Agency Lessons from Mad Men Episode 706 – “The Strategy”

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Mad Men still includes real issues faced by advertising (and yes PR firms) in an incredible show. If I wasn’t in this industry, I’m sure I would still be a fan of the show, but for me I get a bonus. I get to watch situations I encounter all the time dealt with by others. Mad Men continues to include real issues faced by advertising (and yes PR firms) in an incredible show. Throughout the course of the series I’ve written 24 posts about real world agency lessons from the show and here’s a few from “The Strategy:”

  • Roger Sterling says “I’ve tried it and it sucked – don’t work drunk.” Trust me on this one.  While I wasn’t drunk, there was a moment early in my career when I responded to a client email after I’d had a few beers.  While the content of the email was right, my tone may have benefited from being tempered a bit had I not had those beers.  Take this piece of Sterling’s Gold and live it.
  • Native Advertising – Bob gives a gift of an Erector set to Joan’s son, and says, “America needs engineers.” – My cynical brain saw this as STEM messaging – native advertising.
  • How do you think? Peggy asks Don how he thinks and comes up with ideas, he responds with, “You really want to help me show you how you think? You can’t tell people what they want – it has to be what you want.”  The episode starts with Peggy doing research with onsite interviews. Never discount research, but she hits the idea when it’s what matters to her – “It’s about family, every table here is a family table.”

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