Like a Charmin commercial encouraging people to Enjoy the Go, Arnold is encouraging its employees to share what they are listening to when they are in the office restroom, you know, enjoying
their own go. Yes, the agency is out with Arnold UrinaryTracks, a Twitter feed and Web
site that aims to bring a whole new meaning to the concept of sharing. One wonders if some algorithm could be applied to determine the "intensity" of bathroom business to, I don't know,
predict the desired frequency of toilet paper restocking.
Agencies, as you go about the design and development of online properties for your clients, it might be best never to utter the word HTML publicly to consumers. Not that you necessarily would, as it's sort of a backroom technical term -- but we now have good reason to keep it in the backroom. A recent study conducted by coupon Web site VoucherCloud found 1 in10 Americans think HTML is a sexually transmitted disease. Despite 61% of respondents saying it's important to maintain a good knowledge of technology, 27% think gigabyte is an insect commonly found in South America and 42% think motherboard is the deck of a cruise ship. Be wary, B2B and B2C advertisers. Choose your buzzwords wisely.
Okay, first of all -- no idea Scarlett Johansson was pregnant. Second, no idea she was getting married. Third, no idea she was engaged to a dude named Romain Dauriac. And fourth, no idea Dauric ran a creative agency in France. Which, of course, is the only reason Scarlett Johansson would find herself in a Mediapsssst column. Unless, of course, she was oh, I don't know, marrying an ad guy and having his baby.
Layoffs are never fun to report. Having worked on the agency side of things, I've had to lay people off and I've been laid off. Neither side is a fun side to be on, though of course, getting laid off sucks way more than handling layoffs. Yesterday, it seems, New York-based Publicis Kaplan Thaler made a few cuts. We're told the cuts were small, but we've also heard the merger with Publicis has not gone well. Not all mergers can be winners, you know. Not that we wish ill will on anyone.
Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners has had a long tradition of welcoming new hires in interesting and inventive ways. Once the agency welcomed new hires by carving totem poles in their likeness.
This week, the agency welcomed new creatives, Ron Villacarillo and Ben Levy, by creating actual, working Pez dispensers in their likeness. Check out a video of the Pez dispenser creations here.
Villacarillo will join the agency as creative director/art director and will work on the agency's Dockers and Morningstar Farms clients. His past experience includes work at TBWA/Chiat/Day, McCann, CP+B and The Martin Agency. Levy will join the agency as creative director/copywriter and will work on the agency's Planet Fitness, T Rowe Price and Under Armour accounts. He joins the agency from Havas New York.
We've all seen it. Conference after conference where panel after panel consist solely of men. Well, Hana Rado, COO of Israeli ad agency McCann Tel Aviv, has come up with a solution to the problem.
Rado along with several others at her agency have launched Persona, a Web site on which qualified female speakers across many different fields are profiled. The site lists some 700 women so far. Mitt "binders of women" Romney would be proud.
The effort and the site also involve campaigning against conferences that under-represent women on panels by contacting some of the high-level attendees at these conferences, informing them of the gender gap and asking them not to attend these events which underrepresent women. The campaign also includes positive outreach making conference organizers aware of the many qualified women who could attend and present and many conferences.
A recent study conducted by Campaign found over one-third (37%) of the ad agency workforce described morale at their agency as "low" or "dangerously low" and 70% said they were "actively job seeking."
WTF? Seventy percent of the entire ad agency world is looking for a new job! No wonder everything is a mess. And things are not getting better. Close to 60% of survey respondents stated morale is lower this year than it was last year.
According to the study, the biggest problem is poor management. Survey respondents were quoted as saying management is filled with "ego-driven, self-fulfilling, all-about-me attitudes," work is filled with "rush projects, poorly planned projects and lack of project direction" as well as "politics and sexism."
Of course those making a healthy salary (over $100,000) reported morale problems at a lower rate (32%) as compared to those making salaries between $50,000 and $100,000 of whom 40% reported morale problems.
It's always nice to see ad agencies do their part when it comes to charitable work. New York-based EGC, for the seventh year in a row, will participate in CreateAthon.
CreateAthon is a 24-hour creative event to benefit charities across the globe. Over 100 ad agencies around the globe have participated in an annual marathon creative event during which they donate talent to help nonprofits raise funds and awareness. More than 1,300 non-profits have been served, receiving nearly $17 million of agency work.
EGC, the only New York agency to participate, will work well into the night and regroup the next day to present their ideas, digital campaigns, and marketing programs to participating charities.
The work EGC does this year will benefit Hope For Youth, a foster care group for kids and the Long Island Coalition against Domestic Violence.
Last month several top executives from Havas Worldwide took over six gondolas on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago to conduct interviews. Each candidate was given two rotations to make their pitch to executives.
Of the approach, Havas CEO Paul Marobella said: “It’s a street fight for talent." Marobella was looking to fill about 50 positions at the agency.
Marobella aligned the stunt with the decommissioning of the current Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in favor of a newer, more high tech version by saying: “Modernizing and contemporizing American brands is what we get out of bed for in the morning.”
One interviewee, Julie Shah said the Ferris wheel interview improved her performance saying: “I think sometimes when you’re in an interview you don’t always remember all the things you’re supposed to say -- you forget parts of yourself, tidbits that really push that interview forward. And this time I actually remembered because I was so excited throughout.”
This is just too much fun. UK-based ad agency Aptitude has released a collection of photos that imagine a broader world behind the images we've seen on popular album covers.
We've got a pensive Justin Bieber on the cover of his "My World" album. All is well until the image is zoomed out to reveal what's really going on. Bieber in cuffs getting arrested by a police officer.
We've got Adele on the cover of 19, which, when zoomed out, reveals her to actually have been in some kind of zombie movie. We've got that baby from the cover of that Nirvana album who looks as happy as can be...until we zoom out and realize he's about to be eaten by sharks.
Check them all out here.
Was that a silly enough teaser headline for you? Sorry, sometimes I just have to get my BuzzFeedy Clickhole on. Anyway, on with the story. RKCR/Y&R has hired Jennifer Aniston to help the agency boost business for its client, Emirates airline.
This week, the agency unveiled a new campaign for the airline featuring Aniston in a TV spot waking up from a dream on a plane and, to her horror, finding out the airline doesn't have showers or a bar. Of course, in her dream, she's not on an Emirates plane, but of course, when she wakes up, she is and all is well with the world. Or at least those who can afford to fly on planes with showers and a bar.
Of the approach, Emirates SVP of Corporate Communications Boutros Boutros said: “In a departure from the usual airline industry ads, we chose to take a humorous approach to showcase the amazing products we offer on board. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role than Jennifer Aniston and we wrote the script with her in mind. Her professionalism and comedic talent shone on the set and we are very pleased with the outcome.”
The commercial was directed by industry vet and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is well known for creating several successful Super Bowl ads. RKCR/Y&R London developed the concept while the script was a collaboration between the agency, Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team.
The global digital and television campaign will begin in the United States and the UAE before being rolled out in November to other countries including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, India and Australia.
Emirates is allocating $20 to the worldwide campaign which will consist of :30's and :60's.
Well, this is fun. We see so many breathy articles filled with endless platitudes on why you should choose a career in advertising. Well, here's a contrarian viewpoint in the form of a Slideshare presentation. So here we go.
The presentation talks about getting lost in translation due to the plethora of simultaneous, mind-numbing projects. Then there's the need to work on unglamorous projects whether you like it or not. Third, there's no credit where credit is due. It can be hard to receive recognition when the account manager, or the executive team, is always taking credit for the sleepless nights that you sacrificed.
Fourth, the heavy workload. Too many projects, not enough time, over-promises that cannot be met, clients who are mercilessly demanding. Fifth, less than stellar pay that just doesn't mirror the long hours and gigantic headaches that can accompany life inside an advertising agency. Sixth, obscenely long work hours that while part of a good work ethic can be soul crushing. And seventh, being forced to be creative under pressure and on a schedule. Developing great creative is not easy and doesn't always fit inside a neat timetable.
If you work in an agency, you are, no doubt, familiar with each of these 7 points. You are also familiar with the many joys and rewards that come with the job as well. Sure, it's tough work -- but it can be a lot of fun too.
Well, this is cute. Now don't get me wrong. I'm all for diversity in advertising. Except when the industry launches program after program after program and nothing ever changes. Sadly, every diversity-in-advertising effort is just one failure after another.
And so pardon me if I don't get all that excited about the latest effort -- a partnership between the Interactive Advertising Bureau and AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong. Together, we now have the IAB Education Foundation, "a new nonprofit organization to increase racial, ethnic, gender, and economic diversity and improve peoples’ skills in the digital media and advertising industries."
Armstrong will lead the endeavor as Chairman of the Board.
Of the foundation, Armstrong said: “The IAB has a nearly 20-year history of solving the industry's biggest growth challenges and will now focus on perhaps the most overlooked and untapped opportunity – recruiting and growing the talent and skill sets we need in our industry. We need a dedicated organization to focus solely on building a trained and professional workforce that includes all constituencies, many of which have been left behind through much of the digital revolution – minorities, women, the disabled, the economically disadvantaged, and military veterans and their families. Under the leadership of Randall Rothenberg, the IAB Education Foundation will be positioned at the forefront of helping solve this issue that confronts our industry. I couldn’t be more pleased to help lead this effort.”
For his part, Rothenberg added, “The IAB is the natural choice to lead these efforts because we know exactly what the digital technology, media and advertising companies are looking for. Our certification programs have, in the space of just a few years, taught and credentialed thousands of experienced sales and ad ops people. Now we will be able to help an even larger number of people from diverse backgrounds obtain similar credentials and qualify for entry-level positions in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.”
The foundation will launch with a cross-country "town hall tour" to listen to various constituencies within the digital advertising and media industry with the aim of gaining insight about how to improve diversity in digital media, marketing and advertising.
“We are calling this town hall listening tour ‘Voices United,’ because we want to hear from all constituencies, not just the department heads or top executives,” said Michael Theodore, Vice President, Learning and Development, IAB, and project head of the foundation. “The new curriculum and certification programs can introduce many new faces to our industries, but unless there are transparent paths toward upward mobility, true diversity will remain unrealized.”
The foundation’s first partner is the Year Up program, a national nonprofit organization that provides skills training to disadvantaged young adults and places them in Fortune 500 companies. Year Up will work with the IAB Education Foundation to develop an entry-level ad operations training program.
I wish them well.
Y&R Global Chief Executive Officer David Sable was named a vice chair of the Ad Council's Board of Directors at the organization's Executive Committee meeting last week. He will serve alongside
Board Chair David Christopher, CMO of AT&T Mobility, and Vice Chair David Kenny, Chairman and CEO of the Weather Company. Sable will serve as Vice Chair through June 2017 at which point he will
assume the Board Chair position.
Of the appointment, Ad Council President and CEO Lisa Sherman said, "David Sable has always been on the vanguard in the advertising community, including as a digital pioneer, and his dedication for giving back is exemplary. He and Y&R have been long-time supporters of the Ad Council, lending talent and time to many critical issues facing our country. We're thrilled he is taking this leadership role on our Board."
Sable joined the Ad Council Board of Directors in 2011 and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2013.
Of joining the Board, Sable said, "I believe that we can help change the world by applying creative, marketing, research, branding, public relations, digital, data -- all the skills and resources that make up our industry -- to the world's problems. No one has done more to advance public service advertising than the Ad Council and I am honored to step into this new role and committed to helping make a difference."