Well, here's an interesting tidbit of information you can put to use when you create your next online campaign. While promoting its products on Facebook and Twitter, online clothier
Betabrand.com discovered something very interesting; close-up shots of male crotches came up victorious, by a sizable margin. Crotch shots serve up 64% more engagement, a 30% increase in clickthrough
and a 20% increase in conversion rate. That's right up there with cleavage -- which reportedly (honest, someone said it at a conference) increases Facebook ad response by 61%. Now take this
information to your clients and with the straightest of faces, present it alongside the giant image of a hermaphrodite in your next Facebook ad.
So you think you can dance? I mean create content in a brand newsroom? David Burn doesn't think so. Writing a piece on AdPulp that was reproduced in Business Insider, Burn says that while journalists are flocking to agencies to help them create content for brands, agencies are ill-suited to successfully launch brand newsrooms. Making his argument, Burn writes: "Generally speaking, the people who work in advertising want things to be as cushy as possible. Not just free M&Ms during brainstorms. Ad people create wealth for gigantic companies and some may feel entitled to a ride or two on the client’s yacht. Or the agency’s yacht, as the case may be. Investigative journalists on the other hand are happiest when turning over all the apple carts in the room and claiming that their new apple sauce is appealing. Ad people like their apples shiny and fresh from the tree. But journalists are too busy fixing the world to be bothered by matters like apple presentation and provenance."
Agencies, did you know that 82% of your new business pitches contain repurposed content from prior pitches? Did you know that your business teams, on average, maintain over 5 years of archived content and more than 200,000 documents? How about the fact that 6.5 hours per week per person are wasted searching for content? And that 77% of you just throw that stuff up on random file servers and shared devices around the agency? These findings comes courtesy of Docurated -- which of course is a document management company that wants to help you get your shit together, but let's not fault them for that. Let's focus on the fact that 1). You plagiarize one pitch for another, 2). You are a bunch of unorganized hoarders and 3). You waste hours and hours of precious time that could otherwise be spent shopping online, watching stupid YouTube videos, posting selfies to Instagram, checking Tinder or, yes, doing actual work for your clients.
Well, this is pretty hilarious. Not even a week after the disastrous crumbling of what would have been Publicis Omnicom Group, Omnicom CEO John Wren has been given an International Advertising Association award for "outstanding services" at the organization's World Congress in Beijing. Outstanding services indeed. Wasting $55 million and nine months of two holding companies’ time. Congratulations, Mr. Wren.
In an interview with The Guardian, Crispin Porter + Bogusky CEO Andrew Keller
shared his thoughts on failure and how failure can fuel future success.
When Keller was in college, he intended to become a doctor. That didn't go so well. Of that time in his life. Keller said, “I was at a very small college in a very small town. And having failed, I decided I’d stay in that town for the summer and work as a cook in this restaurant. I wanted to know: how bad was failure? I’d seen my dominant dream, to be a doctor, come crashing down. And it was like, okay -- let’s explore this a little bit.”
Of the lessons he learned during this supposed failure, Keller added, “I was supposed to be a doctor, so staying in a little town and working in a restaurant -- that was not something that figured in my hopes and dreams. But I did that, and it gave me confidence. Because it wasn’t so bad. Failure isn’t so bad.”
And even though society and culture view failure as taboo and something to certainly avoid, Keller says we all should resist this line of thinking. Because failure is most certainly going to happen. That's what he tells his kids. He says, "failure is going to happen to all of us. It is going to happen to you.” So embrace it and learn from it.
From now until the end of summer, those passing by the Time-Life building, home to the "Mad Men" fictional SC&P agency, will have the chance to sit on a bench crafted to look just
like the bench in the opening credits of "Mad Men."
The 12-foot bench was designed by Pentagram and consists of just two pieces -- a half-inch thick rolled steel plate seat and a 10-foot cast-concrete base.
So if you've got a hankering to sidle up to Don Draper (or whomever that silhouette turns out to be) then now's your chance.
In an LA Times Entertainment piece, you can find 11 pieces
of career advice for women that are based on the Peggy Olson character from Mad Men. And we all know Peggy, who rose from obscurity to full on executive fame over the course of the series,
has learned a lot and has much to share.
Advice ranges from not relying on your femininity to get ahead to demanding appropriate work space to taking power when it comes your way to maintaining a professional relationship even when there is a lot of personal baggage to never fall in love with your married boss.
Peggy's been through a lot. She's grown professionally and personally. And she's become wise with advice to share. We'll see her a few more times as Mad Men makes its final run this Spring.