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Axe Gives Employees Pheromone-Infused Business Cards. Productivity to Take A Nosedive

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Well, now. Not only is Axe out to turn women into helpless puddles of desire in the face of their body sprays and deodorants, they're now arming their employees with business cards that will do the same.

Working with Union Toronto, the brand, as illustrated in this video, has created a line of personalized business cards unique to each employee and that contains a pheromone-infused substance that's applied to the card.

The results, predictably, are predictable. But we have to wonder. With all these pheromone-infused business cards floating around the office, how will any work get done when everyone's off in a closet shagging?

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by Steve Hall    May-21-14    
Topic: Video



This Ad Exec Explains Why We Need to Get Our Faces Out of Our Phones Just As Much As Our Children Do

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Here's something a bit different. This contributed article is written by Valerie Woo, Executive Creative Director of The Woo. It's her take on the delicate balance between being both an advertiser whose constantly on the job and a dedicated mother and where the lines get drawn when it comes to technological connectivity.

As a parent, it's our joy to love our kids. But it's our job to prepare them for the world they will soon inherit. Today, that means raising a tech-savvy, socially-balanced individual equipped with a black belt in multitasking. Simple, right? Our kids have lived a "connected" life virtually since birth (baby's first Facebook status, anyone?), but a growing tide of us are yanking the tech blanky away and untethering kids from their devices.

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by Steve Hall    May-21-14    
Topic: Opinion



Travelocity Does Choose-Your-Own-Adventure With Twitter

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This is awesome! Yes, the whole choose-you-own-adventure thing has been done many times before but it's almost always with video. Travelocity, which is touting Memorial Day destinations, is out with a Twitter-based choose-your-own-adventure.

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by Steve Hall    May-21-14    
Topic: Social



Check Out Cannes Lions Innovation Day And Win A Trip to Space!

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Are you into innovation? You should be. If you are, you might enjoy Innovation Day are Cannes Lions this year.

Innovation Day, taking place Saturday, June 21, will focus on innovation and will offer a series of sessions given by speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Contagious will kick off the day with an exploration into true innovation, followed by Intel's Kevin Sellers and Genevieve Bell who will explore the links between maker culture and the latest development projects from the technology giant.

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by Steve Hall    May-21-14    
Topic: Industry Events



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Naked Ad Execs to Reveal Secrets During Cannes Lions Panel

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Yikes! This is rather scary. RPA is launching a campaign today for Cannes which aims to uncover the naked truth from brands and agency executives about the agency-client relationship and its impact on great creative and the bottom line.

This teaser and website will give you a sense of the "uncomfortable truths" RPA is asking top agency and brand executives to bare under cover of anonymity, in a survey conducted in partnership with USA TODAY.

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by Steve Hall    May-21-14    
Topic: Industry Events



Southwest Goes International, Frontier Goes Cheap

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- Southwest Airlines is getting its passport and has launched a new campaign to tout its first international flights.

- Frontier Air is out with three new ads touting its super low, ala carte fares. And they're up about charging extra for checking your bags, selecting a seat and even the food and beverage. One. Two. Three.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Campaigns



German Footballers Come to the Aid of Cancer-Stricken Children

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Here's a great effort from Jung von Matt for the German Red Cross. Coming to the aid of children suffering with cancer, the agency worked with Germany's football players who donated blood for the sick children. Each of the blood bags were labelled with the player's name so the children knew who was coming to their aid. Check out the case video below.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Cause



How to Generate Leads Using Facebook And Twitter

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So it's said that Facebook and Twitter together have 1.5 billion monthly active users. And it's safe to say most brands are engaged in some form of marketing on either or both of the platforms. But are brands doing all they can to leverage these platforms for lead generation?

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Research



These 12 Women Will Go to Cannes In An Effort to Change the Imbalance of Women Working in Creative

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The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is launching a new initiative that invites 12 women to Cannes Lions for a special program and filmmaking project.

See It Be It is a program that aims to further women's careers in the creative industry, encouraging them to stay in the industry. Across three days, 12 women will be part of an inspirational and educational program which will take place during Cannes Lions. The agenda will include guided access to the jury rooms, meet and greets with VIP speakers, dedicated sessions by industry leaders and by the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, and a mentorship event supported by SheSays.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Industry Events



This NOS Energy Drink Ad Will Convince You to Just Drink Water

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Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium hexametaphosphate (preservative), caffeine, taurine, natural flavors, acacia, potassium sorbate (preservative), glycerol ester of rosin, l-theanine, sucralose, yellow 5, calcium disodium edta (preservative), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), yellow 6, guarana, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

And you call that a health drink? WTF has marketing and manufacturing come to? Those are the ingredients of Coke's NOS Energy Drink that's being touted in a new spot from Mistress which will air weekly during FOX's The Ultimate Fighter and FOX's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Strange



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