Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Louisville-based agency OOHology (think they're an out-of-home agency?) is out with a poem generator they have named GIT-LUV. Hmm. Kinda like Get Some. Yeah, I'm not going there. When visitors arrive at the site they are presented with a status selector that offers options
such as "single, full of regret," "wishing someone would arrange a marriage for me already," "happily divorced, not looking to make that mistake again" and more. You are then presented with a poem
tailored to your situation -- which, of course, you can share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. My favorite poem? After selecting "single, full of regret," I was presented with
"Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you wanna have a baby, I'll freaking seduce you." Okay, maybe not. I don't want a baby.
Watch out, ad execs. You may soon receive an email from Eyeview that you might find creepy because it's quite personalized and will include familiar photos, your location, where you work (duh), your recent tweets, where you went to college and whom you last slept with. Okay -- I lied about the last one, but it's all to demonstrate Eyeview's personalized online video advertising solutions. More than 1,000 of you will receive the email. But according to Eyeview, only if you are "prominent." How's that for subjective targeting? Of the technology, Eyeview SVP of Marketing Amit Mashiah said: "By incorporating personalized messaging into the content of the ad, brands are providing a more relevant and engaging customer experience.”But do people really want companies digging into their social footprint?
Agencies, you have yet another fast food-style competitor. If you recall, several months ago Floyd Hayes launched the World's Fastest Agency. His pitch? He promises to deliver creative ideas within 24 hours of receiving the brief. Now, a few Hyper Island creatives are out with the One Hour Agency. As the name would suggest, clients are promised a creative concept within an hour. Inside the hour, One Hour agency will receive your brief, evaluate it, spend 30 minutes coming up with the concept and ten minutes presenting it. What's next? The Time Travel Agency? Delivering pitches before you knew you even wanted them?
Watch out, agencies. A company called Expion may be eating your lunch soon. The rapidly expanding firm, which provides in-depth social media analysis and content proliferation services, has hired 360i CEO Bryan Wiener as chairman of the company. Wiener, who will stay on at 360i as chairman, will be charged with growing Expion's footprint in the marketing space and leveraging his existing relationships with Facebook and Twitter. More and more of these companies are chipping away at agencies. The smart ones will survive. The others -- well, you know what's going to happen to you.
David Murdico, creative director and managing partner of Supercool Creative Agency puts forth a solid argument as to why startups should pay agencies more than brands do for the same work.
First of all, he notes a startup is an unknown entity and no one has ever heard of it before making it all the more difficult to create the necessary marketing program to achieve awareness and sale. He notes startups are generally more demanding than established brand marketers, often times because so much is at stake.
Perhaps the biggest problem area when it comes to crafting marketing for a startup is that up until the point the startup reached out to an agency, everything about the startup has, thus far, operated in an echo chamber with scant few nodding and bobbing their heads in agreement without truly vetting the idea or how the idea will be perceived in the real world.
Another challenge when working with a startup? They tend to change their mind a lot about, well, everything. And that can be a gigantic time suck. Check out Murdico's entire list here and file it away in your back pocket for use the next time you consider working with a startup.
This is gold! Gold, I tell you! And it's arrived just in time. As we all mourn the loss of our beloved Mad Men characters, they have been given renewed life, in the form of a Tumblr blog, as
digital natives spewing all the usual buzzword bingo that's so prevalent in today's marketing landscape.
Taking on the form of animated gifs, we have Don informing his secretary: "The future of advertising is socially integrated digital platforms." We have Peggy commending a co-worker saying: "Nice branded social post, bro." We have Don asking Peggy: "But does it work as a pre-roll." We have Don reacting to a proposed "Tinder-powered drone." We have Pete telling Don: "The CTRs need optimizing for behavioral targeting of Millennials."
And on and on and on. Brilliance.
Oh for f*ck's sake! Stop. Just please stop! Every ridiculous addition to the CxO title space just dumbs down the importance of the core four: CEO, CFO, COO and CIO. Maybe you can add CMO and CCO to
that list -- but chief data officer? Chief customer officer? And now...wait for it...chief native officer?
Yeah. Chief native officer. Or at least that's what Forbes Contributor Daniel Newman would like to see instituted. Newman argues that the merging of paid and earned media requires this CxO style oversight.
He furthers his point, writing: "The biggest reason to get a Native Officer is that while digital agencies and publishers work together, they don’t necessarily do so as a team. In fact, there are instances where they don’t see eye to eye. While publishers are great at creating content, they can treat branded content like a 'second-class citizen.' On the other hand, digital agencies consider themselves star content creators for brands. In such circumstances, there’s a pressing need for a 'dedicated task force' to exploit native ads to their fullest potential. The CNO should lead this pack, guiding the brand towards rewarding native advertising campaigns and best practices."
So what say you? Do we need the chief native officer?
Sort of like food brands still pimping low fat/no fat products when studies clearly indicate the human body needs fat, the office management world is still pimping open office space when many studies have shown it's a less productive solution than
more traditional office space.
That's not stopping the latest trend in office space, the Superwide. Superwide office space is large, one floor office space consisting of 100,000 square feet or more. Of the trend, Brookfield Property Partners Senior VP Duncan McCuaig said: “Large floors are absolutely in demand.” And “right now there is very little of this product in the city,” he added, referring to Manhattan.
Adam Kansler, managing director at financial data company Markit, loves the open office concept and says: “There’s something that gets lost” when a company is on multiple floors. You don’t get the same random moments of seeing someone from across the way, hearing that they’re working on a project, and saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to stop by.’ ”