Arnold Boston is moving offices, and it would appear from a Craigslist post that they are selling an Emmy Award -- an
"actual Emmy award, and a good one, too, not a crappy Daytime one” -- as part of the agency's moving sale. The ad reads, in part, "You have the trophy wife. You have the trophy car. From our
vantage point, it looks like all you're missing is the trophy trophy. Well, the last piece of your carefully constructed façade is about to slide into place. You, sir, are about to win an Emmy.
And when you casually mention that you won an Emmy in a slightly-too-loud voice while you're waiting for a table at The Cheesecake Factory, you won't even be lying. (Not that we're accusing you of
having such omega-male scruples.) No one has to know that you won it in the Arnold Moving Sale." The listing uses the term "trophy wife" three times. Not the best wording for an industry with a 3%
problem. And what, a woman isn't worthy of an Emmy?
A recent study from Marketing Week and Weber Shandwick indicates specialty consultants may soon be eating most ad agencies’ lunches. When asked to whom marketers turn when dealing with marketing challenges, agencies are still cited the most at 30% but consultants were cited by 22% of respondents. In other findings, while AOR status is on the decline, 42% of marketers still turn to an agency as a strategic lead. In terms of the types of agencies marketers turn to for strategic advice, the traditional ad agency is still on top with 20% followed by the digital agency at 18%, the branding agency at 16%, the media agency at 15%, the PR agency at 13% and the social media agency at a negligible 2%. All hail whatever life support is keeping traditional ad agencies in business! It's not all good news though. The same study found measurement/ROI, analytics and marketing personalization to be the three biggest areas in which agencies lack.
Did you miss Bob Hoffman's awesome talk during Advertising Week Europe? If so, you absolutely have to watch it here. Or you can see his keynote during the RAB's 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis September 10 at 3:34PM. Why should you care? Hoffman is a voice of reason in our increasingly crazy world of advertising. His no bullshit, down to earth insight will have you questioning and reexamining everything you do. And if you need a daily dose of his magic, you can check out his blog, The Ad Contrarian.
Chris Jordan, CEO of Y&R Canada since 2002 has left the agency. A statement issued by the agency reads, “We are thankful to Chris Jordan for his 12 years of leadership at Y&R Canada, and we wish him the very best moving forward. As we continue to evolve as an agency, we are recognizing the immense value of the leadership of Israel Diaz, EVP, chief creative officer; Carl McMurray, SVP, chief financial officer; Susan Murray, EVP, chief marketing officer; Kasi Bruno, VP, strategy & cultural insights; and Gavin Bayley, SVP, global client leader. Effective immediately, this talented group comprises the senior leadership team of Y&R Canada, reporting into Y&R North America CEO Matt Anthony and Y&R North America COO Sean Howard.”
OK, OK, so Saatchi & Saatchi's Dynamic Markets CEO Justin Billingsley hasn't been promoted to CDO -- which, not to confuse matters, is a really a Chief Data Officer. Rather, he's been promoted
to Chief Operating Officer -- but according to Saatchi & Saatchi CEO Robert Senior, the agency is big on doorways.
Of the promotion, Senior said, “Justin and I have a great working partnership. It is as simple as this: we both stand in the doorway of the Saatchi & Saatchi network. From there I tend to look outwards, and Justin tends to look inwards. We need to do both in order to lift our game and achieve our purpose.”
So, Chief Doorway Officer, right?
Anyway, Billingsley is fired up about the promotion and said" “This role represents an inspirational challenge to wake up to each day: If we are promising our clients and our people that ‘Nothing is Impossible’ then what kind of agency does it take to deliver this today and what will be needed tomorrow? We are defining what this means and transforming accordingly, combining new skills with a hunger for creative excellence and world-changing ideas. And it’s fun, making Saatchi & Saatchi more Saatchi & Saatchi.”
A hunger, people, a hunger!
All of Saatchi & Saatchi’s offices will report to Billingsley, who will focus on growing the agency and making the necessary changes to do so. He will continue to lead the agency’s M&A activity as well as continue to serve on the executive board and global leadership team of Saatchi & Saatchi.
The latest intern recruitment stunt has Havas Boondoggle Amsterdam offering interns a gig in exchange for a free stay in the agency's loft or, more specifically, the couch in the agency's loft.
Rather than offering pay to the interns, the agency believes a one to seven night stay in Amsterdam, and all the excitement that goes along with that, is payment enough.
Of recruiting interns through Airbnb, Havas Boondoggle Amsterdam ECD Menno Schipper told AdWeek, "Airbnb attracts the more adventurous kind of people. That's exactly the energy we're looking for in ad students."
After contacting the agency through Airbnb, potential interns are asked to send in their portfolio for consideration. Once and intern is selected, there are a few rules which must be followed. Interns are asked not to drink all the beer in the fridge, not to feed the agency dog and, OMG, not to touch the other interns or employees.
This year, as it has done for many, Wieden+Kennedy is joining Oregon's Bike Commute Challenge month, an effort which encourages more people to commute to work on a bike.
In a blog post, the agency explains further, writing: "The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a non-profit bike advocacy group based in Portland, puts on the Bike Commute Challenge every September, during which businesses compete to have the highest percentage of commutes by bike. W+K is always a front runner in the competition (we’ll catch you this year, Reed College!)."
How many miles will the agency log this year? More than last, we hope -- but we're all just going to have to wait until the end of September to find out.
Good luck, W+K!
A while back you may have heard about the South African ad couple who quit their agency jobs and decided to travel the world and keep a journal of their adventure. As is usually the case with these "find yourself" journeys shared on
social media, activities and adventures almost always fall into the "damn, I wish I were them" category. Except for Chanel Cartell and Steve Dirnberger -- and likely, most others who just aren't
honest -- not every aspect of their travels has been epically spectacular.
In fact, they now clean toilets to help pay for their travels. In a recent blog post, the couple shared the fact that traveling the world isn't always roses or peaches and cream or whatever metaphor you want to apply. No, sometimes the money runs out and you've just gotta do what you've gotta do to make ends meet. And that's exactly what Cartell and Dirnberger have had to do.
In a blog post entitled We Quit Our Jobs In Advertising To Scrub Toilets, the couple share the less than glamorous side of world travel.
The couple write: "After being gone exactly 6 months, I feel it necessary we share the uglier side of our trip. Browsing through our blog posts and Instagram feed, it seems like we’re having the time of our lives. And don’t get me wrong -- we are. It’s bloody amazing. But it’s not all ice-creams in the sun and pretty landscapes. Noooooo. So far, I think we’ve tallied 135 toilets scrubbed, 250 kilos of cow dung spread, 2 tons of rocks shoveled, 60 meters of pathway laid, 57 beds made, and I cannot even remember how many wine glasses we’ve polished."
And of the notion that we are often fooled by social media into thinking everyone's life but our own is spectacular, they add, "So don’t let the bank of gorgeous photography fool you. Nuh uh. I am not at my fittest, slimmest or physically healthiest. We eat jam on crackers most days, get roughly 5hrs of sleep per night, and lug our extremely heavy bags through cobbled streets at 1am, trying to find our accommodation (because bus fares are not part of the budget, obviously)."
And so when you think your life sucks because everyone on social media seems to have such a perfect life, remember, social media favors the more positive aspects of life.
Following its new decentralized managerial model, Crispin Porter + Bogusky has hired a second managing director for its Boulder office. Devin Reiter, who previously worked with the agency on the
Microsoft account before leaving for a year-long stint at McCann Erickson New York, has returned and will work alongside the office's other managing director, Danielle Whalen.
Of the doubling up of managing directors, CP+B Global CEO Lori Senecal said: "We have small, tight teams of hands-on doers who are in charge of creating the very best work. So when an office becomes too large for one MD to have meaningful personal impact on each and every client business, we need to expand our leadership to deliver this promise."
The move follows -- and is line with -- the exodus of Andrew Keller, a 17-year veteran of the shop. Keller's position as executive creative director, and the oversight that position provided, was eliminated to make way for the new decentralized approach to management.
One wonders how long before the tide turns and the agency realizes the deck hands have taken over the ship and they've got a disorganized mutiny on their hands.
New York-based first-year MRY creative Sam Bartos has unveiled Ad Agency Bingo, a bingo game which
incorporates many of the activities, behaviors and plain old oddities he's witnessed during his first year at MRY.
Bingo squares include such activities as someone blatantly drinking before 2PM, somebody Tindering during a meeting, someone using the word "disruptive," somebody's dog pees in the office, someone says "advertorial," someone takes a selfie, someone you've slept with is in the same meeting as you and more.
In Sam's own words, here's how you sore the game:
“If you get a straight line, you can take it to your boss and ask that he promote you. Art Directors can become Senior Art Directors. Junior Copywriters will become Senior Junior Copywriters. etc.
If you get a diagonal line, you get to raid the office supply closet, Supermarket Sweep-style.
If your coworker gets a straight line, but you contributed by saying one of the things that helps them fill out one of the squares, you can scan their filled out sheet and put it in your portfolio as a project you worked on.
If you give the sheet to an intern to and they get a straight line, you can take credit for it as long as you write them a nice LinkedIn recommendation on their last day.
If you fill in a couple of the bubbles then get bored, fuck it, it’s 11:27. Lunch time.”