If you are drunk and you are a creative director and you live in Hungary and you are handed an envelope by an attractive host at the Hipnozis Award show, you had better open it. Or at least
we hope you opened it when it was handed to you last week at the event. And we hope you realized the two people who created it -- Zsofi Toth and Denes Szanto -- are two kick-ass creatives looking for
work. And since they were nice enough to provide you aspirin for that nasty headache you were about to experience the next morning, the least you could do is check out their Friday Saver Project and grant them an interview. After all, not only was their stunt creative. It was a live saver to you as well. Hmm. Hopefully,
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So the new ad agency, as you may have heard, will be all about inventing things rather than creating ads. Here's what Deutsch LA Chief Digital Officer Winston Binch has to say: "Agencies have been making products for a long time. Alcohol brands have been invented by plenty of agencies, for example. But it used to be an idea and you’d outsource the production. What’s different now is a lot more of it is technology, it’s digitally based. That requires new people in the building. There’s a lot of talk about invention right now in advertising. Its startup culture -- there’s the show Silicon Valley on HBO -- that culture is mainstream now. A lot of advertisers are grabbing on to it. Nike+ came about in 2006 right around when I left R/GA. That changed the ad world forever." And who cares how anyone finds out about these inventions, it would seem.
Two new creative teams have been appointed at TBWA\Chiat\Day LA. Marco Monteiro and Ana Carolina Reis join from AlmapBBDO in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Guy Helm joins from Mistress; and Chris Rodriguez joins from FCB LA, respectively. The appointments follow the promotion of Stephen Butler to chief creative officer, with Fabio Costa and Brent Anderson as ECDs. At AlmapBBDO, Marco and Carol worked together for over two years on brands including Volkswagen, Visa, PepsiCo, Bayer and Pedigree. The award-winning duo have a host of awards next to their names, including, most recently, a Gold and two Silver Lions from Cannes 2013. Prior to AlmapBBDO, Marco worked for Saatchi & Saatchi and Carol at Fallon. Prior to joining TBWA, Guy was the lead creative at Mistress, working with brands including Hot Wheels, Disney, KIND Snacks, Jagermeister and Playboy. Chris -- famed for Allstate’s “Mayhem” in addition to work for brands including Kraft, Hallmark, Bounty and Nike -- joins from FCB LA Bowen, where he held the position of senior art director.
Liberty Mutual, which last year launched an agency review after having spent years with Boston's Hill Holliday, has selected Jack Morton Worldwide as its agency of record. Liberty Mutual is the official property and casualty and life insurance partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams so Jack Morton will have their work cut out for those events. Of their selection of Jack Morton, Liberty Mutual Chief Communications Officer Paul Alexander said: “Major domestic and international sponsorships as well as numerous grassroots and local sponsorships are key factors in our brand awareness and business strategies. We are delighted to form a partnership with Jack Morton to help direct our overall sponsorship strategy and activation initiatives to maximize these sponsorships for employees, agents and brokers, customers and the general public.” If interactive is to play a major role in the work, the agency's recent acquisition of Genuine Interactive should help.
Kevin Foreman, whose creative career spans 25 years at shops such as Backer Spielvogel Bates/NY, The Richards Group, Publicis, Tribal DDB, Rapp Worldwide and SHOP.COM, will join Moroch Partners as the agency's Digital Creative Director. Which, when you think about it is pretty awesome because Foreman has to be at least 47 so props to
the agency for going against the grain and entrusting an "old guy" with your digital creative.
Of selecting Foreman for the position, Moroch Partners ECD Kevin Sutton said, “Having Kevin on board will ensure the agency remains ahead of industry shifts and will continue to develop the most significant campaigns we can across multiple consumer-centric platforms. With consumers’ increasing demand for real-time information and brand engagement, digital has become one of the most critical components of our clients’ marketing strategies.”
Foreman seems pretty happy with the new gig saying, “Moroch was built on the belief that true 360 integration is the key to driving shifts in consumer preferences and behaviors to deliver more immediate, sustainable and significant client results. The leap was intuitive as I share the same belief and passion. I’m excited to dive in and get started.”
The Big Ten Network has announced it officially named Fallon its agency of record following the agency’s development of a fall national campaign focusing on BTN’s college sports focus
and ever-expanding reach.
Of Fallon's work and selecting the agency as AOR, BTN VP of Marketing Erin Harvego said, “The fall college sports campaign was a huge success for the Big Ten Network. We look forward to continuing the momentum with dynamic, original creative that showcases what the Big Ten and college sports are all about. What we enjoy most about working with Fallon is the agency’s ability to present original ideas, and I think they’ve found fun and exciting ways to share our vision with our viewers.”
Of hooking up with BTN, Fallon Creative Director Josh Combs said, “We like to work with ambitious brands and BTN is among the most motivated with which we’ve worked. The network is determined to become the best network in college sports and our job at Fallon is to help it turn those dreams into a reality.”
Influencer marketing. It's the strategy du jour these days. Everyone's doing it, but not everyone is succeeding. In fact, Oliver Luckett, founder of digital influencer agency TheAudience says: “There’s a new company every week that says it does what we do. They don’t have any fuckin’ clue what we do.
They think we still manage celebrities’ social media presences. We haven’t done that for a year and a half. It was a terrible, thankless business. Why try to move celebrities that are
digital immigrants into it when I’ve got 6,000 kids that speak this language that can push anything and make it trend globally with a push of a button?"
Luckett isn't shy about his company's success, adding: "We are like the puppet master inside of these social media systems, and we work with these creators that do their thing every day, and we bring them funding. We did that to the tune of $27 million in revenue last year. And we’ve doubled every year.”
Luckett has no kind words form brands or agencies or celebrities who don't get the new media landscape. Of Katy Perry's lead up to her Super Bowl performance, of which there was none, Luckett said: “Shame on her. Look at her Facebook page -- not one mention of the Super Bowl! It’s unbelievable. The night of the Super Bowl, I sent her page to the execs at Universal and said, ‘Guys, y’all need to be fired. You’re embarrassing yourselves.’ Her fans wanted to interact with her. Where are the Instagram photos? Show me her inspirations. Show me something. Get people excited.”
As one who watches this space with rapt attention, I can certainly concur with Luckett. Time and time again, too many brands and agencies simply do not understand or simply do not care to understand how dramatically things have changed (and continue to change) and how completely different marketing approaches are now required to affect any metric a brand cares about.
This is not to say you all suck. Far from it. Change takes time, but you can't go around with your head in the sand and adopt a wait-and-see attitude like the agency president who, in an interview I had in 2003, said to me: "Oh, the Internet. No, it's not really anything we concern ourselves with." I swear that actually happened.
No one, of course, is saying that anymore -- but there was a time when, you know, this whole "Internet thing" was just some stupid thing those IT geeks screwed around with when they were supposed to be making sure your Lotus Notes worked.
All of which is to say the "we've always done it that way" attitude will get you nowhere. And companies like TheAudience will be stealing business from you left and right. Of course, you could just do what agencies always do -- promise your client you can do it and then just call TheAudience, pay their fee and take all the credit. At least that would be better than doing nothing at all. And who knows -- you might actually learn something; enough to, you know, realize your agency should be smart enough to provide your clients this kind of service with the ease and panache you display when presenting your latest Flashturbation creation way back in 2005.
WPP has launched Gain Theory. It's a new "marketing foresight consultancy," which aims to help brands deal with the explosion of data, predicted to be 44 times greater in 2020 than it was in 2009.
Heading up the new entity is former WPP Maxus CIO Jason Harrison.
Of the endeavor, Harrison says: “There’s so much more information available about business performance, consumers, what’s happening with marketing campaigns. The expectation is that marketers would be able to digest all that and be able to know what to do next and do that very quickly. That is incredibly complicated.”
While the entity will be part of WPP's media operation, it will remain independent of media buying. Harrison adds: “The reality is we get the best of both worlds. Because we sit alone as an independent entity, we can bring a point of view to a marketer that’s not connected to any of the decisions that get made about actual tactical executions. We don’t have a dog in that fight… But as well, we can connect to the vast array of tools and assets that live within WPP in a really independent and objective way.”