• The Horrible Working Conditions at This Agency Led One Employee To Become An Actor
    Yes, there are ups and there are downs. Sadly, these days it seems like there are a lot more downs that ups.
  • Interpublic's Michael Roth Has The Answers to Every Agency's Problems
    Speaking during an earnings call Wednesday, Interpublic CEO Michael Roth pretty much said he has nothing to worry about and Interpublic is awesome and has nothing to worry about even as PepsiCo Global Beverage Group President thinks ad agencies are dead.  Roth thinks the current state of confusion in the market is a good thing saying, “Confusion is good for us. We get paid to help make sense out of all of this. And if clients are looking to us to help them do this, we have to be able to respond.”  After informing those on the call that the current flurry …
  • Here's Some Advice From A 95-Year-Old Mad Man Who Just Joined His Son's Ad Agency
    In an AdWeek piece David Gianatasio profiles Larry Rinck, a 94-year-old ad man who oversaw advertising for the famous S&H Green Stamps brand.
  • Agencies' Faux Press Release Mocks Antiquated Agency Models
    Agencies Deare/2 and BigEyeWish partnered to mock the ridiculousness of present-day agency models and also, that recent rant from PepsiCo President Brad Jakeman.
  • Some Very Sad News Coming Out Of Adland Today
    Some very sad news coming out of adland today. Tom Adamski, CEO of Publicis Groupe's Razorfish Global, has died following a bout with cancer. He was 43.  Of the loss, Publicis CEO Maurice Levy said: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tom Adamski. Tom was an important part of the Publicis family for many years, serving as a member of the P12 (Publicis executive committee), and left a significant mark on the Groupe. While we mourn the loss of Tom, we honor his joie de vivre and the inspiration he was day after day."  Alan Herrick, who is …
  • PR Exec Slaps Martin Sorrell Upside the Head For Disparaging Remarks on PR Firms' Marketing Capabilities
    Any of you PR firms out there who think you can broaden services to include ad agency-like offerings are living in la la land, according to Sorrell.
  • London-Based VCCP, Sick of Being Excluded From International Work, Plans to Buy U.S. Agency
    VCCP is looking at three agencies on the East Coast and three agencies on the West Coast and hopes to have a deal in place by early 2016.
  • Maurice Levy, Martin Sorrell Land Spots On Harvard Business Review's Best-Performing CEO List
    Harvard Business Review, which annually publishes a ranking of the best-performing CEOs named Maurice Levy and Martin Sorrell to the list. Levy landed at number 39 and Sorrell landed at number 5, the highest-ranked agency executive on the list.  The list focuses on overall financial performance, but also "the mix a measurement of each company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance." Financials are weighted at 80% while ESG (introduced this year) is weighed at 20%.   Of the increased focus on a corporation's social endeavors, HBR wrote: "Our view is that, in an era of big data and greater transparency, consumers and investors …
  • Clandestine San Francisco Agency West, Part-Owned by Jack Dorsey, Received $1.2 Million From Dorsey's Square
    The agency was founded by former Apple exec Allison Johnson and is backed by "direct ownership interest" of Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO Twitter as well as founder and CEO of Square.
  • While Online Video Viewing Is Up, TV Ads Still Work Better; Here's How to Improve Your Online Video Ads
    A new Millward Brown report finds that multiscreen users now spend as much time viewing online video as they do viewing TV.
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