If you're familiar with Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy's annual holiday greeting, you've probably come to the conclusion that the man can talk. And talk. And talk. This year, the holding company decided to have some fun with the video.
The embeddable video below leads to the full video on YouTube. Why? You'll see when you get there. Try skipping ahead or pausing or changing the volume, the resolution or switching to full screen.
Did you know there was an ad agency called Captains of Industry? Did you know Captains of Industry were also business titans at the turn of the century? No, not this recent century. The one before. In any case, check out this video from, yes, Captains of Industry, a Boston-based agency headed by, well, the many heads of Ted Page.
JWT has launched Most Tweeted Brands, a service that, well, tracks the most tweeted brands. Well, not all brands. It's tracking the top 100 global brands as determined by BrandZ ranking. Processing over 2.5 million tweets each day, the site offers a visual representation of tweeted brand activity.
By clicking each brand, one can drill down to see a geographic mapping of tweet origination. One can also eliminate brands from the service which will redraw the prevalence of tweets as compared to other brands. This is particularly handy because Facebook, by far, dominates and pushes other brands off the chart. Reloading the page (or clicking the "reload all brands" button) brings all the brands back.
Additionally, drop down menus allow one to zero in on single countries and brand categories such as fast food, airlines, retail, etc. The chart can be viewed either in tile format or list view
Birmingham-based ad agency Luckie has created a holiday site, Luckie Elf, and will donate $25 to children's charities each time a person Instagrams a photo of themselves re-enacting a scene from the movie Elf.
For inspiration, the agency has chosen and described 14 scenes from the film for visitors to re-enact. Agency employees have already had quite a bit of fun as you can see from their own re-enactments.
Here's a bit of hilarity to brighten your day. Well, that is if you work in an ad agency. Sorry, clients, this time the joke is on you. But give it time. No doubt there is plenty to say about those agency primadonnas.
Central Desktop has put together an infographic highlighting the eight types of agency clients. From The Intruder to The Arsonist to The Ghost to The Henchman, all the stereotypes are covered.
Click here to see the infographic.
As is always the case, the irrefutable CMO math has bitten yet another ad agency in the ass. This time it's Honda biting RPA. True to form, new Honda CMO, Michael Accavitti, after taking the job last year, said, dumping RPA would be "completely unproductive and unnecessary, RPA is an extension of the Honda family," flip flopped and uttered this mouthful:
"In the face of a changing media landscape and a hyper-competitive marketplace, our challenge is to create dynamic marketing campaigns that connect and engage consumers with our products and our brands. The review we have initiated will lead to a strong, long-term strategic plan for our brands"
- Israel wants to combat The Stigma Virus, a sort of reaction to the AIDS virus.
- How do you brew? Partnering with Boston-based strategic planning agency Blitz Media and its client, Breville USA, Struck created a :30 spot that features a colorful cast of characters that capture a particular style of coffee - bold, mild, intense, smooth, strong and light.
- ZenithOptimedia's latest forecast predicts global ad expenditure will grow 4.1% in 2013, reaching $518 billion by the end of the year.
- Talking cookies tout HGTV shows. Love It or List It. Property Brothers.
That was an easy headline to write. Why? Ask yourself. When was the last time you saw an ad for a mattress that you actually remember. Go on. Think for a minute. Right. Nada, Zip. Nothing.
Now watch these two ads from LA-based Arcana Academy for Sealy. See? The most amazing mattress you have ever seen, right?
With the bold acknowledgement of common, less-than-legal behavior, Ogily Brussels developed a campaign that placed a recruitment message inside a downloadable file labeled as though it were Adobe Photoshop or another popular creative software suite.
The files were then placed on popular file sharing sites for download. Once downloaded, the file revealed a job offer. The hired candidate also received all the applications he wanted for free.
We love it. And, hey, it might not be all roses in the eyes of those who judge us at end times but it's also just the way it is. That's were the fish are and that's were Ogilvy went to find them.
Working with Wunderman, Microsoft has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to license characters from the upcoming Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit, to appear in an ad campaign for Windows Phone 8. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and other characters will appear in UK, France, Germany and US-based campaigns for the new phone.
Previously, the Windows Phone 8 campaign has tapped Gwen Stefani, Cam Newton, Adam Samberg, Jay-Z and Jessica Alba. Campaign elements will include digital, magazine, TV and outdoor,