We all know most agency management treats its employees like idiotic children and, while most employees may truly be idiotic, pampered, over-paid children, it's still humorous when an agency head pulls out the ruler and lays down the gauntlet like a Kindergarten teacher. Today, we're informed Toronto-based agency Henderson Bas President Dawna Henderson was displeased the assigned group didn't properly organized the agency's monthly Round Up, an agency wide cleaning event, and took matters into her own hands in the form of a stern email. There are rules, damn it and "this is not a joke!" The kicker in all of this? The agency's URL: theniceagency.com. Read on...
Thirty years ago, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales founded The Prince's Trust to help change the lives of underprivileged or troubled 14-30 year olds in the UK through financial and practical support. Twenty years ago, ATTIK Co-Founder James Sommerville and his partner Simon Needham were among those granted assistance by The Prince's Trust. Last Thursday evening, at a Buckingham Palace fundraising dinner reception held for supporters of The Prince's Trust from the UK and USA, James was given the Honor of thanking Prince Charles for his support, on behalf of the 60,000+ businesses impacted by The Prince's Trust since 1976. See, now isn't that a happy advertising story?
This made the rounds last week but it just fell off our radar because, well, it doesn't really have to do with advertising except that the director of this music video for Junkie XL, Glenn Cole, is partner and creative director at LA agency agency 72andSunny and the very very persistent PR person had some influence as well.
Oh, to connect the dots even more, the PR person tells us it's a "cool ad story because the video's director Glenn Cole and Junkie XL first hooked up together in 2002, when Glenn was a CD with Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and hired Junkie XL to remix the Elvis track 'A Little Less Conversation' for a Nike World Cup 2002 commercial. The two have remained friends and frequent collaborators ever since." It's all about who you know.
AdCritic has launched a new free feature called Face2Face, a video series that will feature ad luminaries speaking with one another. For the launch, AdCritic has placed the old and the new up against one another. Lee Clow and Alex Bogusky, two people who might have a few tidbits of insight to offer, discuss the earth shatteringly important topic of what agency people wear to work. Let's hope future episodes get to meatier topics.
To prove there's life outside the walls of advertising, Amy Yvonne Yu, ATTIK San Francisco art buyer and traffic co-ordinator, has been named San Francisco's Best DJ in a contest hosted by SF Weekly and East Bay Express.The competition is part of the Ultra Music Festival which brings together music editors from metropolitan area news weeklies. Yu will now join the rest of the regional winners and travel to Miami's Bicentennial Park to mix with The Killers, The Prodigy, Paul van Dyk, Hot Hot Heat, Hard-Fi, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox and Perry Farrell. There is life outside the cube.
Boston agency Hill Holliday has tossed its traditional site and launched a weblog. No, they didn't just add a blog to their already existing site, they ditched it entirely. Well, almost. They've done a wonderful job incorporating some of the usual capabilities and portfolio items into the header of the blog using Flash. The beauty of this approach, what many agencies still need to discover, will catapult Hill Holliday into the "conversation" about advertising. The site will get natural Google love, Technorati love and proliferation throughout the blogoshere's link-fest, something a static agency site can never achieve. And, most importantly, potential clients will get to know how HH thinks rather than how well they write website copy.
Other agencies such as W+K have great weblogs but we're not aware of any other major (yes, smaller ones have) agencies that have gone the all-blog format. We think this is great and we welcome HH to the conversation.
Just listened to the latest American Copywriter podcast from Sullivan Higdon & Sink's John January and Tug McTighe during which they have some fun with Crispin Porter + Bogusky's latest bit of news. Riffing on the announcement that CP+B is opening an office in Boulder, CO, John and Tug get to the heart of the matter: Alex is sick of South Beach and wants to raise his kids in the family-friendly mountains. As always, John and Tug are hilarious. Give it a listen here.
Oh, and guys, CP+B does do a podcast. Check this out.
Advertising For Peanuts highlights and ongoing self-promotional campaign, Bang the Streets, for Modernista, the Boston agency that just won a big chunk of Cadillac business. The campaign encourages people to place the agency's trademark red exclamation point, which the agency will send to anyone that requests it, anywhere they like, take a picture of it, send it in and Modernista will highlight it on the Bang the Streets site. Potential Photoshop trickery and defacing public property issues aside, We kinda like this campaign.
To promote a Toronto ad industry party hosted by First Light and ihaveanidea, an ad dude dressed up in a panda suit, visited Toronto ad agencies, handed out invites, acted goofy and flirted with ad babes. This is definitely better than the typical 3D mailer. Give the video a look as he visits Toronto's TAXI and Bensimon Byrne. See him tell the graphic artists to "mock that up! Lay that out!" And don't miss Panda's "future wife" who is...well...we've already said "babe" once so I guess we'll have to say hot. Yea hot. That a good descriptor.
While we think we had already heard Crispin Porter + Bogusky VP of Agency Communications cutie Katie Kempner had launched a weekly podcast called The Hook back in December, It's All Advertising mentioned it to us today so we checked it out for a bit. We like. Each week Katie interviews various advertising luminaries from fellow CP+B people to advertising journalists to brand marketing directors to ad agency professionals. She does a nice job pulling together a cohesive broadcast/podcast, speaks from experience and interacts well with guests but, while it might be easier from a production perspective, we wonder why she's doing it with web broadcaster Web Master Radio which has hideous promos and awful commercial rather than just pumping out a nice podcast directly from Miami. Oh well. We still like it.