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Brands Need to Stop Trying to Play Hero The goal should be participation

Illustration: Miguel Montaner Did you ever know that you’re not my hero? There. It had to be said (or sung). Consider this amusing yet pertinent disconnect in the spirit of helping…

April 15, 2014, 6:09 AM EDT

The New Head of McCann Erickson N.Y. Misses the Rain and Camaraderie of London Chris Macdonald's transition to the agency's flagship office

Specs Who Chris Macdonald New gig president, McCann Erickson New York Old gig CEO, McCann Erickson London; chairman, McCann Worldgroup Age 47 You grew up in Oxford. Did you ever think you would work…

April 13, 2014, 9:21 PM EDT

These Fashionistas Parlayed Digital Smarts Into a Creative Shop CA Creative's clients include Ann Taylor Loft, Edition Hotels

Specs Who Co-partners Carol Han (l.) and Alexandra Weiss What Digitally focused branding agency Where New York In 2010, Carol Han and Alexandra Weiss, then working on the still-nascent digital side of fashion (Han…

April 2, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

This Startup Agency Counts Michelle Obama Among Its Clients Catch New York rapidly grows from 6 employees to 35

Specs Who (L. to r.) Joe Perello, co-founder and managing partner; Doug Spitzer, partner and CCO; Arie Kovant, co-founder and managing partner What Full-service agency Where New York office While most of the ad…

March 26, 2014, 10:09 PM EDT

Retailers Are Using Data-Based Approaches to Fight Showrooming A ‘call, click or come over’ strategy

Technology has given consumers the ability to be multichannel shoppers, giving rise to the showrooming phenomenon whereby people check out the merchandise in the stores, then go online and buy…

March 25, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

Gap Taps Wieden + Kennedy as Lead Creative Agency Agency's first work is expected in September

Wieden + Kennedy's first campaign for Gap is set to launch in September, following the retailer's hiring of the agency this week. The shop will handle global creative responsibilities—a role previously…

March 20, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

DDB's Digital Exec on Creating for Instagram and Lovin' It Talks social with clients like McDonald's

DDB’s Azher Ahmed is a part of the creative team working for brands like State Farm Insurance (consumers might recall the “discount doublecheck”) and he is at SXSW talking with…

March 10, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

Microsoft Tells Agencies What They Must Do to Win Its Coveted Global Account Spends more than $1 billion annually in media

Microsoft is in the middle of reinventing itself—and it wants the agencies vying for its global creative and media business to be open to change, too.    The tech giant last year…

March 9, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

MediaCom Studies Hollywood to Help Train Its Staff Learning new ways to tell an interesting and compelling story

It’s late on a Monday morning and eight staffers at MediaCom are watching Argo. No, they’re not slacking off but rather learning how to tell a story from two Italian filmmakers:…

March 2, 2014, 10:41 PM EST

A Play-by-Play From Jaguar's Super Bowl Social Media Lair Carmaker embraces its role as villain on Twitter

Early in the Super Bowl’s first quarter, Jaguar found itself playing defense. Lexus—not even a big game advertiser—was buying space on Twitter, piggybacking on its #goodtobebad hashtag. When you’re cultivating a…

February 3, 2014, 2:08 PM EST

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