Does It Work? Focuses on Digital Marketing Effectiveness and Much More

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When I first saw “Dumb Ways to Die,” I loved it. Thought it was brilliant. Later when I heard the campaign only reduced pedestrian collisions with trains by 33% or so, I concluded it didn’t quite work as well as those of us in the ad industry were led to believe. It turns out Shane […]

“How To Tie Your Boat Shoes” c/o Sperry Topsider

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“Everybody will start to cheer when you put on your sailing shoes.” –Robert Palmer Sperry Topsider is the favorite summertime footwear of WASPy sailors from Nantucket to Coronado. It’s great to have a built-in audience—and with 80 years in business, Sperry has one—but how does the boat shoe expand its footprint beyond the boarding school […]

It Takes 3 Musketeers To Properly Skip Hop

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DDB Chicago wants to sell you a candy bar made from the perfect amount of chocolate, fluffy and Musketeer. Skip Hop? Hey candy does weird things to a body. The “Why 3?” campaign is the first new campaign for the brand in more than 10 years. 3 Musketeers Bar originally was named for the three […]

Tame Your Lion And Pencil Worshipers, Effectiveness Is The New Black

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Business results. ROI. Clients love it; ergo, agencies must provide it to remain essential. Enter the Warc 100, an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The rankings are compiled based on the winners of 87 effectiveness and strategy awards from around the […]

He Wants An Alpaca Farm, But You’re Not Losing Any Sleep

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Have you ever been tasked with selling mattresses? It’s the stuff of newspaper circulars and badvertising on late night TV. Which makes me like this Serta brand campaign from Doner even more. An agency with retail chops can butter its bread with work like this. It’s humorous, offbeat and memorable. The challenge here is to […]

Wieden + Kennedy Rolls Out the Stars & Stripes. Again.

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Conventional wisdom says agencies are not supposed to have a style, or a consistent “look and feel” across its body of work for a variety of clients. Wieden + Kennedy isn’t big on conventional wisdom. Thus it’s no surprise that the agency’s new Turbo Tax Super Bowl spot shares a lot in common with a […]

Holy Tongue Cleaners, Orabrush Team Spins Off

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Brands need YouTube content and advertising, but where do they turn to procure this modern form of communications currency? Ad agencies are changing, but few have crossed the bridge from making TV for a passive audience to making video for an active, empowered audience. One way to find a video provider is to discover who […]

In Little Rock, It’s A Family Affair

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Thanks to this article in Arkansas Business, I came across news that the Cranford brothers of Little Rock, Arkansas have banded together to form a new agency called Cranford Co. If you’re not up on Arkansas advertising industry history, let it be known that Jay, Ross and Chris Cranford are sons of Wayne Cranford, who […]