AdAge reported yesterday that the Raleigh-based ad agency Howard Merrell & Partners blamed its parent company, Interpublic, for losing the North Carolina Education Lottery account. Seems Interpublic wasn't willing to put up a $1 Million bond that the state requires to ensure all of its vendors get paid. But wouldn't HM&P be a vendor in this case? Why would they have to post a bond if they're the ones that would be getting paid? Anyway, tempers are supposedly red hot and the phone lines are burning up between Raleigh and the holding company's New York based headquarters. Now HM&P's logo has a skull with a spike through it. I think the boys in New York might want to reconsider taking too hard a stance on this thing.
AdAge article: http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=47984
Now it's important to note that the state of North Carolina finished behind North Dakota and Missouri in the state education rankings (http://www.morganquitno.com/edrank.htm). Point being, you wouldn't imagine the NC Education Lottery is really that significant an account.
A HM&P spokesperson that agreed to speak only off the record (as if we'd do it any other way) said, 'Them damn Yankees ('Interpublic') might want to think twice about taking on us southerners again. It didn't work out for them too good last time I'll tell you.' When reminded that the North actually beat the South's ass in that conflict the spokesperson added, 'Never mind.' Before hanging up he added, 'And don't be surprised when you find out that they have their hand in this whole global warming thing. These people are evil I tell ya.'
We guess this is what Dow Chemical means when they say good corporate image.