FCB (advertising agency)

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Industry Advertising
Genre Advertising agency
Founded 1873 (1873) (as Lord & Thomas)
Headquarters New York, Chicago
Number of locations
90 countries
Area served
Key people
Carter Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan Harries
Vice Chairman Emeritus &
Executive Advisor, Global Creative

Neil Miller
Services Marketing communications
Number of employees
Parent Interpublic Group of Companies
Website www.fcb.com

Foote, Cone & Belding, aka FCB, is one of the largest global advertising agency networks.[1] It is owned by Interpublic Group and was merged in 2006 with Draft Worldwide, adopting the name Draftfcb. In 2014 the company went back to its roots and rebranded itself as simply FCB.[2] The Interpublic Group is one of the big four agency holdings conglomerates, the others being Publicis, WPP, and Omnicom.


Founded as Lord & Thomas in Chicago in 1873, FCB is the world's third-oldest advertising agency. Albert Lasker, a founding figure of modern advertising, went to work for the firm as a clerk in 1898, working his way up until he purchased it in 1912. Chicago, along with New York, was the center of the nation's advertising industry, and Lasker, known as the "father of modern advertising", made Chicago his base from 1898-1942. As head of the Lord & Thomas agency, Lasker devised a copywriting technique that appealed directly to the psychology of the consumer. Women seldom smoked cigarettes; he told them if they smoked Lucky Strikes they could stay slender. Lasker's use of radio, particularly with his campaigns for Palmolive soap, Pepsodent toothpaste, Kotex feminine hygiene products, and Lucky Strike cigarettes, not only revolutionized the advertising industry but also significantly changed popular culture.[3]

In 1942, Lasker sold Lord & Thomas to its three top managers, Emerson H. Foote in New York, Fairfax Cone in Chicago, and Don Belding in California, who renamed it.[citation needed] In 2000, the agency reported billings of $9.5 billion and more than 190 offices serving clients in 102 countries.[citation needed]

The direct marketing agency, Kobs & Brady, founded in 1978, was the precursor for Draft. Howard Draft was an account executive at the agency, which in 1986 was acquired by Ted Bates Worldwide. The agency was renamed Kobs & Draft when Draft became its Chairman and CEO in 1988. In 1995, the agency regained its independence in a management buyout and was renamed Draft Direct Worldwide. A year later, Draft Direct Worldwide was purchased by The Interpublic Group of Companies.[citation needed]

Draft Direct Worldwide and Foote, Cone & Belding merged in June 2006, to form Draftfcb. Less than a year after the merger, in April 2007, Kmart switched its $740 million account from Grey New York to Draftfcb Chicago without a pitch.[4] Kmart's chief marketing officer, Bill Stewart, said: "Grey has been a good partner over the years, but we feel Draftfcb is uniquely qualified to assist our needs right now." Howard Draft, Draftfcb's chairman at the time, commented: "Our two organizations have a shared commitment to accountability and loyalty."

In October 2008, Ad Age focused on the state of the agency two years after the merger, noting: "In truth, in the two years since the Chicago-rooted agencies Draft and Foote Cone & Belding merged, the agency has won more than 250 pieces of business around the globe including Kmart, Qwest and the U.S. Census Bureau."[5] Other major, post-merger accounts have included MoneyGram International, DirecTV, Cox Communications, and Amtrak/Acela.

On 10 March 2014, the agency was renamed as FCB.

Campaigns and awards

Since its creation in 2006, the agency and its work have been recognized at a number of award competitions—Cannes, The One Show, and industry competitions Echoes, El Ojo, Effies, and Caples—as well as agency-of-the-year honors for its New Zealand,[6] Indonesia,[7] and Durban[8] São Paulo, Mexico City and Kuwait offices. And in January 2010, the agency was recognized on Advertising Age's annual A-List, which honors "the agencies that showed moxie, innovation and effectiveness in 2009." David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands, was quoted in the article saying "[T]hey are client maniacs. They are genuine business partners who really care about the success of our brands"[9]

Ad Age regularly lists Draftfcb-created spots for brands like KFC, Oreo and Taco Bell[10] among IAG/Nielsen's most-liked and most-recalled ads, and Time.com's Lev Grossman noted in his Nerd World blog that the spot for EA Games' Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, "Oh No You Didn't," created by Draftfcb San Francisco, was the greatest video game ad of 2008.[11]

Draftfcb San Francisco's "Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2" campaign took home Gold in the Outstanding Overall Marketing Campaign of the Year category and a Silver in the Best Online Rich Media category for their work on Mass Effect 2 at the 2011 MI6 Game Marketing Conference and Awards Show. In addition, the San Francisco office won two Bronzes for the same campaign at the 2011 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.[12]

The 2010 U.S. Census campaign, led by Draftfcb New York, received Gold in the multicultural category and the Research Achievement Award at the 2010 Advertising Research Foundation David Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in Advertising Research.[13]

Draftfcb won more than 345 awards globally in 2010, including six best workplace honors for Draftfcb Chicago. Draftfcb Spain's "Cutty Shark Shanghai-London" event was named one of the Top 10 events of the first decade of the 21st century, according to Spanish magazine Estrategias. Draftfcb Johannesburg won two Silver Radio Lions at Cannes for Toyota.[14]

In 2011, judges awarded Draftfcb New Zealand the Best in Show, Media Agency of the Year and Leadership awards, as well as five gold and three silver awards at the CAANZ Awards.[15] Draftfcb New Zealand was also named Media Agency of the Year at the Fairfax Media/AdMedia Agency of the Year Awards in 2011, 2010 and 2008.[16] Draftfcb Malaysia was voted the number one creative agency in Malaysia in 2010 by Cream Magazine.[17]

Draftfcb Healthcare was named "Agency of the Year" by Medical Advertising News in 2006 and 2009 and by Medical Marketing & Media in 2007 and 2011.[18] In 2010 and 2011, it was named Most Creative Agency by Medical Advertising News.[19] In 2013, Draftfcb Healthcare's "Escape The Stall" work for the Crohn's & Colitis Founding was named "Best Philanthropic Campaign" at the Manny Awards by Medical Advertising News.[20] Draftfcb Healthcare also won for "Get Your Shift Together" in the "Best Nonbranded Campaign" category for its work for TEVA targeting shift workers.

In 2012, Draftfcb received 17 Cannes Lions,[21] four ARF David Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in Advertising Research, more than any other agency, for PACCAR, US Postal Service, KFC and MilkPEP,[22] and three CLIO Awards.

Campaigns in 2012 included OREO "Daily Twist"[23] and New Zealand's MINI "Driving Dogs."[24] Chicago's Halloween web video for Kmart,[25] Argentina's work for ZonaJobs and Orange County's "Operation Alaska" for Taco Bell[26] also created a lot of buzz.

In 2013, Draftfcb won the Facebook Blue Studio Award for OREO "Daily Twist."[27] Draftfcb won three Reggie Awards for OREO 100th Birthday Celebration, Sharpie and Taco Bell. Eight offices won 14 CLIO Awards, six One Show PENCIL Awards for Valspar "Cityscape," UTEC University Potable Water Generator, Prime Television "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," Engen Calendar Fire Blanket and SPCA/MINI New Zealand "Driving Dogs."[28] The agency also won five North American Effie Awards for OREO "Daily Twist," PFLAG "Stories to Inspire Change"[29] and SPIRIVA "Elephant,"[30] in addition to 35 Lions and a Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.[31] Adweek awarded Draftfcb the first-ever Project Isaac Gravity Award, its top honor.[32]

In 2014, FCB won 38 Lions including one Grand Prix, seven Gold, 10 Silver and 20 Bronze.[33] FCB Brasil’s “Protection Ad,” was recognized at the Clio Awards, London International Awards,[34] El Ojo de Iberoamerica,[35] One Show, D&AD Awards,[36] Andy Awards,[37] ADC Awards[38] and earned the top honor at Cannes in the Mobile Category. At Cannes, FCB won gold for their campaigns “Bank Job” and “A Rainbow for the Rainbow Nation” in Media, “Speaking Exchange” in Direct and Promo & Activation and “Protection Ad” in Mobile and Media.

2015 Sport England's 'This Girl Can' created by FCB Inferno, made to encourage women to exercise, won two D&AD awards, including the White Pencil - Creativity for Good, nine Creative Circle silver awards, [39] and three British Arrows awards for Public Service Advertising, Best 60-90 Second TV Ad, and Best 60-90 Second Cinema Ad.[40]

FCB won 36 awards at the 2015 Lions Festival including one Grand Prix, 10 Gold, nine Silver and 16 Bronze.[41] FCB won the Grand Prix for Good at Lions Health and the D&AD Award[42] for Sport England’s “This Girl Can” by FCB Inferno. FCB won gold Cannes Lions for “Shadow Wifi,” “ NIVEA Doll,” “Print For Help,” “This Girl Can,” “The Unforgotten,” and “Joe Boxer Inactivity Tracker.” At the 2015 Effies, FCB won four awards for “Hey MS, Take This,” “The Real Cost: Getting Teens to ReThink What They Know About Cigarettes,” “The Truck Whisperer,” and “Milk-Bone Brushing Chews Shopper Marketing Launch Campaign.”[43]

The CEO of the company is one of the most active executives on Instagram, posting multiple times a day in 2015.[44]

FCB has promoted Chris Shumaker from North American chief marketing officer to global CMO following its recent win in the Clorox creative review.[45]


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