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Agency Objectifies Account Executive to Attract New Business

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Southern California-based Skiver Advertising has launched a tongue-in-cheek (or cheesy, take your pick) new business effort called "Wanna Date Derek?"

The campaign, which features 28-year-old (though in the video he says 20) account executive Derek Hall, began with a billboard and extends to a website on which Derek touts his attributes. The campaign also includes a Twitter account (@WannaDateDerek) on which the 6'1" Derek is described as "vivacious, handsome, smart, ripped" and "a kind-hearted soul."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



iPhone 5 'Rubberband' Feature Expands Screen to iPad Size

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As we get closer and closer to the September 12 launch of the iPhone 5 and fanboy fanaticism runs amok, the rumors regarding the new phone's features have reached fever pitch. Aatma Studios, which routinely releases predictions for yet to be released Apple products is out with very Jerry Bruckheimer-ish movie trailer-style video that celebrates some of the expected (and only dreamed for) features everyone hopes to see on September 12.

This one is worth watching full screen with the volume turned way up.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Spoofs, Video



Environmental Concern Gets 80,000 to Skip Behavior, Not Ad

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Chili-based environmental concern Sodimac et La Casa Eco has made brilliant use of YouTube's newish ad skipping feature. A two minute video illustrates how the entity incorporated the ad skipping feature into their creative by adding a Skip This Behavior button which would appear just above and at the same moment as the Skip Ad button would appear.

Messaging would ask viewers whether they wanted to skip a certain behavior (using too much water, for example) or skip the ad. It worked. In one week, 80,000 people clicked the Skip This Behavior button.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Video



PSAs Continue Robotripping Puke-Fest

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In May, Partnership for a Drug Free America CPHA have teamed to create a cookie tossing pukefest aimed at calling attention to Robotripping, the overuse of cough medicine to get a high or sorts. And yes, poor Robitussin is the genesis of the term robotripping.

Well the two entities are at it again with three new Tribal DDB San Francisco-created pukefests, one of which take the choose your own adventure direction. But, rest assured, the puke-fest approach is still central to the campaign.

And apparently, people like to watch people puke because a couple of the videos are getting decent view counts.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Cause



Calling All Advertising Hotties: Become Face of JD Sports

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Last year, UK-based JD Sports reached out to its audience and sought fresh faces for its ad campaign. This year, the brand is at it again and they are out with a video sharing how the lives of last year's chosen ones have changed.

If you think you've got what it takes to be the next face of JD, head of to their website, submit your own photo or just vote for those already entered.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Brands



Citroen's Transformer-Style Robots Become Singing Cylons

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My, my, the Citroen robots have become more sophisticated over the years. If you recall, an early effort by Vancouver-based The Embassy had a Citroen do a Transformers-style dance atop a parking garage.

Five years later, working with Paris-based Agency H, The Embassy is out with a, well, more grounded version of the robot. Eschewing the CGI and VFX approach taken with earlier work and commenting on the new work, The Embassy President Winston Helgason said, "The tendency with VFX driven work is to make it as glossy and polished as possible, which often makes it look more fake. This is often reflected in the color grade as well. Overall, we deliberately embraced the imperfections, which in the end added an extra layer of authenticity."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Commercials



Anna Dello Russo Says 'You Need the Fashion Shower'

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H&M has hooked up with Vogue Japan Editor-At-Large Anna Dello Russo for a Colony-created, Alex Turvey directed video in which Russo struts her stuff and offers up a "fashion shower" of fashion commandments to honor the launch of her new accessories collection for the retailer.

In the 2:46 video, set to tunes from Producer/DJ Emiliano Pepe, Russo prances about in a grand wink to the over-the-top, very silly world of high fashion.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



Adrants Jobs: Content Manager, Copywriter, Graphic Designer

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Here's your weekly roundup of some of the more interesting jobs to be found on the Adrants Job Board. You can always find the listings in the right hand column of the site or here on the job listings page. Read on for this week's interesting job opportunities.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Announcements



Doofus in A Speedo Pimps Insurance

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- A hilarious ad for insurance company Centraal Beheer makes great use of the Love Boat theme and a twist ending.

- How to simply turn a print ad into an interactive iPad experience.

- New MOO.com ads feature real customers who run their own start-ups and tout the benefits of what Moo has to offer.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



A Ten Step Check List For Website Redesign

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Launching or redesigning a website for your agency or one of your clients is no longer news but it's still a detailed endeavor that takes design skill, technical expertise and a little bit of humility coupled with patience as the project progresses.

So while we all may perceive these sorts or redesigns as yawners, they still have to be done and they still have to be done right. HubSpot hopes to help with a white paper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, entitled 10-Step Checklist for Your Next Website Redesign.

Download the whitepaper now and make sure your next website redesign goes swimmingly.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Research



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