Mad Men

March 17, 2015

Mad Men Enters The 70s And PR Looks Back

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

The final season of Mad Men advances the advertising and PR industries into the 70s along with fictional agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. The period is considered by many the decade of the “great shift.” America inches away from the public-spirited universalism of the 60s that birthed the Civil Rights movement toward the free-market economy that changed the…
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September 7, 2010

How To Be Creative Under Pressure

by: in: advertising, communications, creativity, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

An episode of “Mad Men” featured Don Draper and Peggy Olson wrestling with a tough creative challenge – how to dream up a breakthrough campaign for Samsonite. Don dismisses a celebrity pitchman as a “lazy” strategy, then criticizes Peggy’s next round of ideas as variations on a theme – a boring one. At Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, a booze-soaked all-nighter…
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November 9, 2009

Top Five Agency Lessons From "Mad Men"

by: in: advertising, creativity, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

I’m a mad fan of “Mad Men.” But I confess it’s not the soap-opera-esque personal life of ad man Don Draper that had me hooked all season. It’s life at Sterling Cooper, the fictional, but true-to-life agency. From the client meetings and internal politicking, to the bon mots of insouciant principal Roger Sterling, “Mad Men” is…well, pitch-perfect. Several episodes (like…
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