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Lately I’ve been adding more Twitterers to follow on Twitter (reading this just sounds so geeky, but I’m a bit of a geek I admit). One such Twitterer I’m now following is @adagencylayoffs, who tweets on, you guessed it, agency layoffs. Upon a quick scan, I was shocked, surprised and a bit deflated to read that CP+B, Leo Burnett, and others are going through layoffs. If you are looking for a job in advertising, you should follow @adagencylayoffs. At least then you might save yourself some time trying to apply for a job at a place that just trimmed their depts. down.

Because I’m looking for a planning/strategy job after finishing an internship @ Fallon, knowing that so many agencies are chopping their staff down, makes me less optimistic about my job prospects. Looking for a job as a jr anything, and especially a jr planner, is tough, but I’ll just have to keep up the hard work, figure out ways to hunt for leads more strategically, and hope for the best.

One of my latest Fallon Planning internship projects has been to help build next week’s Brainfood presentation. The topic is heroes. Through the lens of the superhero and pop culture, we’ll explore the heightened relevance of heroes, what it means to be a hero today, and how brands can empower your inner hero.

My Superhero made on Marvel.com

This is hosted by Alyson Heller, Strategic Planner, as well as myself. Event info is as follows:

Fallon Brainfood: The Return of the Real Hero, from Caricature to Character

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2009
Time: 12pm CST/1pm EST/10am PST
Location: Fallon Stage 24 (for employees) and here on the Interwebnets (for everybody else)

If you work at Fallon, come see Brainfood on the 24th floor. And if you don’t work at Fallon, watch Brainfood live @ Fallon Planning Blog at http://fallontrendpoint.blogspot.com/ or UStream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fallon-brainfood (sound and video only).

(Also, see the Facebook event I created here.)

What is Brainfood, you ask?
Brainfood is a monthly all-agency lunch conducted by Fallon Planners. Wide-ranging topics explore trends, business issues, and actionable opportunities for our brands. Moreover, Brainfood offers us a chance to come together, share a beer and some pizza, and engage in a stimulating discussion on a variety of interesting topics that affect our business. Past Brainfood presentations have included trends and hot button issues such as The Mobile 10: Mobile Media, Virtuality, Design For All, China Rising, Latin America in the Age of Web 2.0, Social 10-Trends in Social Media, Blogging the Agency, and more.

Missed previous Brainfoods? Go to http://www.slideshare.net/akispicer/slideshows for a sampling.

John King at Fallon wrote about modern generosity..full story at Fallon Planning blog.

I just added this post to the Fallon planning blog…thoughts on generous brands and their Election Day involvement.

Yesterday I spotted Mygazines.com via PSFK. This seems like a great resource for people who:

  • are magazine junkies (like myself) – Perhaps you can’t give up any more space in your office/home/bathroom to another stack and it pains you to toss out your 2005 VOGUE collection. Though the physical experience of reading a magazine is lost, Mygazines.com offers the content, including ads (benefit to advertisers!)
  • work in advertising, marketing, media, etc – though the quality isn’t perfect, this might be a handy tool for quick competitor reference (if you work in print)

Basic features of Mygazines include:

  1. browse – choose from 17 categories (arts & culture, home & garden, travel, etc.) And, for specific titles, try searching the sub-categories.
  2. upload – not necessary in order to browse, but helpful for sharing purposes
  3. archive – save an article, entire magazine, or bookmark (Del.icio.us, Digg, Technorati, etc.) However, there seems to be a bug with the saving option. At least, that is my user experience thus far.

When reading a story, actions you can take:

  • zoom (only once)
  • rate
  • comment
  • send/share

I’m using Mygazines.com on Firefox and the magazines pop up in a new window. Zooming is helpful, though sometimes it isn’t the best quality (even when enlarging text, it’s fuzzy). Depending on how careful users are when uploading magazines, the pages may or may not be cut off a bit (or crooked). One very smart feature is the “pages” option, which can be found on the right vertical toolbar, third icon down (specific direction for those of you, like my dear mother, who have difficulty turning on a laptop). “Pages” allows you to go straight to the articles you want to see, versus paging through the entire magazine including ads.

In reference to legality, PSFK writes that though it’s questionable, there is potential. “Mygazines could really provide a useful alternative outlet for publishers looking to reach more readers. When it’s free, your’e going to attract an audience.”

Overall, in my second day of browsing, Mygazines feels useful and fairly user-friendly. As far as the experience goes, it may greatly differ for users who are looking for visual stories (fashion/design inspiration) versus those needing a financial reference in a cut-and-dry article. But, you be the judge, as always.


Jezebel.com gave me a laugh today:

Do you roll your eyes whenever a yogurt commercial comes on? Some are cheesier than others, and Current TV’s Sarah Haskins shows us the best of the best. Or, worst of the worst, depending on how you look at it. One of my ‘favorites’ is the part in the Activia ad where we are shown a bright yellow arrow pointing downwards. Just in case we ladies (who may or may not have digestive issues) haven’t caught on, this yogurt makes you s**t better.

Aside from possibly helping your ‘business’ along (ahem), does yogurt really make anyone feel so good that we’re compelled to discuss it with our girlfriends for more than 10 seconds? I think I’ll ponder this over a cup of Boston Cream Pie. Oh, I mean yogurt.

See video here.

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Ahh…another RCRD LBL/branding/marketing connection!

via Adam Crowe is Paul Isakson’s presentation “What’s Next in Marketing & Advertising” found here or here on Slideshare. One point Isakson makes is that brands need to connect through content. Specifically, “content is the new currency”. Isakson points to RCRD LBL as proof in slide 51. hehe. Yes, they certainly have made enough of an impression on me that I’ve now blogged about it numerous times, have joined is fan page on Facebook, and have told my good friends about it.


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