We've heard of Plaid Skirt Marketing before but we've never really thought much about the agency or its name. Much like Wexley School for Girls, it's a bit, well, not very typical as in, oh, Wieden + Kennedy or Crispin, Porter + Bogusy or just plain old Arnold.
The agency plays on what it calls the "duality of a plaid skirt." At this point we're thinking, "Oh no. They're not going to go there are they?" Well, they sort of do describing the plaid skirt thusly, "It's a seductive temptress. It's strict uniformity. It's an iconic fashion staple. It's even punk self-expression."
We didn't realize pimpin'* was legal in Colorado. But what we've found is if you dress your blatant whoring up like a fun, frothy "intern auction" and do it on eBay, local authorities will happily turn a blind eye.
The lucky bidder who wins Crispin Porter + Bogusky's auction are advised that their wares are "Pickup only." On the cheery up, all funds raised will actually go into paying said interns.
No full-frontal images are available; just ponderous shots of young lithe figures toiling over desks, contemplating whiteboards and self-consciously jamming under oversized headphones.
Recently, French agency Pourquoi tu cours also tried its hand at service-trafficking -- er, creative agency promotion -- via eBay.
Mullen Chief Creative Officer Edward Boches, with ten round, blow-by-blow coverage, pits two great marketing forces, Lee Clow against Gary Vaynerchuk, against one another in a battle of the past versus the future. Examining each contender's claim to fame, approach to marketing, book publishing efforts, awards, Google juice, Twitter followers and other qualities, the fight ends in a draw.
Regarding Twitter follwers, Boches writes, "Lee Clow: Zero. Lee Clow's Beard, 19. He's a legend; he doesn't need Twitter. Gary Vaynerchuk: 540,000. You can argue who cares, but round nine goes to Gary."
Regarding quotability, Boches writes, "Lee Clow: "We're not in the advertising business, we're in the media arts business. We're using all forms of media to tell a brand story-and the media is everything a brand does." Huh? Gary Vaynerchuk: "People are always talking about what you're doing now... To me, it's not what you're doing now, it's about where you're going." Round ten goes to Gary."
So which will it be? Good old-fashioned, time-tested advertising or this new-fangled social media shit?
Surely, there are as many ad agency introductory pages as there are ad agencies but it's always nice to see old school horror movie tactics put to work. Especially for an agency that claims to make "bloody good video ads."
Is there anything more ganked than imagery of the Last Supper? We think not. So it is without surprise we received this ad for CementBloc, an ad agency....uh, sorry..."an independent community of creative agencies" which specialize in healthcare marketing.
The tie in to the Last Supper? CementBloc wants us to "have faith." Oh and they are hyping their new agency collective with a site called Year of the Creationist.
Oh and by the way, creativity is not a skill set - but a mind set. Seriously! It's true! CementBloc says so!
- 7 deadly sins of social media.
- The Tourism Bureau of Queensland bestows one Ben Southall with the best job in the world.
- Fingerpainting with Adidas.
- Invoke CEO tries dragging Zipcar into customer service 2.0. It's resisting.
- R/GA gets Agency of the Year at the 13th annual Webby Awards.
- El Pollo Loco vs KFC. Somebody fucking kill us.
- Something about the depths of hell.
- Happy mother's day from MomsRising.org.
- James Cooper is now Interactive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Wed the dreamy, slightly disengaged world of Rene Magritte to the youthful warped whimsy of Alice in Wonderland. Add a dash of Little Minx for contemporary production flair and a touch of the feminine. Shake well and lace in cotton candy.
What do you get? "Le Sens Propre," a short film by Blacklist's Cisma for Adobe's "Shortcut to Brilliant" Creative Suite 4 campaign. The work -- created using only Adobe products -- emits a strange fragility that guides wandering eyes from frame to frame on the thinnest of wispy white threads.
- Current.tv's TwitteRFP goes to...
- Chanel No. 5, the film. (Magically delicious. Also see behind-the-scenes action with Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet.)
- McDonald's does YouTube/McCafe thing.
- For those that tweet from the toilet.
- Sears still sucks, but it's trying not to.
- "I'm sure you were going for 'Guy looks at all of your daily food choices' but this one screams restraining order."
Inspired by Burt Reynolds (how could you not be?), copywriter Lawson Clarke hopes baring his, uh, soul will compel iffy agencies to give him a shot.
We give you all that is Male Copywriter.
This was originally gonna go in a hastily-rendered link roundup but then we clicked on the URL, saw dude on the bearskin and lost ourselves in the patriotic waves of emotion that instantly bitchslaps you when you hear The Star-Spangled Banner. (Nice touch!)
More importantly, his work stands up. It's got that ironic, laugh-with-the-creative-behind-the-ad! vibe brands like Skittles are so into right now. The only thing that mildly wigged us out was when we clicked on the Progressive spot and got panned over to the TV perched over his crotch.
Last week Current.tv launched the first-ever TwitteRFP. That is, it's on the hunt for agencies. And instead of soliciting RFPs the old-fashioned way, it was all, "Post that ish on Twitter."
What's cool about this method is it put both large and small agencies on an equal playing field: that incessant stream-of-consciousness noisebox where we blow 3-4 of our good working hours per day.