A week or so ago, because the current state of the ad biz is so boring and predictable, I decided to stir things up a bit by writing a post on AdScam titled, “The Best Agency In The World.” And ...Read More »
Will $1bn Microsoft pitch turn out to be the expected global shoot-out between Omnicom/Publicis and WPP?
My friend George Parker’s spies tell him that Microsoft’s mega-$1bn media account is headed to WPP which, if correct of course, will be a blow to both Interpublic (IPG’s UM handles Microsoft outside the US and not that much else) ...Read More »
My thanks to George Parker for this one (what a model of taste and discernment he is). Cape Town agency King James has produced a charming, moving, life-enhancing ad for Bell’s, ‘The Reader,’ featuring a father who learns to read ...Read More »
Can’t believe Wieden+Kennedy HQ produced this prize load of old nonsense – or completio bolloxio as they don’t say in Italy – for Maserati’s Super Bowl debut. Maybe time was a bit short and they had to raid the basement ...Read More »
I’ve just finished reading Fred Goldberg’s recently published book… The Insanity of Advertising. Hopefully anyone who knows anything about the ad biz will know of Fred and be familiar with his long and illustrious career at Y&R, New York, Chiat ...Read More »
What’s in an agency name? Used to be a load of initials of course, at one time there was a London agency called Beverley Fowler Maslin Oxlade & Starkey (lots of initials, obviously) and then, I think, they added Jenns ...Read More »
More goody goodies from Coke, cherchez le Francois (Hollande) and is psychology the answer to pitching?
***Here’s another happy-slappy ad from Coke, this time for Coke Zero from Publicis Conseil. But actually it does it with a bit of wit and irony, which is much needed these days. Who’s the girl? I don’t know if ex-Mother ...Read More »
What a swizz! But, having totted up the recommendations of our distinguished panel – Andy Law, Paul Simons, George Parker, Giles Keeble, Jerry Judge, Michael Lee and Mark Andrews (plus me, of course) our Agency of the Year contest is ...Read More »
Famous British actor and hell raiser Peter O’Toole (of Lawrence of Arabia fame) died last week, which is a great source of regret. My friend and sometime colleague George Parker recalls an occasion when he joined a poker school consisting ...Read More »