Oakland A's Billy Bean Talks Big Data at Internet Week

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Big Data, the new, all-encompassing term for the plethora of data that needs to be wrangled to effectively manage an online campaign took center stage at Internet Week this morning. Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland A's and made famous in the Brad Pitt movie, Moneyball, spoke to a full house about his discovery of the importance of data in managing a baseball team.

Before the use of statistics as a guiding force in the management of a baseball team, many decisions were based on emotion and other less-that-scientific modes of decisions. Much like the early days of advertising when everything was based on a gut feel and a big idea, baseball management didn't believe in the power of data. That has changed in the past 12 years and is now an institutionalized form of management in baseball.

Beane's advise to the advertising industry is that mathematics will always work if you trust it. Now, we can hear a great many of you groaning right now and asking, "How the hell does data help me develop cool creative?" It doesn't directly but it sure does indirectly and has been doing so for decades.

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by Steve Hall    May-14-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Online



'I Am the King of the World' Says Internet Week

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Internet Week kicked off in New York this morning with a lot of chest beating about the city's tech start up scene. But the chest beating is warranted given that the city is now neck and neck with both Boston and Silicon Valley when it comes to the number of start ups launching and the amount of investment capital (nearly $500 million in 2011) behind those launches.

Both Internet Week Founder David-Michel Davies and New York's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne lauded the cities growth in the tech space and noted that over 45,000 people will attend over 200 events this week during Internet Week. That's in contrast to less than 10,000 people and 80 events when it launched five years ago.

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by Steve Hall    May-14-12    
Topic: Industry Events



Internet Week to Storm New York City

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From panels and parties to concerts and conferences, over 200 events will take place next week in New York City during Internet Week New York from May 14-21.

More than 45,000 people are expected to attend the festival which will tout the city's desired leadership position in digital culture, commerce, finance, fashion, media, advertising, and entertainment. Internet Week New York, which is presented by Yahoo!, will feature varied events hosted by a a number of organizations from startups like Tumblr, BuzzFeed, and Warby Parker to veteran companies like Time Inc., IAC, and AOL.

The events will be headlined by a range of thought leaders, including Bjork, Louis C.K., Billy Beane, Barry Diller, Annie Liebowitz, Anthony Bourdain, David Carr and Brian Stelter of The New York Times, and Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker.

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by Steve Hall    May-11-12    
Topic: Industry Events



ShareThis to Sponsor Adrants Coverage of Internet Week

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We're pleased to announce ShareThis will be sponsoring our coverage of Internet Week New York which begins next Monday. ShareThis is a service that makes it easy to share any published content out to any number of social sites. As ShareThis likes to say, "there is no social without sharing."

We're happy to have them on board as a sponsor. Follow along as we bring you the best of Internet Week. We'll be covering as much of the week's content as we can including the keynotes, panels, workshops and announcements along with the parties.

Join us for all the Internet Week excitement you can stand.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Industry Events



BBH Cleans Up at Webbys

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BBH was named Webby Agency of the Year by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences which announced the winners of The 16th Annual Webby Awards. Webby and People's Voice winners will be honored at the annual ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, on Monday, May 21, 2012, at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.

BBH snagged 9 Webby wins for their work on 4 different ground projects including Google Music, Google Chrome's Dear Sophie campaign and Asos Urban Tour.

Other agencies that received multiple honors include Wieden+Kennedy (7), DDB (5), AKQA (3), BBDO (3), 72andSunny (3), and Blue State Digital (3).

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by Steve Hall    May- 1-12    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Cannes Young Lions Entrant Creates F*%K It List

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One week after this year's Cannes Lions Festival, DDB Toronto's Daniel Bonder will be turning 29 and officially too old to attend the prestigious Young Lions Academy. Given that this was his last week in life to be "young", he created "The Fuck-It List" - his submission to enter the 2012 Academy. We'll see what the jury says

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by Steve Hall    Apr-26-12    
Topic: Industry Events



Mullen Helps You Kill For A One Show Pencil

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It's almost Creative Week. And that means it's almost time for the annual One Show. Are you biding your time before the festivities kick off? Are you anxious? WIll you win a Pencil? Well if you simply can;'t wait, here's something to help you pass the time. Mullen created Kill for a Pencil, a marriage of HTML5 and 8 bit gaming.

In Kill for a Pencil, players help ad man "Jon Scraper" navigate the streets of "Madville," challenging famous advertising icons for the right to a coveted One Show Pencil. Players will recognize some familiar characters, from a lizard hawking car insurance to a well-constructed deodorant spokesman best known for his small white towel and massive pecs.

"We're hoping this crazy ad game becomes sticky," said Mark Wenneker, Chief Creative Officer at Mullen. "The One Show is a perfect place to see how people like it."

Have fun.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-12    
Topic: Games, Industry Events



Brands and Agencies: Sponsor Adrants Coverage of Cannes

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If you are an agency or a brand that wants to be a part (or a bigger part) of the biggest advertising event of the year, Cannes, we can help you do just that. Over the past several years, we've always covered Cannes. The awards. The parties. And everything in between. Now we want you to be part of it.

Adrants will be at the center of the action during Cannes reporting daily on creative innovation, news announcements, what's discussed in the sessions, learnings from keynote presentations and, of course, the Lions winners. Get your agency or brand in front of the worldwide advertising community with this content marketing opportunity. Specifics include but are not limited to:

  • Intro and outro sponsorship of Cannes-related coverage (website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus) leading up to the event.
  • Intro and outro sponsorship of each Cannes article (website, newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus) we publish during the event (2-4 each day of the event).
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  • Content sponsorship of event photography.
  • A TBD number of banner impressions before, during and after Cannes if desired.
Email cannes@adrants.com for more details, pricing and to lock in your sponsorship now.
by Steve Hall    Apr-17-12    
Topic: Announcements, Industry Events



Grand Effie Jury Announced

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The 2012 Grand Effie Jury has been announced. Recognizing "ideas that work," the Grand Effie winner will be announce on May 23. The Grand Effie jury decision will impact the 2012 North American Effie Effectiveness Index rankings which will be revealed at the ceremony. The Effie Effectiveness Index identifies and ranks the marketing communications industry's most effective agencies, advertisers, and brands by analyzing finalist and winner data from Effie Worldwide competitions.

The Grand Effie Jury members include:

Jeff Benjamin, Chief Creative Officer, JWT
Brad Brinegar, President/Chief Executive Officer, McKinney
Luis DiComo, Executive Vice President, Global Media, Unilever
Tim Ellis, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer Activision
Stuart Hazlewood, Chief Strategy Officer, DDB NY
Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Experience Officer, Starcom MediaVest Group
Nick Moore, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman
Debra A. Sandler, President, Mars Chocolate North America
Iain Tait, Global Interactive Executive Creative Director, Wieden + Kennedy
Jennifer Zimmerman, Chief Strategic Officer, mcgarrybowen

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Industry Events



Documentary to Examine Life of Cornelius Trunchpole

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Remember Cornelius Trunchpole? You know, that guy from another era who decided to make a return to the world of advertising? Some thought the man behind Trunchpole was Alex Bogusky. Some thought it was Gerry Graf. We still don't really know - ok, we sort of do - but read our interview we had with Cornelius back when he was hitting the scene in late 2010. And get ready for the documentary.

Oh Yes. The Man. The myth. The legend will be featured in a documentary May 9 at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Check out the details and a teaser here.

His "life" and tremendous contributions to advertising will be examined as will his recent rise to fame via social media. It should be an amazing experience. Maybe. Just maybe we'll all finally be able to meet the infamous Cornelius Trunchpole. Here's hoping.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-12    
Topic: Industry Events










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