'Advertising Can Be Bad. Come Do Some Good.'


Productivity isn't always about the next "Got Milk?". To get creatives elbow-deep in their local community soup kitchens, Cossette/New York produced the a clever little intro for Agencies in Action's website.

It tackles the upcoming Cannes Lions debauchery head-on, kind of uglifies the whole thing, and wraps up with the tagline in that leads this article.

Go do good, guys, in addition to all the other good things you do anyway.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-19-09    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Industry Events, Online

My Favorite Part of Killed Ideas Is...


Hmm. This is a tough one. Is it the book itself? Is it the work within? Is it the fact I helped create it? Is it the fact there's a lot of great work out there that never gets appreciated and Killed Ideas provides that?

Hmm... Tough choices. I'm going to go with... No wait. OK. Yea. I got it. It's the...oops, thought I had it there for a minute.

This is way too difficult. The solution? The entire book! Yes, the entire book is awesome. The entire book is my favorite part of the entire book.

Want a book for yourself? Go to Killed Ideas. There's a daily drawing to win one.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-09    
Topic: Industry Events

Adrants Finally Penetrates Cannes!


This year marks our virgin foray into Cannes Lions territory: the biggest, swankiest and snottiest ad festival in all the land. (Dire economic reports suggest the event will be a little sparse this year, but we're stalwart in our optimism.)

We'll be there from the 20th-27th, writing ribald posts, interviewing people and probably taking really bad pictures. So if you want to hang out, get trashed and talk crap about ugly ads or their creators, by all means follow us on Twitter.

You can also check out the full Cannes Lions schedule or register here, late bloomer.

In the event that you can't make it or are too old to try crashing for free, there's always Wrath of Cannes on Coney Island. We may be stoked about the real Cannes, but in our hearts, few things beat a recycled statue with a head up its ass.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-15-09    
Topic: Industry Events

Killed Ideas Come to Life in Book Form


Today and tomorrow, Killed Ideas Volume I will arrive in the hot little hands of some of the industry's creative elite. Last week, it arrived in my hands so I guess I'm special. Actually, it has nothing to do with how special I am. Rather, it has everything to do with the fact I curated the book so of course I get to see it first!

What is Killed Ideas? Killed Ideas is a project put together by Ammo Marketing for online book publisher Blurb. Fifty ideas that were never approved/never appeared were selected to appear in the book Killed Ideas Volume I, a compendium of some great, though unseen, creative work.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-15-09    
Topic: Industry Events

They May Not Smile; But Ask Nicely, and You'll Get a Pirhouette


Heh. This is clever. For the New Directors Showcase at Cannes, Saatchi & Saatchi released a video in which some ordinary guy barks marching orders at the Buckingham Palace Guard -- and, amazingly, they obey, even when he asks them to do little leaps, jump on each other's backs, dance to reggae and "RIDE 'IM LIKE SEABISCUIT!"

At this point the stunned crowd gets the sense that this is a stunt, and there is much cheering and carrying-on.

Let's hope this wasn't an intern's stolen idea. In any event, if the New Director's Showcase is something you dig, hurry up and enter here.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-09    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Industry Events, Promotions, Video

Fifty Winning Killed Ideas Unveiled Next Week


The time is near. In fact, the day is next Tuesday. The winning fifty Killed Ideas will be unveiled and a People's Choice Vote will be launched. You will be able to choose which of the fifty Killed Ideas are your favorite so make sure you visit the site on Tuesday.

The coveted Killed Ideas Volume I will also be released Tuesday. Getting your hands on one won't be so easy though. The books are being sent to some creative gurus in the industry, worthy members of the press and special friends who have mailed in their bribes. OK, so the last part isn't true but Adrants will have a few that will be offered up as part of a yet to be determined contest.

Are you one of the fifty? Make sure you're here Tuesday to find out.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-09    
Topic: Industry Events

Boston Ad Club to Celebrate History with Reunion Event


On June 22, the Boston Ad Club will host The Ad Club Reunion, an event which hopes to bring together everyone who's had anything to do with the Boston ad scene over the last few decades. Originally the vent was to be held at the TD Banknorth Garden but then there was a small uprising over the ticket price which was, in response to the outcry, slashed to $80. The event was also moved to Cyclorama, a venue that will cost the organization less money.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-09    
Topic: Industry Events

Rooftop + Tweetup = Roofup


Last night in Boston several hundred people arrived at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill for one of the biggest tweetups the city has seen. Organized by Northeastern University student Sarah Merion and sponsored by Johnny Cupcakes, Kickass Cupcakes, Annie Mulz and RUNmyERRAND, the event was held on the rooftop of the Rattlesnake.


In attendance were @stevegarfield, @patrick, @schneidermike @urwingman @robertcollins @michaelpsweeney, @pamelump, @repcor, @gradontripp, @mathurrell, @swirlingmedia, @bostonist, @Meg_Goullet, @michaelpsweeney, @urwingman and many, many others.


As Tweetups go, it was a good one...and an interesting one. While there were many familiar faces there, there were more unfamiliar ones. As Twitter expands beyond the inner circle of early adopters, Tweetups will no longer represent the tech elite, the Twitterati or whatever label you want to apply to those who just love to get there first. Nope. Now it's all about the regular people. And you know what? That's a very good thing. After all, how long can we all talk to ourselves over and over again saying the same things over and over again at the same places over and over again?

And while it's always fun to see your friends, it's never a bad thing to step outside your clicke every once in a while.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 5-09    
Topic: Industry Events, Social

Whopper Freakout Wins BK, CP+B a Grand Effie


Last night at the Effies, Crispin Porter + Bogusky was recognized for "Whopper Freakout," the incendiary stunt work it did for Burger King in '07.

"Burger King won the Grand Effie convincingly due to their boldness and creativity across multiple media platforms, delivering real cultural relevance and above all, outstanding business results," gushed Chairman Carl Johnson of the Effie Worldwide Board of Directors/Co-Founder, Anomaly.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 4-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events

Industry Group Launches Mentor Program to Educate 'Next Generation'


The Internet Oldtimers Foundation has established the Andy Bourland Internet Oldtimers Mentorship Program, in memory of Mr. Bourland's dedication and legacy as Co-founder and former CEO of Clickz.

Andy, who I knew personally and worked with when I was involved with MarketingVOX, opened the doors for many to be able togiving them the opportunity to succeed in the interactive marketing industry as responsible, accountable, and successful business people.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 3-09    
Topic: Industry Events

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