According to Business Insider, New York-Based Huge is the slowest social media agency on the planet. That is, unless there's another agency out there that takes 45 days to send a
tweet. Yes, you read that right. Forty-five days. Business Insider's intrepid reporter Aaron Taube "got a look inside" the New York offices of Huge and learned how the agency took 45 days to craft and post a tweet for the client President Cheese. Now to be
fair to Huge, all of this was born out of the fact that what Taube wrote about was not the creation of a tweet but the creation of planned elements of the brand's social media campaign. And the fact
that whoever wrote that BI headline was more concerned with sensationalism than actual fact. We're pretty sure Huge is not pleased with that BI headline, but they should know there
are plenty of us out there who know the difference between reality and Upworthy-style sensationalism.
So Twitter struck another agency deal this week. This time it was a $230 million mobile-focused deal with Omnicom. The deal will integrate the agency's programmatic buying with Twitter's ad exchange, MoPub. This is but one of many deals agencies have made with Twitter and Facebook and they have been headline grabbers. But you know what? When was the last time you saw a headline about an upfront deal an agency or brand made with a TV network? Can't think of one, right? Because it's not news. And neither are these agency deals with social media platforms. They're simply upfront buys. Yeah, that's all. Media buys.
Minneapolis-based Carmichael Lynch doesn't like "Mad Men." Rather, more accurately, they don't like how the show portrays advertising as a cutthroat business. Rather, even more accurately, the agency says "Mad Men" could never have been shot in Minneapolis because, as Chief Creative Director Dave Damman says: “This is one of the rare cities where you can be friends with people at other agencies.” Now wait a minute, Mr. Damman. Are you saying New Yorkers are a bunch of mean-spirited, antagonistic bulldogs who don't know how to mingle and have fun together? Clearly, you've never been to an advertising-related social function in New York! Or Boston. Or San Francisco. Or Chicago. Maybe you ought to get out more.
Oh, but wait. Maybe Damman is right about agencies being insular and cutthroat. In a piece on collaboration between agencies and brands, Tom Fels, group managing director at South Africa-based Machine, ponders the inability of ad agencies to leave their competitive fears at the door, truly embrace collaboration, and as an industry, actually create something outside the agency/client silo. Tough as cross-agency collaboration may be, Fels believes it is crucial to the survival of the agency model. He writes: "To my mind, it is not only an opportunity but also a responsibility, given the rapid pace of change in the industry and the continually depleting value extraction agencies are currently faced with. Without a significant readjustment, we will more likely be victims to a predictable future than pioneers of a new age in creativity."
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.