Agency.com Offers Adrants Employment Opportunity

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Apparently, Agency.com's human resource department hasn't read Adrants much as indicated by a missive sent to us asking to chat about an available position in the agency's Chicago office. That or it's some elaborate strategy to get us to show some fist-bump love for the shop. Oops. Did we just burn a bridge? You're not supposed to do that in this business, right? Oh well. We just can't help ourselves sometimes.

by Steve Hall    Aug-13-07    
Topic: Agencies



kwp!: Outset Ad Jobs Ain't Glamorous; Why Lie?

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A friend from Down Under sent us a couple of ads for firm kwp!, which, perhaps frustrated with the self-entitled glamazons who came a-knocking for ground-floor opportunities, decided to take a more, uh, straightforward approach.

This classified, for instance, spouts, "Help make ads. And coffee too."

To the left: "If you think this job is crap, wait 'til you see the pay." This version quickly ends, "Apply now, because chances are no-one else will."

Nice, kwp!. No one can say you didn't warn them.

Playing gofer does wonders for your ambition. Having had to fetch our fair shares of coffee and muffins, every new day only made us hungrier for the moment we could send our own interns' asses all over town for the one chocolate croissant left in a 30-mile radius at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Nothing makes a pastry taste better than the sweet smell of fear.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Newspaper



'But Sir, This Looks Nothing Like My Business!'

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Here's a winning story. Agency Lindsay, Stone & Briggs out of Madison took its gig out onto the street for a popular sidewalk sale called Maxwell Street Days.

With older ad concepts hanging from racks like so many fusty furs, CD Bill Winchester and copywriter Lee Schmidt drummed up ads on-the-spot for paying customers seeking a quick creative fix. Streetside clients included a fifth-grade teacher-cum-golf-aficionado, the College Barber Shop and an at-home health nurse.

Agency creatives: streetside caricature artists of tomorrow?

Clever, down-to-earth way to get your community invested in your success. Kudos to LSB, and in particular Winchester and Schmidt, for a charming performance.

We'd make a cheap crack about hard-up agency life, but apparently the firm didn't need the extra cash. Proceeds went to the Madison Children's Museum.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 8-07    
Topic: Agencies



Stardust Gets Sentimental, Launches Creative Montage on .tv

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Having been among the first to leap onto the .tv train in 2005, Stardust has just posted a 2007 montage of its ads on the homepage.

Before we even go into the montage, Stardust.tv by itself was given the Favourite Website Awards Site of the Day in November as well as the 2005 Tween Award for Best Reel.

This kind of news typically means jack to us but after watching the montage, we're inclined to disagree with our first inclination.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug- 4-07    
Topic: Agencies



Facebook Rates, Alan Pottash Dies, Butts Covered, Heads Circumsized

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- If you care, Facebook's heretofore "non-existent" ad rates have been leaked.

- Pepsi's Alan Pottash, the man behind many successful campiagns such as Pepsi Generation, Pepsi Challenge and all those celbu-commercials, died July 27 in LA at the age of 79.

- Toto's Times Square bare asses have been covered - quite creatively - following complaints from Reverend Neil Rhodes of the Times Square Church.

- This is what happens when an ad agency with just ten people and three accounts has too much time on their hands.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Online, Outdoor, Policy, Strange, Video



Smirnoff's Multifaceted Purity Message Makes Powerful Statements

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With not so subtle environmental and political commentary, this new JWT London-created commercial for Smirnoff - sent to us by Adrants reader Scamp - just blows away any recent liquor ad - or any ad, for that matter - we've seen in a long time. With amazing special effects and bone-chilling Soviet-style music, the sea rebels against man's carelessness and penchant for war mongering by eradicating itself of human byproduct to illustrate Smirnoff's "extraordinary purification" and deliver its "Clearly Smirnoff" tagline.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-31-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Brands, Commercials



Fend Off Agency Pitches From Agency Giving A Pitch

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Here's a fun time waster for marketers sick of the daily pitches they receive from agencies. With old school-style gaming technique, you can annihilate those incessant pitches as the enter your office and disturb your day. There's nothing more to it. Well, except for that mini-skirted flight attendant who welcomes you to Moosylvania's world. And yes, it's all just another agency pitch.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-07    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Good, Strange



JWT Sydney's Cannes 2007 Winner 'Borrowed' From Student?

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Oh look. Yet another ad campaign has "borrowed" from a student spec campaign. In this case, it's a JWT Sydney-created campaign for Cannes 2007 Lion winner Science Diet dog food which, oops, looks a lot like this Advertising Education Foundation 2005 print winner (scroll down) Streamlight created by an Academy of Art University student.

Coincidence? Maybe but shining a light out a dog's ass isn't something your average creative conceptualizes every day. You decide.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-07    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Industry Events, Magazine, Opinion



Orville Redenbacker Dies. Again.

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So much for the attempted resurrection of Orville Redenbacher. Seems the creepy fellow didn't accomplish what Crispin Porter + Bogusky and ConAgra foods had hoped and the account has been moved to Venebles, Bell & Partners. The campaign, which launched in January and met with a collective "what the fuck?" from observers and has been laid to rest alongside the real Orville Redenbacker...who never should have suffered the indignation of this excuse of a campaign from the former poster child agency.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Agencies, Worst



Blue Q Brings the Boobie Back to Tubevertising

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Imagine the worst of '80s music, the most transparent of body-builder come-ons and a never-ending infomercial merged into a bikini-sporting ad campaign.

We're not really sure what else to say about these Blue Q spots by Mother, except that they feel a little like a sensory molestation. Or you know that feeling of violation you get when somebody puts a finger in your belly button? More like that.

We would like to try some of that Irish accent breath spray, though.

Hunk and Babe variations here. And we'd be asses if we forgot the Sexy Music Video.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Video










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