Wyoming-based Taco John's loved its agency contact so much, it hired her away and gave her the title of CMO. After five years as VP of insights and media at Sioux Falls-based Lawrence &
Schiller, Billie Jo Waara has joined the Mexican-themed fast food restaurant to focus on growing the chain's awareness in the area. Of the hire, Taco John's CEO Jeff Linville said: "I hired Billie Jo
because of her proven results and impressive experience growing sales and transactions. I believe she will play a lead role in helping us achieve both our short and long term growth goals here at Taco
In the wake of the failed Publicis-Omnicom merger, the Mini Holding Company is rising to prominence. Yesterday we learned that Chicago-based private equity firm Lake Capital aims to acquire London-based Engine Group, parent to Deep Focus, Noise and several others. Today, Project Worldwide, the 30th largest holding company according to Ad Age's DataCenter, is acquiring LA-based Pitch which is known for its work on Burger King, Pepsi and Meineke. Of the decision to become part of Project Worldwide, Pitch Co-Founder Jon Banks said, "Life's too short to work with bad people, so when we looked at who we would want to partner with, cultural fit was definitely the threshold."
Like every other agency searching for new business models in order to stay afloat, Dallas-based ad agency Launch has, well, launched a business of its own. The agency has debuted HeadSpace, a co-working space for creative professionals. Of the launch, Launch Principal and HeadSpace Co-Founder Diane Seimetz Duncan said: "HeadSpace is unique in the Dallas marketplace, as it was designed by creative marketing professionals for creative marketing professionals. We want to be a community of ideas, innovation, networking and new opportunities for everyone -- including us."
In what will be a boon for some agencies and a disaster for others, P&G is divesting or shedding or merging half of its brands and will focus on its top 70-80 brands. Of the move, P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley said: "Today we are announcing an important strategic step forward that will significantly streamline and simplify the company's business and brand portfolio. We will become a much more focused, much more streamlined company of 70 to 80 brands." The 70-80 brands P&G plans to retain account for 90% of company sales and 95% of profit.
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.