Kia Hamsters VMA Performance Bests Miley Cyrus' Twerk Disaster

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It's the campaign that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. When we first met the Kia hamsters, they had barely taken on their now mostly human qualities. They were more hamster than human. As the years past, out fat, fuzzy friends have gone through a bit of a transformation and have become pop culture heroes we love to hate...or hate to love. Well, at least the the ad business. To the rest of the world, they're just psuedo-cool fur balls in a car commercial.

For its fifth outing, David & Goliath has crafted an, ahem, transformational spot for the 2014 Kia Soul in which the hamsters go through a transformation of their own. Just as the Kia Soul has received a makeover, so do out fat, furry friends.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-26-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



AOL Buys Adap.tv, Mag Circ Down Again, Guinness Does NFC

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A Happy Tim Armstrong

- AOL has agreed to buy Adap.tv for $405 million allowing AOL to expand its video advertising offerings.

- Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen -- whose company has 35-plus broadcast stations off the air in a fee dispute -- expects more blackouts, with programmers continuing to raise prices for carriage rights.

- According to the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations, total magazine circulation fell 1% from 292.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2012 to 289.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2013.

- OMG! L'Oreal model Cheryl Cole is appearing in a skincare campaign...wait for it...without wearing foundation

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Magazine, Policy, Social



Singapore Asks Finland For Hand in Marriage, CROCS Ad A Fake

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- This weird little Mentos video with an oddly catchy tune aims to garner support for a proposal that would solve Singapore's land crisis.

- These McFlurry-loving women need better lipstick.

- IPG Mediabrands has launched a new unit that further blurs the line between media and creative agencies. Called Mediabrands Publishing, it will create videos and other quick-turnaround content for marketers that will live in the physical and digital worlds. The digital content will be distributed on websites and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Strange



Following Publicis Omnicon Group Merger, Coke and Pepsi, In A Fit of Frustration, Agree to Merge

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In a collective fit of despair and inability to reach an agreement with WPP or IPG, neither of which could guarantee they would not merge in the future, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, this morning, announced they would merge. The new entity will be known as Poke.

Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi spokespeople reached out to Adrants this morning and collectively said, "Fuck it, this shit is ridiculous. How can each of us expect to compete with one another when there will likely be just one advertising agency to choose from in a few years?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



When Agencies Should Say No to New Business

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Having worked in several advertising agencies over the course of many years, I can attest to the fact that new business is both the lifeblood of an agency and its biggest nightmare. It's very difficult for an agency to say no to new business. Why would they? New business means more revenue and more revenue means more success.

New business can breathe new life into an agency that, perhaps, has become stagnant with current clients. On the other hand, new business, poorly chosen, can wreak havoc on an agency's inner workings, its culture and its people. We thought it might be interesting to ask a few agency executives how they approach new business and how they decide it might be best to just say no.

Crafting an article I wrote for Central Desktop, I spoke with several ad industry executives to get their take on how they view and approach new business, why they pitch, why they don't and how a piece of new business can affect an agency both positively and negatively.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-13    
Topic: Agencies



Social Media Causes Low Self Esteem Among Teenage Girls

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- A new study finds too much social media usage causes low self esteem in teenaged girls? How about in us grownups who can't stand reading about the latest and greatest accomplishments of their peers?

- Joe Jaffe's Evol8tion has acquired Bob Knorpp's Beancast podcast. Bob will continue the podcast and become SVP Chief Analyst of Evol8tion's BrandWatch product.

- A grounded viewpoint on inbound marketing that doesn't trash inbound marketing.

- This is just funny. To promote the 2013 Wiener Nationals (a dog race), Orange County-based DGWB shot a promo using GoPro cameras.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-23-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research, Social, Video



Bar Refaeli Strips, Apple Facepalms, DOMA Celebrated, Cannes Critiqued

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- Bar Refaeli strips down to her lingerie again for a new Passionista ad campaign.

- This Digiday article explores the belief among young agency employees that it's the agency itself which causes them to job hop so much because staying doesn't allow them to move ahead. People...same shit, different decade. Nothing has changed in 30 years.

- Apple's new ad campaign isn't impressing the critics nor the public.

- The Sun has rounded up what they deem to be the sexiest TV ads of all time, all of which have been covered here on Adrants over the years (Except the 1992 Cindy Crawford Pepsi ad as that was before our time.)

- Social media erupted with joy yesterday in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-27-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Racy, Social, Tools



Launchpad NYC 'Ad Darlings' Get Creative With Their Closets

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Well this isn't news. Everyday at the Adrants offices, the interns sport the highest of fashion in the form of short skirts (pleated plaid minis always win), Daisy Dukes, midriff-baring crop tops, cleavage-enhancing (not that these top-heavy ladies need it) halter tops and gam-glamorizing high heels of epic proportion.

Seems like Launchpad NYC wants to get in on the action and challenge our interns by launching a blog, Office Outfit Challenge, that highlights the high styles of "5 advertising darlings" in some kind of daily effort to "pull off a fashion magazine miracle.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-24-13    
Topic: Agencies, Racy



Twitter Signs Data-Focused Partnership Deal With WPP

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Following its recent preferred ad position deal with Starcom MediaVest in April, Twitter has signed a deal with WPP. The deal will enable WPP and it operating units -- GroupM, Kantar, Wunderman and others -- to access Twitter's treasure trove of data and incorporate it into WPP media and analytics platforms.

Of the deal, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell said, "Twitter's relevance continues to grow - not only as a social platform, but also as a window into consumer attitudes and behaviour in real time. We are delighted to announce this very wide-ranging strategic partnership and to ensure that Twitter data is a key ingredient in many of our disciplines. We look forward to leveraging the platform in a variety of ways for our clients around the world."

The deal fuels Twitter move into the Big Data space and its deepening marriage with the marketing and advertising community.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-13    
Topic: Agencies, Social



This eBook Will Save Your Agency And Your Job

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It's fairly evident there's a tectonic shift going on in the workplace today. From telecommuting to collaboration to cloud-based workflows, everything is changing. So what's a marketer supposed to do in the face of all this change?

Thankfully, there are experts on this topic who can help guide you and your company through these changes. In this Central Desktop eBook, to which I contributed, you will learn how these changes are affecting marketing organizations, why the remote workplace is growing in importance, how telecommuting can actually give your company a competitive edge, how agencies and marketers are reinventing their creative teams to meet these changes and why collaboration is becoming an integral component of successful companies.

Download the eBook now and stay ahead of the curve.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 3-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Research










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