Eric Kallman, formerly of Barton F. Graf 9000 awesomeness, is bringing his awesomeness to the awesomeness of Goodby Silvertein & Partners. Yup. Kallman is joining Goodby. Why is this
awesome? Can you say "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like"? Ragu's "Long Day of Childhood"? DISH? Little Caesars? Yeah, he had a hand in the development of all of those pieces of awesomeness. Of the
shift, Kallman said, “I honestly can’t wait to get started. I’m originally from the Bay Area, so it will be good to be back home. But corny as it sounds, I’m also just really
excited to start working with the team at GSP.” Just don't let it go to your head, Eric. We all want your awesomeness to continue.
I don't always comment on agencies winning new accounts, but when I do, it always has to do with underwear. Well, okay, not always. But this time it does. Yes, Droga5 has picked up the Jockey account without a review. Why am I excited? Can you say Droga5? Did you see what they did with Newcastle not during the Super Bowl? It's pretty much a guarantee we won't see any more dreck like that Stop Squirming crap the brand did years ago, which aimed to Tame That Booty with awkward antics such as The Bum-Muncher, Crotchcapades and The Booty Smack. Welcome, Droga5. Please avoid the bathroom humor and bring us some awesomeness! You know. Like Kallman is bringing to GSP. OK?
Shifting from awesomeness to existentialism, we have Less Than One, a video created by several San Francisco creatives which asks the question, "do soul-mates exist?" In the video, a man and a women consider the notion that in a city of 800,000 (we'll ignore the fact, for now, the couple isn't looking outside that city of 800,000), maybe -- just maybe -- ending up with the right person may indeed involve more than just luck. It's quite beautiful, really. And it will make you think about who you are with; who you have been with; who you think you should be with, and who you wish you were with. The video leads to a site on which you can calculate the likelihood you will meet your soulmate. It's little side projects like this that should cause us all to stop for a minute and appreciate the creativity that surrounds us as we make our way through our workday.
There's going to come a time in the not-too-distant future when there will be lots of "dead" social media accounts. Why? Well, because, you know, people die. One ad man, Co-Founder of the Romania-based Grapefruit ad agency, Marius Ursache, along with several entrepreneurs from MIT, have launched Eterni.me. The Web site, based on artificial intelligence algorithms, will generate a digital alter ego based on a person's digital footprint created while they were alive and well and tweeting what they ate for breakfast every day. This is awesome. In 100 years, we'll have a very Second Life-like place where the living can go talk to the dead. And not long after that, there will be more dead avatars trolling the Internet than actual living humans. Can you say digital Armageddon?
The Warc 100, an annual list of the best agencies based on an analysis of winning campaigns across 87 different award events or competitions, has named Lowe Lintas India the number one agency on its 2015 list. The agency scored 213 points and was closely followed by AMV BBDO with 191 and Colenso BBDO with 148.
Of the recognition, Lowe Lintas
India CEO Joseph George said: "We have had a terrific run on creative effectiveness this year across the globe; and all the accolades have further reinforced our belief in the type of work we want to
do and believe in."
Chicago's Starcom MediaVest Group Chicago was named top media agency, followed by PHD Mumbai. 360i New York was named top digital agency with R/GA New York taking second place.
The Warc 100 is a ranking of top marketing campaigns and companies that the organization says is based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The organization does not disclose the competitions that it uses to devise the ranking.
Clearly Havas Chicago hasn't been paying attention to recent research that found open office space to be decidedly less productive than that of the old school office. The agency recently completed
a $10 million renovation of its 81,000-square-foot River North office space transforming two floors of office space into a wide open, unproductive free-for-all.
And get this. The agency used to occupy three floors. Now it occupies two. They say that's because the new office design uses space more efficiently. Translated into English, that means stuffing the same amount of bodies into a smaller space to save money.
The new design has done away with all offices and added all the usual distracting crap you'd expect to see in an advertising agency: graffiti, a soda fountain and a bubble hockey table. They've even added bicycle racks and a "town hall" meeting area with bleachers. Oh, and they've given the new space a cute new name; Havas Village. Because yeah -- it takes a village to raise children and, well, that's pretty much what ad agency people are; spoiled little brats who prefer a playpen instead of an office in which to "work."
Okay, that's harsh, but I can say that because I've been there.Of the new space, Havas Chicago CEO Paul Marobella said: "The big part of this space, outside of how cool it is, is that it's really built for utility and built for a purpose. Creative, media, strategy and account all sit together, organized by account. What's different about us is we can make a decision on Monday and it will be implemented by Friday."
It's really kind of strange -- and, well, depressing -- that actual adults with actual jobs in actual ad agencies that are actual businesses that, you know, are run by actual adults actually need
advice like this, but apparently this is the case.
Penning a piece for The Chattanoogan (what the hell kind of name for a news outlet is that?), Connect Marketing Head Honcho Clint Powell has some advice that really shouldn't be the kind of advice that actual adults need. Kids, maybe, but actual adults? No. In any event, he wrote the piece and if you've worked in the ad business for any length of time, you know full well there are, unfortunately, plenty of people who need this advice.
His advice? Knowing when to say things clearly and in a way that doesn't waste other people's time nor make you end up looking like a fool. He offers up four things that are perfectly okay to say but for some reason, people are too scared to say them. They are "I am sorry," "I can not do that," "I don't know" and "Let's be clear." You can read his whole article for the details but, seriously, you really shouldn't have to.
Toronto-based agency john st. has made an interesting hire. Hoping to beef up their digital services, the agency has brought in "an accomplished entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience
building global digital media and consumer internet businesses from concept through to final acquisition."
So who did the agency hire? The guy's name is Tom St. John. Yeah. No kidding. john st. hired St. John. Like, when does that ever happen?
Of joining the agency, St. John says, “I feel that john st. has done some of the most innovative digital work in the country for some time now, but I believe that there is room for them to lead the broader digital discussion with clients. Analytics, social ROI, branded content, mobile advertising, online video -- these are just some of the challenges our clients are facing, and we can help them maximize those opportunities.”
Working with McCann London, the folks behind Cannes Lions have launched a new campaign that suggests agencies offer to send their worst employees to the festival of creativity this year...because
it's cheaper than firing them and paying severance.
The purpose, of course, is to make one last-ditch effort to inspire the -- shall we say -- less inspired by dropping them into the center of advertising creativity for one week. I guess if after a week in Cannes they still suck, well, then it's time to bid them adieu. Although you will have to pay them severance then, so the whole send-them-to-Cannes thing is, indeed, a gamble.
Headlines to the ads read: "Nisha, Strategist. Has dedicated seven loyal years to your agency. With very little to show for it" and Samuel, Producer. You fought hard to hire him. Responds to every suggestion with 'It can't be done.'" The ads are signed off with "Buy her/him a delegate pass. Cheaper than severance."
Of the approach, McCann London CCO Rob Doubal said: "Although our campaign is humorous, it makes a very sensible point. Why should being a Cannes Lions delegate be the preserve of the already excellent? If we really want a more creative world, as we all profess, we should also be encouraging the not-so-excellent performers to be inspired by Cannes Lions."
Funny stuff, this campaign. Trouble is, now everyone that is sent to Cannes by their agency is now going to have a gigantic inferiority complex along with nightmares about whether or not agency management thinks they’re up to snuff.
Oh, and the poor people who had to pose for the campaign -- branded losers for life!