In a celebration of the bond between a copywriter and an art director, James H. Goldberg, a "loosely bound but tightly-held collective of advertising creatives," is out with Creative Promises, a collection of promise rings developed seemingly to cement the bond between creatives. Said to be "crafted with the finest 3D printing
technology," there's Intern White, Pitch Black and Award Gold. Hey, everyone's pledging themselves to each other no matter the persuasion. Why not a solid bond between creatives?
Here's an interesting recruitment campaign from The Creative Circus. The ad school sent an email to prospective students which read, "Dear Prospective Student, Your career path is never black and white. But one thing we can say for certain is that jobs in advertising and design are about as fun and colorful as work can possibly be. But don’t take our word for it. Visit dullwork.biz for a look at a company deeply committed to spreadsheets, busy work and suffocating corporate culture. And if that doesn’t look appealing, join us at our Open House on 9/6/2014 and find out how you can turn fun into a career." The email points to a website which houses a company called Business Enterprise and Incentivized Global Exchange or, ahem, Beige. In a video, we hear from recruiter Melvin Flatwoog, productivity lead Terry Parchment-Paper and HR warden Hugh Szuck. They each prattle on about the tedium of working at Beige. The message, of course, is don't be beige and come to The Creative Circus' open house on September 6.
CMOs come and CMOs go. We all know that. They arrive and want to make their mark. Some do, check it off their bucket list and move on. Others fail and are asked to move on. Either way, their tenure is usually short, about 45 months according to recruiters Spencer Stuart. But a new study from RSW/US says its agency new business directors who revolve even more. According to the study, tenure for that position is just two years or less. The study notes one of the biggest reasons for this occurrence is the lack of realistic performance expectations. Two years ago RSW found agency execs stated their new business directors were somewhat or very successful. Today that level of satisfaction hovers around 26%. And while one third of respondents say the new business game has become more difficult, two thirds feel new business directors do not employ solid methodology.
It seems Mollie Spillman has outgrown Millennial Media. But at least she wasn't blind-sided this time. Spillman, who in 2012 was replaced as CMO of Yahoo by Marisa Mayer while on vacation, has left Millennial Media to become Chief Revenue Officer of retargeter Criteo. She will focus on growing Criteo's mobile business. Of her move from Millennial Media to Criteo, Spillman said, "Criteo is just a bigger company. I think that there is so much potential for growth." And maybe she won't have to hang out with so many Millennials.
The Warc 100, an annual list of the best agencies based on an analysis of winning campaigns across 87 different award events or competitions, has named Lowe Lintas India the number one agency on its 2015 list. The agency scored 213 points and was closely followed by AMV BBDO with 191 and Colenso BBDO with 148.
Of the recognition, Lowe Lintas
India CEO Joseph George said: "We have had a terrific run on creative effectiveness this year across the globe; and all the accolades have further reinforced our belief in the type of work we want to
do and believe in."
Chicago's Starcom MediaVest Group Chicago was named top media agency, followed by PHD Mumbai. 360i New York was named top digital agency with R/GA New York taking second place.
The Warc 100 is a ranking of top marketing campaigns and companies that the organization says is based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The organization does not disclose the competitions that it uses to devise the ranking.
Clearly Havas Chicago hasn't been paying attention to recent research that found open office space to be decidedly less productive than that of the old school office. The agency recently completed
a $10 million renovation of its 81,000-square-foot River North office space transforming two floors of office space into a wide open, unproductive free-for-all.
And get this. The agency used to occupy three floors. Now it occupies two. They say that's because the new office design uses space more efficiently. Translated into English, that means stuffing the same amount of bodies into a smaller space to save money.
The new design has done away with all offices and added all the usual distracting crap you'd expect to see in an advertising agency: graffiti, a soda fountain and a bubble hockey table. They've even added bicycle racks and a "town hall" meeting area with bleachers. Oh, and they've given the new space a cute new name; Havas Village. Because yeah -- it takes a village to raise children and, well, that's pretty much what ad agency people are; spoiled little brats who prefer a playpen instead of an office in which to "work."
Okay, that's harsh, but I can say that because I've been there.Of the new space, Havas Chicago CEO Paul Marobella said: "The big part of this space, outside of how cool it is, is that it's really built for utility and built for a purpose. Creative, media, strategy and account all sit together, organized by account. What's different about us is we can make a decision on Monday and it will be implemented by Friday."
It's really kind of strange -- and, well, depressing -- that actual adults with actual jobs in actual ad agencies that are actual businesses that, you know, are run by actual adults actually need
advice like this, but apparently this is the case.
Penning a piece for The Chattanoogan (what the hell kind of name for a news outlet is that?), Connect Marketing Head Honcho Clint Powell has some advice that really shouldn't be the kind of advice that actual adults need. Kids, maybe, but actual adults? No. In any event, he wrote the piece and if you've worked in the ad business for any length of time, you know full well there are, unfortunately, plenty of people who need this advice.
His advice? Knowing when to say things clearly and in a way that doesn't waste other people's time nor make you end up looking like a fool. He offers up four things that are perfectly okay to say but for some reason, people are too scared to say them. They are "I am sorry," "I can not do that," "I don't know" and "Let's be clear." You can read his whole article for the details but, seriously, you really shouldn't have to.
Toronto-based agency john st. has made an interesting hire. Hoping to beef up their digital services, the agency has brought in "an accomplished entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience
building global digital media and consumer internet businesses from concept through to final acquisition."
So who did the agency hire? The guy's name is Tom St. John. Yeah. No kidding. john st. hired St. John. Like, when does that ever happen?
Of joining the agency, St. John says, “I feel that john st. has done some of the most innovative digital work in the country for some time now, but I believe that there is room for them to lead the broader digital discussion with clients. Analytics, social ROI, branded content, mobile advertising, online video -- these are just some of the challenges our clients are facing, and we can help them maximize those opportunities.”
Working with McCann London, the folks behind Cannes Lions have launched a new campaign that suggests agencies offer to send their worst employees to the festival of creativity this year...because
it's cheaper than firing them and paying severance.
The purpose, of course, is to make one last-ditch effort to inspire the -- shall we say -- less inspired by dropping them into the center of advertising creativity for one week. I guess if after a week in Cannes they still suck, well, then it's time to bid them adieu. Although you will have to pay them severance then, so the whole send-them-to-Cannes thing is, indeed, a gamble.
Headlines to the ads read: "Nisha, Strategist. Has dedicated seven loyal years to your agency. With very little to show for it" and Samuel, Producer. You fought hard to hire him. Responds to every suggestion with 'It can't be done.'" The ads are signed off with "Buy her/him a delegate pass. Cheaper than severance."
Of the approach, McCann London CCO Rob Doubal said: "Although our campaign is humorous, it makes a very sensible point. Why should being a Cannes Lions delegate be the preserve of the already excellent? If we really want a more creative world, as we all profess, we should also be encouraging the not-so-excellent performers to be inspired by Cannes Lions."
Funny stuff, this campaign. Trouble is, now everyone that is sent to Cannes by their agency is now going to have a gigantic inferiority complex along with nightmares about whether or not agency management thinks they’re up to snuff.
Oh, and the poor people who had to pose for the campaign -- branded losers for life!