Only in the whacked out world of the advertising agency would a stunt like this occur. On the evening of Friday, November 18, advertising agency Boone/Oakley, Charlotte celebrated its fifth year in business with a wedding. Creative director John Boone married his companion creative director David Oakley. No, they're not gay. It was just another excuse to have a party and garner free publicity. Well, aside from the fact the agency's fifth anniversary was being celebrated.
A ceremony and dinner for approximately 150 clients, guests and family was held at local wedding hall, The Extravaganza Depot. Marriage vows were read by agency president Phil Smith, and other agency staff served as ushers and bridesmaids. Oakley looked a bit freakish in his formal gown, which his wife, Claire, helped him pick out and get fitted.
Quicktimes of the freak show can be viewed at the agency's website. Since it's a fancy Flash site, there's no direct link. Click on About and follow the links.
A recent survey of 2,574 US consumers commissioned by Jack Morton and conducted this year found Gen Y consumers - also known as "millennials" - respond strongly to live marketing events, which they prefer over TV and Internet advertising. While self serving, the study found 70 percent of 13 to 23 year olds say experiential marketing is extremely or very influential on their opinion of a product or brand. Sixty Five percent of 13 to 23 year olds say participating in an event would cause them to act more quickly to purchase a product. Seventy six percent of this demographic say participating in an event would make them more receptive to the brand or product's advertising. Seventy four percent of 13 to 23 year olds say participating in a live marketing experience is something they would tell others about.
Whether or not Jack Morton is drumming up business for it self with this study is irrelevant. What's very relevant is the fact Gen Y, and other demos for that matter, don't respond well anymore to traditional media. The emerging field of experiential marketing - a fancy name for event marketing - appears to be gaining traction and success at reaching elusive, traditional media-averse audiences.
If you've done time in advertising, you know advertising award shows are nothing more than ego boosters for our fragile personas and a chance for us to get a group hug from our fellow industry mates. The Phoeniz Addys aren't trying to hide this truth with their call for entries promotion called Ego Stroke 5,000, a device that sends ego boosting thoughts into the brain. Of course it's just a cheesecake pan with a bunch or wires attached but it does the job. The promotion was created by Riester~Robb.
In some weird ode to the seventies (or was it the eighties), emarketing company eROI has created a silly little site called WearShortShorts on which office co-workers do, well, strange things while wearing short shorts. we guess this is some form of viral attempt at driving traffic to the company's website. Or, it's just a bunch of advertising wackos, sick of their client's ridiculous requests, letting off some steam. Other than that, we don't know. Oh wait, there;s a store that sells the short shorts, a t-shirt and a headband so you can fully don the idiocy of seventies cool.
Minneapolis-based John Deere agency Mackenzie is looking for farmers for an upcoming John Deer ad campaign. The agency wants "real farmers, with farmer tans, well-formed paunches, and tattoos." A newspaper article states male farmers will photographed shirtless and should be between 25 and 55. There was no mention of 35 to 55 year-old, shirtless female farmers.
Yesterday, ad agency The Gate Worldwide ran an ad in The New York Times which killed a bunch of advertising sacred cows such as "Never say something offensive in a headline," Clients should be charged based on hours worked" and " It's OK to act like a jerk if you're talented." The ad, which carries the headline, "Death to all sacred cows" along with the image of a cow with a gun pointed at its head, goes on to explain the agencies compensation system which involves three levels; idea compensation, commodity-based execution and a bonus structure that rewards both agency and client. It also impresses upon potential clients the importance of properly selling a proposed idea up the client side ladder which, if accomplished efficiently, can result in the agency offering a discount for time and money saved. It's not that these ideas are new but they are just packaged so well that it's worth calling out.
The agency's website includes seven "gateisms" offered as guiding principles for great advertising.
George Mason University student Rana Sobhany, 19, following the launch of three other companies beginning at the age of 17, has launched Inchoate, a marketing, PR and advertising firm in Springfield, Virginia. Her prior companies dealt mainly with music and she intends to focus the new company in that space as well offering services to clients such as recording studios, record labels and individual artists as well as nightclubs, music retailers and universities. She's currently working with George mason University to educate both the administration and students on the subject of peer-to-peer file sharing.
After wooing Neil French with a job offer, Hart+Larson, milking the buzz train, is now after Kate Moss promising her a chance to "take off her Choos and lie back, relax and think." She's also promised Hart+Larson will "play Twister together and then head outside to drink Coke on the stoop." There's also a video, called 14 and Wow, which, we're quite sure, has some inner meaning but, currently, it escapes us. Lastly, Hart+Larson asks Kate, and everyone else, to contact the agency at womendocokesodoweexiletheonceidealized@hartlarsson. Fun
For the launch of Minneapolis-based Pocket Hercules, the agency created a film which portrays the big holding companies and a bunch of overlording control freaks who are about the get the crap beat out of them by a new breed of smaller, more nimble agencies, namely Pocket Hercules. in the new world of advertising. Funny stuff. And, no doubt, more coming from that direction as holding companies loose touch with reality and become irrelevant. And that's just one of the ads in this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week column.
We have to admit, the Portland Oregon offices of Wieden + Kennedy are certainly much nice than their website. Check out the digs here. Not a bad place to hang out all day.