Well, we've known for quite some time that those in the advertising
profession are about as well respected as car dealers, members of congress and lawyers -- but did you know the profession is also one of the most overrated? A recent CareerCast survey noted that the most overrated jobs are stockbrokers, surgeon and -- yes, public relations manager
and advertising account executives. While the perception that working at an advertising or public relations agency handling glamorous accounts and working with celebrities is fun and exciting, the
truth -- as many of you know -- is often very different. You are overworked, underpaid and are likely to lose your job if a large account moves to another agency. The most underrated jobs? Computer
systems analyst, veterinarian and biologist. Time for a career change?
Following the assignment of its advertising business to Vitro earlier this year, casual dining chain Red Robin has hired former Applebee's marketer John Schaufelberger as vice president of brand marketing. Schaufelberger will be responsible for overseeing Red Robin's advertising, media, national promotions, communications and in-store merchandising. The hire comes 18 months after former Starbucks and T-Mobile vetran Denny Marie Post was brought in as the chain's CMO. Post will tap into Schaufelberger's overseas experience as SVP of Marketing for Burger King in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to help, as Post puts it, "transform Red Robin into an industry-leading casual dining brand."
Live action director and motion designer Brian Bowman has joined New York City-based Spontaneous as its new creative director. Of the hire, Spontaneous VP/Managing Director Cara Cutrone said, “This marks a new era at Spontaneous. Brian's live action and interactive experience brings new capabilities that will enhance our already strong design, CG and VFX offerings. His work as a director has exposed him to high profile clients including Microsoft, HBO and MTV while his work as a designer has placed him at the helm of a broad range of advertising and entertainment projects. His diverse background and multidimensional approach resonates with both artists and clients.
Hmm. Sounding more like the launch of a dog fence company, Dubuque, Iowa-based Woodward Communications has partnered with consulting and fulfillment firm Guarantee Digital to launch Fence Talk Digital, a digital advertising agency that will provide area merchants with search, mobile, social, video and email marketing. No word on whether or not every Friday will be bring-your-dog-to-work day.
And in a fun "we're bored so let's come up with yet another ranking of advertising agencies," exercise,AdWeek cobbled together a map of the United States that's a graphical representation of what it dubs the best shops in each state. Choices were limited to agencies founded in a given state and are based on head count, notable clients, legacy and reputation.