David Droga Targeted by Alec Brownstein Imitator

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Just as it happened with the Million Dollar Homepage and Forehead advertising, Alec Brownstein's $6 Google AdWord buy, where he bought the names of creative directors and delivered a customized text message, has an imitator.

Before Brownstein has even had his 15 minutes of fame, Art Director Stacy Mann has copied the idea with an ad targeting David Droga that reads, "Looking for a great creative? A great creative is looking for you. hiremefroga5.blogspot.com."

The ad leads to a blog on which Mann has placed a portfolio of her work. Are you listening, David?

by Steve Hall    May-19-10    
Topic: Agencies, Online



London Agency Celebrates The Writings of Bart Simpson

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Enjoy the writings of Bart Simpson he scrawls on the Springfield elementary School blackboard in every episode? Now you can see them all in one place thanks to illustrator Matt Williams who, while dressed as Bart, wrote them aon the walls of London-based agency Work Club.

Every six months, the agency invites an artist to decorate its long blackboard wall just for fun. It took Williams two days, 20 white markers, 288 lines and 7,697 characters to finish the work. There's a video here and a tool here that allows you to zoom in on the wall.

by Steve Hall    May-17-10    
Topic: Agencies



Digital Domain Gives Miley Cyrus Her Wings

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It's like Britney Spears decided to do a video inside a bird cage. Oh wait. That's not Britney Spears. It's TMZ's naughty girl dujour Miley Cyrus performing her new song, Can't be Tamed, inside, yea, a bird cage.

Yup. Like every starlet before her, Miley is now proclaiming, "I'm not a kid. I'm a hot pop star and I'm gonna be bad!" Billy Ray, she's fleeing the coop.

Wait, why are we even talking about a Miley Cyrus video? What does this have to do with advertising? Nothing except for the fact production company Mothership and visual effects company Digital Domain helped create the video.

Wait. That still has nothing to do with advertising.

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by Steve Hall    May-13-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity



Six Dollar Google Ad Buy Lands Alec Brownstein Job at Y&R

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Though AgencySpy thinks Alec Brownstein is a jerk - and details why - we think the man is genius. He bought Google ad words for Gerry Graf, David Droga, Tony Granger, Ian Reichenthal and Scott Vitrone so that when they Googled themselves they'd see an ad which read "Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun too."

He got interviews with all but Tony Granger, offers from Reichenthal and Vitrone and landed a job at Y&R New York. Not bad for the $6 he spent buying the ads.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-10    
Topic: Agencies



Logo Liked, Bad Work Costs More Than Good

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- Though many hate it, we kinda like the new United Airlines/Contenental logo.

- The One Club will be host its Second Annual Creative Week in New York City from May 10 to May 16, 2010.

- Hey we like this promotional video for the Seattle International Film Festival.

- Here's the latest from ESPN' s World Cup "One Game Changes Everything" campaign promoting the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

- Never date a Flyers fan even if she shaves her mustache.

- A long diatribe in Ad Age on the topic that bad work costs more than good.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Industry Events, Outdoor



Americans Stereotype, Arm Dislocated, Avatars Fashioned, Kitty Shot

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- It's global branding of another sort: How Americans See Europe.

- If you want to see a bad Photoshop job. Or if you just want to see a hot woman in her bikini.

- More from the lady who loves to create ads inside Second Life which feature but, busty avatars.

- An old Old Spice ad.

- Not new but worth a look. Agency (almost) shoots kitty to illustrate the qualities of good advertising.

- Thought: If social media didn't exist, would P&G have the problem they are currently having with their Cruisers and Swaddlers diapers?

by Steve Hall    May- 5-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Racy, Social, Strange, Trends and Culture



GM Re-Tags, Celebs Speak, Mullen Jets (Blue), Effies Drink Beer

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- GM's new tagline: Excellence for all. Seriously? Seriously?

- Celebrities speak out against poor fishing practices which harm dolphins.

- JetBlue has selected Mullen as its new ad agency.

- The effie's, along with Heineken, are honoring student creativity with the Collegiate PSA Challenge.

- It's Finnish but its about blogger/TBWA designer Riku Vassinen an his new digital marketing book. It's a cover version of Mobb Deep Shook Ones Prt.2. We heard "Foursquare" though.

- Idiotic ad of the day.

- Former Adrants Editor Angela Natividad, who will be back to cover Cannes for us this year, is covering Social Media and Community 2.0 in Boston this week. Her first post is entitled OMG! We Need to Do Social Media!

by Steve Hall    May- 3-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Industry Events



Paddy Punts, Ad Council Ad Libs, Ad Man Resurfaces

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- Blind football. Paddy Power. Cat. Funny.

- McCann Erikson has launched a $100 million campaign for Holiday Inn.

- Who knew a brick had so many uses. And could save you so much money? Brandon Baunach's entry into Ogilvy's YouTube competition.

- With the rise of online banking, many people haven't been inside a bank in a while. To remind people they still exist, efirstbank has brought the lobby to the people. TDA Advertising & Design did the work.

- Watch this. You'll never want to eat a hamburger or cheeseburger again. Well, at least every day like some kids do in school.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-30-10    
Topic: Agencies, Outdoor, Strange, Video



Coachella Flops, Ad Agencies Top Best Internship List

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- Someone says this video of a drunk dude attempting to get his flip flops on is a branded viral video. We think it's just a video of a drunk dude attempting get his flip flops on.

- Out of the top ten "best internship" companies, two are agencies: Mullen and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. See the list at InternshipKing.

- CandyStand is out with a new game for Trident Gum. It's all about gm stacking.

- Oink Ink has announced Call or Entries for its 13th Annual Dead Radio Contest which honors the best radio ads which were never produced. Get details here.

- "You have to see these awesome football skills. They will blow you away." Hey, we're just passing along the seeder's message.

- Who knew buying a lottery ticket could be so much fun? In Washington, it seems, a lot.

- Here's a really, really lame spoof of the Old Spice I'm on a Horse commercial.

by Steve Hall    Apr-28-10    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Viral



Young & Rubicam Brings Back Soap Opera With Phones

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Get Dressed Boys!

As if it were something new, Young & Rubicam Chief Creative Officer Tony Granger tells us, "This is a new approach to our business that we are excited to explore as an agency. Our ultimate goal is create entertaining content with broad national appeal, but with special appeal to the target prospects of an individual client."

Um, Tony. This isn't new. It's called a soap opera. You're just doing it with phones.

Distributed by Fox Sports Net, Head to Head, created and produced by Young & Rubicam and underwritten by Cellular South, will follow two Mississippi football teams on their way through the 2009 season. The 12-episode series will debit today, April 12.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-10    
Topic: Agencies, Television








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