Icons: Pat Fallon, Ty Montague, Jesus

In recognition of Pat Fallon’s years of hard work helping to build and cultivate the advertising industry in Minnesota, and in honor of his induction into the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Fame, Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed March 25, 2010 to be ‘Pat Fallon Day’ in the city of Minneapolis.
JWT’s top two North American executives are departing the WPP-owned network to start their own agency. Rosemarie Ryan, JWT’s co-president since 2004, and Ty Montague, its chief creative officer and co-president since 2005, have had both successes and setbacks in their tenure at the shop. They are credited with leading a resurgence of sorts in JWT’s large New York headquarters, which has seen its creative reputation improve and was bolstered by a major influx of Microsoft business beginning in 2008. But the pair also oversaw the virtual shuttering of JWT’s storied Chicago office and the folding of its standalone Detroit operation into WPP’s hybrid “Team Detroit.” In the past year it has also parted ways with key Kellogg’s business and saw its Jet Blue account go into review.
That Kit Kat Jesus fake e-mail in full…

JWT Management Changes (online.wsj.com)
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Proclaims Today ‘Pat Fallon Day’ (eon.businesswire.com)
Crowdsourcery (farisyakob.typepad.com)

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2010: Some Trends & Predictions

Trendwatching – Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2010

Companies seeking to reach out to consumers this year need to prove they are good corporate citizens and also need to tailor their products, services and messaging to an audience that is constantly online, according to consumer insights firm trendwatching.com.
While Web 2.0 brought the world interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design and collaboration, software applications provider ICON believes that the next generation of the web, or “Web 3.0″ promises more recommendations, free services, intelligent (semantic) searches, and information that’s no longer random data, but tailored, highly intuitive and delivered in real time. As 2009 draws to a close, and in an effort to heighten awareness about Web 3.0, Gege Gatt, the founder and director of Malta-based ICON recently identified some broad trends that are in tune with Web 3.0. According to Gatt, these trends are…
Sienna Farris, Director of Social Media at Strawberry Frog, spoke with AdWeek about 5 key social media implications that brands will need to respond to in 2010. Recognizing that predictions don’t hold a candle against the fast pace at which technology changes and renders them dated, these are more of a call to action and awareness, and less of a definite prediction.

eMarketer – 7 Predictions for 2010
It’s that time of year again—the season for looking back, reflecting on what transpired over the course of the year, and simultaneously looking forward, to formulate thoughts, and perhaps some hope, for what the coming year will bring.

As 2009 draws to a close, the Web’s attention turns to the year ahead. What can we expect of the online realm in 2010? While Web innovation is unpredictable, some clear trends are becoming apparent. Expect the following 10 themes to define the Web next year:
JWT – Trends that will influence 2010
JWT has done a year-end forecast for the past several years and has just released their thoughts on what 2010 will bring. Here’s a glance at the 10 trends they believe will shape this next year.
Nicola Davies – 2010 predictions
Nicola Davies prognosticates

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    Agencies … BBH cuts pay, JWT closes office

    JWT is to close its Chicago office, two years after its key account Kraft Foods pulled nearly $200m worth of business out of the agency. JWT Chicago, which was reduced to a satellite operation of JWT’s New York office following the Kraft bombshell, is to shutter its doors this week. About 50 employees are expected to lose their jobs.
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    JWT’s Mad Men

    I came across an article in AdWeek: “JWT this week said that it would run a brand spot on the upcoming release of the Mad Men DVD set, featuring creative that spells out the words “mad men” using letters and logos from the ad agency’s global client roster. The spot, which carries the tagline, “Making brands famous since 1864,” appears at the outset of the first disc in a four-disc set produced by Lionsgate.” You can see the ad here.


    JWT’s global CEO Bob Jeffrey gave a rather flabby explanation as to the rationale, objectives and success metrics surrounding this effort: “This is an opportunity for us to leverage our brand,” he said. “All I’m looking for is a nod of the head and recognition for what JWT is… The show has drawn audience of both consumers and industry people, giving JWT a platform that is hard to refuse”, he added.

    “Leverage our brand” … “nod of the head” … “consumers and industry people”. Well, I will forgive Bob for having been away from the sharp end of writing business presentations, but … really.

    Bob continues: “I always thought that the best way to build an agency is through the work it does for its clients, but this was a different kind of opportunity because of the nature and the content of the show.”

    “A different kind of opportunity”. OK.

    I guess I have two “issues” with this effort:

    1. Why would JWT – long thought of as a dinosaur (or pre-digital anachronism) and only recently reinventing itself as an Agency for the new era (Digitivity Deep Dive Days and all) – want to associate itself with the “good old days of” the 1960s? It seems that, rather than embracing the new landscape, JWT rejects 2008 as dystopic, and would like instead to travel back in time to the old utopia of the 1960s. I might give them a pass on this as wanting to celebrate their heritage, but still think that attaching themselves to that specific era is an odd move.

    2. Maybe I am being a tedious comms planner here, but isn’t using mass-market DVDs to reach the marketing community a teensy bit wasteful? As Booz Allen’s Chris Vollmer says: “It suggests that some of the people watching these DVDs must be important influencers somewhere” He also notes “It’s an industry play rather than a consumer play, because I can’t see how it would make sense to a consumer.”

    “Some” of the people who will watch are “Influencers”. Hmm. So, assuming JWT paid market rate for this, whichever bright spark at JWT that came up with this idea had to present the budget for approval, look his superior unblinkingly in the eye and say “Probably less that 1% of those who see this will be our target audience”. So: take whatever JWT paid for this, multiply it by .99 and that is how much money they wasted.

    And DVDs? Who buys them any more? I thought we all downloaded these days?

    I am not the only one who is perplexed. Says Simon Sinek, CEO of SinekPartners: “It sounds like someone reacting to an opportunity to me, and in doing so, JWT is acting like one of their own worst clients”. Steve Hall at AdRants, whose headlines I always enjoy, wrote the immortal line “JWT Uses ‘Mad Men’ DVD Set to Wank Off”. No comment!

    If there was a cleverly thought out play to “insert JWT in the national dialogue” (or similar) surrounding this effort, then I can see a glimmer of hope. And if I have missed anything any key points here, in the unlikely event anyone at JWT reads this and would care to enlighten me, please don’t hesitate!

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