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Aisha Hakim Conducts Gut Check, Takes Her Talents Elsewhere

Aisha Hakim Conducts Gut Check, Takes Her Talents Elsewhere

The ad agency business is not in the best shape today. I’ve been describing the conditions that led to this sorry state for years, as have other concerned individuals. Some of the prevailing themes are brain drain, poor work conditions, lack of diversity, loss of creativity, propeller heads gone wild, et al. Aisha Hakim, a […] Read More

There Is No Relationship Between the Size of Your Talent and Size of Your Market

There Is No Relationship Between the Size of Your Talent and Size of Your Market

Editor’s note: This third article in our new Emerging Voices Series is made possible by the generous support of our patrons on Patreon. The advertising industry is a solar system. The sun represents the brands we make work for—they give us our central purpose and provide vital resources. The planets are advertising’s preeminent cities like […] Read More

Author, Artist and Entrepreneur—Gay Gaddis—Provides Some Solid Career Advice

Author, Artist and Entrepreneur—Gay Gaddis—Provides Some Solid Career Advice

Do you know Gay Gaddis? The author of Cowgirl Power—How to Kick Ass In Business and Life, Gaddis started T3 in Austin in 1989. Today her son, Ben Gaddis, helps to run the agency which was purchased in 2019 by California-based LRW Group. “The partnership with LRW Group gives us the ability to scale and […] Read More

David Aaker on the Power of Stories to Shape the Discussion Around Brands

David Aaker on the Power of Stories to Shape the Discussion Around Brands

Tech evangelist Guy Kawasaki’s new podcast, “Remarkable People,” continues to bring interesting authorities to the fore. This week’s episode features professor, author, and consultant, David Aaker, “the godfather of branding.” Aaker is a professor emeritus of the Haas School of Business of UC Berkley, the vice-chairman of a marketing and branding firm called Prophet, and […] Read More

The Adpulp Interview: Katherine Hollar Barnard

The Adpulp Interview: Katherine Hollar Barnard

Katherine Hollar Barnard is a force, a dynamo, a badass. She’s the founder and CEO at Firesign in Kansas City, which offers “enlightened legal marketing” to its clients. We became friends two years ago and I want to mention why that is. This lady is fierce. I admire this in her, and in others. Katie […] Read More

Creative Unicorns Starting to Multiply

Creative Unicorns Starting to Multiply

Editor’s note: This second article in our new Emerging Voices series is made possible by the generous support of Looney Advertising in Montclair, NJ. The advertising industry calls them unicorns—the creatives that are skilled in both art direction and copywriting. When a unicorn is discovered, some advertising veterans that believe in the traditional creative structure […] Read More

The Adpulp Interview: David T. Jones

The Adpulp Interview: David T. Jones

David T. Jones is a Chicagoan. He makes ads, he draws cartoons, and he started his own ad agency with two friends from Indiana University. Many of us already have an inkling about his perspective on the business thanks to his Ad Land cartoons. In this interview, we learn more about the man and the […] Read More

Without An Abiding Purpose, Advertising Is Just Another Job

Without An Abiding Purpose, Advertising Is Just Another Job

What drives people to work in the advertising business? What human impulses are at work? Advertising—like journalism, publishing, technology, and entertainment—is a tough field to join and a difficult field to stay employed in. So, it’s fair to ask, what is the original impulse, and what is the daily motivation that keeps the best people […] Read More

Will Make Ads in Exchange for Food and Shelter

Will Make Ads in Exchange for Food and Shelter

It’s difficult to get a proper read on the number of job losses across media, marketing, and advertising in the wake of COVID-19. It’s tough for a few different but related reasons. First, the great majority of people working in these industries work for small businesses. When a small business finds that it can no […] Read More

Rob Schwartz Interviews the Interviewer: Hear Us Both On the Disruptor Series Podcast Now

Rob Schwartz Interviews the Interviewer: Hear Us Both On the Disruptor Series Podcast Now

Rob Schwartz is president of TBWAChiatDay in New York City. He’s the wearer of dapper suits, and the host of a popular advertising talk show that was named “Agency-Hosted Podcast of the Year” by Adweek in 2019. Today, the Disruptor Series Podcast features 50-plus episodes on Podbean and it’s growing. The new interview with me, […] Read More

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