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?
And so the NewFronts. That time when all things digital trot out their offerings to all things agency in hopes that the latter opens its wallet for the former. And any time you give a marketing
person a chance to get on stage and sell themselves, what you usually end up with is, well, something other than normal.
Today, it seems, DigitasLBi pulled out all the stops and went full on gospel. According to this tweet, it seems the agency has gone biblical.
So what was the epic craziness all about? The agency struck a deal with Vox Media that offers the agency a first look at Vox Media's native product, Chorus for Advertising. Ah ha! There's the gospel tie in. Now it all makes perfect sense.
Well, here's a newsflash. Production company Spotburner, which would rather you called it a full-service digital agency, has...wait for it...announced guaranteed turnaround time on premium content.
That's right. The production company...uh...digital agency will deliver its work to clients on time! Hold the phone! Stop the presses! A company promises to do what it says when it says it will do
This is unprecedented news in the advertising industry, let alone in any industry. I mean, this is unheard of! Never in all my years of selling crap to people who neither want it or need it have I ever come across a company that promised to deliver the goods by the promised due date.
Of the epic promise, Spotburner Founder Bob Bekain said, “I noticed a lot of unnecessary delays for the client while waiting for their content, so I created Spotburner as a means to provide premium content at a fair price, with a guaranteed turnaround time.”
My God! What's next? A company promising to buy clients lunch when they come to a midday presentation?
More than two-thirds, or 68%, of marketers and agency executives plan to increase their digital video ad budget spend over the next 12 months, according to the Digital Content NewFronts: Digital
Video Spend Study, a survey of 305 buy-side professionals conducted by Advertiser Perceptions and released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
The buy-side expects greater digital video spend will come from increased ad budgets in 2015 and a shift away from broadcast and cable television. Two-thirds, or 67%, of survey respondents said that they anticipate their broadcast and cable TV ad budgets to stay the same or decrease in the next year.
The study also revealed that two-thirds of marketers and agency executives, or 67%, believe original digital video will become as important as original TV programming within the next 3 to 5 years.
In addition, 8 in 10 advertisers and agency executives who attended the 2014 NewFronts agree their participation resulted in more spending on original digital video content and motivated them to increase their 2015 budgets.
Of the study, IAB Senior VP of Research, Analytics and Measurement Sherill Mane said: “This study demonstrates unequivocally that digital video is a fierce competitor for advertising dollars. Brand advertisers and media buyers have been dramatically increasing their commitment to digital video, so all signs point up for this captivating form of storytelling as the industry rallies for the NewFronts.”
Ever since the advent of crowdsource-fueled creative entities like 99Designs, Freelancer and Fiver, design studios -- which previously buttered their bread with business from ad agencies -- are now
upping their game, cutting out the agency and going direct to the brand for business.
Of the trend, Design Business Council Head Greg Branson said: “A lot of the designers I work with have a strategy partner or a senior person in the business that does strategy. Many of them have been recruited by the designer out of the advertising industry, with the intention of taking their business to a higher level and offering a broader range of services."
While a design studio isn't going to take over the Coke account any time soon, shifts like this are on the rise. Interestingly, even before 99Designs and the like, Barbarian Group -- which prior to Subservient Chicken was a tech design studio of sorts -- transformed itself into a full-blown agency complete with all the usual agency services.
No, there won't be a weekly parade of design studios making it big like Barbarian did, but market conditions have changed significantly enough that we will continue to see more of this.