Win Leo Burnett's New Book, HumanKind

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AgencySpy already had their competition to give away five copies of Leo Burnett's new book, HumanKind, written by agency Chairman and CEO Tom Bernardin and Creative Director Mark Tutssel. The book, which we haven't completely read yet, is "not about advertising or brand propositions or selling products, but a story of people, purpose and changing behavior. It's a look at marketing that serves true human needs and not the other way around."

A lofty goal, indeed. Highlighting some of the agency's best work, the book focuses on the agency's four principles of people, purpose, participation and populism, the book is one we know we'll be a fan of. It's got lots of pictures and not a lot of words. It's a picture book or sorts for those of us that just want to wallow in the world of advertising without being subjected to pointless pontification.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-30-10    
Topic: Agencies, Publishing



White House Gate Crashers Invite Industry to Agency Party

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Remember the Salahi's? Michaele and Tareq? They were the famed gate crasher couple who managed to sneak into a White House party in the November 2009. Perhaps wanting to clean up their act or wash the filth of Real Housewives of D.C. off their skin, the couple agreed to appear in a video promoting the holiday party of Herndon, VA-based White + Partners.

In the promotion, Michaele and Tareq riff about the fact no one actually carries around an actual printed invitation when they go to a party and make it clear we won't need one either if we want to attend the White + partners holiday party.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-30-10    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Babies Curled, Kindle Calmed, Facebook Placed, Meester Gets Wang

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- It's not in English but the point is pretty clear: curling is a very, very strange sport.

- Amazon is out with a couple of less threatening Kindle ads that decidedly do not go head to head with Apple's iPad.

- Be sure to check out this week's Beancast in which some idiot named Steve Hall tries to sound like he knows what he's talking about when it comes to Facebook's new Deals offering.

- Murray Newlands is out with a new book, How to Make A Blog Book. Check out the Facebook page too.

- If you're Gossip Girl fan, you'll likely want to check out Leighton Meester in the new Vera Wang campaign when it breaks next summer. It's currently being shot in New York.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 8-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Podcast, Publishing, Social, Strange



Love, Hate Run Deep in Advertising Business

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While this work by Leo Burnett Toronto for the 2010 ADCC Awards is supposed to call attention to the love/hate relationship many in advertising have with the business, all it really does is point out how fickle those who work in advertising really are.

Make up your fucking minds, people. If you hate it, get out. If you love it, dive in and quit your bitching. It's as simple as that.

That said, the spot is really beautiful. Well done work. LBT must have been loving advertising when they created this one.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 8-10    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Venables Bell & Partners Rap About Agency Life

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Well. It's definitely a step up from Agency.com's Subway video. Just out is a new video from Venables Bell & Partners, the result of a talent competition the agency held. "J-Wunder," one of the agency's print producers won the agency's Second Annual Talent Show or a video entitled Comin' With A New Style.

In the video we see J-Wunder, along with what appear to be a "posse" of VB&P hotties, enjoying a cruise off San Francisco. The video then takes us through what all agency people do on a regular basis: vogue, drink, brag, party, drive hot cars, club, cruise and take an entire fourth of a video rolling credits.

All in all? We just don't have the energy to go down the Agency.com road again. And there's really no need. Because this video isn't bad. It's fun. It's well produced. And, hey, how many rap videos do we get about advertising?

UPDATE: Uh, oh. Seems somebody was a bit embarrassed by this. The video has been removed from YouTube. Sadly, we didn't save it.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-10    
Topic: Agencies



Lacta Loves, Halloween Cams, Microsoft Games, Mr. T. Sells Gold

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- We really like Lacta Chocolates previous work, especially the long-form video, but this new commercial we're not liking so much. Most likely because it is a commercial and not a more involved, long form video.

- Microsoft has redesigned its MSN Games channel and has added new advertising opportunities to reach casual gamers.

- Halloween webcam fun from Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG for RITTER SPORT Chocolate. Scary monster Halloween cards.

- If you haven't already heard, JLo has enlisted the help of her twin children to appear in a Gucci campaign aimed at raising money for UNICEF's schools in Africa.

- Mr. T has signed a deal with Gold Promise, a gold-buying service which aims to get people a better deal.

- Boston agency Winsper received four Hatch Awards for work it did for its client, STIHL, a hand-held power tool brand.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Friday Night Lights Theme the New 'Hey Soul Sister'

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We all know agencies tend to latch on to trends when it comes to creativity. It can be anything from photographic style to video effects (remember Gap's use of the Matrix swing camera trick?) or a song. We're not sure if it's just us but over the past few days, we've seen more than a few videos/ads with soundtracks that sound very similar to the theme of the television show Friday Night Lights.

Here's the latest entry from TraceyLocke and Shilo director Evan Dennis. It's a :90 video for Montain Dew entitled "Paul Rodriguez: It's Different on my Mountain." It;'s all about how skateboarding changed Rodriguez's life. And, yes, it's as pretentious as it sounds.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials



Pillows Explode, Cleavage Distracts, Hotties Get Hotter

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- Exploding pillow heads sell Maxwell House coffee in Russian commercial.

- The Japanese sure know how to have fun with cleavage. They've made an entire game show out of it.

- The Advertising Hotties keep getting hotter and hotter.

- Subaru goes for mediocrity.

- Meet Dr. Dan Theodorscu, Director of the University of Colorado Hospital's (UCH) Cancer Center and an avid cancer hunter. From Cactus in Denver.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-10    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Video



Meetings Enlivened, Creatives Converse, Truchpole Outed (Again)

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- Bored in that dull meeting? Check out Adverbotz, a collection of your favorite phrases spoken in robot voice.

- The Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids has launched a new brand and advertising campaign.

- Minneapolis-based Little & Company asked 30 creatives to record their thoughts on design. The results are collected on ThirtyConversationsOnDesign.

- And the Cornelius Trunchpole idiocy continues. Now a person claiming to be Gerry Graf (who likely isn't since our reply email bounced) says Mr. Trunchpole is Trevor Bittinger, an art director who once told Graf he intended to create an agency based on a ficticious ad legend. Does anyone really care?

- To promote Red Bull's Flutag event, Monkeyhead is out with another On the Wings of Glory video.

- AdWeek's Social Media Strategies Conference will take place on Oct 13th & 14th at 10 On The Park in New York City.

- Well here's a pretty cool iPhone iAd.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Industry Events, Tools, Video



Vibram Fingers, Pomegranate Makes You Horny

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- Don't mess with Vibram.

- The AAAAs have awarded BBH New York the O'Toole award for the Best Mid-Sized Agency of the Year.

- Orlando Bloom is pimping clothing for Japanese retailer Uniqlo.

- Supposedly, this is a cool new Pierre Morel spot for Givenchy featuring Justin Timberlake.

- Pomegranate juice will get you laid.

- Video service 12Seconds has announced it's shutting down.

- And in case you think every last bit of fun has been sucked out of flying, women's groups and flight attendants associations have sucked out even more.

- Twitter founder Evan Williams has stepped down as CEO. COO Dick Costolo will take over as CEO and Williams will focus on product development.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Racy







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