Claire Beale, editor, Campaign
I'm used to agencies telling me how great they really are, really: just look at all this work, and this smart thinking, and all these tools with silly names.
There are only two things most agencies want to talk about at the moment.
This time last year, I was editing Campaign's sister brand Marketing and we did a little private survey of what clients thought of their agencies.
If you believe the gossip, WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell was on the phone to Sapient Corp's mandarins last weekend making a counter offer for the digital company, which, by Monday morning, had accepted an astonishing $3.7 billion bid to join Publicis Grou...
There must be a story behind the story of Telefónica's media agency shift. I doubt it's one that will show our industry in a good light.
There's been an awful lot of heat generated over the past week about a piece written in Adweek, by Grey's newly promoted chairman Nils Leonard, on the subject of the creative of the future.
There are a few things we need to talk about this week. Thing one: Peter Mead.
When the director Ringan Ledwidge stood up at a Now event last week and talked about the need (the absolute requirement, even) to fight (literally, perhaps) for great ideas, he hardly had to convince his creative agency audience.
The lines of this week's Publicis Groupe press statement announcing some structural fiddling are too close together to read much between them.
I've spent an awful lot of time this past week talking to writers in the US. It's been one of the most thoroughly depressing things I've done in a long time.
It's nearly ten years since J Walter Thompson became JWT and tried to reinvent itself through the pages of an in-house book called Hold My Skateboard While I Kiss Your Girlfriend.
Like quite a lot of people much smarter than me, I completely screwed up over Dare.
Well, that's it.
I had lunch the other day with a former big-agency CEO who went off and did a start-up a couple of years ago.
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