Meowbook Is The New Catvertising

Cadbury sells a chocolate bar in Australia called Boost. Droga 5 in collaboration with BE VIACOM, Ignite Media Brands and Carat sold Cadbury a cat video. Sadly, it’s a mocumentary that’s been done before. According to Campaign Brief, the three-part series, cleverly titled “Meme Myself and I,” is running on MTV Australia. The video also […]

Wunderman Tries To Look Natural At Cannes

The 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity doesn’t need a commercial, but Wunderman made Cannes one, because Wunderman can. And Wunderman isn’t stopping there. This is 2012, every company is a media company, including global marketing services agencies. Ergo, a team of 30 of “citizen journalists” from AdPeople, Blast Radius, Designkitchen, Futurecom, These Days […]

Creative People Need To Think Strategically. Right?

I will absolutely not make judgments on agencies that appear on “The Pitch” based on how the show makes them look. The heavily edited, overly dramatic, trainwreck of a reality TV show has taken some decent people and make them look awful. I’ve met some of the participants on a few of the shows so […]

Interestingly, TV Reviewers Aren’t Buying “The Pitch”

I’ve said it before: The creative process at advertising agencies simply isn’t very interesting. So the heavily edited AMC show “The Pitch” doesn’t really make for compelling television. I have watched both episodes mostly because I know a bit about the agencies and the participants. TV critics and commenters seem to really dislike the show. […]

Pennsylvania Lottery Scratches Off Its New Agency

Whenever I think I’d love to run my own agency, with all the ups and downs that come with it, it’s the thought of dealing with crap like this that make me rethink that plan. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on the Pennsylvania Lottery’s decision to rescind awarding its account to Brunner in favor of re-upping […]

McKinney v. WDCW, Tonight on AMC

Fuck “Mad Men.” I want to watch “The Pitch,” and that’s precisely what I’ll be doing this evening at 8:00 PST. Each episode of this new reality show on AMC matches two agencies against one another as they pitch a client project. Tonight’s sneak peak (the show starts in earnest on April 30) pits McKinney […]

Can “The Crowd” Compete?

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Just two and a half years after crowdsourcing agency Victors & Spoils was formed from Crispin’s rib in Boulder, Colorado, the company has sold a majority stake to Havas. That’s rapid return on investment. Which begs the question what is so special about this agency and its controversial business model? John Winsor, V&S’s CEO has […]

Saturday Night Live Parodies Real Commercials. Verizon Gets That Backwards.

Every now and then, a commercial on TV stops me in my tracks, even when it’s on in the background. This one from Verizon sure did: Why? Because I saw this idea done originally on Saturday Night Live: Ironically, when I first pulled this up, there was a pre-roll spot for Sprint before this SNL […]

Only Ad Agencies Can Put Themselves Out of Business

Watching the Dollar Shave Club video take off last week, it got me wondering: How many brands out there can get by without advertising agency help? And what does it take for ad agencies to survive these days and in the future? The rise of digital, social, and mobile marketing, on top of all the […]