4 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Clients

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In my years as an agency media director and account director, I worked with many different personality types - including one long-term client who, for many years, wouldn't respect me or my work. One day he angered me so much I screamed at him for five minutes straight, telling him I knew exactly what the hell I was doing and he should shut up and listen to what I have to say.

While I certainly don't recommend letting your anger get the best of you or screaming at your clients, in this particular case my years of attempting to placate, coddle and generally bend over for this particular client never worked. It wasn't until I stood up to him with the same forceful authority he always commanded that he respected me. And from that point on, our relationship was wonderful.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Opinion



One Agency's Advice For Friday the 13th

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Dallas-based Dieste has put together an infographic advices agencies what they should not do this Friday the 13th. Among the advice, pick a different day to backup your work, be careful who you choose to cut your spot, beware of focus group mirrors and several others. Check out the infographic for them all.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies



Agency Spoofs iPhone 5c With iCrocs Video

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Here's a bit of distraction for your rainy (at least where we are) Thursday afternoon. Vienna-based agency PKP BBDO decided to have a little bit of fun at the expense of Apple's just-announced iPhone 5c which comes in five colors. Perhaps attempting to align the new iPhone with the much-maligned Crocs brand, the agency took a lunch break to shoot this shoe-tastic spoof.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Spoofs



Agency Says YouTube is Awesome! No, Seriously, They Really Do!

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Gleefully heaping praise on YouTube as if it had just launched yesterday, MDG Advertising is out with a video infographic (yes, that's a thing, too) that touts the benefits of creating video content and using YouTube to feature that content.

The video begins with the wonders of the Old Spice campaign and how the Gangnam style video generated $870,000 in revenue. We are then told top brand have, on average, 35,000 subscribers and 884,000 monthly video views. These brands have 203,000 Twitter followers and 2.6 million Facebook Likes.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Cloud in Agency's Lobby Visualizes Social Media in Real-Time

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Oh it had to come to this, didn't it? Santa Monica-based RPA has created The Listening Cloud, an actual cloud of sorts that lives in its lobby, monitors social media around the agency's clients and reflects it through changing colors and weather patterns.

It's like an old-school lava lamp except it's powered by the internet instead of, well, instead of the LSD-addled minds of its 1960's-era developers.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-13    
Topic: Agencies



How Agencies Have Reinvented Themselves for the Social Era

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The rise of social media has forced marketers and agencies to re-evaluate how they structure teams to better handle this new layer of marketing communication. It got us thinking.

How are agencies reconfiguring their teams to better function in the digital and social marketing era? How have agencies benefited from working not just with traditional creatives but how have they cast a wider net to include developers, freelance specialists and other partners? How do they then guard against "too many chefs in the kitchen"?

We queried several agencies and asked them what they are doing and what they have changed to improve how they work in an increasingly interconnected but complex industry. Some have retooled their org charts. Other have formed close partnerships. And still others have formed teams of people with seemingly unrelated skill sets.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-13    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion



Kia Hamsters VMA Performance Bests Miley Cyrus' Twerk Disaster

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It's the campaign that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. When we first met the Kia hamsters, they had barely taken on their now mostly human qualities. They were more hamster than human. As the years past, out fat, fuzzy friends have gone through a bit of a transformation and have become pop culture heroes we love to hate...or hate to love. Well, at least the the ad business. To the rest of the world, they're just psuedo-cool fur balls in a car commercial.

For its fifth outing, David & Goliath has crafted an, ahem, transformational spot for the 2014 Kia Soul in which the hamsters go through a transformation of their own. Just as the Kia Soul has received a makeover, so do out fat, furry friends.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



AOL Buys Adap.tv, Mag Circ Down Again, Guinness Does NFC

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A Happy Tim Armstrong

- AOL has agreed to buy Adap.tv for $405 million allowing AOL to expand its video advertising offerings.

- Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen -- whose company has 35-plus broadcast stations off the air in a fee dispute -- expects more blackouts, with programmers continuing to raise prices for carriage rights.

- According to the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations, total magazine circulation fell 1% from 292.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2012 to 289.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2013.

- OMG! L'Oreal model Cheryl Cole is appearing in a skincare campaign...wait for it...without wearing foundation

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Magazine, Policy, Social



Singapore Asks Finland For Hand in Marriage, CROCS Ad A Fake

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- This weird little Mentos video with an oddly catchy tune aims to garner support for a proposal that would solve Singapore's land crisis.

- These McFlurry-loving women need better lipstick.

- IPG Mediabrands has launched a new unit that further blurs the line between media and creative agencies. Called Mediabrands Publishing, it will create videos and other quick-turnaround content for marketers that will live in the physical and digital worlds. The digital content will be distributed on websites and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Strange



Following Publicis Omnicon Group Merger, Coke and Pepsi, In A Fit of Frustration, Agree to Merge

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In a collective fit of despair and inability to reach an agreement with WPP or IPG, neither of which could guarantee they would not merge in the future, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, this morning, announced they would merge. The new entity will be known as Poke.

Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi spokespeople reached out to Adrants this morning and collectively said, "Fuck it, this shit is ridiculous. How can each of us expect to compete with one another when there will likely be just one advertising agency to choose from in a few years?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands










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