Friday, 29 June 2012

Clients get the advertising they deserve.

Do you find this to be a true statement? My years in the biz have led me to believe it's true most of the time.
Clients who ask for amazing work and approve it or get it approved.
Clients who ask for amazing work and squash it to death.
Clients who are quite happy with the status quo and looking and sounding like everybody else.

Love to hear from agency folks as well as clients on this one.

Monday, 18 June 2012

What the wha??

This ad is on the back of TIME magazine. For Sheraton hotels. The shoot looks professional, using lots of talent and shot on location. So you know that money was spent. But what the heck does that headline even mean? And don't even get me started on the ellipses.

How do you reckon this concept got to be? Was it a creative team that tried and tried but finally just gave up? Or was it their first idea on the list? Was it the client's suggestion? Did somebody think this was good?

There are plenty of bad ads out there, but I'm always fascinated with bad ads that have obviously tried but failed to say anything.

Friday, 15 June 2012

The client/agency relationship

Jen Griffiths, one of my newly-minted graduates, suggested that I should teach "the client/agency relationship...trying to create something wonderful while getting in each other's way at times" next year.

If people keep sending me ideas like this, blogging will be super easy.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

One of the things I keep reminding my students is to think of themselves as students of advertising rather than just advertising students. After all my years in the biz, I'm still watching, learning, and analyzing what's going on out there. Not because I have to, but because I can't not do it.

I've started this blog after being inspired by two advertising bloggers, one I know and one I've never met. The guy I know is Tom Megginson. We've worked together, we're friends, and I'm amazed by how prolific he is, updating his blog at least a few times a day in spite of the fact that he's a very busy creative director. He's always insightful and sometimes funny.

The other is Anthony Kalamut, Professor and Program Coordinator of Creative Advertising at Seneca College. I've been following Anthony on social media since I became a professor myself. His passion for the industry as well as his students' success is palpable. While he and I were both creative guys in the Toronto ad industry at about the same time, we never crossed paths. But I respect him greatly.

I hope to add something to the blogosphere. I plan on sharing some of the insight I've gained over the years, ads I love and hate, and teachable moments that come out of my classrooms.

While my students are away for the summer, this blog won't be too active. But come, September, watch out.

So, if you're a student, hire students, teach students, take students on placement, speak with students, or just happen to be a student of advertising like me, I hope you enjoy this blog.