This is, by far, the best representation of the emotional state one finds oneself in when client deadlines approach. Staffers at Greek agency Admine took it upon
themselves to leverage the horror movie trailer approach to representing the horrific intensity of looming client deadlines. The trailer delivers everything
you'd expect and will very quickly bring you back to that specific moment when you were in the midst of a pressing client deadline and every piece of shit was hitting the fan. And speaking of shit,
the trailer points to a Web site on which fake reviews -- such as this one from The New York Times -- proclaim: "Scariest shit ever."
You've all heard this argument before. At least I hope you have. It's no secret that it helps agency folks to think like a marketing director. Why? Because that style of thinking lends itself to a broader, more holistic viewpoint -- and one that offers insight far beyond just that of the next ad campaign. Writing in Entrepreneur, Grow Co-Founders Gabrey Means and Cassie Hughes argue that agency people should be nosy both into your client's business and into what other agencies are doing. Also, you should "surrender the square peg" -- meaning that your agency will not always have the best solution or even be the right company for a given project at a given time. And lastly, it is advised that you "sing kumbaya" -- meaning, basically, that every company working for a single brand should be one big, happy family. And to do that, there must be communication between all partners, even if they see each other as competitors.
After feeling the brunt of ageism and getting the boot from the world's biggest Millennial playground otherwise known as BuzzFeed, it's nice to see Mark Duffy (aka Copyranter) expressing his opinions again. Writing for Jezebel, Mark unleashes a torrent of criticism on the latest slew of swagger dads -- which, apparently, is supposed to be some kind of make good for all those years the industry painted men as clueless, blithering idiots. Trouble is, this "dadvertising" effort, kicked off several years ago most notably with the Toyota Swagger Wagon ad, is portraying dads just as idiotically as when they were portrayed as clownish buffoons. Now they're just backed by rap music and hashtags. Is this really progress?
So by now you've all heard of Snapchat, right? And you're all racing to get your clients in on this shiny new marketing object of the month, right? After all, it's new, it's cool and all the kids are doing it. Which, of course, means every single agency has to get in on the action. But as Traction CEO Adam Kleinberg writes in Advertising Age, you should, perhaps, snap out of it. He argues agencies will want to consider the kind of company they will keep if they choose to advertise on Snapchat. He writes, "I conducted an experiment and changed my settings to allow anyone to send me snaps on Snapchat. Sure enough, the ads started rolling in. An ad for a fake Rolex was the tamest of the bunch. Ads for penis enlargement pills and 'fine big booty girls' were gems." So think twice before you jump on that shiny object train.
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.