Agency Founder Goes Head Over Heels For Office Expansion

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What's an agency head do when the agency expands, builds retail space and adds a spiral staircase? He christens it by...well, watch the video.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Agencies



Crispin Porter + Bogusky to Lay Off 60 Employees

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Oh no! Say it ain't so! Even Uber-agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky is facing tough times and has had to reduce its staff of 900 by 60. Katie Kempner, VP of communications sent us this statement.

"In response to the current economic climate, advertising budgets are being reduced in virtually every industry. On a comparative basis, CP+B's business is doing well but we are not immune to the constriction of the economy. Our two main responsibilities are to our clients and to our employees. And in order to most prudently manage our business, we have
take the difficult step of reducing our staff by 60 of our 900+ employees. We do not anticipate any further staff reductions. These are extraordinary times and we hope that we will not have to do this again."

Well, there you have it. Best wishes to all. Getting laid off sucks and there's no other way to put it.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Agencies, Bad



'June Cleaver seeks Ward for her Beaver.'

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You haven't had Valentine's Day until you've trawled this year's array of hawt Red Tettemer singles. After picking one you like, open up Outlook and reel that booty in. RT doesn't even charge a contact fee.

Don't email the two-for-one special though; he's ours.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online



Recharging Dead Voltage, Inspiring Ads, SocNet Cannibalism, Pubfatico

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- Mountain Dew brings the DEWmocracy slogan back for its new flavor, Voltage, which sadly brings to mind the vintage Volt, a green carbonated drink with a funny aftertaste. (It appeared, then disappeared, in the late '90s.) Subsite by Tribal DDB.

- On how Kaplan and Carnival open minds.

- Word on the street is MySpace wanted Facebook way back in '05. All ended much like a more recent unrequited love. Karma bites, bitch!

- Uh-oh: Publicis tries cobbling together some Enfatico-type thing for Carrefour. Squeeze your sphincters! This turd's been turned before.

- On Circuit City and its approaching demise.



Y & R Creative Director Makes Portfolio Review House Calls

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Apparently word isn't getting out that Y&R San Francisco is having a portfolio review night January 28th nor is anyone watching the several videos created to promote the event so they decided to send them to us. With the tagline, "Maybe we should meet at our place," the videos riff on the many embarrassing, inappropriate and awkward things that can happen at home.

From a pissed off boyfriend to an underwear wearing roommate to couch sex, all manner of awkwardness is endured by Y&R's creative director. The fact no creative director from any agency could be bothered to make a house call just to review a student portfolio apparently wasn't addressed in the concepting session for this campiagn

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Crayons Attack 500 Computer Monitors at BBDO

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If you arrived at work in the morning to find your computer monitor scribbled all over with crayon would you:

A.) Call HR and tell them Alev Biuky has gone insane and is roaming the hallways of random ad agencies at night?

B.) Call IT and tell them Photoshop had an orgasm last night and left the remains all over the screen?

C.) Call maintenance and tell them some kind of technicolor worm crawled all over your monitor?

D.) Bring your kid to work cuz, ya know, the crayon's not really on your computer, it's on an acetate created to promote Bring Your Kids to Work Day. At BBDO New York?

by Steve Hall    Jan-21-09    
Topic: Agencies, Desktop, Guerilla



Leo Burnett UK Takes A Motrin, Offers 2009 Predictions

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Hmm. Leo Burnett must have been taking Motrin when they created their latest Future Trends in Advertising video. As soon as Ben starts talking, WHAM, block type assault you with what Leo Burnett believes will "define 2009."

Something about a New Realism, Human Reassessment, Hyper Reality, Eco Austerity, Thread Marketing and other postulations ensue.

The video is best watched with your eyes closed. Or, better yet, just read the text on YouTube. Even better, run it through Babelizer and maybe, just maybe, something even remotely understandable will be produced.

by Steve Hall    Jan-19-09    
Topic: Agencies, Trends and Culture, Video



On Twitter Ketchum Exec Trashes Memphis, Home to Client FedEx

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So you're an agency executive on your way to make a presentation to your client. A big client. A really big client. You land. You get off the plane. You head to your destination. You launch Twitter and write, "True confession but I'm in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say 'I would die if I had to live here!'"

Then, an employee at the client company sees the tweet, gets upset and fires off an email expressing offense to the tweet...and cc's agency and client management.

The agency executive? Ketchum VP James Andrews.

The client? FedEx...based in Memphis.

Oops. Big oops.

Ah, the never ending dangers of a 140 character tweet.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-09    
Topic: Agencies, Social, Strange



Facebook's Whopper of a Sacrifice, Polygamous Secrets, GOOG Slims Down

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- Facebook shuts down Burger King's "Whopper Sacrifice" app, which offers users free Whoppers after they de-friend 10 people. The data-sharing giant treated the app as a privacy breach.

- Google shafts 100. Dodgeball will be no more; Google Video will cease taking uploads in a few months' time.

- Paris-based Havas is splitting CEO duties between COO Gabriel Saenz de Buruaga of Madrid, and CSO Anthony Rhind of London.

- How advertising works.

- Got a secret, but can't be bothered to make a postcard? Contribute to Big Love's web of secrets. Note that each secret you enter endorses polygamy. Kidding. Maybe.

- Get a load of Obama's beast.

- Oh nooooes, renting a movie is just too hard for some.

- The Social Path lists emerging careers of 2009.

- MTLB's gas-related wisdom.

- Eyewear for the poor.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Online, Political, Promotions



Why Riney Left Pinnacle.

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You may have heard Hal Riney resigned the Pinnacle Foods account last Friday. There was no official statement as to why, but Agency Spy assumed it was because they need to make room for a new client.

Nice guess. Below, an internal Riney memo that hit our email this morning (author removed):

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-13-09    
Topic: Agencies










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