Support Barbarian Group's Eva McCloskey With Your Vote

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Occasionally, important events present themselves which call for the entire advertising industry to band together as one unstoppable force with the sole mission of advancing a worthy cause and doing good for all human kind. One such event has presented itself today requires our complete attention and participation.

What is this important cause? Why the voting for Barbarian Group's own Eva McCloskey as Boston Magazine's Most Wanted Single, of course! What? Did you think we as an industry were going to participate in that Cannes Humanitarian Lion thing and solve all the world's ills? Of course not. That's way too much work. A simple hottie contest is much more our style so please, do your part. Vote for Eva and represent!

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by Steve Hall    May-19-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Industry Events



BlogAds Explained, Congdon Returns, Idol Awesomed, Mullen Gets Relentless

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- Saatchi Singapore adds what AdFreak calls a bit of Evil Dead to a domestic abuse campaign which focuses on verbal abuse.

- Rocketboom's Amanda Condonn is back after a two year stint with mainstream media with a new video show of her own called Sometimes Daily. (Did you get a nose job, Amanda?)

- Advertising Age's Simon Dumenco rounds up the top seven "most awesomest" American Idol moments of this season.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Weblogs



Ogilvy Ravages the Clios, Takes Home 5 Golds

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The 49th annual Clios took place in South Beach over the weekend. Content & Contact, Integrated Campaign, Innovative Media, Print and Design were recognized at the Fillmore in Jackie Gleason Theatre on Friday.

Ogilvy & Mather received the highest number of Gold Clios -- ironic, considering its founder was so resentful of award shows: three for Frankfurt and two for New York; followed closely by BBDO Worldwide (four Golds) and DDB Worldwide (also four).

Gold winners and "Best in Show" appear below.

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by Angela Natividad    May-19-08    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Industry Events



Wrath of Cannes Lives to See its Second Year

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Cannes season is back, and along for the ride come self-promotional horrors like the Wrath of Cannes. The pros: no fee for entry, no professional floor (you can be an INTERN! or a GED HOLDER!). The cons: that Grand Coney is one ugly statue, and "the venue" is interchangeable with "the freakshow."

The awards show takes place June 19 on Coney Island. The Wrath of Cannes is brought to you by Woods Witt Dealy & Sons, which hopes to turn some of this nonsense into agency clout.

by Angela Natividad    May-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Spoofs



Red Tettemer Honors Miley Cyrus With Website Makeover

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AdFreak's Tim Nudd stumbled upon a recent incarnation of the Red Tettemer website and found the agency has redesigned the site in an ode to the drama surrounding Miley Cyrus and her recent Vanity Fair shoot. On the site, Red Tettemer Creative Media Strategist Rachel Timmerman is posing just like Miley did for for that famous Annie Liebovitz shot of her in a sheet.

Any ad agency employee that's willing to out themselves out there like that gets a gold star from Adrants.

by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Industry Suffers From Adbesity. Visit to Outhouse Cures All Ills

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There was a wee bit of excitement when first visiting OvercomeAdbesity and that excitement was warranted. The site asks, "Am I Adbese?" and proceeds to analyze all the pitfalls of an industry that has gone from mostly independent, free thinking agencies with defined styles and characteristics to faceless conglomerates with the personality of that weird guest star on Boston Legal.

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by Steve Hall    May-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Layoffs Abound, Accounts Lost

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- AgencySpy reports layoffs occurring at Chicago's Critical Mass including creative director Mike Rezac and at Seattle's Publicis West office.

- An insider shares news JWT Canada may have lost the Kellogg business due to a "global Realignment." Don't you just love the phrases people create to describe layoffs and firings?

- Bulldog Reporter PR University, today, is presenting an audio conference entitled "Blog Pitching Update for PR: Top Tech Online Influencers Reveal Advanced Blog Relations Practices"

by Steve Hall    May-14-08    
Topic: Agencies



It Goes to Show: Video Games will Shrink Your, Uh, Manhood.

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Or possibly just turn it into a thumb. TBWA\Wien, Vienna: what were you thinking?

Gizmodo, which is now an Xbox convert, says the PS3/Playboy ad was not formally approved by Sony. That's nice and all, but it's still repelling people right and left.

At times like this, it's not enough to say "Sorry, this ain't ours." Contrary to popular belief, a crappy ad can adversely impact sales. Sony needs to pull some Vatican crap and deploy a creative assassin. Or maybe some sort of secret weapon, like the Giant Mouse of Minsk.

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Poster, Worst



Mom's a Slut. Men Are Free Loading Slobs. Happy Mother's Day

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I will admit I did not "get" this Mother New York-created Mother's Day video at first. I figured it was yet another sappy ode to a holiday that demands men to, in one day, must express their appreciation for the mom in their life with trite ditties such as a card or a meal at a restaurant as opposed to the daily verbal appreciation that truly expresses appreciation.

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by Steve Hall    May-13-08    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video



Creative Manager Pro Gets All Whatchamacallit Whosiwhatsit Workamajig-y

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This has to be a joke. Seriously. Creative Manger Pro, the agency software package that helps manage the creative and billing process, has changed its name to - um yea...this makes a hell of a lot of sense - Workamajig. Why? Because...um...as VP Ron Ause says, "The old brand did not properly reflect the product and organization behind it. Our old brand was too straight laced and did not properly convey what we are all about."

So...it's a product to help creative professionals manage the creative process and Creative Manager Pro doesn't properly convey that?

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Tools, Worst










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