Ben Holland 
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Re: “Like Plan 9, City’s Cultural Bastions Struggle to Survive

I don't think Plan 9 needs a bigger selection of CDs. At this point, CDs seem more obsolete than vinyl, which Plan 9 has done a great job of offering. With the rise of digital music and iTunes, CDs just seem pointless. Vinyl at least has some tangible value—it sounds better and the artwork is larger. Plus, many record labels are now offering free MP3 downloads along with a vinyl purchase.

Perhaps Plan 9 should make vinyl the emphasis and increase the amount of shows they host.

Posted by Ben Holland on 10/25/2011 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Punch Drunk

This is pretty funny. Why is everyone so upset?

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/26/2011 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Sold Out


That's the most on-the-money comment yet. This kind of project should not go to a quirky new media agency. This is about attracting businesses to Richmond. I don't know why people on here don't understand that.

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/11/2011 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Sold Out


Have you been to Boulder recently? This is not a hippie town. It's an epicenter for tech, as well as design/ad/branding. I use this town as an example because there are so many agencies (big and small) in such a small place. And many of them have pretty A-list clients. I know for a fact that at least one of the smaller agencies mentioned above has a policy of doing only RVA work. That's just ridiculous. So many people in the social media and branding scene in RVA are constantly congratulating themselves while the rest of the country shrugs (with the exception of Martin and the Brand Center, of course).

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/10/2011 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Sold Out


I'm a Richmonder through and through, but I will defend Boulder to the end. It's much smaller than RVA but has a far more diverse range of job opportunities and a much stronger "creative community." I believe there's a lot that RVA could learn from Boulder. But that's a different conversation.

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/10/2011 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Sold Out

@Mary Toves

You're right, national work doesn't necessarily mean good work. But those things often matter to people in the position of hiring an agency.

Location doesn't necessarily mean good work either though. One could probably argue that a small, local agency might be too close to the city to build an effective marketing strategy that would increase tourism and economic development.

I'm well aware of the Martin Agency and its cache. They've been in RVA for what, 20 some years? Crispin Porter and Bogusky came to Boulder about 5 years ago. In that time, the industry has exploded here.

Atlas is probably less expensive than Martin. They're a smaller group specialized in exactly this kind of work. So when you compare them to smaller agencies you mentioned, it kind of makes sense. But either way, we never saw the proposals, so we'll never know the quality of Madison and Main's ideas versus those of Atlas.

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/09/2011 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Sold Out

Looking at Atlas Advertising's website, it seems they specialize in this kind of thing. Look, I know this seems shady but perhaps they're a better choice. I'm from Richmond and moved out to Colorado about three years ago. Denver and Boulder both blow away Richmond in the work that the advertising industry does.

I've found it interesting how Richmond marketing/ad/media people are constantly patting themselves on the back for being part of such a creative town. But the bottom line is that, other than the Martin Agency, few agencies in town do national work. There is a very insular focus. I know for a fact that some agencies in Richmond turn down non-RVA work, which just seems ridiculous. Here in Boulder, and Denver as well, you'll find boutique agencies with under a dozen employees cranking out work for multinational companies.

This seems so Richmond. Whining about losing a bid won't get you anywhere. Prove your worth.

Posted by Ben Holland on 08/09/2011 at 7:23 PM

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