Does Sex Sell to Monkeys?

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It's an interesting question and one that's created much debate in the advertising industry; does the use of sexual imagery and sexual overtones really make advertising more effective? That very subject has been tackled by the Yale Department of Psychology and the findings of their study will be presented at a panel during Cannes Saturday, June 25.

To be clear, the study examined whether or not monkeys, not humans, respond to sexually-laced advertising but that isn't stopping Lawson Clark, aka @malecopywriter, from drawing his own conclusions during the panel. No doubt, it will be quite amusing

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Star-Studded Red Carpet Kicks Off Webby Awards

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Over the past 15 years, The Webby Awards has progressed to the point where it's now a star-studded event with all the glitz and glamor one would expect from such a ceremony. Though we're not quite sure it's truly earned its nickname, The Academy Awards of the Internet.

Oh yes, the stars were out in full force. Brooke Shields. Lisa Kudrow. Norah Jones. Kevin Jonas. Antoine Dodson. Adrian Grenier. Daniel Radcliffe. Anna Wintour. Marlon Wayans. Zach Galafianakis. But there's still a sense of wannabe attached to the event. OK, so that's just one opinion but, really? The Academy Awards of the Internet?

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Cannes Gets Infographic Treatment

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Created especially for Adrants by Visual Economics, this infographic takes a look at the history of Cannes from its origins in 1954 all the way up to its current incarnation in 2011. Give it a look here and check out the various facts and figures.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-11    
Topic: Industry Events



How to Watch the Webby Awards Naked

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So you don't have a ticket to go to the Webbys on Monday night? Whatever will you do? You will not fret. You will not fear. You will grab some popcorn and your laptop because that's all you'll need to view the Webbys this year.

Yup. You can catch the broadcast live on Facebook here or on YouTube here. You can even watch it on your iPhone because, well, there's an app for that.

And that's not all. You can also watch on The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, (RED), BuzzFeed, National Geographic and SportsNation.

So sit on the couch. Lay in your bed. Don't worry about getting all dressed up and fighting the crowds. In fact, if you are so inclined, you can watch the Webbys naked if that's your thing. It all starts Monday night at 8PM.

Oh yea. Lisa Kudrow is hosting.

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



Jojo Headlines 'Girls Who Rock' Concert

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Friday night at Gramercy Theater in New York, all-volunteer organization Girls Who Rock hosted a fund raising concert for She's the First, an organization which, among other things, aims to raise enough money to fund a year of education for 42 girls at Uganda's Arlington Academy of Hope.

Emceed by Touré, the host of the Fuse shows the Hiphop Shop and On the Record and longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor, the concert kicked off around 8:30PM Friday night. Featured artists included Nina Sky, Nikki Jean, Eddy, KimberlyNichole, DJ Kiss, special guest Data the Robot who, programmed by Heather Night, gave a comedic stand up routine, and headliner Jojo.

The last time we wrote about Jojo was in 2004 when, at 13, she debuted her single, Leave. We wrote Jojo, Joanna Levesque, would be the next big thing. Seems that's actually happened. Jojo was the youngest solo artist ever to have a number one single and the youngest ever to have been nominated for an MTV Music Awards Best New Artist.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-11-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events



Mother Hosts Mother of All Agency Parties

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We've seen their work. We've written about them aplenty. But we've never been to their New York offices. That changed last night during Internet Week when Mother hosted a party during Internet Week and we, as in me and a Yahoo! Scene film crew, showed up to check it out.

The place, a very industrial-looking, wide open, four story building was packed. We were quickly awash amidst advertising types including Internet Week Chairman David-Michel Davies, Barbarian Group Co-Founder Benjamin Palmer (who promised he wasn't scoping out the competition's work) and many others.

The night began with tunes spun by DJ Electic Method while party goers flocked to a centrally-located bar on the first floor which was actually the reception area converted into a bar. We ran into former AgencySpy Editor Matt Van Hoven, former Barbarian Group PR Maven Eva McCloskey and too many others to count.

Read the rest and watch the video on Yahoo! Scene or below. It's hot. Very hot. Watch it.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events



Do or Die Time For Big Ad Agencies Says Barbarian Group's Rick Webb

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Here's a video of Barbarian Group Co-Founder Rick Webb, shot at Internet Week, telling ad agencies it's time for them to realize technology is an aspect pf marketing that can no longer be ignored. He acknowledges the day of agencies relying on outside tech providers to handle their tech needs (as opposed to doing it themselves) is over. He also notes the unbundling of agencies is very much the wrong thing to do in this tech-fueled era of hyper-integration.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Trends and Culture



Soleil Moon Frye On What To Do With 1.5 Million Twitter Followers

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Here's a video of Soleil Moon Frye at Digitas' The NewFront talking about being a mom, getting into social media, how it's changed her life and what in the world to do with all those Twitter followers.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Social



Story Telling the New Way to Market

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At Digitas' The NewFront, Federated Media's John Battelle led a panel that addressed the importance of story telling, content that engages and strikes a cord and the importance of community.

GE's Beth Comstock discussed the brand's Ecomagination campaign which invited people into the brand and asked them to be creative with the brand.

Battelle highlighted the fact brands are not good at listening. They still think they can pull out the bullhorn and just tell consumers what to do.

Addressing the concern over brand's creating content and the potentially biased nature of that content, SAP's Susan Popper said brands simply need to disclose the origin of the content. Consumers will be able to discern for themselves how biased or non-biased the content is.

AMEX's Susan Sobbott said Publishing is difficult and expensive bit if you are not doing it as your primary source of revenue it can, in fact, be of benefit to a marketer.

Here's Battelle's on take on the panel...and his six hours sitting on the tarmac at JFK.

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Industry Events, Publishing, Social



'Unstaged' Delivers Ultimate Digital Concert Experience

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Digitas' The NEWFRONT 2011, showcased 'Unstaged' where brand meets content on the digital frontier to bring in-concert and at-home viewing experiences to it's greatest heights yet. Proving that the music experience is alive and well; transforming to deliver music everywhere the fans are and in ways that they want to hear it.

"Unstaged", is a series featuring breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues across the country, while tapping influential filmmakers to direct the live-streams and infusing digital & social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways. The series kick-off featured the musical genius of John Legend & the Roots teamed with the always surprising Spike Lee.

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Online, Publishing










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