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



Five Social Media Tenets Every Agency Should Embrace

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This contributed article comes to us from Philippe Guegan, VP Strategy & Engagement at Big Fuel Communications, a full-service marketing and communications company based in New York. Philippe discusses how social media is moving from a cool, new idea to a practice that requires mainstream integration and implementation.

This season, social is the new black. Fashion victim, fashionista: these are words not easily applied to me. However, I have learned one valuable lesson over the years by observing an industry that's always on the lookout for the next big thing: if you wait long enough, past trends and patterns will make a comeback.

This is exactly to the case with social media right now. As all things social start to mature, the same evolution that took place in the digital marketing industry only a few years ago is emerging: social is fast becoming less about experimentation, and more about regular production. In fact, production is the key word in many ways, which I'll come back to a bit later.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-30-10    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Social



Hot Chicks and Cute Gays Stalk TBWA\Vietnam's George Nguyen

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Worshiped like a rock star, George Nguyen, gets some love from some Vietnamese groupies. It's all to promote the new address of TBWA\Vietnam. And that's it. A dedicated Nguyen fan waits all day to see the man but, sadly, he never makes an appearance.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-10    
Topic: Agencies



Poo Promoted, Milkaholic Settled, Kindle Pool Spoofed

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- Is the New York Jets situation with Ines Sainz just another publicity stunt?

- Need to hype a stupid app that analyzes your poop? Take a shot of a chick with her tights down taking a dump in a stall. Yea. That'll do it.

- The Lindsay Lohan Milkaholic law suit thing has ended in settlement.

- Brooklyn creative agency Big Spaceship is out with new work for Microsoft. Called Always Beautiful, the "interactive music experience that uses the history of the web as a personal paintbrush" touts IE9.

- Counter-culture princess Charlyne Yi has shed her hair and dismissed food to raise awareness for OxFam America.

- For the Born HIV Free campaign and the Global Fund, YouTube is launching a campaign from Johannes Leonardo that will position 20 teams of campaign envoys at Manhattan intersections, holding signs with HIV facts that urge people to "free future generations from HIV by 2015."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-10    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity, Mobile/Wireless, Policy, Spoofs










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