Here's an odd juxtaposition of sorts. Over in Germany, Audi ad agency Thjnk is located on the second floor of an office building in Hamburg. Interesting -- Tesla Motors is about
to open a showroom in the same building. On the first floor. Right below Audi's ad agency. And just like any ad agency would do in a situation like this, Thjnk created a gigantic mesh banner atop the banner Tesla placed in the window of its
first floor location. The banner reads: "It's nice when neighbors have common interests." Now that's just way to polite if you ask me. You have to wonder what the agency folks are really saying when
they walk by that giant Tesla banner on their way to work every day.
Deutsch LA has hired Zach Gallagher as EVP, Director of digital strategy. Most recently Zach led the Interactive, Social and Data Strategy disciplines at Wieden+Kennedy's Portland office. Before joining W+K in 2011, he was general manager of the IPG Emerging Media Lab in LA. Over the course of his 18-year career, he has worked on Virgin Atlantic, Toyota, Coca-Cola, American Express, Old Spice, Nike, Facebook and Sony. Of joining Deutsch, Gallagher said: "I'm really, really excited about getting to a place where digital plays such a big role in how we affect our clients' businesses. Being able to work under Jeffrey Blish and Winston Binch to bring the best integrated strategic thinking to the table is sort of the dream scenario. And the pressure to feed inspiration and opportunities to creative and design talent like Matt O'Rourke, Jerome Austria and Nathan Iverson is what strategists live for. I can't wait to get started."
So it's all about content marketing and native advertising now, right? Did you know there's an awards show for content marketing? Even if you didn't, you'd hardly be surprised there is. After all, there's an award event for everything in advertising. There might even be an award for marketing directors who say: "Can we make the logo bigger?" In any case, the Pearl Awards has issued its call for entry. Entries can be submitted through September 9th, will be judged by a team of content marketing experts in five cities; Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Winners will be announced and celebrated at a ceremony on Tuesday, November 11th at Apella in New York City. Last year’s top winners included Rodale Grow, McMURRY/TMG and Pace, as well as international entrants Head Office, Spafax and Bauer Media Group for clients such as Whole Foods, UPS, WebMD, Mercedes-Benz, Dove and more.
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.