Production Company Does Agency.com Fist Bump

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Oh how this Rooster Worldwide self-promo video harkens the days of old when Agency.com made fools of themselves with their Subway Pitch Video. First off, it's all well and good for people to have interests outside of their daily jobs but would you really hire an agency that answered the question, "Are you a production company or an ad agency?" with "Oh, you mean that shit we do to pay the bills when we're not skating?"

Or a creative director that describes himself "I'm a creative director, a writer, an actor, a dad. But mostly, I'm just another fucking skater"?

The video is categorized as comedy on YouTube. We hope that's actually what Rooster intended.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-13    
Topic: Agencies



A Marketer's Guide to Evaluating An Advertising Agency

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If you're a marketer looking to evaluate an ad agency, this report from HubSpot, A Marketer's Guide to Evaluating an Ad Agency, is just what you need. Complete with a two page printable agency evaluation form and 8 criteria by which you should evaluate an agency's effectiveness, this guide will save you time and make you a hero in the eyes of your CEO.

Download the guide and evaluation form now to insure you select the right agency for your brand.

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Research



Study: Automated Media Buying to Rise But Face Challenges

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In a survey of 100 media agencies, media owners and brands, conducted by the Festival of Media Global 2013, many believe media agencies are adapting well and that the media planner's role will change to take on more of a strategic/advisory capacity; however there is some concern over a lack of industry standards and transparency, and the disadvantage of a lack of human input.

Most respondents (66%) say they expect automated media buying to increase next year, with 26% of the group indicating they feel this increase will be substantial. Similarly, 63% say they expect an overall increase in automated media planning, with 20% believing this will be substantial. 55% agree automated media on the whole has increased in the past year - 22% saying substantially.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research



How to Hire the Perfect Inbound Marketer

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Are you a little bummed out at your 0.0000000001% response rates for your online ad campaigns? Angered over Mozilla and others turning cookies off by default in their browsers (so you can't properly target your potential customers)? Or maybe your miffed your "blind buys" result in your brand appearing on questionable sites?

Yea, the current online advertising model in totally broken. You need to check out inbound marketing. Better yet, you need to hire an inbound marketing expert. That may seem daunting if you don't truly understand inbound marketing but, never fear. HubSpot has published a pocket guide to hiring the perfect inbound marketer for your agency.

Get with the program. Inbound marketing is where the puck is headed. Don't get left behind. Download this guide and learn how to hire the perfect inbound marketer.

by Steve Hall    Mar-25-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Tools



World's Fastest Agency to deliver 140-Character Concepts in 24 Hours

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Ad man Floyd Hayes, formerly creative director at Cunning, has launched the World's Fastest Agency. Hayes has a long history of interesting stunts including most recently sending a 3D replica of his head to prospective employers.

This week, Hayes has launched a new agency that promises to be really fast in three easy steps. Here's how it works. First, send $999 to Hayes via PayPal. Second, DM Hayes your 140 character brief to @FastestAgency. And three, receive a 140 character response from Hayes.

As proof of concept, Hayes points to similar work he did while at Cunning where a brief, "Gain media and buzz for our park-anywhere small car," resulted in the concept, "Attach replica cars to landmark city buildings."

Would you send Hayes $999?

by Steve Hall    Mar-19-13    
Topic: Agencies, Promotions



How One Agency Increased Revenue 3,597 Percent

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So you want to win a Lion at Cannes this year? Good luck with that. And to what end anyway? So you can put it on a shelf, let it collect dust and hope it leads to new business? How about a more proven method?

How about a method that can increase your revenue 3,597 percent? Oh, you think this is yet another cheesy white paper offer? Well it is a whitepaper offer but it's not cheesy in the least.

Smart agency owners know that survival requires an imminent shift toward digital marketing services like blogging, content creation, search engine optimization and social media. But that transition is easier said than done.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research



JWT to Launch Pop-Up Agency During SXSW

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Much to the chagrin of the geeks, the ad industry has firmly latched onto SXSW and is doing its part to get a piece of the startup pie. One agency, JWT, has decided to launch a pop-up agency at SXSW that will last just five days from March 8 until March 12. Called Walter, the agency will meet with 25 startups and choose the candidates it feels have the best offering and, of course, the provide best return for the agency.

Partnering with startup accelerator TechStars, the agency launched a pop-up website, Call Us Walter, to attract potential clients.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-13    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Talent Pool: Are Specialists Endangered?

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In some of our past coverage, we've touched upon the changing nature of professional experience needed to form effective creative and marketing teams, how those teams should be structured and how agencies are reinventing themselves as the market has shifted away from the traditional agency of record model.

Add to that the notion of pi-shaped talent which, like T-shaped talent, describes a person with broad knowledge in all areas but adds capability for both left-brained and right-brained skills, and you have a dramatic shift in workforce expertise.

This shift toward a workforce that possesses a multifaceted skill set begs the question: are specialists endangered? I think not.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-18-13    
Topic: Agencies



Designer Hijacks Client Site Over Non-Payment of Invoices

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Web designer Frank Jonen, who did web design work for Fitness SF, claims he wasn't paid properly so he hijacked his client's site replacing it with a damning message telling Fitness SF customers the company doesn't pay its bills.

This might be the perfect example as to why no brand should completely hand the keys to its website over to a third party without retaining at least enough control to access the site and correct situations like this. Alas, not everyone knows how to manage a website. And besides, if Fitness SF hasn't paid its bill then this is probably what they deserve. We just hope Jonen requested payment several times through normal channels before resorting to this method.

Below is the full text of the website message.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-14-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



RedSquareAgency Uses Vine to Send Valentines Day Messages

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Making good use of this month's app of the moment, RedSquareAgency is using Vine to create customized Valentine's Day Messages. Coupling with Vine's #Valentine initiative, the agency will send a personalized Vine message to those who tweet @redsquareagency or who visit ValenVine.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-13    
Topic: Agencies, Social








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