Brian Solis to Head Pivot Conference, Adrants to Join Advisory


Pivot Conference, launched last year with over 700 attendees, is getting a new editorial leader: Brian Solis. Solis, who is taking over for Guidewire CEO Chris Shipley, is a well known speaker, author and an all around nice guy.

Dubbed the "TED of Marketing" by author Douglas Rushkoff, Pivot Conference is aimed at helping brand marketers and their agencies bridge the gap between themselves and the social consumer.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-17-11    
Topic: Industry Events

Grow Your Brand With Affiliate Marketing


If you work in advertising, you're familiar with the concept of building brand awareness and equity. You're also familiar with the concept of sales; direct, channel and otherwise. You may not, however, be familiar with affiliate marketing. You should be.

Affiliate Marketing is like having a sales force on steroids. Brands that create affiliate programs by offering tools and incentives which make it easy for others to sell their product which can greatly increase sales. Affiliates - those who sign up for a brand's affiliate program - are an aggressive bunch. It is their personal mission to make as much money as they can with affiliate marketing and their financial gain is a brand's financial gain.

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

Security is Hot. Ads Are Sexy. And Microsoft Has $1 Billion For You


- With GeoTrust, security never looked so hot. Or repulsive depending upon which button you click.

- The New York Daily News has put together a collection of 98 ads which feature celebrities sharing lots and lots of skin.

- Microsoft has placed it's $1 billion media business into review. May the best shark win.

- On Tuesday, January 11 at 7PM at the Museum of Modern Art, The One Show will host an event to honor the best digital work of the past decade. You can view the winners here.

- SNL funnyman Bill Hader dedicates his wry best to figuring out everything you'd ever want to know about a Volkswagen in these spots on the VW Academy channel from Deutsch LA, directed by Jake Szymanski with Caviar Los Angeles.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Industry Events, Outdoor, Racy, Strange

Competition Seeks Top Ten Ads Worth Spreading


TED Partnerships, organizers of the famed - and star-studded - conference series that focuses on big ideas, predicting the future and developing "ingenious solutions to global problems" has issued a challenge: create an ad worth spreading. Now an ad worth spreading should be nothing new to the ad community because every ad should be crafted in a way that makes it worth being seen by many. Sadly, that's not the reality in which we live.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-21-10    
Topic: Industry Events

Tracy Awards Celebrates Worst Ads of the Year


The Tracy Awards, honoring the worst this business has to offer, is out with its winners for 2010. Included on this year's list is work for Oreo, Doubletree, Heineken, State Farm, Couvoisier and much more. Here's the full list of winners:

- Best simultaneous destruction of the last shreds of dignity Shaq, Apollo Ohno, Serena Williams, and Eli Manning had left: Oreo - "Heads or Tails."
- Best use of Photoshop to sledge hammer home an already belabored point: Doubletree - "Double Tree Family."
- Best use of sentimentality to insult the collective intelligence of humanity: Foundation for a Better Life - "Sportsmanship."
- Best use of copywriting in a ... billboard!­: Sizzler - "How do you Sizzler?"
- Best casual sexism since 1963: Summer's Eve - "How to ask for a raise."
- Best sad attempt to out-Bud Light Bud Light: Heineken - "The Tube."
- Best use of heavy-handed hyperbole to erase all semblance of credibility: PCRM - "Consequences."
- Best use of forced diversity since every college ad ever: State Farm - "Dap."
- Best use of arrogance to remind us that cognac isn't just for rich people and douche bags, but also for rich douche bags: Courvoisier - "You wish."
- Best use of a logo to make it look like your brand was invented in an airport bathroom: Gravity Defying Shoes - "Sperm Logo."
- Best use of child labor to write copy: Cold-EEZE - "Facebook Packaging Tie-in."

by Steve Hall    Dec-16-10    
Topic: Industry Events

Party Invites Roll in for Affiliate Summit West


If you're heading to Las Vegas in January for Affiliate Summit, which has moved to the very posh Wynn, then you'll want to know all about where and when the best parties will be held. Luckily, that information is beginning to flow in and we're happy to share it with you.

First off, Moss Networks, which has held many successful parties at ad:tech and Affiliate Summit in the past will be producing the Ultimate Affiliate Event for sponsors Empyre Media and DankCash held January 9 at 10PM at the Blush Boutique Nightclub. As always, there will be a hosted bar, live entertainment, a DJ and maybe even a visit from the dance foursome that often frequents Moss Networks parties. If you want to attend or sponsor, head over to the website.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-10    
Topic: Industry Events

The 1980's Are Calling and They Want Your ANDY Entries


The ANDY Awards has hooked up with Victor & Spoils to create Montage Me, a campaign that allows entrants to place themselves in a 1980's-style music video choosing from one of three soundtracks. The campaign, created by Leo Burnett Energy Pool's Michael Williams, Jyn Yi and Justin Gilman, was winner among 1,000 entries to the organization's Call for Entries Challenge aimed at inspiring creatives across the globe to enter their work in the 2011 International ANDY Awards.

So check it out, creatives. You have until January 7 to get your act together, make your video and submit your work for consideration.

Hmm. Where's McCann's More Fucking Cowbell when you need them most?

by Steve Hall    Dec-10-10    
Topic: Industry Events

'Subservient Chicken' Tops One Club Digital Decade List


The One Club has announced its Digital Decade list, a collection of the best digital advertising from the last ten years. Topping the list is Crispin Porter + Bogusy and Barbarian Group's work for Burger King's Subservient Chicken. Here's the full list of winners:

- "Subservient Chicken," For Burger King. Agency: Crispin Porter & Bogusky
- "The Hire," For BMW. Agency: Fallon
- "Nike Plus," For Nike. Agency: R/GA
- "Uniqlock," For Uniqlo. Agency: Projector
- "Whopper Sacrifice," For Burger King. Agency: Crispin Porter & Bogusky
- "Chalkbot," For Nike Livestrong Foundation. Agency: Wieden & Kennedy
- "Ikea Dream Kitchens," For Ikea. Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors
- "Eco Drive," For Fiat. Agency: AKQA
- "HBO Voyeur," For HBO. Agency: BBDO
- "Dove Evolution," For Unilever/Dove. Agency: Ogilvy & Mather

The work can be viewed here.

Of the list's selections, The One Club President Kevin Swanepoel said, "The Digital Decade is an incredible look back at the work that truly changed the face of advertising. In the past 10 years we have experienced a shift in the way we consume media, and therefore, how professionals present advertising to the public. Interactive media gives creatives limitless possibilities to bring their messages to life - the Digital Decade celebrates the innovation, humor and creativity that we have had the pleasure to experience over the past decade."

All amazing work. We eagerly look forward to what the next decade has in store for us.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-10    
Topic: Industry Events

Embrace Life PSA Wins YouTube Ad of the Year


If you can't watch this ad without it bringing a tear to your eye, then something is very wrong with you. Well, maybe that's just us but it is one of the best ads ever created. We're talking about the wondrous Alexander Commercials-created ad called Embrace Life for the UK's Sussex Safer Roads during which a father is saved, in tear-jerking slow motion, by his daughter and wife who take on the role of seatbelt.

The ad just won YouTube's Ad of the Year Award, besting Old Spice's I'm on a Horse.

Copyranter points out the ad came from a relative unkown and nabbed only a Bronze at Cannes. You don't have to be famous and work for a big agency to create great work.

To date, the ad has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-19-10    
Topic: Best, Cause, Industry Events

Next Year, You Should Go to Blogworld

Bonin Bough, Stef Agresta

In mid-October, Las Vegas was host to Blogworld Expo, a 4,000 attendee conference focusing on the broad category of social media. In its fourth year, the three day conference has grown well beyond its blog-focused beginnings and has expanded to cover a wide variety of social media-related topics and beyond.

Held at Mandalay Bay, a keynote was given by Mark Burnett and sessions covered everything from content creation to distribution to monetization to business development to podcasting to mobile to affiliate marketing to design to, yes, social media.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 8-10    
Topic: Industry Events

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