Playing to our strengths – thoughts on “agency” prompted by Google Firestarters #3

Thanks to Neil Perkin for curating another highly topical, highly relevant, highly provocative Firestarters event on behalf of Google. And thanks to Mel Exon, Martin Bailie and James Caig for providing said provocation by way of three alternative views on The New Operating System For Agencies. This is not a …

Follow the Shoe™. A cynical view of agency marketing.

Coffee with an ex-client turned into a conversation about “happening” agencies around the world. And from there to a revealing, client-eye view of agency marketing, agency models, agency philosophies and the ™ packaging of agency processes. Said client must have had thousands of cold calls, hundreds of chemistry meetings and …

Ad agencies have an easy life when it comes to self-promotion

Old advertising industry adage “Agencies are crap at advertising themselves.” Whilst there are a few notable exceptions, this remains pretty much a universal truth. And in its universality lies its protection. Because no ad agencies are any good at advertising themselves, they all get judged on the basis of the …