So RIIP Digital is getting ripped to launch itself as a new digital agency out of Orange County. Great timing (or not) it would seem, given
that AdWeek just questioned why some agencies are making it in Southern California and others are not. RIIP Digital will be led by Ryan Rasmussen and Steven Patton, former CEO of AKMG. Of the
new endeavor, Patton says, “I'm extremely enthusiastic about this new opportunity with Ryan and riip.com. Having taken close to three years
off from the industry after the sale of AKMG, I've had numerous opportunities presented to me. This was the first opportunity that I was excited to join. I was fortunate to work with a phenomenal team
at my previous company, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in our industry. Ryan has the same vision and is giving me the autonomy to build a world-class team. That gets me excited!” I only
have one reservation. The name. I can't be the only person who, upon first look, saw RIP Digital instead of RIIP Digital. You'd think they'd want to steer clear of anything associated with the "death
of digital." Or death in general.
Oh, and isn't Publicis Groupe jumping for joy this week! And every other agency that has been sucked up by the holding company behemoth and been dragged kicking and screaming into the nightmarish world of Lotus Notes (technically IBM Notes). It seems the party's on at Publicis agencies this week, as the giant has finally relented and is shifting from Notes to Microsoft Outlook for email and calendaring. Never before has such mundane news risen to such heightened frenzy in the agency world.
You've likely have never
heard of Turn Creative, a Hong Kong-based creative boutique that prides itself on staying small and out of the AAAA's. But you're going to love what founder Tony Hon has to say about agency pitches.
Hon says: "We seldom do pitches. I don’t see the reason for pitching. Before having a thorough
understanding of your potential clients, I don’t see what makes a pitcher qualified for giving advice. In many cases, marketers already have a clear idea of which agency they prefer. The pitch
process is a required company policy in disguise. Big agencies are trapped in a vicious cycle where deep-seated problems from the pitching system like long working hours and low productivity remain
unsolved." Right? Right? He's right, right?
As if inventing something new, Jacksonville Beach ad agency Void Creative has rebranded to Adjective & Co. and will focus on marketing to Millennials. Of the shift -- after all, naming an agency Void Creative is, shall we say, devoid of common sense -- Co-Founder Taylor Harkey said: "Our name describes what we do perfectly. Yes we create ads, but in order for an ad to be good, it has to be creative, meet objectives and drive business. Millennials no longer respond to being sold 'nouns' -- they respond to feelings and personalities, created by adjectives." Really, Taylor -- really? You think using emotion and personas hasn't been the way agencies have crafted campaigns for, oh, the last 60 years or so? Damn Millennials. Thinking everything they do is new.
In an LA Times Entertainment piece, you can find 11 pieces
of career advice for women that are based on the Peggy Olson character from Mad Men. And we all know Peggy, who rose from obscurity to full on executive fame over the course of the series,
has learned a lot and has much to share.
Advice ranges from not relying on your femininity to get ahead to demanding appropriate work space to taking power when it comes your way to maintaining a professional relationship even when there is a lot of personal baggage to never fall in love with your married boss.
Peggy's been through a lot. She's grown professionally and personally. And she's become wise with advice to share. We'll see her a few more times as Mad Men makes its final run this Spring.
At this year's Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Maurice Levy will take the stage with David Guetta, world-renowned French DJ Producer, for the Groupe's seminar which will explore innovation, creativity and the "zeitgeist of our industry today."
The seminar is called "Making the Brand: Authenticity and Influence through Celebrity Endorsements" and will take place in the Grand Auditorium on Thursday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m. CET, at the Palais des Festivals.
Guetta, as you may know, is a musician and marketer who has done his share of celebrity endorsements. From partnerships with brands like MUMM, Renault and most recently, TAG Heuer, to co-designing a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre, and co-founding a specialized agency for celebrity marketing, My Love Affair, Guetta also just released a new album titled "Listen" with international artists including Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Sia, and others.
Together with Levy, the two will discuss how celebrity endorsements have evolved from a simple play for buzz to a transformational creative role in marketing, advertising, and branding. Guetta will also give the audience an inside look at just how pivotal social media is in building relationships between artists and their audiences.
Advertising Week is happening this week in Europe. And all the usual suspects are in attendance including Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy, who had a few choice words to share.
On the topic of challenges that French businesses face, Levy said: "The result of the elections was slightly better than expected, we were fearing to see the Far Right coming in first. They are second and that is still too high. If we look back at what has been the action of the government in France, I must confess it has not been as productive as it could be. We have a French disease which is half-pregnancy: All our governments have done a lot of reforms, but none of the reforms that have been implemented in the last 20 years have gone deep enough to solve the problems."
And on the topic of British politics, Levy said: "I respect the fact that the UK has this separate currency, and that's fine, the Euro has not been implemented everywhere ... I am so sorry to see that David Cameron has decided he could call a referendum [to pull out of the European Union which Levy said would be "dangerous"] on Europe. This would be the end of Europe as we dreamed it, and this would be for me a very, very strong disappointment."
Wait -- isn't Advertising Week supposed to be about advertising?
Mother is awesome. Mother has always been awesome. And so it's kind of without surprise that this little bit of awesomeness comes from the agency. It's a recruitment video for interns, but it's unlike any recruitment video you have ever seen before.
It's always been a bit of a putdown to refer to interns (or anyone for that matter) as fresh meat. But that's exactly what Mother does in the this video. However, they do it so brilliantly that you really can't fault them for this gem of political-correctness-be-damned.
It's a psychedelic ride and the lyrics are twisted: "It doesn't matter where you've been before, We want you raw because you're hungry. Even if you've been on the floor. No want no day old meat. No want no stinky feet. No want to take no heat. Just give us our fresh meat."
For those who have toiled in the ad world for any significant bout of time, the meat and meat grinder metaphor will not be lost on you. Check out the video here.
Las Vegas based SK+G Global has appointed of former Kastner & Partners Exec Brian Veasey to director of business development. Veasey joins the agency from his previous role as a consultant. Prior to serving as a consultant, Veasey was business development director at Kastner & Partners, Red Bull’s worldwide advertising agency.
Veasey, born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, moved to London and spent seven years working on business development for several agencies, including ZenithOptimedia, Saatchi & Saatchi and PING. Veasey also managed a business development consultant agencies in London. He was eventually hired by one of his clients, Kastner & Partners, to grow the agency in London.
In 2006, Veasey was brought to the United States to handle the expansion of Kastner & Partners in Los Angeles. After departing Kastner & Partners, Veasey consulted for several agencies handling their expansion efforts.
Of the hire, SK+G Managing Partner John Schadler said, “Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to our agency and his business experience in multiple countries is aligned with our desire for continued global expansion."