Digital Agency Model Struck By Lightning

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PORTLAND—Agencies with digital capabilities are a dime a dozen today. On the other hand, an agency with digital DNA that also creates compelling retail experiences, new products/companies and traditional advertising, is rare indeed. Ergo, I feel like I may be in the presence of an albino gorilla here at Struck’s Old Town offices. John Gross, […]

“Dumb Ways To Die” Lives On As Best Of Show At The One Show

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Lord knows I’ve had things to say about awards shows and their questionable judging, but this time I truly believe The One Show got it right. Congratulations to McCann in Melbourne for their effort on behalf of safety on Metro Trains called Dumb Ways To Die. It was awarded Best Of Show at The One […]

Bob Hoffman Is Back For More!

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Last week over beers in downtown Portland, I asked Sharon Krinsky if Bob Hoffman has a type A personality. She said yes. I’ll have to take her word for it, given that the two worked together for 20 years at Hoffman/Lewis in San Francisco. There is also the evidence to consider. Starting and running a […]

Campbell Ewald Lets Falcon Meme Fly

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“The falcon cannot hear the falconer.” Regardless, Campbell Ewald of Warren, Michigan can see two adult peregrine falcons on its roof, and thanks to a live webcam installed by a raptor curious staffer, so can you. The falcons are about to give birth to baby falcons. In an effort to capture this birthing event in […]

Wal-Mart In A Battle To Redefine Its Brand

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Wal-Mart want to clear some things up. Hence, the launch of a new PR-driven site, TheRealWalmart.com and new TV spots that began airing on Saturday during the Kentucky Derby. According to The Wall Street Journal, the campaign is the company’s first purely image-based ad push in several years. WSJ also reports that Wal-Mart’s “energized differentiation,” […]

Instagram Gets All Facebookey, Introduces Who’s Who Photo Tagging

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You know how you can tag your friends in a photo you upload to Facebook? Now Facebook-owned Instagram is introducing the tagging feature. Mike Isaac of All Things D believes the move could be a boon for brands. Photos of You essentially gives a brand the ability to crowdsource photos of its products — likely […]

Micro Spots Are Growing On Vine

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What has Twitter unleashed with its new video platform, Vine? For one, instructional video now comes in six-second bites, care of Lowe’s, BBDO New York and director/photgrapher Meagan Cignoli. Here’s another tutorial from Lowe’s, also in six second frames meant to be digested on Twitter. And here’s a non-branded Vine from Ms. Cignoli, an artist […]

Have You Stoked Your Frictionless Data Feeds Today?

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Just when we wrap our collective heads around the concept of real-time marketing, along comes on-demand marketing to steal some of real-time’s thunder. According to Peter Dahlström and David Edelman of McKinsey, “the coming era of ‘on-demand’ marketing” will revolve around four key areas: Now: Consumers will want to interact anywhere at any time. Can […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

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When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Create Compelling Mobile Experiences, Or Facebook Falls Apart

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Remember when the call was put out to accelerate our processes and get up to Internet speed? I think we’ve done it, because today a huge company can emerge from a dorm room to become a major Silicon Valley-based player in just a handful of years. Said company–Facebook–can then go public (after which its officers […]