December 17, 2009

Passing the buck, or maybe not

In late August we were contacted by an experiential branding and innovation agency in Chicago (yes their site says "experiential branding and innovation") who needed help with some guerrilla marketing items such as stencils and a more elaborate item for a client in Memphis, TN. We are not really in the stencil or supplies crafting business, but having been down that road before we certainly knew how to go about them. We spent quite a bit of time going back and forth about the stencils (the other item was no longer needed) and we were rushed to get it done. We sent out the invoice with the stencils on September 9th and followed up in late November when we still had not received payment. But we got no response.

Another follow-up phone call a few days later finally brought news. The client apparently owed the agency almost $500,000, the account rep who had worked with us no longer worked there, and the agency thus can't pay Guerrilla Communication. According to the agency owner there is a law suit pending as we speak. It was then suggested by them that we invoice the client directly. Is that passing the buck from the "lounge?" Or does that just mean that the "lounge" is actually not passing a single buck? They seem to have a jolly good time.

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