Interested in pitching the Microsoft account? Want to know what the brand is looking for in an agency? Or do you just want to experience a good laugh from yet another brand spewing
incoherent business babble? Look no further than the brand's recent RFP to agencies which, among many other things, states the brand wants an agency that "optimizes talent, creates process and
execution efficiencies, and gives Microsoft the best leverage in the marketplace." Pure fluff. However, Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela offers up something a bit more concrete, saying: "The ability to tell more cohesive stories to
consumers that are not simply related to a single individual product leads us to obviously look at what are the right partners to be able to think in a new and different way to reflect the way we want
consumers to both experience and engage with our products." On second thought, that's not all that concrete either.
Want to wallow in inadequacy? Want to experience envy? Want to spy on your competitors? Okay, well, not exactly spy but at least get a glimpse of their swanky digs? While touting their own new digs, AdAge put a spotlight on seven agencies sporting some pretty swanky digs. Are you on the list? Highlighted agencies include Lowe Campbell Ewald, Y&R, Weber Shandwick, Havas, McCann, Barbarian Group, and Rosetta. How do your offices compare?
Draftfcb CEO Carter Murphy is kicking ass and taking names. He's been on a roll revamping the agency with new organizations and key hires. His latest move, the long-rumored rebranding to FCB (Foote, Cone Belding) has come to light. The new agency logo, designed by FCB CCO Luis Silva Dias, is a rainbow coalition of the FCB's presence in 90 countries set in Code Pro Light typeface which Murray says is akin to barcode reflecting the agency's digital focus.
Oh look! Another agency gets a CMO! If you haven't heard, hiring a CMO for your agency is the new new thing. After all, new business directors aren't good enough. The latest agency to lemming all over this trend is digital agency Organic, which just hired Tracy Richards as the agency's CMO, a new position that's part of the agency's restructuring of its new business efforts. Richards, who has been with the agency for 13 years, was most recently group director, global business development.
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.