Deutsch Doesn't Know the Difference Between GM and Chrysler

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OK, what? Does Deutsch really not know the difference between a Pontiac Solstice and a Corvette? Even worse, the difference between a Chevy HHR and a Chrysler PT Cruiser? Seemingly not according to these screenshots (1, 2) of the agency's site on which they label the Soltice a Corvette and an HHR a T Cruiser.

Guys, guys, guys! Do we have to bring out that shot of Donny in a Speedo again and slap you upside the head with his junk to wake you up?

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad



Mark Your Calendars for Real Men and Women of Madison Ave.

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Next week, and for the first time, the most reputed names in advertising history are congregating in Manhattan. They include David Ogilvy, Phyllis Robinson, George Lois, Mary Wells Lawrence, and Shirley Polykoff.

And even if you can't face most of them in the flesh, you get the chance to revisit the ads, posters, books, spots and interviews that made them memorable.

Real Men and Women of Madison Avenue: Their Impact on American Culture will be exhibited from June 24-September 26 at the Science, Industry and Business Library's Healy Hall.

The exhibit covers the lives and work of copywriters and art directors that influenced buying habits in the past 80 years. The event is sponsored by the One Club, and we'll be covering the debut early next week.

Hope to see you there. View a full description of Real Men and Women in Mad Ave. in the Adgabber Events calendar.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-17-08    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Former AgencySpy Writer Aims to Improve Ad Biz With Fifth Column

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The original writer of AgencySpy, SuperSpy, has launched Fifth Column, which aims to improve the advertising business by soliciting comments for improvement which will then be sent to the agencies they apply to and, ultimately published for public consumption.

On Advertising Fifth column, formerly anonymous blogger SuperSpy now refers to herself as Sabrina Duncan which, if you do a Google search doesn't help much since all you get are endless listing of Kate Jackson's Charlie's Angel character, Sabrina Duncan.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Opinion, Weblogs



Modernista Hummered, Webbys Happened, Dinosaur Toured

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- Facing the potential demise of GM's Hummer brand, Modernista may be facing layoffs. One creative director has already left.

- AgencySpy reminds us the Webby Awards were yesterday and points to a video of the event.

- The Samsung illusion dinosaur goes on tour.

- That 72andSunny-created "I Love the World" spot got all kinds of spoofage. Here's one.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-08    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Bell Bails, a52 Honored, Obama Fights Smears, Tots Tattoo, and MTLB Beats Down Bad PRs

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- Global marketing guy Jeff Bell is leaving Microsoft. He's held his post since 2006.

- a52, which produced the visual effects for that Monster.com spot with the people on the rails, won some love at the Association of Independent Commercial Producer's 17th Annual Show. This is the 11th year its work was recognized by the AICP. To celebrate, it created a YouTube chronology of all the a52 spots that have been honored by the Show. Watch them.

- Obama for America has launched an online news site to fight the smears against his name.

- Make the Logo Bigger created guidelines for the ideal PR. If you don't meet 'em, you're not just getting trashed; you'll be marked as SPAM.

- Not ad-related, but hey: here is a rhinoplasty tutorial. After a few slides, even YOU could do it! Well, maybe she could.

- Speaking of tattooing tots, here are some tattoos for tots. Prepare them early on for their future as this guy. (That tribal-inspired tattoo actually contains the coordinates for $50K and keys to a Volvo.)

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Political



BBDO Employees Steal; Publicis, Element 79 Lay Off

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- It seems things are so bad at BBDO, employees are stealing from one another.

- Publicis laid off ten percent of its IT staff.

- Element 79 lays off 30, and 20 quit? So goes the rumor. Nothing confirmed. Repeat after me. There is no recession. There is no recession. There is no recession. Positive thinking, people!

- Oh, and JumpStyle? Tweeted about it yesterday. AgencySpy commented. Yes, it's destined to be the next most copied ad concept.

Alisa Leonard points to a video that explains social media to CMOs in plain English.

by Steve Hall    Jun-11-08    
Topic: Agencies



Agency's Biggest Fan Stirs Adrants to Write Book (OK, Not Really)

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So here's some randomness. I used to work for an agency called BlackSheep Marketing. It's a small shop in Boston that focuses predominantly on high tech (Sorry, Kane, if you've changed since then). I did some new business work for them and sucked ass at it. Clearly, new business is not my thing. I had a great time working there though.

Anyway, Kane sent me this random video which introduces us to BlackSheep Marketing's Biggest Fan. Yes, there's a fan in the video. Yes, Darth Vader makes a vocal appearance. And, yes, that's Kane, himself, in the video. No, I have no idea what it's for but it's great to see Kane after all these years.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-11-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Video



Former Firebrand Execs Launch Ad Agency

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What do you do when your company fails, investors pull out and your industry derides your business model? You wake up, say "fuck it," leverage all the bad press you got and start all over again. Former Firebrand CMO and other former Firebrand employees have banded together to launch FireMedia Partners, a company which will "provide brands with integrated solutions for marketing across today's emerging media." In other words, an ad agency. Like we need another one of those.

Levanthal explains (without forgetting to tout Firebrand apparent "success"), saying, "The knowledge we gained from our Firebrand experience was invaluable, beginning with the streaming video website, the downloadable playlists, the nightly TV show and, of course, the launch marketing campaign. The integrated effort, which combined traditional media with search marketing and social media networking, garnered over 2 million television viewers per week, generated over 250,000 unique visitors, and saw over 100,000 playlist downloads -- all in just 90 days."

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies



Watch Out for that Hair; It Could Kill a Small Mammal

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Hoping to milk the star (?) for all his worth, Nationwide has released behind-the-scenes footage of its ad featuring Sanjaya Malakar. Shot in India, footage depicts the American Idol castaway singing in the face of a firmly shut door (what a metaphor!). You'll be pleased to know Sanjaya's hair is as wack as ever.

Nationwide loves a talented media whore, and Sanjaya certainly fits the bill, so it was just a matter of time before the two found each other eventually.

To learn more about his partnership with Nationwide, read a recent Sanjaya interview.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 1-08    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Specialty



Blyk Invents a New Name for 'Media Kit'

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Blyk, a mobile social network that hopes to one day wake up and be cool amongst 16-to-24-year-olds, has launched a "One Stop Shop for advertisers and agencies."

Don't be fooled by the name; you won't find any drag-and-drop ad placement tools. What you will find is a media kit loaded with promises, case studies and, ooh, promises. Such as:

- Over 100,000 UK 16-24s fully opted-in to receive communications on their mobile phones
- 29% average campaign response rate
- £0.53 average price per response
- Insightful reporting

If "insightful reporting" won you over too, well, go get 'em, tiger.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 1-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Promotions








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