If you've been sleeping under a rock this past week, you may not have heard of Secret, the new iPhone app that is talking Silicon Valley by storm with
its ability to anonymously share secrets that are seen by your social media friends and those to whom you are otherwise connected. While Silicon Valley has been busy outing itself these past few days,
there is another industry you are very familiar with that wallows in schadenfreude just as much as Silicon Valley does. It won't be long before Secret will be the place to go to find out about Madison
Avenue's dirty laundry. And while you're airing all your little secrets, don't forget to send them to Mediapsssst. We will, of course, grant you
So...why does it seem like every ad creative is never satisfied, always wanting additional creative outlets beyond creating words and pictures that sell stuff? Oh, wait. I'm an idiot. It's because they are, ahem, creative and are continuously looking for an outlet through which to share their creativity. Which is exactly why BBDO Associate Creative Director Diego Contreras, who befriended Kool Head Producer and Songwriter Jason Nitti, decided to make a video for one of Nitti's tracks, Leon. Of his motivation to create the video, Contreras said it was born out of “a weird TV spot for Converse about kids waking up in the middle of the night and sleepwalking to a basketball court to play ball. It was about loving something so much that you do it in your sleep. But like 98 percent of our work in advertising, it went into the horrifying black hole of dead ideas. So I brought it back out and used it as a starting point…which quickly evolved into a new story for the video.” Hmm. An ad inspiring other forms of creativity? Who knew?
If you ride New York's MTA and if you see something you think you should say something about, you may not feel the same way in the near future. Why? Because the agency that created the well-known tagline, "If you see something, say something" -- Korey Kay & Partners -- will no longer be handling the account. After a required agency review, Korey Kay & Partners, which has handled the account for the past 22 years, was bested by a team of agencies, Pulsar Advertising and Arcade Creative Group. While MTA CMO Mark Heavey has nothing but kind words for Korey Kay & Partners, he noted that commuters "are looking for information in new ways" which, really, is code for saying Korey Kay & Partners lacks in interactive capabilities as the agency aims to increase its focus on reaching Millennials.
Last week, you may have heard the unemployment rate now stands at 6.6%. What you might not have heard is that for the first time, advertising agency employment surpassed commercial printing employment -- yet another sign our business is going all digital. In addition, employment in the public relations sector increased 6.1% from 2012 to 2013 -- resulting, most likely, from an increased focus on content marketing.
Last week I made note of Alex Bogusky launching a start-up that that would focus on doing social good and that it would be called Spiffly. The first part was right. The second part was wrong. The
new entity will be called Fearless and "will help socially-minded corporations, foundations and non-profits develop 360° campaigns while providing the added value of a built-in millennial audience
through Fusion's television, social and digital platforms."
Fearless will be a division of Disney/ABC/Univision's cable network and digital platform Fusion and run in partnership with Bogusky, former CP+B'ers Dagny Scott and Lelsie Freeman. Fearless will "enable clients to engage with an ultra-connected audience in all of the places they consume media. The agency will develop multi-platform content spanning video, art, text, comedy, documentaries, television, events, and sharable content, all with an eye toward raising awareness and moving millennials to action on key issues and ideas that encourage positive change in the world."
Of the launch, Bogusky said, "Mashing up agency and media solves a huge problem for socially-minded clients who have incredibly compelling messages but no way to find their audience. Fusion is striking the right tone. Although millennials are more interested in doing good, they aren’t motivated by the same old dry boring, righteous approach. They have the attitude that changing the world can and needs to be fun. And I happen to agree with that.”
Fusion will be opening an office in Boulder, Colorado where Fearless will be based.
Are you going to SXSW? Do you want a new job? Then, it appears, you might want to hook up with Saatchi & Saatchi, which is opening up a Dallas office and will be trolling the streets of Austin
during SXSW for new hires.
The new office is for the agency's Team One unit, which focuses specifically on the Toyota and Lexus accounts. The agency's move to Texas is in reaction to Toyota moving its U.S. sales and marketing operations to Plano, Texas.
And so between barbecue and overcrowded sessions, head over to the SXSW Job Market at the JW Marriott (Floor 2). The hours are Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While every morning she's grateful her clients haven't become part of some social media disaster and Twitter is her go to outlet for news, Huge (no, she isn't huge -- that's the name of the agency)
Director of Earned Media Alyssa Galella says that if she weren't working at Huge, she'd love to be "a detective. Or work in an animal shelter. I would basically be Ace Ventura, Pet Detective."
That's an interesting goal for a woman who was recently named one of PR Week's Innovation 50 or who accomplished a killer social media stunt by sending 99 boxes of Cap'N Crunch cereal to Jay-Z who later mentioned the stunt on the radio. Of course, yes -- she's just kidding, but Ace Ventura who certainly was a character. And I like people who aspire to be interesting characters.
But what's most interesting about Galella, who is far from being an old timer, is her wise view of social media today. She says, "There's no longer a dividing line between 'media' and 'social media.' You need to be fluent in both traditional media relations and social media to do your job most effectively. Most of what I've learned hasn't been on the clock, either -- take the initiative to read a ton, be active on social media, attend events, and take classes you're interested in." You know -- become educated in the ways of life.
Thank God. Someone who doesn't think Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are the only valid forms of media in existence.