In collaboration with CreatAd, Utrecht University initiates today (31 August) a viral competition for the development of its new national and international marketing campaign. CreatAd is a platform specialising in creating user-generated advertising campaigns. Utrecht University hopes the partnership will result in virals that demonstrate in a single glance that it is the best university for talented and ambitious students. The winning entries will be used in the university marketing campaign.
High-end London retouch and CGI collective Happy Finish has recreated the TWA Flight Center in News York in CGI so it can be used as a unique, freely accessible and photorealistic shoot location. The collaboration with award winning photographer Benedict Redgrove saw Saarinen’s futurist thin-shell structure digitally rebuilt as a photorealistic environment in all the glory of its 1960s heyday.
New York, NY – August 17, 2009 The AME Awards for Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness announced the Call For Entries for the 2010 competition. Now in its 16th year, the AME Awards honor work that successfully demonstrates groundbreaking solutions to challenging marketing problems. This year’s AME competition will offer a redefined category lineup to feature the new array of tools in use by advertisers and marketers. In addition, the 2010 competition will introduce regional competitions to allow the preliminary competitions to take place within specific regions.
The 2010 AME competition has strategically redefined entry categories to reflect the current trends in the evolving advertising and marketing industry. Categories of note are: Marketing Specialties, such as integrated and interactive; Social Media/Online; Use of Medium: Mobile; and The Green AME.
Want to reward your kid for a job well done? Take him to McDonald's and get him a happy meal. Every kid's favorite without exception. Except your kid may end up with PETA's UnHappy meal that is distributed outside dozens of restaurants in the USA. Here is what PETA has to say about the campaign:
McDonald's markets its food to children by packaging it in brightly colored boxes with enclosed toys, but most kids would probably lose their lunch if they knew about the animal suffering that goes into the company's "Happy Meals." That's why PETA created Unhappy Meals to make sure that families know that the lives of the chickens who were killed for those McNuggets were anything but happy.
(New York) July 29, 2009 Iconix Brand Group (NASDAQ: ICON) (the “Company”) announced today that international supermodel, Gisele Bündchen will appear in its London Fog® brand’s fall marketing campaign. The multi-media marketing campaign will debut in October issues of fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines, outdoor billboards and online.
New award recognizes authentic depictions of people with disabilities in television advertising
FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) are pleased to announce the creation of the “Altitude Award” honoring the best U.S. television commercials featuring authentic depictions of people with disabilities.
“One of the highest priorities at American Airlines is our continuous endeavor to promote workplace diversity and inclusion and equal employment opportunities for all individuals,” said Dan Garton, Executive Vice President – Marketing. “We are looking forward to reviewing all of the entries and know that our judging panel – and the public – will have many worthy commercials to consider.”
Many people asked this question in email, so I thought it's informative to put on the blog.
Ads of the World is a website targeted at advertising professionals. Therefore the criteria for selection in general is to please you. To serve you I try to select ads that answer one of the following criteria:
Inspiring. Ads that either in their approach, idea or execution inspires you to do better work.
Informative. Ads that are created for global and well known brands. This is in order for creatives to be in the know.
Interesting. Ads that are interesting in one way or another. For example a campaign from an obscure country or a very unusual product.
The ads are selected by one person (me) who consults several friends and colleagues both within and outside of the industry when in doubt.
There is an element of subjectivity in the selection because unfortunately there is no clear way to select the good from the bad. It can't be measured with a scale or a tape. The selection will never be to 100% liking to everybody. But over the years I've learned what the audience likes and I try to be as close to everybody's taste as possible.
One thing is sure. A campaign that is recognized as such by everybody will always gets published.
If a campaign is rejected from publication on the front page it is not a reflection on the quality of work. It means it doesn't answer any of the 3 criteria above. At the same time it can be a campaign that produces results for the client, so it would still qualify as good advertising.
Ads of the World is completely independent, so the decision to publish material is not influenced by any network.
New York, NY – July 28, 2009: New York Festivals 2009 World Tour of the NYF International Advertising Awards hosted their first ever awards presentation in Shanghai China on Saturday July 25th. The spectacular day long series of events, held at Jiading SINO ADI Creative Zone culminated with a gala award presentation and screening of the 2009 New York Festivals Gold Winners in TV and Film. Legendary ad man Neil French was presented the 2009 New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award. CumminsNitro, Brisbane received the newly minted Boutique Agency of the Year Award, along with a Grand Trophy; Revolver Films, Sydney took home the just launched Production company of the Year Award; and Big Ant International, New York was bestowed the celebrated Grand Trophy.
NYF President Michael O'Rouke with Lifetime Acheivement Award recipient Neil French
On the heels of producing one of the most successful automotive viral films in history, (over 20 million downloads to date), Mad Media has completed work on a new Gymkhana project dubbed “Ken Block’s Gymkhana TWO: The Infomercial”. The project was designed to promote Ken Block’s new DC Shoes TeamWorks Clothing Collection. Block’s design inspirations for his collection all stem from his Gymkhana TWO car, and each feature his rally sponsors’ colorways and graphics.
With Google's new “location extensions” addition to its AdWords platform announced last week, small businesses will soon have the ability to extend their AdWords campaign by attaching their business addresses to their ads. So what does this actually mean for local businesses advertising online?
This feature is the latest extension of Google’s Local Business Center, which launched in 2005 and has not really gotten significant traction. Google is clearly making a big effort to add value for its small business owner customers through LBC, and to that end I think the location extension feature it is a good small step.
For advertising professionals, this is very good news. Including location in ad formats works well for many local businesses, and this puts yet another key tool at their disposal. Using this functionality is important as Google Maps is the fastest growing part of Google and increasingly where a large share of local search is happening. While this change is good for ad pros, the big question from my perspective is, ‘Do local business owners really want to service their own ad accounts?’ All of this infrastructure assumes the small business owner has the time and the inclination to manage all of this on his/her own. Given that 40% of small and medium size businesses do not even have a website, I do not see this as being useful to the majority of small businesses for some time.
Have you experienced the frustration of account executives and clients not being able to understand the value of your creative campaign. Do they make your professional life miserable. Here is a way to release some pressure.
To receive the Agency of the Year Lion, DDB Brazil's president and CEO Sergio Valente went up the Palais des Festivals stage with all his team members that are in Cannes, France for the 56th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
And with a quick "Yes, we can", he celebrated the Agency of the Year 2009 title.
This was the fourth time that the agency -founded in 1989 by Nizan Guanaes and Guga Valente - won a worldwide title in Cannes.
The first two titles were in 1998 and 1999, when it was still headed by Mr. Guanaes, who is now chairman of Brazilian Communications group ABC (20th largest Marketing Communications group in the world). ABC has a minority share of the winning agency, along with other Advertising, Marketing services, Content and Entertainment companies.
Before I start my rant, let me say that I love award shows. They generate the best ideas in the industry and they take advertising forward. Award shows also bring attention to the best talent and a great occasion to celebrate ourselves.
However, there are several things wrong with them and they should change to make them promote creative values even stronger. When I'm talking about reforms, I refer to reforms to our own AotW Awards as well.
Here are the four things I consider needs change:
1. Effectiveness isn't considered
Effie award winning creative work.
Most award show jury members do not take effectiveness into consideration. While creativity is something very subjective and hard to measure precisely, there is one aspect of an advertising campaign that is possible to measure objectively. Effectiveness can be measured by return on investment. Let's put on the table how much profit did you make for spending each advertising dollar. Did the campaign raise brand awareness or perceived value measurably? Such numbers have been measured by all large brands for years. Why aren't they influencing the award show results at all?
One might argue that award shows are about creativity and not business. However we should not forget that the process of advertising is only complete with it's audience. It's mass art that supposed to be understood by the target. If only the only people who get it are insiders and the jury it failed to do its job and it can't be categorized as good advertising. It still can be great conceptual art, but then we should call the award shows art competitions, not advertising competitions.
My suggestion is that ROI is taken into consideration when judging creative and if an ad is counter productive or generates negative ROI it should never be awarded regardless how "creative" it is.
The company known for having “Probably the Best Beer in the World,” has announced the winner for the “Probably the Best Mate in the World” competition. Carlsberg Canada yesterday announced that Wesley Watt will be taking his entourage on a VIP weekend to Las Vegas. “This is absolutely amazing!” said Wesley. “It was some serious competition. I’m still in shock that I won and I can’t wait to party in Vegas!” When asked who he was taking on the trip, Wesley said “Not sure yet…maybe I’ll hold my own Best Mate competition!”
Becky Kwiatkowski, Brands Marketing Manager for Carlsberg Canada Inc. said “This has been a complete success and has greatly surpassed our expectations of how far the competitors would take this challenge. It has achieved our goal in compelling and engaging consumers while still enhancing awareness of Carlsberg as a premium import brand. GJP understood what we needed to do and they made it happen.”
"We're People — Wanker" reads the campaign, which was created a day after the highly controversial Wrangler "We are animals" campaign won the most prestigious Cannes Lions Press Grand Prix award. Clearly people are divided about the Wrangler campaign and either feel offended by it's message or the lack of. I personally like the campaign, I think it works. And, I like the humor of the spoof as well. Good work!
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Also, let me congratulate to all the blogs taking top scores! Good job!
New York, NY – June 18, 2009: The 2009 New York Festivals Advertising Awards, honoring “The World’s Best Advertising” will present iconic commercial director Joe Sedelmaier and legendary advertising creative Neil French with NYF Lifetime Achievement Awards. The NYF Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored in separate ceremonies during the inaugural New York Festivals International Advertising World Tour.
Joe Sedelmaier, the brilliant award winning commercial director known for his quirky humor and off beat casting for client’s such as FedEx, Wendy’s and Alaska Air, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago launch of the seven city 2009 World Tour. Sedelmaier’s hysterical, instantly recognizable commercials include Fed Ex’s “Fast Talking Man” and Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef.” His quintessential comedic point of view hit a nerve with audiences while lambasting the workaholic corporate culture of the 70s and 80s. The comic genius has garnered countless international awards, was inducted into the New York Art Directors Hall of Fame, and most recently was an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival for his film “OpenMinds.”
Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B) (see work here), an MDC Partners firm, announced today that they are expanding their European base of operations with the acquisition of renowned Swedish digital agency, Daddy. Currently CP+B has service offices in London, Spain and Germany but will now count Gothenburg, Sweden as its first creative hub and factory within Europe. This is a true launch of CP+B Europe with Gothenburg as the center of European operations. The move strengthens CP+B’s global presence and allows them to better serve their current global clients, Burger King and Microsoft, as well as pursue new business with global demands.
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Whether because of economic circumstances or technological developments, agencies are changing. As we steer into a different genre of advertising, both structures and roles must evolve, says Intermarkets' Siddhartha Banerjee.
It’s a lazy Friday afternoon and, for once, the sun isn't playing its usual game of hide and seek. Instead, it's raining outside - which is very unusual for this time of year. But since the entire world seems to be taking unexpected turns lately, we can't blame Mother Nature for joining in.
Take advertising, for example. All agencies are suddenly suffering. Clients are using the recession to try to reduce fees, and many agencies have made multiple redundancies. Others have enforced pay-cuts and frozen recruitment; essentially everyone is battening down the hatches, pitching like crazy and working hard to maintain their existing clients. And in this turmoil, we will slowly but surely abolish the agency pyramid structure.
With a challenging economy, many marketers are cutting budgets and don’t have the ability to tap into seasoned marketing talent. Addis Creson has put together a top ten list of tips that marketers should consider when creating an ad.
Great ads have one thing in common. They sell things. Things like products, services, ideas or lifestyles. If they don’t do this directly, they are memorable enough to influence a consumer at the time he or she makes a purchase.
Bad ads are brand poison. If you go public with a half-baked concept, a forgettable headline, or a me-too message, chances are the ad will have the opposite effect you intended. It will drive consumers away. Even worse, it will drive them to the competition.
Below are 10 principles to keep in mind when creating an ad. Read them before, during, and after you have created your ad. Make them your checklist. And remember, every ad represents not just a product or feature or price, but what your brand promises.
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Here is a letter I received from Fabio Fernandes / President and CD or F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi:
In 2009, F/Nazca will not submit its pieces to any festival that charges registration fees.
Our decision is in line with a broader objective for the agency in 2009—to focus on the qualification of our professionals, their well-being, agency growth, expansion of our facilities and double our attention on everything that is really the core of our business.
F/Nazca has absolutely nothing against advertising awards and does not agree with those that find them irrelevant or harmful to the business. To the contrary, the agency owes much of its reputation to the visibility reached through these local and international contests, which have, consistently and frequently, recognized F/Nazca’s creative quality.
Therefore, our decision merely reflects our feeling that 2009 should be a year to channel our resources to that which will more rapidly turn F/Nazca into an even bigger agency, even more professional, even more human and, because of that, even more wanted by advertisers and talented professionals in our market.
Next year, we will resume participation in festivals with all our strength, as we have always done. Because we are very intense in everything we do.
Fabio Fernandes – President / Creative Director
Communication Department F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Cacaia/Adriana + 55 11 3059 4907/ 4902
What can I say? During these times of economic recession and wide-spread lay-offs this is a very good strategy.
Free is good! AotW is free. And if you get to the front page of AotW you can get an award for free as well!
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