Lost the pitch - but your idea still used?


Most creatives have seen this happen. They work hard on a pitch, loose it despite their hard work. Think nothing of it, and a while later, said client runs something that looks a lot like your refused ideas.

On condition of strict anonymity, a vice-president with a Top 10 agency had the following incident to narrate.

Some seven years ago, when I was an account director, the agency I was then with was invited to pitch for an FMCG business. After a detailed pitch process involving four agencies „ including the incumbent „ we were told that we had failed to make it. The client had retained the incumbent „ not that there was anything wrong with that. But two months later, the client broke a new campaign that was a significant departure from the earlier communication. Imagine our surprise when we saw the new strategy was exactly what we had recommended during our presentation. Even the creative execution bore a fair bit of resemblance to what we had presented.

Read more today at agencyfaqs.com - you'll have to scroll down this page to see the entire article, lot of buttons up top. :)

Comments (1)

  • bittertruth's picture

    Oh puh-leeez! Of course clients in India do this. However what about the rise of blatant rip-offs from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, CA, etc?
    Few creatives here show respect for intellectual property rights, so it's a fine example of what goes around comes around.

    May 05, 2004

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