Yesterday, we shared a leaked memo from Cramer-Krasselt, which
noted it had decided to no longer work with Panera Bread. Now, Panera Bread has shot back saying Cramer-Kresselt didn't fire Panera Bread, rather, it said it would hold a review but the agency
declined to participate. To be clear, the agency never used the words "fired" in its memo. It just shared how difficult it was to work with the client. Which, of course, is why it makes perfect sense
that they chose not to participate in the review. Panera Bread CMO Michael Simon told Ad
Age: "Cramer-Krasselt did not fire us. We weren't performing at the levels we wanted. We told them we were going to open it up for review, and they decided not to participate."
So...nothing's really changed. The client is a pain in the ass to work with and the agency declined to work with them further.
Grey Group has acquired a majority stake in Circus Peru, the largest independent advertising agency in Peru. In making the announcement, James R. Heekin III, Grey Group Chairman and CEO, said: "We are delighted to welcome Circus to Grey Group. Circus is a premier total communications company, renowned for its creativity, and represents another step forward in expanding our capabilities and footprint in the fast-growing Latin American region." Founded in 2008, with headquarters in Lima, Circus is a full-service, integrated marketing company with revenue of $12.1 million in 2013. Its subsidiaries include Circus Interactive, Circus Retail, Circus Experience, Brand Lab, a design company, and Carne, a second advertising agency.
In a recent interview with LinkIn Editor Dan Roth, WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell welcomed the new Cannes Lions categories which focus on data, data visualization and healthcare saying, “This balance of Mad Men/Math Men, art/science, left brain/right brain is really very important and we have to understand it. It applies across the board. So everyone inside the organization can be creative in different ways. Programmatic buying will become very important.” And of our favorite Mad Men, Sorrell added: “Don Draper and Roger Sterling simply wouldn’t recognize three-quarters of what we do today.” Watch the full interview here.
After working toward it for decades, The Martin Agency is opening up shop in London. The Martin Agency CEO Matt Williams said London has been "a goal for us for some time." The agency is interviewing for ECD and MD roles and plans to initially staff the office with about 15 people. The Martin Agency CCO Joe Alexander said London is "one of the world's great creative markets." Well, best to you, Martin Agency. Be sure to invite us to the office opening party!
Who knew there was an agency called The Hardy Boys? Well, there is-- and it's in South Africa. But it may not be called The Hardy Boys for much longer. The agency was just acquired by WPP for an undisclosed sum. Of the acquisition, a WPP statement read: “This investment continues WPP's strategy of developing its integrated services in fast-growing and important markets and sectors and strengthening its capabilities including digital media." The Hardy Boys agency was founded in 1994 and reports $5 million in revenue. The acquisition continues WPP's strategy of growing the digital side of its business, which now accounts for 35% of its $17.3 billion in revenues.
Did you know that Fort Lauderdale-based Zimmerman Advertising is one of the nation's leading retail agencies? Well that's what the press release said so it must be true. And guess what else? The agency has been hired by the world's fastest-growing sports nutrition company to grow even faster! Yes, it's true! The press release said so!
The agency will take on the $15 million account for BPI Sports, a sports nutrition company.
Of selecting Zimmerman to handle its business, BPI Sports Co-Founder and EVP James Grage said, "Hiring an ad agency is a key ingredient to significantly grow our business, establish BPI Sports as the premier sports nutrition brand, and position our company as an iconic, multi-channel business. Most agencies are full of smoke and mirrors and don't deliver on what they promise. It was refreshing to finally find one who's as good at making ads as they are at making money for their clients. I have no doubt Zimmerman will generate powerful results for BPI."
Clearly, BPI Sports believes it has selected the right agency for its business. The agency is on a roll having also just won American Media, a health and fitness publisher.
Press releases. They make you yawn. These committee-written documents are stuffed with silly platitudes aimed to placate marketing directors who still believe journalists want to read stuff that looks like it was written by a robot.
And so I'd like to give a big shout out to New York-based Catch which issued a hilarious gem of a release touting the fact they "may have been retained by the legendary brand Vans to develop an extremely confidential project, which may or may not be released this year."
The release goes on to quote an un-named (of course) Vans spokesperson who said, "We can neither confirm nor deny that Vans has retained Catch New York. All we are willing to say is that they seem pretty cool and creative and if we were going to hire an agency to help us launch something really awesome, we would hire Catch. But that's all we'll say."On the agency side, Catch ECD Marco Cignini said, "We're thrilled, excited, honored and humbled to be a part of the team that might be creating something amazing for Vans.”
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.