What a strange business we're in. On the one hand, we talk a lot about the need for consistency in relationships — about the need to truly understand the client's business and the importance of our work being acknowledged and respected in the advertiser's boardroom. And on the other, we celebrate pitches as if we were involved in a sporting event.

Richards/Lerma announced its rebrand to LERMA in celebration of the agency’s 10-year anniversary. The new brand represents the agency’s rich digital and creative roots, now with an even stronger focus on a more diverse, inclusive and technologically savvy America.

By Gonzalo López Martí    Creative director, etc. / lmmiami.com/

  • It happens again and again.
  • Regardless of the number of weeks or months an agency is given to prepare a presentation for a pitch or RFP, the last stretch will involve sleepless nights, lost weekends, exhaustion and nervous breakdowns.
  • Even if the entire payroll of said agency is assigned to the project with ample time to react, the outcome will be the same.
  • The very definition of a paradox: the more staff one adds to complete a certain task, the longer it takes to be fulfilled.
  • Pathological procrastination?

Cacique Inc. announced it has named award-winning agency GALLEGOS United as its agency of record (AOR) for advertising. GALLEGOS United will be Cacique's lead agency driving overall brand strategy, creative development across all media channels & social media. The agency's work on behalf of the brand is expected to begin immediately.

The great hope for digital/social media was addressable advertising, with its lower creation and production costs coupled with higher advertising effectiveness. How could one argue with this formula, particularly while the consuming public was retreating from broadcast advertising? Unrecognized by digital/social enthusiasts, though, are the hidden costs of complexity, which today threaten to erode the marketing effectiveness of advertisers and agencies alike.

In-house creative teams at advertisers may play a bigger role in Super Bowl advertising this year.  Procter & Gamble will air a pregame spot for its Secret brand on Super Bowl Sunday that was conceptualized, written and cast by its in-house creative team. The in-house team also had a hand in the editing, graphic design and revisions of the spot.

Millennials are the most attractive target for marketers. That is why companies spend five times as much trying to reach them than on Baby Boomers, even though Boomers control 70% of all disposable income. Millennials, goes the argument, are critical for a brand success in the long run. Get them when they are young, and they’ll stay with you for a lifetime (an overly optimistic, wishful thinking about the ficklest generation ever).

The advertising agency industry can be difficult to understand, especially for those lacking a first-hand history of working within it.  Because many marketers, securities analysts and others look to understand the industry in order to be better partners, investors or students of the business, we wanted to illustrate how to apply our analysis framework to our own sector.

Do brands care enough about fraud?  Ask most brand managers and their agencies and digital publishing partners that question, and the answer will be a qualified yes.

Acento’s board of directors announced that intercultural veteran Donnie Broxson will become Chief Executive Officer as Hispanic advertising pioneer Roberto Orci steps into the new role of Chairman, effective immediately.  Orci’s role will be to further grow the agency’s business, diversify its revenue base and build the company’s brand in the industry.  Broxson will be responsible for Acento’s overall strategic direction, operations, and client relationships with all agency departments reporting to him.

THIRD EAR, part of Omnicom Group Inc., is starting the new decade with key wins including the retainment of Visit Austin as the general market AOR. The wins help the agency close 2019 showcasing their full depth of bench and insights spanning multiple industries, consumer segments and channel strategies.

Only pursue pitches that are worth your time.  By Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

alma announced that Marriott International has appointed them as its social media agency of record for the Caribbean and Latin American region (CALA) following a competitive pitch.

Have advertisers (and their creative agencies) run out of ideas for improving their relationships?

Have you felt that everyone around you is getting angrier and that the news is getting worse? Caroline McCarthy says you can blame the advertising industry. Learn more about how advertising is fueling the battle for our attention and feeding the current dysfunction in media.

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