In Old Versus New, Jeff Goodby Raps

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In a Goodby, Silverstein & Partners holiday video, Jeff Goodby goes up against a young employee in a battle of old versus new.

Some choice phrases:

Goodby: "Every joke you write ends in a fart."

Young: "Your pony tail belongs back in Woodstock."

Love the ending.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-16-09    
Topic: Agencies



Publicis London Says Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night

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AdFreak says this holiday greeting video from Publicis London in which staffers lip synch I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas is cringe-worthy. We'd agree. But hey, it's the song du jour and at least it's not as bad as that video from that agency in India (or was it Span?) we can't seem to locate right now

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-09    
Topic: Agencies



London Agency Gives Us Point., Click, Sing Holiday Cheer

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So the singing head thing has been done before by agencies but this one is kind of fun. After listening to the agency sing a Christmas carol, you get to choose your own selection and use your keyboard to make the singing heads do their business.

This little holiday time waster comes to us from Archibald Ingall Stretton in London. Have fun.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-09    
Topic: Agencies



Some Mad Men Live in A Mad Men World

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In the "it's been done to death" category comes this holiday season card from Denver-based Cultivator Advertising & Design. Tired as Mad Men themed efforts have become, it's interesting to note the house in which the photoshoot took place - Cultivator Creative Director Monte Mead - is permanently tricked out Mad Men style. That's how the dude lives 24/7/365.

by Steve Hall    Dec-11-09    
Topic: Agencies



Tarantino Japanders, Fashion FlaskWalks, Interns Beg

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- And now that fashion brands are involved, we've relabeled the flashmob FlashWalk.

- Want to be Phamous in Vegas? Oops, that's another casino's thing. Anyway, Mandalay Bay has launched the Untamed Adventure Contest. Facebook. Untamed moments. Compromising positions. Pictures. Prizes.

- Dear PR people: Don't lie. You don't want to "gauge my interest." You want me to give you press. There's no need for code words.

- Please Hire Us. Crispin Porter + Bogusky interns beg for jobs. Complete with retro flashing logo.

- If you somehow missed it during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, here's the :90 Michael Bay-directed commercial for your viewing pleasure.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-09    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Guerilla, Industry Events, Social, Video, Viral



Agency Avoids 'Shiny Suds' Madness With PC Holiday Card

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Don't you love political correctness? Not only does it cause a simple commercial about the ill effects of bathroom cleaning products on your skin to be wildly misinterpreted but is also causes agencies to create holiday cards designed to avoid out-of-left-field cause group attacks over holiday season terminology.

Concerto Marketing Group thinks it has the answer.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-09    
Topic: Agencies



Cheil Worldwide Aquires The Barbarian Group

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South Korean holding company Chiel Worldwide has taken a majority stake in The Barbarian Group, the Boston-based digital shop first known for its work on Subservient Chicken and, most recently, its augmented reality issue of Esquire. The agency will move its headquarters to its New York Office and agency heads, CEO Benjamin Palmer, COO Rick Webb and Chief Experience Officer (please, guys) Keith Butters will remain in charge of the shop.

We love Barbarian Group. The agency began with $500 in Palmer's apartment in 2001 and has grown quickly to a digital powerhouse. It's nice to see the agency succeed and get acquired by an entity a bit more interesting than the usual American suspects. Congrats, guys.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Agencies



Well Written Press Release Gets Attention For Minnesota Lottery

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"The campaign features three 30-second television spots that use the element of surprise to build excitement for the new Minnesota Millionaire Raffle game Each spot features a game-show-like host who wheels a large raffle drum into busy locales where unsuspecting patrons are encouraged to play an instant raffle. The spots are built on genuine reactions as people go from shocked and reluctant to actively participating and cheering"

Now that's some well-written PR copy. And we didn't have to go digging through a collection of attachments or ridiculously worded releases to find the nugget of information. Thank you, Colle+McVoy.

Now on to the campaign. Generally, we're not a fan of marketing stunts that involve random appearances in unlikely places. After all, if we're shopping, we're shopping. If we're eating, we're eating. Then again, you can't do stunt marketing (or most any kind for that matter...yes, we love you inbound marketing) without a little bit of interruption. So we can't complain much about this campaign.

The campaign also includes print, radio, outdoor, transit and mall. You can view the three spots here, here and here.



Slow Work Day? Roll Out the Slip and Slide

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Apparently, Austin-based agency nFusion has no work and no clients. Why else would they spend an afternoon on a slip and slide. Oh wait. To make a stupid video they could send out and hope for some press coverage.

Well here you go, nFusion. Here's your press coverage. No get back to work!

by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Agencies



Agency Wants to Get Drunk With Prospects

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Drinking is a big thing in the advertising business. So why shouldn't it be part of the new business process? Ohio-based Northlich has put drinking front and center in its process with its Vodka Ad Generator. In five easy steps, you can create your perfect concoction and set up a meet with the agency where, one would assume, more drinks will be consumed.

And we thought AAAA stood for American Association of Advertising Agencies, not The Advertising Alcoholics Anonymous Association. Hmm.

Oh just pour me an Old fashioned and let's bring back the three martini lunch.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 3-09    
Topic: Agencies










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