JWT is having a lot of fun this Mother’s Day, but in addition, they are being very helpful -- albeit a bit late -- to those who aren't quite sure what to buy Mom. The agency is out
with Intelligift, a research-based approach to gift selection. The service uses a "nationally representative" set of focus groups -- soccer moms, significant
(m)others, stepmoms -- to ensure your gift brings mom tons of pleasure versus a year of awkwardness for giving the wrong gift. How nice. We all need some help every once in a while when it comes to
Cleveland-based agency Brokaw has a mannequin named Shelly in the window of its downtown office. She has become an icon over the years as she wears a t-shirt which bears the names of the 20 quarterbacks the Cleveland Browns have had since 1999. Apparently, when a quarterback has a bad string of games, and the Cleveland Browns announce a change, fans head to Brokaw’s window to see Shelly. They go to see her because Brokaw adds the name of the new quarterback each time one is chosen. As Draft Day approaches, everyone in Cleveland will be looking to Brokaw's Shelly to see who the new quarterback will be. Of Shelly, Brokaw Co-Founder Gregg Brokaw said: “It started out as just a funny statement by two loyal Brown’s fans. Then as the list grew, it took on different emotions, from sadness to anger, then back to funny. We truly hope this draft solves the issue, because we really don’t know how many more extensions [to the t-shirt] we can add.”
So how is Carter Murray doing over at FCB? Since taking the reins eight months ago, he's made all kinds of changes and we (and everyone else) have covered them ad nauseam. But press releases and news stories aren't the only thing that keep us up to date with Murray's world. His Instagram feed is a vast collection of the people he's met at FCB, his fellow FCB employees, FCB office decor and a whole lot more. Of his Instagram entries, Murray says, “What I’m trying to do every day is show that the corporate world isn’t some distant thing, that CEOs can be much more down to earth." And we love you for it, Carter!
So Crispin Porter + Bogusky has created a new position: global managing director. And they've brought in former Wieden+Kennedy Global Account Director Spence Kramer to fill it. Speaking of filling -- is it just us, or does the name Spence sound, well, less than full? As in incomplete? As in you just really really want to call him Spencer? We digress. In his new position, Kramer will oversee the agency's 8 offices. Of his move to CP+B, Kramer says: “I can’t think of better people and a smarter, more forward-thinking company to join than CP+B. The best years of this agency are ahead of us.”
Last week I made note of Alex Bogusky launching a start-up that that would focus on doing social good and that it would be called Spiffly. The first part was right. The second part was wrong. The
new entity will be called Fearless and "will help socially-minded corporations, foundations and non-profits develop 360° campaigns while providing the added value of a built-in millennial audience
through Fusion's television, social and digital platforms."
Fearless will be a division of Disney/ABC/Univision's cable network and digital platform Fusion and run in partnership with Bogusky, former CP+B'ers Dagny Scott and Lelsie Freeman. Fearless will "enable clients to engage with an ultra-connected audience in all of the places they consume media. The agency will develop multi-platform content spanning video, art, text, comedy, documentaries, television, events, and sharable content, all with an eye toward raising awareness and moving millennials to action on key issues and ideas that encourage positive change in the world."
Of the launch, Bogusky said, "Mashing up agency and media solves a huge problem for socially-minded clients who have incredibly compelling messages but no way to find their audience. Fusion is striking the right tone. Although millennials are more interested in doing good, they aren’t motivated by the same old dry boring, righteous approach. They have the attitude that changing the world can and needs to be fun. And I happen to agree with that.”
Fusion will be opening an office in Boulder, Colorado where Fearless will be based.
Are you going to SXSW? Do you want a new job? Then, it appears, you might want to hook up with Saatchi & Saatchi, which is opening up a Dallas office and will be trolling the streets of Austin
during SXSW for new hires.
The new office is for the agency's Team One unit, which focuses specifically on the Toyota and Lexus accounts. The agency's move to Texas is in reaction to Toyota moving its U.S. sales and marketing operations to Plano, Texas.
And so between barbecue and overcrowded sessions, head over to the SXSW Job Market at the JW Marriott (Floor 2). The hours are Friday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While every morning she's grateful her clients haven't become part of some social media disaster and Twitter is her go to outlet for news, Huge (no, she isn't huge -- that's the name of the agency)
Director of Earned Media Alyssa Galella says that if she weren't working at Huge, she'd love to be "a detective. Or work in an animal shelter. I would basically be Ace Ventura, Pet Detective."
That's an interesting goal for a woman who was recently named one of PR Week's Innovation 50 or who accomplished a killer social media stunt by sending 99 boxes of Cap'N Crunch cereal to Jay-Z who later mentioned the stunt on the radio. Of course, yes -- she's just kidding, but Ace Ventura who certainly was a character. And I like people who aspire to be interesting characters.
But what's most interesting about Galella, who is far from being an old timer, is her wise view of social media today. She says, "There's no longer a dividing line between 'media' and 'social media.' You need to be fluent in both traditional media relations and social media to do your job most effectively. Most of what I've learned hasn't been on the clock, either -- take the initiative to read a ton, be active on social media, attend events, and take classes you're interested in." You know -- become educated in the ways of life.
Thank God. Someone who doesn't think Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat are the only valid forms of media in existence.