Have you heard about the Cover Oregon kerfuffle? Apparently an ad created by Wieden+Kennedy satellite, North, was parodied by John Oliver on HBO, who took jabs at the apparent failure of the
state's health insurance exchange which cost upwards of $200 million and doesn't really work. Oliver took issue with one particular ad North created that
features folk singers portraying the fact everything is wonderful in Oregon and he created a parody featuring Lisa Loeb that basically labels everyone in
Oregon a bunch of "fucking idiots." It's actually quite hilarious -- but North Chief Creative Officer Mark Ray is not amused and has penned a scathing blog post entitled "Yes, John Oliver, We Are
Stupid Fucking Idiots" in which he pulls no punches in his lambasting of Oliver for not understanding the whole picture.
And for, well, clearly hurting his feelings a bit.
After just nine months on the job, Arnold New York President Corey Mitchell is leaving the building. Clearly something was amiss. Something didn't gel. Somebody pissed someone off. Or Mitchell fell on his face. Of course, no one is saying such things. At least publicly. Only the official spokesperson speak is being served up: "This decision was reached mutually. Corey made many terrific contributions to the agency both in new business and with current clients. We appreciate his work and leadership." For his part, Mitchell said: “It’s been important to me to manage my exit proactively, minimizing impact on clients and our staff. I’m happy to be leaving on a high note and wish Arnold and our clients the very best. We agreed to this earlier in the year. I’ll remain through May managing a transition and will announce a new position over the summer." Hmm. And so he was thinking of leaving, what, like 6 months after he arrived? Not good.
Well this is interesting. New York based agency Robert Snow Marketing is -- seemingly to prove its worth -- making, in their own words, a bold move. So what's the bold move? They're offering to write a "complimentary 500-word white paper [which they value at over $1,500] for qualified technology companies upon request." Now, depending upon the scope of said 500 words, $1,500 might be a good deal. If it's a technical piece that requires a lot of research, then yes, it sounds about right. But 500 words is not a lot of words and can, for some, be whipped out in under an hour. So as they say at the outset of any marketing project, make sure you both agree on scope.
WPP continues to grow its stable of digital agencies with the recent acquisition of Toronto-based Twist Image. In business for 14 years, the agency has 100 employees and handles Walmart, TD Bank and the Montreal Canadiens. Twist Image President Mitch Joel is stoked because he will have access to WPP's data assets and partnerships with Google, Facebook, Twitter and others.
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.