When choosing a name for an ad agency, since everyone is moving away from the Huey Duey & Louie law firm-style model, one should choose a name that connotes something interesting, something exciting, something that elicits staying power. Perhaps Art Bradshaw and Emily Rex who just dubbed their new agency Departure think the notion of leaving is better than staying. Now, one could joke about this new name as Adrants reader Chuck did when he wondered why they didn't call themselves Leaving or Closing or Back Later or Track 9 or Running Late or Exit (wait, that one's sort of taken) or Last One Out Turn Out the Lights. But that would be mean.
The answer: Five execs, a poetic moderator, and two hours.
I'm sitting at a panel called Want to start an AD Agency?!. To my right sits a dude whose name I shall not mention. He expresses sincere, almost meddling interest in the GelaSkin on my MacBook. So I ask why he's here and he says, "Technically I represent BBDO, but really I am here for my own self-interest."
Tell it like it is, yo. "Lots of self-interest stewing around," I say vaguely.
The BBDO guy agrees. "I'm guessing that's why everybody's here," he observes.
This is a covert little world.
Oh there are so , so many stereotypical elements going on in this DDB Chicago created, Biscuit-produced commercial for McDonald's. First, we have the classic male game of oneupmanship where the two guys in the ad try to out do each other over the prices they paid for their clothes and haircuts. Second, we have the classic female amusement over this alpha male trait.
Then, we have the woman illustrating the pointlessness of all this bravado and trumping them both by announcing she paid only one dollar for her double cheeseburger. And then we have the "I'm not gonna let a woman beat me" response from the men who begin bidding to buy her burger. And finally, we have an homage to the men-as-idiot trend made famous by Verizon's Dumb Dads.
OK. Pay attention. If you are a marketer or an ad agency that markets products and services to tweens, teens and twenty-something females you owe it to yourself to spend some time viewing these videos from 3iYing, a New York based "all girl creative agency" which has filmed hundreds of girls reacting to ads for a series called Adflip. In each of the videos, girls tell us why the ads they hold in their hands cause them to flip the page and get ignored.
Commenting on the ridiculousness of many of the ads twenty year old Rosaura sees in her favorite magazine, she says there are "orgasm faces everywhere. It looks like they're climaxing right there on the page." One tween wonders why a Lot29 Juniors ad features a giant breasted girl in the ad saying, "I'm a junior and I don't look like this. What does she stuff everything in her bra?" Explaining why a Dodge ad got the flip, one girl says, "to market a car it's not like once it matches my lipstick, oh, of course I'm going to go and buy it."
We were sure we'd be receiving a press release sometime in the next few months announcing the demise of the ill-fated Agency.com but no. Far from it. Apparently the Subway fiasco is in the past and the mass exodus of management has slowed. And they've decided to win an account. A $100 million account, no less. LG Electronics has awarded creative duties to the shop which is said to consist of TV, interactive, print and guerrilla. Congrats, Agency.com. Break out the fist bumps!
This is a year old but look what fun Cleveland-based agency Brokaw has with it's own. An unsuspecting Brokaw employee named Erin gets the shit (well,not exactly) scared out of her when her co-workers decide to set off one of those air horns in her office. Hey, it's not news but we all need a commercial break from that sometimes. Consider this that break.
With the news Ogilvy New York Co-President Andy Berndt leaving for Google to head a group which will work with marketers, agencies and the entertainment industry, speculation abounds the online giant is looking to hang a shingle on the proverbial Madison Avenue. Whether or not that's the case, it appears Google may be poised to shake things up once again.
No one's sharing many details and Berndt will remain at Ogilvy for an undetermined period of time before he packs his bags for Google.
- Here's a making of video highlighting the creation of a 3D graffiti project for Reebok in Cracow.
- Arnold and fashion-focused No. 11 have teamed to launch ArnoldEleven, an entity which will serve the fashion, beauty and luxury industries.
The New York Times is throwing in the towel on its subscription based Times Select product saying the growth of online advertising allows for far more revenue.
- Check this out for some face licking goodness from Guinness.
- WPP New York is reportedly not going to defend its $70 million Jenny Craig crative account which has been placed in review handled by Blank and Associates.
- The New York Post is expanding its Page Six gossip section to a full blown Sunday glossy magazine section debuting this Sunday.
- Walter Kronkite is returning to television and will appear on the newly launched Retirement Living TV.
- In an interesting mashup, the Polygamous Marriage conference in New Orleans October 26 brings together media, account planing and creative to hear speakers such as Modernista's Gareth Kay, Fallon's John King and Naked's Paul Woolington.
- As if there weren't already an overabundant plethora of awards shows, AdWeek now wants to honor supposed future creative geniuses before they even become geniuses with its "10 Best Creative You Don't Know" showcase.
Mothers of Invention Founder Robert Rosenthal points us to Bob Bly's blog on which he takes to task Jerry Della Femina for comments he made in a New York Post article. Della Femina said of the advertising business, "It went from being a business of fun to being a business of money, and that changes everything."
Bly agrees advertising should be fun but it should also be considered work and their should be any fun-having with the client's money.
Della Femina himself puts the whole thing to rest, commenting, "What bullshit. I took Isuzu, Becks Beer, Blue Nun Wine, Meow Mix,Zip Lock bags, Dow Bathroom Cleaner, Air Wick stickups from tiny accounts or startups to giant profitable companies. That made all their stockholders a ton of money [and] I did it while I was drunk and having fun. Imagine if I was sober."
Touche, Jerry. Bring back the Mad Men and the three martini lunch!