Up against big boys Monster and CarreerBuilder, communications industry employment site Talent Zoo is in the running for a Webby Award. Sort of a People's Choice Award for the web but with judges, the Webby's honors sites in multiple categories for excellence in web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Check it all out here. Register to vote here.
Bluelithium, the company that's "reinventing the ad network," is reinventing the ad:tech party. On April 20 at 6PM, a week prior to the ad:tech San Francisco show, Bluelithium, famous for its ad:tech Ruby Skye blowouts, will host a party at Le Colonial and feature belly danvers, caligraphers and other Asian and French Colonial inspired activities, an open bar and small plates. We assume small plates means hors douvres...or however you spell that. To request an invitation, please contact Carla Vicens of blast! PR at (919) 833-9975 x.10 or email@example.com.
If you're looking to break into the creative side of the advertising business or your sick of your job and you need a change, you'll be happy to know ihaveanidea has expanded its Portfolio Night, an event that placed creatives and their portfolios in front of the industry's creative gurus. For Portfolio Night IV, students enrolled in advertising programs, graduates, and up-and-coming creatives can meet top creatives from New York's Strawberry Frog, San Francisco's Butler Shine & Stern, Chicago's Ogilvy & Mather and Modernista in Boston. DDB Worldwide and Canadian agencies TAXI, WAX, Change Advertising, Bos and Rethink. So tidy up that portfolio and get it ready for the May 4th event. Beginning today, you can register here.
With the tagline, "some stories make better documentaries," director Kevin Donavon and McKinney Silver, Durham "remade" March of the Penguins and The Thin Blue Line for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held April 6-9. They're both very good. Watch them here.
Ignacio from ihaveanidea was down in Palm Springs chatting it up with Clio Awards judges who were preparing for the Clio Festival that will take place on May 13-16. While there, Ignacio posted commentaries, video interviews and candid behind-the-scenes footage of the creative gurus who will decide the fate of thousands of ads vying for Clio. You can check it all out here.
We were going to leave this one alone because mistakes do occur. We even left alone a previous mistake involving the placement of an image which looked like it belonged to editorial rather than the unmarked ad it turned out to be. But, two mistakes in a short period of time just can't be left alone. While we love the folks over at MediaPost but today, they made a very huge mistake.
Late this afternoon, we received this email from MediaPost inviting us to their Email Insider Summit May 21-24 in Scottsdale, Arizona as a VIP. All expenses, including airfare, accommodations and conference registration, would be covered. We thought, "Damn, Adrants has finally arrived!" We were all excited to spend four days at the Boulder Resort and Golden Door Spa basking in the Southwest sunlight while hanging with industry big wigs. That is, until a second email arrived.
A tipster who wishes to remain anonymous traveled to the AAAA's Conference last week and tells us about an interesting observation. We'll let them tell it in their own words. "I was flying to the 4A's conference and something struck me as funny. There were 3 4A's staff (senior level) heading out to the conference all in first class. There were about 6 agency execs (one being a c-level) all in coach. Per the presentation at the meeting over 70% of the 4A's revenues comes from dues paid by the agencies. Unbelievable that they [the AAAA's execs] chose to spend it less responsibly than the agencies that give it to them in the first place. Lower spending = Lower dues." Right on. Ah, but how ad wags love their perks.
Listen up all you advertising students. This your chance to the advertising industry's biggest boondoggle, the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Ad agency AKQA has organized the first ever Future Lions Competition for all you global ad students. The competition is now open and accepting entries. The goal of the competition is to "showcase forward-thinking ideas and concepts created by the next generation of global advertising superstars." The Future Lions site provides you a creative brief, FAQs, winning tips from AKQA's creative geniuses, downloadable posters and an online submission form.
Copyranter pulled an ad out of this week's AdWeek promoting the upcoming ANDY Awards & Show April 25. We had to look at the ad twice before we realized it wasn't for some new ass-licking, fart-fest fetish but a demonstration of the ass kissers of which the ad industry has so many. We like it though. You can't fault the simple truth of it.
Adding to the already busy ad:tech Conference social schedule, ad: tech itself will host a Live Connect party at the upcoming San Francisco show. Dubbed the Grand Opening Extravaganza, the event will feature The Cheesballs, a performance troop, food and drinks. In conjunction with the party, ad:tech is also promoting its online community, ad:tech connect.