Agency Requests Problems to Solve...For Free

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And if you haven't heard, here's Trumpet Groups riff on the RFP, its Request for Problem. The agency, changing the direction this sort of communication usually flows, wants marketers to submit their problem to which the agency will reply with a solution...for free. Of course, Trumpet hopes their solutions are so good the marketer will call for more work and pay next time around.

It's an interesting approach. Or you could just label it yet another example of agency laziness, in this case making the client do all the upfront new business legwork. But we're sure that's not the case here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Porsche Cayenne GTS Launch the Last Work For Carmichael Lynch

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Finishing up its work for Porsche as the account shifts to Cramer-Krasselt, Carmichael Lynch, which landed Subaru without review in November, has released its last work for Porsche. To launch the Cayenne GTS in the states, Carmichael Lynch created a new TV spot and, along with Fabric Interactive, a new website which is currently counting down to the vehicles January 28 launch.

In the commercial, a Cayenne driver ascends the mountains overlooking LA and, in a nod to some sort of urban myth, revs its engine to which other Porsches respond. It's really that simple. The site doesn't have much on it for now other than the spot itself, a countdown clock and a little engine rev thingy. Hopefully, we'l see more January 28th.

by Steve Hall    Jan-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Wendy's May Dump Saatchi

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Wendy's, apparently not pleased with its red wig campaign, may be leaving Saatchi & Saatchi, AdScam's George Parker reports. A Saatchi source tells Parker production has ceased on all work. George didn't like the red wig campaign citing its lack of relevance to the brand and its lack of message content.

We're not sure we agree. Following the death of iconic Dave Thomas, Wendy's work hit a low point. We think the red wig campaign succeeded in eliciting a "whoa, that's pretty good in a weird sort of whacked way" reaction. Whether it sold any hamburgers we know not.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-10-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



Facebook Slammed, George Lois Speaks

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- George Parker is sick of Facebook, it's plethora of stupid applications and the insanity of a "24 year old billionaire wanker" gets rich using people's information without asking their permission.

- Legendary ad man George Lois makes an appearance on this week's Studio 360, Public Radio International's syndicated weekly show about creativity.

- TNS Media Intelligence forecasts media spend to increase 4.2 percent in 2008 with growth slower in the first half than the second. The Olympics and political spending will contribute significantly to that figure. The biggest increase (14.4 percent) will be seen in internet display advertising.

- AdWeek has named Goodby U.S. agency of the year and Wieden + Kennedy global agency of the year.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-08    
Topic: Agencies, Podcast, Social



Sadly, Phil Dusenberry Leaves Advertising at 71

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This is personally sad. Not because I knew the guy but because I read a book of his (one of the few ad books I've made time to read) and feel like I know him. Yes, Phil Dusenberry, a man I never knew but a legend in the advertising world died at 71 December 29 after fighting lung cancer for the past year.

Dusenberry was a star at BBDO who many credit with turning BBDO into the creative powerhouse it was and, in some cases, still is. He of Michael Jackson Pepsi fame and creator of many memorable taglines such as GE's We Bring Good Things to Life, Dusenberry began his career in the Mad Men days of 1962 as a junior copywriter at BBDO. Apart from a seven year stint running his own shop, Dusenberry spent his entire career at BBDO rising through the ranks until he became Chairman of BBDO's North American operations.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 1-08    
Topic: Agencies



Dancing Robots Bring Retro Appeal to (Endless, Endless!) Holiday Activity

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If hanging out with the warm-blooded doesn't get you all aglow, build an Exorobot that dances to Daft Punk.

Check out the hula skirt on our fancy new friend.

Courtesy of the strange and magical folk at Exopolis.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online



VML Says Happy Holidays with Handbell Hero

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Blondie is long gone, so it's rare nowadays that we get asked to ring somebody's bell.

Perceiving our growing sense of injustice, VML invited us to ring its bells with Handbell Hero. It's kind of like Guitar Hero -- WITH BELLS!

This was way funner than that ornery virtual account manager that Burns left us (to die!) with.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Online



Some (Not Us) Feel Droga5 Isn't Worthy of Creativity's Agency of the Year

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In the spirit of living up to our apparent affinity for mudslinging as noted by MultiCultClassics, we give you this just-received tidbit from a reader who just doesn't think Droga5 should have been awarded Creativity's Agency of the Year crown.

The reader writes, "Apparently many higher up in the NY ad agency world are irritated and confused as to how Creativity could name Droga5 as agency of the year. they haven't produced one national campaign, have not one one new piece of business. no real breakthrough work for the year and the business they are producing for are pro-bono. people i know that work at Droga5 are equally as confused by the whole thing. internally they're hearing about "cut-backs." also pissed as to why the whole agency wasn't photographed for the cover. yikes. people are pointing to the obvious infatuation Creativity Magazine editors have with the agency. one female editor is roaming the halls at D5 a little too frequently. maybe it's droga's charm? i say, more power to em. screw the holding companies."

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Opinion



Cherry and Cake Celebrates Birthday With Cherry and Cake

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OK so here's something you don't see on an agency website very often. Then again, when your agency is named CherryandCake it all seems fairly normal. The Belgium-based agency is celebrating its first birthday.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Agencies



Ditched Toys Are the Reason We've 'Smurfed' Up Christmas

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"So what if I'm gay? You let my rainbow fade away," accuses a Care Bear in this awesome video where toys rebuke cynical adults for ditching them after puberty, thereby ruining their Christmases -- and ours -- forever.

And if our He-Man could talk, he probably would be just that ditzy.

Thanks go out to Grey, Vancouver for putting it together.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Spoofs, Trends and Culture, Video










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