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.”
Kevin Foreman, whose creative career spans 25 years at shops such as Backer Spielvogel Bates/NY, The Richards Group, Publicis, Tribal DDB, Rapp Worldwide and SHOP.COM, will join Moroch Partners as the agency's Digital Creative Director. Which, when you think about it is pretty awesome because Foreman has to be at least 47 so props to
the agency for going against the grain and entrusting an "old guy" with your digital creative.
Of selecting Foreman for the position, Moroch Partners ECD Kevin Sutton said, “Having Kevin on board will ensure the agency remains ahead of industry shifts and will continue to develop the most significant campaigns we can across multiple consumer-centric platforms. With consumers’ increasing demand for real-time information and brand engagement, digital has become one of the most critical components of our clients’ marketing strategies.”
Foreman seems pretty happy with the new gig saying, “Moroch was built on the belief that true 360 integration is the key to driving shifts in consumer preferences and behaviors to deliver more immediate, sustainable and significant client results. The leap was intuitive as I share the same belief and passion. I’m excited to dive in and get started.”
The Big Ten Network has announced it officially named Fallon its agency of record following the agency’s development of a fall national campaign focusing on BTN’s college sports focus
and ever-expanding reach.
Of Fallon's work and selecting the agency as AOR, BTN VP of Marketing Erin Harvego said, “The fall college sports campaign was a huge success for the Big Ten Network. We look forward to continuing the momentum with dynamic, original creative that showcases what the Big Ten and college sports are all about. What we enjoy most about working with Fallon is the agency’s ability to present original ideas, and I think they’ve found fun and exciting ways to share our vision with our viewers.”
Of hooking up with BTN, Fallon Creative Director Josh Combs said, “We like to work with ambitious brands and BTN is among the most motivated with which we’ve worked. The network is determined to become the best network in college sports and our job at Fallon is to help it turn those dreams into a reality.”
Influencer marketing. It's the strategy du jour these days. Everyone's doing it, but not everyone is succeeding. In fact, Oliver Luckett, founder of digital influencer agency TheAudience says: “There’s a new company every week that says it does what we do. They don’t have any fuckin’ clue what we do.
They think we still manage celebrities’ social media presences. We haven’t done that for a year and a half. It was a terrible, thankless business. Why try to move celebrities that are
digital immigrants into it when I’ve got 6,000 kids that speak this language that can push anything and make it trend globally with a push of a button?"
Luckett isn't shy about his company's success, adding: "We are like the puppet master inside of these social media systems, and we work with these creators that do their thing every day, and we bring them funding. We did that to the tune of $27 million in revenue last year. And we’ve doubled every year.”
Luckett has no kind words form brands or agencies or celebrities who don't get the new media landscape. Of Katy Perry's lead up to her Super Bowl performance, of which there was none, Luckett said: “Shame on her. Look at her Facebook page -- not one mention of the Super Bowl! It’s unbelievable. The night of the Super Bowl, I sent her page to the execs at Universal and said, ‘Guys, y’all need to be fired. You’re embarrassing yourselves.’ Her fans wanted to interact with her. Where are the Instagram photos? Show me her inspirations. Show me something. Get people excited.”
As one who watches this space with rapt attention, I can certainly concur with Luckett. Time and time again, too many brands and agencies simply do not understand or simply do not care to understand how dramatically things have changed (and continue to change) and how completely different marketing approaches are now required to affect any metric a brand cares about.
This is not to say you all suck. Far from it. Change takes time, but you can't go around with your head in the sand and adopt a wait-and-see attitude like the agency president who, in an interview I had in 2003, said to me: "Oh, the Internet. No, it's not really anything we concern ourselves with." I swear that actually happened.
No one, of course, is saying that anymore -- but there was a time when, you know, this whole "Internet thing" was just some stupid thing those IT geeks screwed around with when they were supposed to be making sure your Lotus Notes worked.
All of which is to say the "we've always done it that way" attitude will get you nowhere. And companies like TheAudience will be stealing business from you left and right. Of course, you could just do what agencies always do -- promise your client you can do it and then just call TheAudience, pay their fee and take all the credit. At least that would be better than doing nothing at all. And who knows -- you might actually learn something; enough to, you know, realize your agency should be smart enough to provide your clients this kind of service with the ease and panache you display when presenting your latest Flashturbation creation way back in 2005.
WPP has launched Gain Theory. It's a new "marketing foresight consultancy," which aims to help brands deal with the explosion of data, predicted to be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009.
Heading up the new entity is former WPP Maxus CIO Jason Harrison.
Of the endeavor, Harrison says: “There’s so much more information available about business performance, consumers, what’s happening with marketing campaigns. The expectation is that marketers would be able to digest all that and be able to know what to do next and do that very quickly. That is incredibly complicated.”
While the entity will be part of WPP's media operation, it will remain independent of media buying. Harrison adds: “The reality is we get the best of both worlds. Because we sit alone as an independent entity, we can bring a point of view to a marketer that’s not connected to any of the decisions that get made about actual tactical executions. We don’t have a dog in that fight… But as well, we can connect to the vast array of tools and assets that live within WPP in a really independent and objective way.”