Do Something Real, Take Home A Lion

Ad Age is preparing for Cannes by asking the Adverati what campaigns they expect to see awarded. Tom Eslinger, of Saatchi & Saatchi, likes Nokia’s Signpost campaign. “I really like Nokia’s World’s Biggest Signpost because it was simple and happened in the real world, making ripples through relevant media online and mobile — and was […]

Leo Burnett Detroit Gets Results, Wins Grand Effie

The Detroit Public Schools “I’m in” campaign captured the Grand Effie Award at the 42nd Annual North America Effie Awards in New York last night. The campaign from Leo Burnett Detroit encouraged Detroiters to proclaim their support for Detroit Public Schools by declaring “I’m In.” The results exceeded the district’s expectations, bringing in 830 students […]

Grand Clio Sans Grandeur

This spot for Boag’s Draught won best-in-show for television at the Clio Awards this week. Slate’s Seth Stevenson is not impressed. He calls the spot “a lame joke tarted up with decent CGI.” The visual effects here are impressively seamless, and I enjoyed the sly Aussie wit–most evident in the moment when a man dunks […]

Self-Promo Contest Leads Winners To Self-Congratulation Festival

Bridge Worldwide in Cincinnati has a Burning Question for you: Are you a Marketing Revolutionist? If you are, and you enter Bridge’s Burning Question contest, you could win a trip to Cannes for the 2010 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. We want to bring two people who are just as passionate about changing marketing as […]

Where Are The Extraordinary Creative Leaders When You Need Them? In Cannes And Elsewhere

Because certain creative directors like to send updates to Twitter about what award show they’re currently judging, I thought to ask a rhetorical question in the wee hours before sun up this morning. Q. how much time do “famous” creative directors spend working versus judging award shows? in a ratio please. Thankfully, one famous creative […]

Award Shows Are Wankfests

Look at the way Dave Trott writes. It looks like poetry, doesn’t it? But it is not poetry, it’s an ad guy helping other ad guys see what being an ad guy is all about. Let’s see if we can remember the original purpose of advertising. Wasn’t it something to do with selling stuff to […]


Here’s a sampling of spots that won a place in Communication Arts’ Advertising Annual this year: Agency: DDB Canada, Vancouver Agency: zig Agency: BBDO New York Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners Agency: La Communidad Agency: BBDO New York Share

CA Doesn’t Do Best of Show, But We Do

CA’s Advertising Annual has been sitting on my coffee table for more than a week. I finally opened it last night and examined its contents. I have to say, I’m not that impressed with the overall quality of the print work, and I’ve always found it difficult to experience the broadcast winners in a print […]

Haggling For Gold

Metal Potential is a Posterous blog from Rob Schwartz, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA\CHIAT\DAY Los Angeles. In case you’re wondering how Schwartz feels about ad industry awards, take a look at his site’s tagline: “Advertising awards aren’t life and death. They’re much more important than that.” Due to the wedding of “communication + craft” in […]

Iron City Sees Less ADDY Entries

I’ve noted before that in smaller ad markets, the ADDYs can be a big deal and a point of pride in the local business community. But it’s a sign of the times that there’ll be less entries across the country this year for all awards shows. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports: The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation […]