WalkAbout NYC, a first-of-its-kind event bringing together New York's independent ad agencies, will occur October 19 from 12PM to 6PM. Eighteen agencies will open their doors to the public for WalkaboutNYC 2012.
This event aims to offer an inside look at the designers, writers, and technologists currently shaping these new independent agencies. Although the four top creative agencies (Interpublic, Omnicom, Publicis, WPP) have in some cases cut staff sizes, independent agencies have been growing significantly. Just last year, WPP acquired independent digital agency AKQA in a deal valuing the company at $550 million.
Over the years, the integration versus unbundling debate has raged on within the advertising industry. One side would argue it's best to have all necessary expertise under one roof. Others would argue it's best to create or partner with entities that offer specialized focus. The integration camp would claim their approach provides for better collaboration. The unbundling camp would argue their approach provides better expertise and greater efficiencies. They are both right. And they are both wrong.
Both specialization and integration have their benefits. But what's most important is working together in the best possible way to garner the best possible results for clients. If that's integration, great. If that's unbundling, great. We're not here to debate the finer points of either camp. We're here to offer up some real-world insight into how real-world agencies are tackling real-world problems.
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- Pretty girls (and guys) test new JWT Amsterdam website.
- Here's an interesting Sun-Maid spoof.
- Tribal DDB created a site for VW to which people can link their Facebook profile and end up with a customized, personalized story.
- Yet another commercial that portrays fathers as irresponsible blithering idiot.
- Not an ad but worth the 14 minutes you will need to watch this short called Plurality which deals with privacy, surveillance...and time travel.
AMV BBDO has released a rather epic commercial for Guinness that features a rogue cloud that gains sentience and begins a journey from the sea to the city. On his travels, the cloud becomes witness to human life and, in the end, helps put out a fire with an on-command thunder shower.
Barbarian Group is out with some stellar new GE work that extends its recent work for the brand's GE Flyover work which takes people inside factories where GE technology is used.
In this version, visitors can select from one of three locations for each mission. These locations feature technology GE has placed in action and the goal is to highlight the people and the machines behind GE. Selections will be then voted upon and the GE helicopter will head out on its mission.
The work acts on recent GE and Buzzfeed study findings that indicate shared creative content yields far greater results than simple online paid placements.
Here's a job (probably an easy one) for the guys over at Who Is That Hot Ad Girl. And this girl is an actual ad girl. As in one that makes ads, not just appears in them. This video is Deutsch LA's entry into LA's AdJam 2012 which takes place this Thursday at House of Blues.
In the video, entitled Helvetica, the agency rocks out to KISS's I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night.
- Curvy Kate wants you to guess Laura's bra size.
- Perhaps...the most epic transportation ad ever. If you haven't seen it already.
- Google now predicted to represent 15 percent share of the display ad market by year's end.
- Which creatives have the best agency food. Hungry Creatives aims to find out.
- It's not a MillionDollarHomepage but it's the same idea just with wishes.
- Check out Performance Insider's top ten CPA affiliate networks.
Hubspot is one of our favorite companies. Not just because of the wonderful people who work there but also because of the amazing marketing software they make that helps marketers easily tackle the social media waters and beyond.
Since 2008, the company has been creating parody-style videos, some of which have won awards. Each time they release a video, the up the anti on both talent and and production style.
The company's latest release, is, of course, a parody of PSY's Gangnam Style and it's funny. Give it a watch.
They had us until they mentioned Lovemark. OK, that said, BBR Saatchi & Saatchi Tel Aviv is out with a video that takes a look at integrated advertising as it was in the days of Mad Men and redefines if for the social media age.
While the video is concise, explanatory and makes a lot of sense, it's purpose is to tout what, apparently, is a new position inside Saatchi that aims to set itself apart from the herd, the Brand Navigator. The Brand Navigator is essentially an agency version of the client-side marketing director.
- Extreme Group has launched Karma Gaming and a new executive team with an epic-ish video.
- On Thursday, September 13th, the Art Directors Club launches new series 'CRE8,' an ongoing initiative by the ADC that will showcase creative talent by collaborating with a partners across the advertising, music + art industries.
- To celebrate the arrival of the Spark, Chevrolet is partnering with MTV Iggy, a multiplatform brand elevating global artists and pop culture trends, to launch "Cover the World," a new online music showcase that will bring artists from abroad to North American shores along with the Spark.
- Blazing Dragonfly vodkas say add some vodka to your body. After all, the body is 75% water and only 0.02% alcohol.