Anomaly: Not Just another Ad Agency

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Case Code : BSTR341
Case Length : 11 Pages
Period : 2004-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Anomaly
Industry : Advertising
Countries : US, UK

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On how projects chosen for investment, Johnson said, "There are five criteria: we have to trust and like the people, completely believe in their product, honestly believe that our agency is what can make the difference, see a clear way to make money, and know that we have the manpower to do it. And in that order."

In early 2008, Anomaly launched a women's shaving cream called EOS (the evolution of smooth) in collaboration with Target . Apart from being the part owner of the brand with a share in revenue, Anomaly also developed the product's marketing campaign...


In early 2009, Anomaly opened an office in London - to take advantage of new opportunities with existing clients and to better execute some IP projects, according to Johnson. Paul Graham (Graham), Managing Partner of UK ad agency RKCR/Y&R's, digital arm Saint was appointed to head the agency. Its first two clients were Umbro, a sportswear and equipment supplier, and Converse. Graham said, "The truth is, everybody is out there looking for the next big idea that will make them money, and that is what Anomaly is going to be doing as well. We're going to be in a hundred different industries."...


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