So what's up with ad agencies implementing CMO positions? What, Director of New Business sounds too boring? After all, what's a new biz director do? Whatever they can to position the agency
in a way that causes prospects to become inclined to do business with an agency. What's a CMO do? Heck if I know the difference, but it seems every agency wants a CMO these days. The most recent
agency to jump on this train is Organic, which just appointed Tracy Richards to the position. Richards has been with Organic for 13 years and has served as account director as well as new business
director. All of that said, maybe Organic and every other CMO-hiring agency is behind the eight ball. After all, Renegade Communications seems to be ahead of things with the hire of a Chief Return on Investment Officer.
So you know how every agency now seems to be morphing into a product development company? CP+B has done it. Deutsch LA has done it. Now PI&C New York is getting into the game with the launch of a socially conscious fashion line called Social Aesthetics as well as an online store for artisanal Italian food called Passione Italiana. It's all part of the agency aiming to position itself as a social entrepreneur.
We've always had a place in our hearts for Kansas City-based VML. Maybe it's the people we knew who worked and still work there. Maybe it's the awesomeness that comes out of a non-New York place like Kansas City. Either way, VML has just snagged the Cobra Puma Golf account. So congrats! Of choosing VML, Cobra Puma Golf President Bob Philion said: "VML is an innovative agency with extensive expertise in creating meaningful consumer experiences within the world of marketing, and we are excited to have them on board. Their understanding of the industry and ability to tell our Game Enjoyment story across multiple platforms will help us elevate our communications platform and reach an even greater global audience."
Everyone hates taxes, right? No one likes paying them and everyone likes spending all they can. Sadly, that may soon change for advertisers if a plan from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp makes its way into law. Camp's plan would cap expensing of advertising costs to 50% the first year with the rest amortized over 10 years. Included in that plan is an exemption for the first $1 million. That's great for small advertisers. Not so great for bigger ones. Of the proposal, 4A's lobbyist Dick O'Brien said: "This is a dreadful idea. What he's doing will make advertising more expensive." Well, yeah. Someone's got to pay the tax bill.
Brooklyn artist Maya Hayuk spoke with Starbucks agency 72andSunny over the course of eight days regarding her artwork and how it might be incorporated into promotional work for the new Starbucks
Mini Frappuccino. But after the eight days, she told the agency she was too busy to create new work and the talks ended.
Upon launch of the Mini Frappuccino, Hayuk felt the rainbow-style artwork was a bit too similar to work of her own and she filed a $750,000 copyright infringement lawsuit against Starbucks saying the finished product was "strikingly similar" to her work.
The lawsuit states: "Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works.” Hayuk's lawyer added: “When things like this happen, it cheapens the value of the art -- it’s really true. And her only source of income is her art.”
For its part, a Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are aware a complaint has been filed, and we are investigating the allegations.”
It seems the "hook up" is the predominant theme at Cannes Lions this week. Just like Barbarian Group's Dumb Phones, Virool's "Cannes We Meet" helps delegates connect with other
Cannes We Meet is a web app that works just like Tinder. After you visit the site and log in using LinkedIn, you can swipe right to meet or left not to meet in a manner very similar to the Tinder dating app.
Of the app, Virool CEO Alex Debelov said, "We know that clients meet agencies, agencies win business, startups win funding and products find buyers. Now we're helping bridge that gap and propel our industry forward."
Nice effort though I'd venture to say that I'm not all that far off base when I suggest rose-fueled delegates are thinking about propelling forward something entirely different than the industry while boozing it up in Cannes.
Leading up to and during Cannes Lions, a handful of the world's best and most respected creatives convene on jury panels in Cannes, France to judge the world's creative. These judges are the cream
of the crop. Any agency would love to have them work for their shop -- but how does an agency reach out to all these amazing creatives all at once? Easy. Turn your Cannes Lion entry case study
video into a recruitment ad.
180LA did exactly that by submitting a case study video of an entry into four Lions competitions; Film, Press, Direct and Radio. So as jury members were in the midst of reviewing hundreds of entries, they were also delivered a sneaky recruitment video. Quite brilliant actually, and from the tweets some of the judges sent, the stunt seems to have gone over quite well.
Y&R/Bravo Miami VP Creative Director wrote: "Hey @180LA thanks for the offer in the middle of the judging process. Lol. I'll call Monday." Proximity Creative Director Eva Santos wrote, "A case study just called me by name and offered me a job. Great idea @180LA #canneslions "lionsjudging."
Delivered with the drollest of droll voice overs, jury members, if not interested in the offer, are asked to "pass this idea to the shortlist and help change the life of another CD."
Check out the video here.