of this product in the city,” he added, referring to Manhattan.
Adam Kansler, managing director at financial data company Markit, loves the open office concept and says: “There’s something that gets lost” when a company is on multiple floors. You don’t get the same random moments of seeing someone from across the way, hearing that they’re working on a project, and saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to stop by.’ ”