Bro Culture in Ad Agencies and the Impact on Women

  “You take what is flowing down the testosterone train or get left behind” Is advertising agency culture so ‘pro-bro’ that it ends up becoming ‘anti-woman’? In the past few years, more and more women have been appointed to helm departments and agencies, and the ad agency world has been patting itself on the collective … More Bro Culture in Ad Agencies and the Impact on Women

Amazon Books and the Power of Affirmation

Today, I paid a visit to the newly-opened “Amazon Books” store here in Seattle. For everyone who isn’t familiar with the venture, chances are you weren’t anywhere near the internet the week of November 6th, 2015— because it went bananas over the tech giant’s decision to open a physical store. Initially, I’d regarded the University … More Amazon Books and the Power of Affirmation

Wall Drug and the Tyranny of Advertising

As soon as one crosses into South Dakota on I-90— immediately, billboards begin to be strewn along the desolate highway. Some old and some new, these boards are full of charming and disarming phrases, finishing with a promise of miles remaining until the Destination You Didn’t Know You Had: “Wall Drug, only 361 miles.” It’s … More Wall Drug and the Tyranny of Advertising

Super Bowl Ad Disrespects People, Fails Miserably

Perhaps you caught the 2015 Super Bowl ad for Chevy Colorado Trucks? No, not the ad that harkened back to the unfortunate blackout of earlier years. That particular Chevy Colorado Ad was a big success with consumers, because it “trolled everyone” and “disrupted” the big event, according to the trade publications. But what about the … More Super Bowl Ad Disrespects People, Fails Miserably

Synopsis: Money Chat

MONEY DISCUSSION GROUP SYNOPSIS These are approximate recreations of the discussions in the conversation group, with protections for participants such as anonymity, and the removal of specific, identifying details. The quotes are not actual quotes, but are recollections of mine that reflect the various twists and turns of the conversation. “I think of ‘Lifestyles of … More Synopsis: Money Chat

Thoughts on Cannes

Cannes: Confessions of a First-Timer “Courtney Love was really funny!” “What could she possibly have talked about?” “Creativity. I mean, the panel was about creativity… so she basically just talked about her music.” This exchange between two festival-goers really summed up the Cannes Lions in the eyes of a first-timer. The annual Festival of Creativity … More Thoughts on Cannes

Synopsis: Bravery Chat

BRAVERY DISCUSSION GROUP SYNOPSIS These are approximate recreations of the discussions in the conversation group, with protections for participants such as anonymity, and the removal of specific, identifying details. The quotes are not actual quotes, but are recollections of mine that reflect the various twists and turns of the conversation. “I’d like to have more … More Synopsis: Bravery Chat

Why I Left The Ad Game

Why I Left Advertising ‘Why I left advertising’ blog posts have been popping up around the internet for the last few years. Perhaps tellingly, these posts often get passed around with fervor by people who work in the ad industry. The latest was a brilliant one by Bud Caddell, about disempowered, feckless, and under-resourced clients—if … More Why I Left The Ad Game

Synopsis: Chemistry Chat

CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION GROUP SYNOPSIS These are approximate recreations of the discussions in the conversation group, with protections for participants such as anonymity, and the removal of specific, identifying details. The quotes are not actual quotes, but are recollections of mine that reflect the various twists and turns of the conversation. “I studied chemistry in college,” … More Synopsis: Chemistry Chat