- Michael Glass is out with a Pinterest collection of advertising agency office space. Very cool.
Cultural Strategies is launching "The Social Revolución", the first official SXSWi Latino Awards, Lounge & After Party in 2012. They are actively seeking sponsors and nominees.
- Really, really love the new Volkswagen Golf R? Well, there's an iPad app for that. From AKQA.
- Top Gear is celebrating there approach to 10 million fans on Facebook...by blowing up a caravan when they do.
Today, Affiliate Summit West kicks off at Caeser's Palace in Vegas. Today's focus is the Meet Market, a low key exhibit hall-style set up where affiliates, networks and marketers can learn about what each other has to over and, as well, conduct actual business. Just think of it as yout typical exhibit hall with tables instead of elaborate booths.
Last night, a tweetup at Gilly's inside Treasure Island kicked off the conference. Unbekowst to those of us that planned the event, the place was a full ob country bar and let us tell you...we have never before seen some of the most amazing line and couple country dancing. It gave us all something to look at while we chatted. Oh, that and the mechanical bull. Always good for a few laughs. Check out photos from the event here.
Tonight after the first day of the conference, things will get a bit crazier. Lots of parties. Lots and lots of parties. Here's hoping we're still standing come Wednesday when we all pack up and head home.
If you're still look for a way to make a splash at Affiliate Summit West or simply looking for a good time, make sure you check out the MaxBounty Presents Affiliate Ball, an event January 9 at the Rio's Crown Teater featuring Nelly. Over 2,000 conference attendees are expected to attend.
We are told there are still sponsorship packages available. If you're interested, contact Darren Blatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. He'll take good care of you.
Back for a third straight year, Double Play Media will host its Affiliate Summit Tip-Off Party at the Hardwood Suite, Palms Las Vegas. Held on the opening night of Affiliate Summit West, January 8 at 10PM, the event is sponsored by Infinite Traffic, Optimal Fusion, CPAWay and React2Media. We've attended each year and have had an amazing time. If you're in Vegas for Affiliate Summit, be sure to stop by.
You can RSVP here. And if you do so before December 23 you'll be entered into a drawing to win a VIP sponsorship package.
You can keep tabs on all the Affiliate Summit parties using this Google calendar.
"Mainstream movies are predictable, with the same stories told time and time again. Hardcore film buffs who attend festivals like Whistler want see something new and original. They enjoy the experimental nature of festivals - sometimes they get something good, sometimes terrible, but it's always original and unexpected."
Those are the words of Dare Executive Creative Director Rob Sweetman who is behind a new campaign for the Whistler Film Festival.
An animated spot, created with Tokyoplastic in London, starts like a lovely princess story by Disney, but quickly turns into a scene you'd expect from a movie like Scarface.
Two live action spots were shot with Jeff Low from OPC, and edited by Matthew Griffiths and Rob Doucet at Cycle Media. Each represents a different genre with authentic film techniques, and both take the viewer to unexpected places.
Unexpected, indeed. Very nice work.
You know the whole bell curve thing? That situation where most of what's in question occurs in the middle with minimal pre and post activity? That's a particularly apt analogy for the ad:tech New York party scene this year. There were a couple of parties Tuesday night. There are a couple scheduled for Thursday night. But on Wednesday night, there were...get ready...over 13 parties. That's a lot of free booze to give away.
On Tuesday night, the Unofficial AdTech User Generated Music Party gave anyone brave enough a chance to make a fool of themselves karaoke-style in front of their fellow industry mates. And the XY7Elite Affiliate After Party gave the rest of those a chance to co-mingle and munch on the amazing snacks over at Traffic Bar. It was a slow night with things pretty much wrapped up by midnight.
If you are heading to ad:tech next week, one of the things you'll want to know is where to find all the parties and which ones you should consider attending. We can help with that. Here is your guide to all the social activities occurring during ad:tech New York November 8-11. And at the end of this list, we've shared with you the parties we think will be the best. OK? Ready? Check out all the details after the jump:
The Tomorrow Awards, an "international award show dedicated to discovering, showcasing and awarding advertising creativity that pushes new technological boundaries," will close its call or entry next Friday, October 28. So if you fancy yourself another award for your case you had best get your entry in soon.
What's unique about this award show is that there are no categories/ Anything goes and only the best win. Here's a video explaining how the judging works.
Last night Boston's Mullen won the Ad Club's Best of Show for their JetBlue work. The agency won for a video series called Ground Rules, which used hidden cameras in a variety of urban settings to demonstrate the idiotic ways competing airlines treat their passengers. All of the videos show unsuspecting consumers getting increasingly frustrated, and they close with the thought "If you wouldn't take it on the ground, then don't take it in the air" hoping to convey the notion JetBlue treats passengers better.
Arnold took home a total of 84 awards, Mullen nabbed 56, Hill Holliday grabbed 40 and Allen & Gerritsen won 25. Marketer of the Year was awarded to Zildjian
- An infographic of Twitter's history.
- Check out this PSA for sexual harassment. It will make you think.
- New book offers three secrets to "going guerrilla" with marketing.
- The parents of Morgan Dana Harrington, the girl who was killed at a Metallica concert in 2009, are out with an ad campaign that hopes to find the killer and urge young women to be cautious.
- TED has opened its call for this year's Ads Worth Spreading.
- Last night, JWT's Jam With Toast won the Say Media Battle of the Bands at the Highline Ballroom. Boy do we miss More Fucking Cowbell.
- Funny. MySpace is trying to resurrect itself but, sadly, all it could muster during Advertising Week was a screen that fell during its Amp's Up party Monday night.