Should agencies show more -aaS?

First there was SaaS — software-as-a-service. Then PaaS — platform-as-a-service. Then IaaS — infrastructure-as-a-service. These days it’s EaaS — everything-as-a-service. Development-as-a-serivce (DaaS). Testing-as-a-service (TaaS). Content-as-a-service (CaaS). Social-media-as-a-service (SMaaS). I’m not making these up. Is it AaaS — anything-as-a-service? Is the right adjective for that AaaS-inine? Which made we wonder… Should agencies simply rebrand themselves as MaaS — marketing-as-a-service? “We’re not mass marketing. We’re MaaS marketing.” (A homage to homonyms.) They’d better hurry. One of their …

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Creative technology != marketing technology

Just read an article posted on Adweek yesterday, The New Tech Heads, profiling four “digital technologists” — that label seems a tad redundant, doesn’t it? — from top agencies: Scott Prindle, executive creative technology director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky Chris Kief, creative technology director, TBWA\Chiat\Day Richard Schatzberger, director of creative technology, Bartle Bogle Hegarty Gareth Kay, director of digital strategy, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners I’m thrilled to see this coverage. The integration of technology into …

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Creative technologists in brand advertising

I recently read an excellent post by Randall Rothenberg on the IAB blog, A Manifesto on Interactive Advertising. It’s a passionate argument for a renaissance of creativity in interactive advertising — especially in the agency world. Randall decries that online advertising, while pervasive, is rarely iconic. How many people have felt good about search ads or banners? In contrast to the great campaigns of TV and print, which have deeply affected people and culture — …

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