Okay, then. So here's why advertisers love TV so much and can't get enough of the Cannes experience. A new Millward Brown Digital study that polled 300 digital marketing decision makers at Fortune 5000 companies and agencies in the
United States found that most of them allocate their budgets fairly evenly across digital advertising formats. However, 88% said that making emotional connections through digital media would encourage
them to spend more on digital branding campaigns. And to that end, the survey also found that 30% of digital marketers believe that ads purchased through programmatic methods produce negative customer
experiences that damage brand loyalty or negate their branding objectives in other ways." So, yeah, all that non-Cannes worthy programmatic crap? That's what is keeping marketers from increasing their
digital spend. That and the fact that a banner is still a banner; it's just not a medium which lends itself well to creativity. Or emotional connection.
Now this could be interesting. Or it could be yet another flashy partnership that plays out in the press and nowhere else. But we actually think there's some meat here. 360i has partnered with Mashable to use the publication's Velocity product -- a technology the publication developed in-house that monitors people's social media engagement to predict which content is about to go viral. Currently, the publication uses it to tout its own viral-worthy posts. Now, 360i will use these predictive insights to mold campaigns for its clients, ideally learning along the way what works and what doesn't and why.
Ouch! This has gotta hurt! As you may know, Apple is on the outs with TBWA and is in the process of hiring 1,000 people to staff an internal ad agency. Things are not going well. One ad exec who was approached by Apple is reported to have said: “The revolution has come and gone, and I’m not sure a job at Apple would be a creative opportunity. If I were going to go brand-side, there are a lot more interesting companies I’d rather work for, like Coke or Pepsi.” Ouch! Coke or Pepsi over Apple? But it's really no surprise. Steve Jobs is dead. Lee Clow is, for the most part, retired and out of the TBWA picture. And let's face it, Tim Cook is running a tight ship but he's no Steve Jobs. TBWA and Apple had a good, long run. Things have changed. Whether that change includes a gigantic internal agency or some as yet unforeseen relationship with a new agency is yet to be determined. But we can say, for what it's worth, iOS8 and leaked rumors of the iPhone 6 do seem quite cool.
It's probably not going to be as big as the Ming Dynasty but with McCann behind it, it's certainly going to try. Ming, which opened this week in New York, is headed by Commonwealth/McCann Creative Chairman Linus Karlsson who will be the agency's CCO. Joining Karlsson is Brian DiLorenzo, who will serve as CEO and former BBDO EVP Account Director Tara DeVeaux, who will serve as president. Part of McCann, the agency will be run independently. The new entity is touting itself as a "strategic, action-based creative company operating in the 'new to next' space" -- whatever that is.
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.