We never had the chance to say it, but TTI Floor Care’s Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck did, having just awarded New York-based Johannes Leonardo its advertising account. Get it?
A vacuum cleaner account awarding its business to an agency that understands the art of the suck? As is always the case, the win followed the installation of a new CMO, Alan Gravely, who joined TTI in
March. Gravely is TTI's first CMO. Of Johannes Leonardo, Gravely told Ad Age: "We were impressed
with all the agencies we spoke with, but we were blown away by Johannes Leonardo. Johannes Leonardo has extensive expertise with iconic brands and a philosophy that it's consumers, not the media, who
control the conversation today. The idea of the consumer as the medium fits well with our vision for TTI Floor Care as an organization centered around the consumer."
Havas Worldwide has a new executive creative director. Jason Musante joins the agency's New York office from Anomaly, where he was creative director and lead on the Google Glass launch. Prior to that, he was Co:Collective’s first senior creative hire, leading the relaunch of USA Today and Google+ as well as working on the Microsoft business. Musante also held positions at DDBO and Saatchi. Of the hire, Havas New York CCO Darren Moran said: "When it comes to moving seamlessly and brilliantly across content, digital, social and experiential, Jason is one of the very best creatives out there, and he has the awards and business successes to prove it. He's a courageous leader, smart innovator, and a fighter for great work that works. He's worked for some of the best people at some of the best agencies on some of the very best brands; I couldn't be more excited to have Havas be the next (and hopefully last) agency to benefit from his talents." Last? Doubtful.
In case you missed it, Martin Sorrell penned a LinkedIn Influencer post Monday entitled The 10 Trends Shaping the Global Ad Business, in which he predicts a decline in qualified creative candidates based on declining birth rates, smaller families and the growth of digital. He writes: "Simply, there will be fewer entrants to the jobs market and, when they do enter it, young people expect to work for tech-focused, more networked, less bureaucratic companies. It is hard now; it will be harder in 20 years." He also notes, to no one's surprise, the center of the ad world is shifting away from New York toward places like Latin America, China, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
This would be a sweet win. Tiffany's, the high-end jewelry retailer, has launched a review for its global media business. The brand seeks media innovation and improved efficiencies. The budget is said to be $100 million. A Tiffany representative said: "In addition to our internal marketing department, Tiffany & Co. has decided to pursue an external media agency to further enhance our global business. This is in addition to Ogilvy & Mather as the company's creative agency." Ark Advisors will conduct the review.
For the past day or so, it seems impossible to escape from a Google News alert that isn't filled with that story about popular Indian celebrity Aishwarya Rai, who appeared in an ad for Kalyan
Jewellers elegantly dressed with a dark-skinned child holding an umbrella over her head. Many have called the ad racist.
An open letter from a consortium of feminist, child and human rights groups says the ad appears to "be representing aristocracy from a bygone era -- bejewelled, poised and relaxing while an obviously underage slave-child, very dark and emaciated, struggles to hold an oversize umbrella over your head."
The letter, which shares several examples of 17th- and 18th-century images that would now be considered racist, continues: "We wish to convey our dismay at the concept of this advertisement, and that you have, perhaps unthinkingly, associated with such a regressive portrayal of a child to sell a product...we, therefore, urge you to do the right thing -- cease to associate yourself with this offensive image by ensuring that further use of this advertisement is stopped."
In response, a statement from Aishwarya pretty much shirks any responsibility and blames the creative agency for the debacle. The statement read: "On the onset we would like to thank you on drawing our attention to the observation of the perception of the advertisement. Here is an attachment (picture of Aishwarya without the child holding the umbrella) of the shot taken by somebody during the shoot. The final layout of the ad is entirely the prerogative of the creative team for a brand. However shall forward your article as a viewpoint that can be taken into consideration by the creative team of professionals working on the brand visual communication. Thank you once again."
Kalyan Jewellers has pulled the ad.
On Wednesday at the LSA|15 Conference in Los Angeles, the Local Search Association announced the winners of its second annual Ad to Action Awards competition. LSA received 91 entries across 10
categories and the winners were revealed on the main stage at the event.
The competition focused on celebrating the most innovative "local" marketing products or solutions that facilitate consumer actions such as calls, clicks, store visits, etc. The winners demonstrated the greatest potential for driving local consumer engagement and best addressed current market needs.
The judging panel -- made up of 18 companies including Twitter, Foursquare, Yahoo, MapQuest, xAd and more -- evaluated these products and solutions. Each judge reviewed a subset of entries and no judge reviewed any entries where there was a potential conflict of interest.
In the Platforms and Services category, Chicago-based Rise Interactive, which likes to refer to itself as an "interactive investment management firm," won the top spot. And we can see why. Any agency that can spin the fact that they buy online advertising into "interactive investment management form" is worthy of praise.
For, oh, at least the past 7-10 years, every prognosticator has gleefully been promising "this is the year of mobile!" to the point where it's become a joke. Now, certainly, mobile has matured and
has become a viable medium for many things including advertising. But AKQA CCO Rei Inamoto isn't completely convinced.
In an interview with The Drum, Inamoto said, “To an extent I think the promise of mobile in relation to marketing has been exaggerated. The biggest misconception about mobile and the biggest mistake that advertisers make about mobile is to treat it like an advertising channel. Instead we should use it as a way to provide service not to provide a message.”
And, being the smart guy that he is, he's right. Rather than forcing old models (*cough* ...banners) through mobile devices, brands should embrace new services. Many have. Love them or hate them, Inamoto cites Uber as a brand that's fully embraced mobile, not as an advertising medium per se but, rather, as a platform for doing business.
So, yes, mobile has finally arrived. But my hope for the medium is that we can skip past all the missteps we took forcing old advertising models onto the internet and treat mobile very differently and more effectively. Like the personal service it has become. Not a pipe through which to shove ads.
In an audit of the 1,000 posts that BuzzFeed deleted from its site, three were deleted because advertisers complained. Yes, it's true. Don't like what someone writes about you? All you have to do
is bitch a little and get it removed.
In 2013, BuzzFeed published a post about an Axe body spray ad that was, it seems, not very positive. The brand's agency at the time didn't like what they read, complained and it was removed. Also is 2013, the publication chided Microsoft about its Internet Explorer browser. According to BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith, the post was deleted because its author "had worked on a Microsoft ad campaign, and BuzzFeed's chief revenue officer complained about the post to me."
A third post, published in January 2014, which discussed what brands had planned on Twitter for the Super Bowl was pulled because it was critical of what Pepsi had planned and -- oops, the brand's Twitter account was handled by BuzzFeed staff at the time. Of that decision, Smith said: "We'd never previously considered the case of an editor that would be writing about an ad that was produced by our creative team, but we decided it was inappropriate and deleted the post." Really?
Remember when advertising and editorial where separate entities? Yeah, neither do I. We've all been pummeled so hard with native advertising bullshit over the past few years that it's practically become -- much like the banner before it -- invisible. Not to mention the over-the-top, incessant use of ridiculously sensationalistic clickbait headlines that achieved nothing but to quicken the tactic's invisibility.