Advertising executives reflect on ‘Mad Men,’ the show that changed everything



Perhaps no one will miss Mad Men more than the real-life mad men and women in today’s advertising industry.

When the hit series ended its seven-season run last week, Mad Men left the industry in a different place than it was in 2007, when Don Draper first quipped about selling happiness and love along with nylons. By using the advertising business as a backdrop for its painstakingly rendered journey into the past, the show had a marked influence on the way the public sees advertising and how advertising professionals see themselves

It’s no surprise the show enjoyed a dedicated following among the men and women of the industry it chronicled. Three-martini lunches and smoke-filled board rooms may be relics of a bygone era, but today’s ad professionals found plenty to relate to in the workplace dramas of Sterling Cooper’s employees. Read more…

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