Left Field Splits With Amazon.com
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As Amazon.com has expanded from an online bookstore into a virtual mall, Left Field said it was precluded from pursuing additional e-commerce accounts, such as auctioneers and music sellers, Michael MacMahon, the agency's managing partner, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Also, Amazon refused to meet Left Field's compensation demands. "We have other clients paying us 50 to 60 percent more than Amazon," said MacMahon. "We haven't made money from the Amazon account for two years."
Left Field also said it resigned drugstore.com, ending a relationship with a site closely affiliated with Amazon.com.
Other Left Field clients include Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, ImproveNet and Macys.com.
Amazon spends an estimated $2.5 million annually on Web advertising, the Chronicle said, but about $130 million on television, radio, print and outdoor. Foote Cone & Belding of San Francisco has handled Amazon's advertising in conventional media for about two years.
A drugstore.com executive, Eric Morris, told AdAge the company will hand off some interactive work to Duffy Design, a Minneapolis shop affiliated with the site's new off-line ad agency, Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis, and a portion of the work will be moved in-house.