Can Ad Agencies Learn from Football?

So I spent a month and a half in Hawaii with the sis and mum. Tried to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, but after 5 days, I needed to get my hands on a computer terminal.

It was not funny at all. People were hitting the sack at 9PM, as if they forgot the night actually existed.  Needless to say, the socialites by this time consisted mostly of Monk Seals and Turtles getting it on before the full moon of October.

The-Numbers-Game-Why-EverythI did however get my hands on a very interesting book, called “The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong”. For those of you that might be wondering what this is all about, watch the movie “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt to get a better idea on baseball teams in the USA, using stats and players to buy wins.

Now here is where it gets real scary. I was applying some of these principles mentioned by the Author Chris Anderson and David Sally to the world of Advertising. Now Sally’s point of view is that a team like Stoke City did not have to play pretty football to win games. In fact they played without the ball most of the time to ensure they won the game. Now how does one play football without having the ball? I’ll let you guys figure that one out.

What I’m about to state here is that the same concept does to a certain extent apply in the world of advertising agencies. These organisations are so hell bent on doing things the way it has always been done, that they look at weak measures of success to appeal to their vanity rather than really getting successful with their clients or billings.


Epic storytelling for a game: The Last Of Us

I don’t know if it was the repetitive actions and maneuvers that bored the hell out of me. I actually stopped playing it after a while, and just went online to watch the walk-troughs and cut scenes. I spent hours just going through the content and the only thing I can say about “The Last Of Us”, is that if this game does not win anything at the Oscars next year, I am going to be pissed!



The Dilemma of Being an In Between

I’ve been helping out a friend recently on a couple of projects. And I wanted to share my experience of the “vendor” treatment over the last couple of weeks. I must say it is not very fun being on the other side after years in an agency. But I can’t complain since it is paying the rent.

I do however have to ask “agencies” this. Do all of the ideas now come from everyone except the agency? Or am I the only dumb ass here  in the twilight zone?