In a recent blog post, Paul Gumbinner, a friend and advertising recruiter, suggested NY unemployment in our sector is around 15%. At one point I read there are 275,000 advertising jobs in NY which suggests about 40,000 are on the beach.
Between that, reduced budgets and digital and earned media shops rightfully requiring pie, one can safely say there has been a retrenchment in the ad biz. As hard as it is to say, it has improved the business. The work product of ad agencies is improving; it’s more creative, meaningful, idea-based and friendlier — with the exception of all those ads about hitting on the Super Bowl. Even the new work out of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese’s new agency Crispin Porter seems more wholesome. Roots! (Perhaps it’s all the bicycles and mountain air in Boulder.) And if you are watching a good TV spot and smiling, there’s a good chance you’re watching something from JWT. Quite a renaissance for them.
It seems that all the pink slips got rid of many marginal players and a ton of haters. The latter group can now be found commenting on Adweek and Ad Age posts. Disruption (sorry Mr. Dru) has given way to heartfelt selling and that’s a good thing. Money is creeping back into agency pockets and human resources calendars fill up — let’s hope we hire higher up the food chain. Peace.
February 21, 2018 in Marketing
Claim and proof are the driving forces of the What’s The Idea? brand strategy framework. Find a claim (a simple, endemic idea that sets your product apart from the competition), then array three proof planks beneath. Proof sells the claim. It is evidence. The planning rigor, unlike many, is evidence-based. It’s not overly complicated. That’s […]
February 20, 2018 in Marketing
Highland Brewing is “an original” craft brewery located in Asheville, NC – founded in 1995 by Oscar Wong. When I moved to Asheville and having becomes a big fan of the Highland Gaelic Ale, I decided to contact president Leah Wong Ashburn for a quaff and chat about branding. Ms. Wong, I learned, was way […]
February 19, 2018 in Marketing
One of the keys to good brand planning is the consumer interview: Getting consumers to open up and share deeper insights. To start you must do some shallow digging, but you don’t want to stay there too long or the process will feel like an online survey. If you sound like a research survey, you […]
February 16, 2018 in Marketing
I went to the Starbucks yesterday, one housed in my local Ingles grocery store, and a nice young women in a non-descript polo shirt came to serve me. I was looking for an Ingles logo on the shirt, but didn’t see one. Within a minute another woman walked into the Starbucks retail space with a […]
February 15, 2018 in Marketing
As a brand planner, whose primary concern is developing master brand strategy, my discovery phase is all about finding the right claim and the three most motivating proof planks supporting that claim. This claim and proof framework is perhaps the simplest most easy to understand means by which to build a brand. Claim and proof […]
January 30, 2018 in Marketing
I’m working on an assignment that has me reading a child development text by a PhD and clinician who also happen to be parents. The text delves into brain function. Fellow brand planner and friend Megan Kent has built up a great practice mapping the brain to preference and emotional attachments to brands. Check her […]
January 29, 2018 in Marketing
I was reading a recipe this weekend for chick pea chili (don’t judge) and decided right off the bat I’d never make it. Not for the chick peas, not for the drive to the grocery store(s), but for the over complication of ingredients. I favor minimalism in my cooking. It’s easier to taste a few […]