Oh, sweet, sweet Publicis West… It seems the agency has won an account. That’s right – rub your eyes, scratch your head, it’s fucking true. Publicis West has snagged the vacation rental company HomeAway. Yeah. I don’t know what that is either, but Digitas picked up the digital portion.
Anyway, CEO Randy Browning said in a statement in Adweek, “This is an opportunity to partner with a global brand that has unbelievable potential and a team who possess an insatiable hunger and ability to redefine their category. We’re ecstatic to be partnering with a world-class operation that shares our vision and values.”
All that blustering and hubbub for a $500K account? Well, come on. Randy must be stoked. What else has the shop got going for them other than Wenatchee, Washington, where they run spots at 3 AM to get them into Cannes and the T-Mobile account? Oh, they also had a bigwig ECD leave them. Dan Fietsam bailed to join Energy BBDO as CCO in June. They also choose not to defend the Washington State Lottery account, which went to Cole Weber in August.
And shiiit. There was David Camp’s departure or dismissal depending on who you ask. If you recall, Camp joined the shop from Microsoft in August 2007 with the task of increasing the business coming in from T-Mobile. Apparently, no liked him and out he went. Well, the good news on that front is that Scott Foreman, Executive Business Director and backbone of the agency, can get back to running the account as he sees fit. The bad news? It’s still the same old Publicis West with good talent going to waste behind that fancy pants website of theirs.
So yeah… 500K probably seems like Valhalla at this point.