Toyota Invents Baby That Doesn't Poop

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Toyota is out with an extended version of its Saatchi & Saatchi LA-created commercial for the Super Bowl. Called Reinvention, the ad takes a look at what things might be like if Toyota didn't stop reinventing after it reinvented the Camry.

From a reinvented couch made of bikini-clad hotties or male Chippendale types to a baby that doesn't poop and can time travel to a blender that plays Lionel Richie to curtains...made of pizza, the world would be a very different place if cars weren't the only thing Toyota reinvented.

Witty stuff. We like.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Strange, Super Bowl 2012



Shit Nobody Says About Advertising

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This really isn't that funny but what the hell. Everyone wants there five minutes of fame on the Shit (fill in the blank) Says About (fill in the blank) bandwagon. Even Target Marketing which sent in Shit Nobody Says About Advertising which highlights, well, shit nobody says about advertising. Give it a watch.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Video



New Reality Show to Offer Junior Art Director Jobs

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So Mark Burnett is working on a new show which will air on one of the four major networks. It's called The Job and it's a bit like The Apprentice expect for advertising. No, it's not that other show, The Pitch, which was having trouble getting agencies to participate. Which makes perfect sense. Given the show's concept, what agency in their right mind woud want to risk having an Agency.com Subway pitch-style disaster on national television? But don't worry. This show is different. It aims to offer up a Junior Art Director position at a major ad agency to the winner.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-26-12    
Topic: Agencies, Television



Clients Think Account Executives Are Just Bimbos With Big Boobs

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Here is yet another one of those perception pieces that takes a look at how advertising people see each other. According to this graphic, planners think they are Steve Jobs. Creatives think they are artists. Clients think they are the messiah. And account executives think they are as cute as a Barbie Doll.

But planners think creatives are a bunch of babies. Account executives think the client is the devil. Creatives think planners are donkeys. And the client thinks all account executives are hotties with huge tits bursting out of a low cut top.

Let the stereotype debates begin.

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-12    
Topic: Agencies



Evol8tion Brings Together Madison Avenue and Mountain View

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If you're familiar with Joe Jaffe, author, former agency guy, Jaffe Juice blogger and Crayon founder, then you know the man is passionate and has a lot to say about whatever's on his mind. And he's got quite a lot to say about his new venture, Evol8tion, an "innovation agency" that aims to bring the agencies of Madison Avenue together with the early stage technology startups of Mountain View in order to orchestrate "brand soul mates."

What the hell does that mean? It mean that Joe firmly believes technology does and will play an important role in the future of advertising and that the fusion of creative ideas, story-telling and technology can make anything possible.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-24-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



SocialBridge Will Improve Your Agency Relationship, Prevent Break Ups

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This is one of the somewhat cooler promotions we've seen for an agency workflow/collaboration system. Who knew we'd find it amidst our white paper series. The promotion is for SocialBridge which apparently makes it really easy to collaborate, share assets, comment on proofs and give approval with co-workers and clients in virtual work rooms.

But let's talk about the promotion. It's that classic, almost smarmy comic book approach to the break up and make up. Apparently SocialBridge can cure relationships of all kinds. Even the messy ones between coworkers in agencies and between agencies and their clients. Check it out. Yes, you do have to register for the white paper to see it. Fair warning and your choice but we like the promo and we think the offering is worth checking out..

by Steve Hall    Jan-24-12    
Topic: Agencies, Tools



Whitehouse Hangs Out on Google+, CP+B Slammed

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- If you're into Juicy Couture...or at least their advertising.

- The Whitehouse enters the world of Google+.

- Slate has a minimum of kind words in its piece about Crispin Porter + Bogusky and its loss of the Burger King account.

- Peter Berg is out with new work for MINI, Another Day, Another Adventure

- Is Imogen Thomas the new face of Caprice lingerie?

- Lego launches a social media community.

- If tweeting, blogging, Liking and Plus-ing isn't enough for you while watching the Super Bowl now you can also play Chevy Game Time. Yea, there's an app for that.

- Check out the new brainstorming tool, Thinkerbot, from Nail Communications

by Steve Hall    Jan-23-12    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Racy, Social, Super Bowl 2012



Agencies Pinterest'd, Latino Ads Awarded, Spies Recruited

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- Michael Glass is out with a Pinterest collection of advertising agency office space. Very cool.

Cultural Strategies is launching "The Social Revolución", the first official SXSWi Latino Awards, Lounge & After Party in 2012. They are actively seeking sponsors and nominees.

- Really, really love the new Volkswagen Golf R? Well, there's an iPad app for that. From AKQA.

- Top Gear is celebrating there approach to 10 million fans on Facebook...by blowing up a caravan when they do.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-19-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Guerilla, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless, Outdoor



Infographic Highlights 2011 Social Media Milestones

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The Barbarian Group has created an infographic that summarizes the milestones that occurred in the world of social media during 2011 across such platforms as YouTube, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Facebook and Foursquare. Such milestones include YouTube's launch of movie rentals, Twitter's acquisition of Tweetdeck, announcement of Facebook's planned IPO, Twitter reaching 100 million users, Foursquare reaching one billion check ins, Facebook's launch of Timeline and the launch of Google Plus brand pages. Check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-19-12    
Topic: Agencies, Social



Famous Leo Burnett Speech Gets Animated

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If you've been in the advertising business for any length of time then you are certainly familiar with Leo Burnett's "When to Take My Name Off the Door" speech he gave in 1967, four years before he died at the age of 79. The speech, as the title implies, is about the certain circumstances under which Mr. Burnett would require his name be taken off the door.

Animation company Lobo had their way with the speech creating an animation to go along with Mr. Burnett's words. We like the finished product.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-12    
Topic: Agencies










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