If you're an agency pitching an account and you're not the incumbent, you might want to check out "4 Signs
the Brief is Made for the Incumbent Agency." Sadly, many reviews are conducted with the brand having no intention of changing agencies. Sometimes it's required by law. Other times, it's just part of
the brand mode of operation. So check out these four signs. In a nutshell, if the brief is too brief and doesn't contain detailed information, then only the incumbent has the knowledge. If it appears
there isn't much investment in the review process, it's quite likely the brand is just going through the motions. If the brief lauds the incumbent agency's work, that's a sign the brand isn't going to
be very open to change. And if the brief sounds like it's describing the incumbent, it just shows that the brand already has what it wants in an agency and isn't likely to change.
So the Art Directors Club Fesitival of Art + Craft will be hitting Miami Beach again this year from April 7-9. At the event Former VCU Brandcenter Director Rick Boyko will premiere a new documentary film series entitled InspirADCion. The first installment releases April 8 and will feature TBWA/Chiat/Day legend Lee Clow, who shares his deep insight into the world of advertising along with a few good old war stories.
"I'm pissed. We're out there trying to do it the right way and by comparison we're facing a prisoner's dilemma against competitors who show great results from fraudulent traffic. Anyone along the chain who is playing it straight gets screwed." Those words come from the mouth of Tom Phillips, CEO of programmatic ad-buying technology company Dstillery. Sadly, he's but one voice in an industry that is happy to look the other way when it comes to online fraud. But many do look the other way because the effort required to truly stamp out digital ad fraud is daunting and expensive. It's just far easier to go along to get along. Here's hoping more people like Phillips step up.
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.