An agency is in stealth mode! Or at least they were. But wait. An agency in stealth mode? We thought only tech startups had a stealth mode. Anyway, what do we know? We're just a journalist.
Speaking of journalists -- or rather, stealth mode agencies (or both) -- Ready State, a just-out-of-stealth mode ad agency has hired Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Worthen to join the
agency's team of "trained reporters who are fusing journalism and content marketing." Fusing journalism and content? WTF. Only an ad agency could coin a phrase like that. And only an agency could
actually say, "We want to be the first marketing agency to help a brand win a Pulitzer." Well, hell, can a journalist win a Lion? Because we'd sure as hell love to go Cannes and pick one up!
Why is no one comparing that GoDaddy ad, which featured Jean-Claude Van Damme doing splits in a bakery, to that Cannes Lions-winning Epic Split ad for Volvo? Yeah, sure -- Van Damme's bakery split is far less epic but it's a hell of a lot more real. And why isn't GoDaddy screaming copycat? Maybe it's all moot. Maybe GoDaddy was too busy selecting a new ad agency to notice. Yeah, the brand has hired Barton F. Graf 9000 as its new agency. Which is probably a good thing. Barton F. Graf 9000 and the craziness it's displayed in its work for Little Caesars appears to be the perfect match for GoDaddy's apparent penchant for kookiness. New work will debut in September. And in a quote from an ad agency exec that is less about platitudes and more about stuff that matters, Barton F. Graf 9000 CEO Gerry Graf said: “GoDaddy is an iconic brand, which makes this an exciting challenge, and really, our team is much like a GoDaddy customer because we are a small agency with big ideas. GoDaddy has some innovative tools to help people who own their own business. I know this because I own my own business and I use GoDaddy’s tools. We're going to let everybody else in the world in on this.” Hmm. Is he also a member of Hair Club For Men?
Aiming to bolster its digital offerings, Publicis Groupe has acquired e-business consulting firm Crown Partners. No one is saying for how much, but the acquisition will become part of Publicis Groupe's Razorfish unit -- which it seems needs all the help it can get these days. Of the acquisition, Razorfish CEO Pete Stein said: “One of the biggest trends we’ve seen over the last five years is technology platforms are playing a bigger and bigger role in this transformation. It can be a huge enabler in helping clients go to market differently but also transform the way they deliver products and services.” That's about as clear as Razorfish co-founders explaining what they did back in the dot-com era -- but hey, what do you actually expect from an agency CEO? Everything's all roses all the time.
David&Goliath has hired Mike Geiger as managing partner, chief digital officer. In this new position, Geiger will report to D&G Chairman David Angelo and will be responsible for developing
“world-class digital strategy, creative, integration and content production.”
The hire is designed to help further bolster the agency's executive leadership team following a string of recent promotions, including Colin Jeffery as chief creative officer, Brian Dunbar as president and Seema Miller as chief strategy officer.
Of the hire, Angelo said: "Over the past year, we have been assembling nothing short of an all-star leadership team. We are ecstatic to have Mike join our team as he brings a wealth of top notch digital and integrated expertise to the table. His entrepreneurial style and big thinking are a perfect fit for our Brave culture as we continue to seek out brands in need of overcoming marketing goliaths."
And of joining D&G, Geiger said: "I'm really excited to return to an independent creative agency like D&G where I can be closer to the people and the work. At the end of the day, my passion is finding and cultivating great talent, building teams and creating breakthrough work. When I first met with David and the rest of the team, we just clicked -- we had the same values and vision for how to run a business. I can't wait to get started."
With it being so close to April Fool's Day, one might wonder whether or not The Tenties are just a hilarious take on the ad industry's obsession with
awards. Oh wait. Anyway, The Tenties has issued its call for entries which begins May 15.
The Tenties has also announced CP+B Chairman Chuck Porter as Chief Juror. Apparently, table tents were Chuck's first foray into advertising, and the medium is near and dear to his heart having helped jumpstart his career.
Some of the award categories include Best Table Tent for less than 1,000 tables, Best Table Tent for more than 1,000 tables, best Flip Stand table tent, best Quad-Fold table tent, best use of a QR code on a table tent, best Cylindrical table tent and best "green" table tent.
And where will this awesome award ceremony take place? Well, it seems it will occur September 15 in Las Vegas...at the Holiday Inn...in Ballroom B. Sounds pretty swanky, right?
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.