George Parker had a bit of fun with a leaked internal memo circulated within Ogilvy & Mather last week following their loss of the Wal-Mart account to Draft/FCB. The gist? Pump up the troop's morale prior to the inevitable headcount slashing. A good read.
Much negativity has surrounded the launch of a new marketing company called Crayon. The company chose to make their launch announcement within Second Life where they established an island outpost. Some seem to think it's the end of Second Life because Crayon, along with all kinds of other marketers, will enter Second Life with no respect for the world's current residents. To coin a Second Lifers anti-marketing sentiment, it's all a gallery of lies. Second Life will be just fine with or without marketers.
First of all, Crayon is not a company whose sole purpose is to create marketing programs within Second Life. The company created the outpost as an efficient place to conduct business. Sure, some of the work they do may be Second Life-related but that is not the focus of the company. We don't profess to know anything more than what a couple months-worth of visits to Second Life have provided but, as far as we can see, no one is forcing Second Life residents to pay any attention at all to brands entering the world. In fact. most have been set up on islands which can easily be ignored or never discovered in the first place.
As we mentioned Monday, Crayon, a company claiming to be the world's first new marketing company will launch today at noon both in the "real world" and within Second Life on Crayonville Island. Crayon President and Founder Joseph Jaffe explains the need for the company saying, "The world has changed, but marketing, advertising, and public relations have not. There is no question that the influence organizations can achieve through traditional marketing, advertising and PR is fading fast." Crayon intends to help "marketers and communications professionals make sense of the profound changes in order to connect the dots between the burgeoning new approaches and possibilities available to them," the press release states.
Joining Jaffe in the company are former Citigroup financial guy Gary Cohen as CEO, music podcasting evangelist C. C. Chapman, social media dude, Neville Hobson, communications vet and author Shel Holtz, entertainment industry guru Chris Trela, planning consultant Francis Anderson and Aaron Greenberber and Michael Denton.
It's common knowledge that everyone in advertising would rather be shooting a movie than making boring ads that appear on the small screen so it is without surprise Strawberry Frog is hyped about its new Heineken commercial which was shot on location during the filming of the the next James Bond film., Casino Royale. A YouTube video takes a behind the scenes look at the very normal and un-Agency.com-like approach Strawberry Frog took for the creation of the commercial. Actors are featured. Set designers and assistant directors are interviewed. Strawberry Frog Head Creative Dude Kevin McKeon waxes eloquently about th genesis of the project. Come on. Before you say anything, you know you wish you were in Kevin's shoes.
Joe Jaffe of Life After the 30-Second Spot and Across the Sound fame has launched a new marketing company icalled Crayon which will make its debut inside Second Life this Thursday. The company intends to be a bit different than your typical marketing firm focusing on social media and the tenets Jaffe set forth in his book. Joining with Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson from For Immediate Release and CC Chapman from Accident Hash and Managing the Gray, Jaffe will dive head first into the world of conversational marketing and his belief that companies which refuse to believe marketing is a conversation rather than a one way information dump are doomed to die.
If you want to check out who's having office sex at the agency next door or who's grabbing ass to win new busines, check out TalentZoo's new section called the break room, a place where all the industry's nastiness can be shared by all. We particularly like the story from Becca who said, after a certain office activity, "My pumps made black marks on the wall."
Nice touch with the martini glass. Hmm, where have we seen that before?
Colle+McVoy is pleased it recently won Adweek Magazine's award for "Best Guerrilla Marketing Campaign" at the magazine's second annual Buzz Awards. Colle+McVoy tells us they chosen for their "use of grassroots marketing" to generate brand attention and awareness on work they did for a crushed vehicle campaign for the Minnesota State Lottery. Congrats.
- Media buyers don't give a crap about the social media implication of the Google YouTube acquisition. It's just more eyeballs and one less insertion order.
- Toy designer enthusiast, painter, and Thunderdog-founder Tristan Eaton has decorated ad agency BBH's new headquarters in Tribecca.
- The American Association of Advertising Agencies has hired Golin Harris to provide PR support for the advertising industry. Good luck.
- Ironic Sans has a very creative twist on the political advertising requirement, "I'm Joe Politician and I approved this ad."
- Here's your opportunity to drag out that great ad you did that the AE or client killed and win an award for it. Because, after all, we now killed ads are much better than ads that actually get approved. On November 9 from 6P to 9P, the One Club Gallery will host "2006 Night f the Living Dead," an appreciation of the best killed ads.
- Stewart Rogers wonders whether Yoda was the copywriter on this nav-side ad.
No doubt, we're the last people you'd expect to comment on English grammar so we're not going to. We're going to let Adrants reader Michael Scott take the floor and tell us about his efforts to try to get Infiniti Canada to correct the grammar he claims is wrong in this ad
Here's a copy of a plea I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org two months ago......and again today:
SUBJECT: Your "All that's missing ARE the wings" co-op newspaper advertisement
Please, pull the ad from your co-op kit and replace it with a corrected version........(or, alternatively, advise all dealers to stop running the print ad.) (The ad appeared in Tuesday, Oct 10th's National Post, page A6, over your dealer Woodchester Infiniti's name.)
If this ad is going to live on........the headline must be corrected to read, "All that's missing IS the wings."
In its current form, I'm sure you are repelling more potential buyers than you are attracting. (I know it throws ME off my lunch every time I see it!!)
The subject of your headline is the word "ALL"........not "WINGS". Therefore the verb "is" must be used to agree with the subject, not the PLURAL "are" as it now reads.
Apparently you don't trust me as a source of English usage. I wrote to you about this a couple of months ago as well as to your agency, but the ad continues to run in its gut-wrenching form.
Please consult someone at your ad agency who is over the age of 40 and who learned how to speak English back in the day when teachers cared and/or knew the difference between good and just plain WRONG.
So there, Infiniti.
Adrants, along with Business Development Institute, is presenting the Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference, an event that aims to tackle, head on, the hot issue of diversity in the advertising industry. With recent legal wranglings and diversity basically taking a back seat since, well, ever, we though it time to get a conversation going about what, if anything, the industry can do to address the topic.
The conference will take place Wednesday, November 8 from 8:30A to 5:30P at the NYU Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life. The first half of the day will feature speakers and panels consisting of industry professional who are knowledgeable about the industry's diversity issues. The keynote will be given by Burrell Communications C0-CEO McGhee Williams. The second half of the day will be set up as an actual job fair where those interested in joining the advertising industry can speak with prospective employers.
How can you get involved? If you, as an individual, have strong feelings about this issue, you can participate by speaking at the event or simply showing up to hear what others have to say. If you, as an agency or brand organization, have strong feelings about this issue, you can participate as an event sponsor and/or exhibit at the event. If you, as a student or someone interested in advertising, want to consider working in the industry, you can come talk to people who work for ad agencies and brand organizations.
It's been swept under the carpet long enough. Do something. Get involved. Don't run like a chicken with its ass plucked clean. Check it all out here.