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.”
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.’ ”