Chicago-based RPM Advertising is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an interesting gift to its staff. CEO Steve Platcow and company president Mark Malin appeared on the History
Channel’s American Restoration on March 4 as the lead project on the episode. The challenge was for the restoration team to convert a vintage slot machine into a “Sloterator,” a
functional slot machine that would store a keg and dispense beer for company happy hours. The Sloterator will be unveiled at a cocktail reception for the RPM Advertising team members on April 1,
2014. April Fool’s Day is the agency’s actual anniversary date. That should be quite the party.
Leave it to Madison Avenue to ruin a good thing. Instagram has received a reported $100 million ad spend commitment from Omnicom. Ads from Omnicom agencies including BBDO, DDB, TBWA\Chiat|Day, PHD, OMD and others will appear in Instagram users' streams. And they won't just scroll off the screen after being seen once. The deal calls for the ads to be seen by users "for an extended period of time." And it seems Starcom MediaVest will be getting in on the action too in a separate deal. Advertising. Always raining on a beautiful parade.
So SXSW is happening. Are you there/here? If you are there/here, do you know why you are there/here? If that isn't confusing enough, watch these five videos that AdWeek shot as part of its SXSW coverage. After watching all five videos, answer this one question. Can you give me one good reason why any of these five people are in Austin. Texas on the company dime?
That said, if you are in SXSW (still, it's Monday now), and you're feeling a bit lost, check out SXsports Playbook from LA-based sports and entertainment creative shop Zambezi. SXsports Playbook is a site on which you can take a 12-question survey that, once completed, will point you to five curated panel groupings consisting of must-see sports lineups that are tailored to interest expressed in the survey. As SXSW gets bigger and bigger each year, something -- anything -- is needed to navigate the insanity. Check it out.
Back in the day, asking a date to the prom was pretty basic. You walked up to the girl and you asked. Or you called her. Today, like everything else in life, it's a bigger deal. Everything about
prom is a bigger deal. Bigger dresses. Bigger parties. Bigger limos. And, yes, bigger prom proposals or promposals.
Last month, Jed Renfroe, who owns Renfroe Outdoor, was asked by his son if he could use one of the company's digital billboards to post his proposal. Renfroe turned to Watchfire Design creative Spencer Gross who worked up a design that was then added to the rotation of one of Renfroe's digital billboards.
All of which makes one wonder, as overblown as proms (and weddings) have become, it this billboard thing just another element that steals away the magic and emotion and replaces it with staged pomp and circumstance?
Creatives Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that aims to better the lives of underserved individuals and communities by connecting creatives and doers, has launched a program to show
support and bring aid to those in need in Nepal.
In addition to providing food and other aid, Creatives Without Borders is encouraging people to send photos, videos and letters to show support for those who have and are still suffering from the earthquake in Nepal. The images will be projected on a large screen on Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. at Naya Bazar in Kathmandu and be accompanied with live music.
Reports about what has been done and is being done in the country will also be showcased to help locals to understand what efforts are being exercised across the country.
You can show your support for the effort by sending your images, videos and letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using #cwbnepal when posting to social media.
The Bellevue, Washington-based clothier Eddie Bauer has hired Jose Cabaco as its new vice president and brand creative director. Previously global creative director at Nike's Center of Design
Excellency, Cabaco has a long history of agency work at shops such as Young & Rubicam, Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Grey, Wieden+Kennedy and Euro RSCG. He also ran his own agency called
Of the hire, Eddie Bauer CEO Mike Egeck said: “We are very excited to welcome Jose to Eddie Bauer. Jose has a proven track record of being able to develop emotionally compelling brand stories that inspire consumers. His talents will be vital as we continue to amplify our voice within the active outdoor community.”
And so the NewFronts. That time when all things digital trot out their offerings to all things agency in hopes that the latter opens its wallet for the former. And any time you give a marketing
person a chance to get on stage and sell themselves, what you usually end up with is, well, something other than normal.
Today, it seems, DigitasLBi pulled out all the stops and went full on gospel. According to this tweet, it seems the agency has gone biblical.
So what was the epic craziness all about? The agency struck a deal with Vox Media that offers the agency a first look at Vox Media's native product, Chorus for Advertising. Ah ha! There's the gospel tie in. Now it all makes perfect sense.