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.
From now until the end of summer, those passing by the Time-Life building, home to the "Mad Men" fictional SC&P agency, will have the chance to sit on a bench crafted to look just
like the bench in the opening credits of "Mad Men."
The 12-foot bench was designed by Pentagram and consists of just two pieces -- a half-inch thick rolled steel plate seat and a 10-foot cast-concrete base.
So if you've got a hankering to sidle up to Don Draper (or whomever that silhouette turns out to be) then now's your chance.
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.