OMG! Newsflash! Agency Launches With New Model!

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And in "groundbreaking" news today...wait for it...a NEW ADVERTISING AGENCY MODEL is launching today! Can you stand it? Is it possible? An agency announcing it's going to be completely different from every other agency in the business? This is earth-shattering news! This never happens! This is truly a first!

Pardon me while I go stick my finger down my throat and puke up today's collection of ridiculous press releases and dubious claims.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-09    
Topic: Agencies



Agency Moves to New Location With Michael Bay Flair

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This is both funny and lame at the same time. But, because it's an agency pimping itself, all can be forgiven because, ya know, agencies are funny and lame at the same time. To celebrate its move from some crappy warehouse location to sweet downtown San Franciso digs, Bars + Tone created a Michael Bay-style video complete with dramatic music, lots of explosions, and self -important men dressed in black peering into the camera like David Caruso does so well on CSI Miami.

Don't you love this business?

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-09    
Topic: Agencies



Adrants Upstaged by AgencySpy and George Parker

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This video explaining who caused the demise of Enfatico is absolutely hilarious. But we have just one question. Who pays for this stuff? Who gathers together 30-40 actors and creates a well-produced video just to endlessly pummel an agency which was doomed from the start?

Whatever the answer to that question may be, George Parker (who relentlessly pummeled Enfactico) and AgencySpy (who relentlessly pummeled Enfactico) get top mention in the video. Adrants? The blog that's supposed to be the king of wise-ass little shit-style snark? Not a mention.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-09    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Weblogs



Creatives Get Sacked. Memorialize the Experience on Video

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Not that a lot of us don't already know but if you've somehow managed to escape periods of jobless during your career in advertising, you really ought to exercise your empathy gene by watching The Sack. It's a video series which follows the travails of two out of work creatives from Melbourne. The series takes a look at what the pair went through from the point of sacking to (they fully intend) re-employment.

It's cheeky. It's fun. Give it a watch. And maybe even hire these guys.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Sadly, Creative Director Won't Eat Shorts. Happily, Agency Wins Account

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Back in March of this year, Captains of Industry Creative Director told the industry in a video he'd cook and eat his shorts if his agency didn't win a solar energy account by the end 2009. Happily, Ted doesn't have to eat his shorts as his agency recently won the Alteris Renewables account.

In yet another video, we see Ted prepping his shorts for consumption by adding all manner of marinade and spice to the shirts and then tossing them on the grill. But, as he meticulously sets the table for the dreaded feast, ted gets a call from the agency informing him Alteris has signed on as a client.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-09    
Topic: Agencies, Promotions, Social



Halo Rocks, Bruno Blocked, Crispin Aided, Bull Balled

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- Halo 3 gets its Orbital Drop on in a new trailer that's as realistic as any action flick you'll see on the screen. And, Halo 3 fans may actually get to see a movie version of their favorite game in 2012.

- Bruno ads don't get the love in Hong Kong. An outdoor company has refused to put the ads up.

- We like the guy but this is just weird. Very weird. Very very weird. All to...promote a book.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-09    
Topic: Agencies, Consumer Created, Sponsorship



Cisco to Re:Birth Films: Welcome to the Legal Network

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Spec work with brand logos goes without saying. Everyone does it. Cisco Systems however didn't appreciate the recent Re:Birth Films' Creation Begins campaign and asked the shop to remove its logo from the work. (Clip below.) While you might sympathize with any shop that's just trying to build its portfolio/reel and gets caught like this, it's no longer enough to say well, it was only a spec campaign on our site, especially if they have licensing arrangements in place with agencies re: copyrighted material (songs, specific actors, etc.)

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by Bill Green    Sep- 4-09    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns



An Agency Spot For... An Agency

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Well, you never heard of Danish agency We Love People until now but they've done one thing nobody in the industry has that we know of: Run a TV spot for themselves on national TV. Desperate move or why didn't I think of that headslap? It's not that the spot is memorable (below). At most, it's thoroughly generic, safe and disposable, like the majority of consumer advertising here. But it is notable for the self-promo move, something that raises another issue with the industry here.

How long before American shops start advertising themselves that directly? The unwritten rule is/was that the work you do is your calling card. No agency would've left any type of signature on the work. But, times be changing and all, and maybe this is what small - mid shops have to start doing. An earlier tourist campaign by Red Tettemer included their name in the credits. Small move to test the waters perhaps.

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by Bill Green    Sep- 1-09    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Television



Death by SMS, ABSOLUT Toasts Boston, MSFT Race-Swaps

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- Twitter's new It Guy: "Tennessee is nice. The first time I vomited was in tennessee, I think." The author -- allegedly a 28-year-old loafer just writing down whatever his 73-year-old dad says -- won over 40,000 followers since yesterday. We smell a deeper story.

- ABSOLUT toasts Boston.

- Fan tribute to Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear. It's like falling down a magic CG-woven rabbit hole. See official music video.

- Outcast changes gears.

- Ouch. We will never text-and-steer again.

- WPP revenue numbers, accompanied by potshots of William Shatner, because that's the way real men read charts.

- Microsoft bleaches for the Polish...?

by Angela Natividad    Aug-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



Candystand + Facebook; TimeOut Hooks Up; 4Chan vs, the Lord's Chil'ren

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- "The hottest ads on the planet!" Ivan of CreativeBits contemplates the Eternal Mystery: whether sex in advertising sells.

- Candystand leaps aboard Facebook Connect.

- After hurting Toronto's feelings, DraftFCB Coors billboards get pulled.

- TimeOut NY wantsta hook up. Dolla make ya holla? Yeah, baby, yeah.

- More premium Twitter account talk. Some features already in pilot-mode.

- 4Chan attacks the Facebook Christians.

- tweetzi -- another Twitter search site. Results toggling features are pretty saucy though if your eyes ever manage to adjust to thick-ass Courier.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-24-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Social, Strange










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