This is awesome. And very scary! So there's a guy named Sam Bartos. Sam works as a copywriter at MRY in New York. Sam, like everyone in advertising -- actually, the world -- likes to eat.
But Sam has given himself a challenge. He has decided to see if he can survive an entire month eating only the food he finds around his agency...which, as you well know, can range anywhere from
full-on new business pitch gourmet to Tupperware mysteries in the back of the fridge. Sam has created a witty blog entitled Adult Food Finder on which he
will (and has for six days so far) chronicle his gastric adventures over the course of the month. Some of his foodie adventures: "2:45PM I find a mondo bag of lightly salted popcorn. It's not
delicious or even really that flavorful, but it is a 'high volume' snack that will fill up empty space, like packing foam in a moving box." And "12:19 PM: I have some Orange Juice leftover from
Friday's 'Bagel Friday'. The only problem is that I just washed my mouth out with Listerine (one of our clients, so naturally we have it in all the men's rooms), which turns orange juice
into battery acid." Do give his blog a read. It's filled with hilarious entries including the fact he even considered feeding himself those tiny ketchup packages. Good luck, Sam.
You've probably never heard of her. Unless, of course, you hail from the Nashville area. And she's under 40 so, you know, according to industry rules, she hasn't been put out to pasture yet. Who are we talking about? Audra Wait. Wait is a Nashville area agency exec who recently launched Wait & Co. Previously with Noble Sidekick, Wait was recently named one of Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Of the launch, Wait said, "I've always had a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit and felt with the vibrant business environment in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the time was right to launch this venture. Fortunately, I've had highly loyal clients over the years who like what we've achieved together and will be following me to my new company. I'm excited about the opportunity to put my leadership and marketing skills to work helping them and more companies succeed in this market.”
Publicis Worldwide North America has snared former Martin Agency new business head Julie Levin to become the agency's Chief Marketing Officer. Levin replaces Chris Shumaker who left to become CMO at FCB North America. As CMO Levin will be responsible for both new and organic business development across all Publicis North America offices and brands. At The Martin Agency, Levin led and won pitches for Stoli and Sparkle Georgia Pacific, among others. Prior, Levin was Head of Business Development at BBH/NY where she helped win the Sony Playstation global account. Before that, she was Managing Partner/Director of Business Development, mcgarrybowen/NY, winning Verizon Wireless, multiple Kraft Food brands and the Pfizer Chantix and Viagra business. She's also done stint in account management, running Revlon at Deutsch/NY and the global Gillette Venus account at BBDO/NY.
San Francisco-based Cutwater has hired Simone Nobili as creative director. Nobili has a healthy track record of award winning creative, most recently working with brands like Asics and Taylor Guitars at VITRO in San Diego. Prior to VITRO, Simone worked as Creative Director at Jung Von Matt (such an awesome agency) Hamburg, Leo Burnett Milan, and TBWA London, New York and Los Angeles. Of Nobili's awesomeness, CCO Chuck McBride said, “Simone loves brands. He thinks multimedia. He’s a maker. Which means he’ll fit in great at Cutwater. Our team is growing. He brings experience and passion all of us welcome and encourage for his professional growth as well as ours.” But I don't know. Nothing's really been quite as cool as that initial Ray Ban work from back in the day.
In an ingenious, holiday-themed effort designed to call attention to the importance of the Oxford comma in certain situations, San Francisco-based MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER has launched a browser bookmark-let that will automagically add missing Oxford commas.
A video accompanies the effort with clear examples as to why you really should employ the Oxford comma at times. The video says "Missing Oxford commas ruins Christmas." It then cites some unintended results such as "I was shopping for your Christmas presents, toilet paper and prunes," "We went caroling with our dogs, grandma and grandpa" and "Merry Christmas from your parents, Santa and Rudolph." Images accompany the statements to illustrate just how wrong those sentences are without the Oxford comma.So if you're ever confused as to whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, you can recall the awkward examples given in the video.
Like the holidays? Like games? Then Deep Focus has something you might like. The agency has developed an old school interactive game called #DeepSnow. The agency developed it from scratch using Google Maps, HTML5, WebSockets, SASS, OpenLayers, and custom animations.
The aim of the game is to steer a snow plow through the streets of New York City and rescue Deep Focus employees and toys spilt by Santa from the grasps of a winter snowpocalypse. In tandem with the web experience, players use their mobile device as a game controller. Data from the phone’s gyroscope is used to power the steering wheel for the snowplow as it maneuvers around angry Yetis and actual NYC landmarks on the computer screen.
And, of course, there's a charity element to the game. Because, after all, agencies need to somehow make up for their self-centered, egotistical outlook on life they vamp the rest of the year. Virtual points earned during game play will be turned into physical toys donated to Toy For Tots.
Oh the agency holiday card. Yawn. Oh wait, not yawn! Some agencies actually put some thought into the mundane annual event. One such agency is Digitas Health LifeBrands which has come up with something a little more meaningful. The agency has launched HUG, a social media campaign which aims to generate awareness of charities and provide a monetary donation from the agency to charities which are nominated by employees.
In its fifth year, the program involves employees from the New York, Philadelphia, London, and San Francisco offices who have nominated 24 charities to compete to win money. Each week visitors to the Group HUG Facebook page will vote for their favorite charity by “liking” and “sharing” the logos from the charities. At the end of the campaign, which runs through the end of December, there will be four winning charities.Check out the Group HUG video trailer here and be sure to visit the Group HUG Facebook page to vote for your favorite charity. After all, what better way to celebrate the season of giving than with a nice big Group HUG?
What if you had to pitch Christmas to a focus group? As we all know, focus groups are a disastrous means of coming to consensus on anything. And that's pretty much what happens in this video created by Ogilvy & Mather Paris.
After explaining some of the elements of Christmas such as a fat old man with a big beard, a little girl asks, "Why do I have to sit on his lap?" Just let that one sink in for a minute. Ick. Another woman offers up, "You know who else sneaks into your house through the chimney? Rapists." Ouch! This isn't going well.
The confusion continues with focus group members wondering why Christmas is proposed to be in December instead of the much warmer August. And why the fat guy gets all the credit when he doesn't even buy all the gifts. One panelist even claimed proposed Christmas carols make him feel horny. No, not going well at all. And let's not even get into New Year's Eve.
Copywriting legend Dick Rich passed away from a heart attack on November 1. He was 84. His daughter, Karen Rich, made his death known last week. Rich, along with Mary Wells and Rich
Greene, was one of the founders of the storied Wells Rich Green ad agency and creator of classic 60's work for Alka-Seltzer and Benson & Hedges.
He was known for his confident approach to his work telling The New York Times in 1983: “Clients don’t come to me for O.K. advertising. They come to me for great, great advertising.”
A real man’s man who will be missed.
Last month, we reported Canadian Agency, Cossette, was in talks with Chinese agency, BlueFocus Communications Group, to be acquired. That deal has been sealed for $210 million.
The sale involved the acquisition of a majority stake in Cossette's parent company, Quebec City-based Vision7 International, whose assets also include PR firm Citizen Relations. Of the acquisition, BlueFocus CEO Oscar Zhao said, “Having Vision7 join the BlueFocus family will help us gain better access to the North American market and emphasizes our ‘To Be Global’ strategy."
In its apparent quest for global domination BlueFocus last year acquired London-based social agency We Are Social as well as a 20 percent stake in PR firm Huntsworth.