What Does an Inspired Creative Brief Look Like?

Adapted from How To Write An Inspired Creative Brief (
By Howard Ibach
Dateline: October 5, 2009

It turns out that no two briefs look exactly alike. That’s good.

It speaks well for a document that it can be so important and still be adaptable. It’s organic, not static. (And it’s not rocket science!)

The creative briefs you’ll review here are, quite simply, well-written and inspired documents. And they’re different in one way or another from each other.

But pay close attention to what they have in common. And to the vocabulary used by the writers to answer each section. These examples are from UK agencies. The UK is the birthplace of the art and science of account planning. Many believe that our British cousins are the finest creative-brief writers on the planet. I agree.

It’s my job to help correct this imbalance. Beginning with you. Let’s examine each brief for its strengths and, if we can find them, weaknesses.

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Nike EMEA opens the first Nike Sportswear pilot store in Europe, created by DAY Creative Business Partners

Amsterdam, 23 September 2009 – DAY Creative Business Partners in Amsterdam ( has designed the first Nike Sportswear pilot store in Europe. The store, opening in Paris this month, is the first of a series throughout Europe launched by Nike Sportswear, a new division of Nike.

The new Nike Sportswear collection is based on timeless sports apparel and shoes, with a brand identity which includes images of classic gyms, well-used equipment, and urban environments. DAY’s brief was to push the existing US conceptual retail style further, using the location – an old bookstore in the heart of Paris’ Le Marais district – to influence the concept.

Creative Partner, Gesina Roters, said:
“The heritage of the building itself directly influenced the concept development. The store had been left closed but intact for more than 40 years, so we were able to use traces of wear and tear - such as the floor, which had been repaired but not restored - to our advantage. The result is a store which balances heritage with a modern contemporary twist in sports performance.”

As the first of its kind in Europe, the store is a high-visibility example of DAY’s creative business solutions and interdisciplinary design expertise.
DAY was established in 2006 by Dennis de Rond (Strategy Partner), Louk de Sevaux (Managing Partner) and Gesina Roters (Creative Partner). With offices in Amsterdam, Dubai and New York, the company combines creative thinking methods with brand strategy, interdisciplinary design and advertising as a key asset in business development.

The retail and interior design concept for Nike EMEA is headed up by Creative Partner Gesina Roters and Managing Partner Louk de Sevaux, with Mette Hoekstra (design).

A cross between management consultancy, brand consultancy, advertising agency and design bureau, DAY services international companies and markets, including Nike (new retail concept and pilot shop in Paris), Bugaboo (event concepts and interior design), Orange (brand strategy and adaptation across all consumer touch-points), Ziggo (full retail business strategy and model, including store design), and the Van Gogh Museum. From Dubai, DAY is the preferred supplier in all aspects of brand and management consultancy for the DAL Group, the largest privately owned company in the Sudan.

NYF Hosts 2009 International Advertising Awards World Tour in Madrid

New York, NY – September 28, 2009: New York Festivals hosted the 2009 International Advertising Awards World Tour Ceremony on Monday, September 21st at Madrid’s Museo Del Traje. The event, showcasing the “World’s Best Advertising™”, was one of five international awards ceremonies presented by NYF, and the first awards ceremony held by NYF in Spain. Telecinco’s sports anchor Sara Carbonero hosted the awards presentation, featuring a screening of the 2009 NYF Advertising Awards Gold Winners, awards ceremony and cocktail party. The spotlight was on the winning work of advertising agencies from Spain, Portugal, and Europe. Eight Gold World Medals, eight Silver and thirteen Bronze were awarded at the gala event.

Madrid photos with Sara Carbonero

NYF GrandJury members honored Spain with one Gold World Medal, one Silver World Medal and eight Bronze Medals. Murcia’s Eduardo Del Fraile agency received a Gold World Medal in the Design competition for client Soso Salt. TBWA Espana garnered a Silver World Medal in the Outdoor competition for Spontex Dishcloth and a Bronze for Spontex Contacto Gloves; in addition, TBWA accepted two Bronze Medals for client Sony Playstation, in the TV/Cinema competition for “Blood Rain” and in the Radio competition for “Fight and Battle”. McCann Erickson Madrid garnered a Bronze Medal in the TV/Cinema competition for client Madrid Metro. Barcelona’s Atletico International received a Bronze Medal for VAESA/AUDI and zapping/M&C Saatchi of Barcelona accepted a Bronze Medal in the Print competition for Laboratorios Intervet.

M. O'Rourke with TBWA

Portuguese agencies took home one Silver World Medal and three Bronze Medals in this year’s NYF Advertising Awards. McCann Erickson Lisboa was recognized with a Silver Medal in TV/Cinema for “Animals” for Global Warming. McCann also received two Bronze Medals for the Portuguese League against AIDS campaign entitled “Will”, accepting medals in both the TV/Cinema and Radio competitions. Euro RSCG Lisboa was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Print competition for “Wake Up” for client Delta Cafes.
Advertising Agencies from Germany and the Netherlands accepted an impressive number of medals at the NYF World Tour in Madrid. Agencies included: Serviceplan, Kolle Rebbe Gmbh, Ogilvy Frankfurt, TELEMAZ Commercials GmBh Berlin, and Ogilvy Group the Netherlands.

Serviceplan of Munich/Hamburg garnered three Gold World Medals, three Silver and three Bronze medals. The agency was awarded Gold Medals for, “Expedia Weather Channel” in the TV/Cinema competition: Amnesty International “Amnesty Promotion: Woman in a Suitcase” in the Collateral competition; and for client Verlagsgruppe Luebbe GmbH “Book on Paper Handerkerchiefs” in the Collateral competition. Kolle Rebbe GmbH was honored with two medals in the Design competition for client Anthony’s Wine Garage and accepted a Gold Medal for “Oilchange” and a Silver Medal for “Powerfuel”. Three Gold Medals went to Ogilvy Frankfurt, two in the Outdoor competition and a third in the Avant-Garde for client IKEA for the campaign “Bigger Storage Ideas”. Berlin’s TELEMAZ Commercials GmBh took home a Gold Medal in the Student competition for client Orange. In addition, Ogilvy Group The Netherlands received a Gold World Medal in the Outdoor competition and Silver in the Avant-Garde competition for client MTV International.

The 2009 Grand Jury™ was comprised of 255 Senior Creative Directors from 56 countries, representing the largest and most diverse jury of any advertising competition in the world. This year’s GRANDJURY honored the “World’s Best Advertising™” from 71 countries around the world, awarding 6 Grand Trophies, 149 Gold Medals, 173 Silver Medals and 243 Bronze Medals in the following competitions: Art & Technique, Avant-Garde, Collateral, Design, Digital + Interactive, Mixed Media, Outdoor, Print, TV/Cinema, Radio, and Student.

The New York Festivals 2009 International Advertising Awards hosted World Tour events in Chicago, Manila, Shanghai and Madrid. NYF Awards presentations will take place in Mumbai and Santiago de Chile in October.

All winning entries of the NYF Advertising In All Media Award are featured in the Showcase section of our website Additional award winning work, along with interviews with creatives, can be seen on www.newyorkfestivals.TV.

Meltin' Pot Hotel XXX by Winkler+Noah

Catalogue Autumn-Winter 2009/2010
Client: Meltin' Pot
Agency: Armando Testa Turin
Exec Creative Director: Michele Mariani
Creative Director: Luca Cortesini
Art director: Daniel Cambò
Photographer: Winkler+Noah

Branding from Memory: Mad Men

I’ll admit it upfront, so diehard fans of AMC’s Mad Men are forewarned: I’m one of the few people who’s not completely infatuated with the show. But as someone who does branding for a living, I’m intrigued by how it reconstructs the ethos of an era using brands and pop cultural references.

KREATIVEKONZEPTION* and BAYER Schering Pharma create a cross-media concept that takes World Contraception Day 2009 to Web 2.0.

The launch of the new website has created a platform accessible to users worldwide and brought the motto „Talk Contraception“ to life, through worldwide events both online and offline.

The event kicked off yesterday with a live worldwide interactive Online Press Conference involving journalists from all over the world, where the online youth survey „Talking Sex and Contraception“ was premiered.

Berlin, September 24th, 2009 – At the core of the concept, as conceived of by KREATIVEKONZEPTION*, is the formation of a Web 2.0 community where young people can interactively deal with issues and questions related to love, sexuality and contraception. This direct interaction makes the message „Let’s talk about it“ a hands-on reality, and keeps it alive even after World Contraception Day 2009 on September 26th.

Rant about the the term "viral videos"

I read the terms "virals", "viral ads", "viral videos" everywhere used incorrectly.

The so called viral ads are advertisements that are created with the intention to be distributed through social media channels, such as video sharing sites, blogs, traditional news channels and any other non-payed media. These ads usually feature content that is funny, unusually helpful, amazing, surprising or controversial in nature. The main advantage of such distribution is the low or non-existent media cost. Secondarily, these ads are usually introduced to the consumer by their friends, which makes the context more personal and thus the viewer will be more perceptive to the message.

However these ads most of the time should not be called virals. Going viral means the ad has been distributed by a significantly high number of people through various channels. What constitutes a high number is a subjective matter, but clearly something that got 1000 views on YouTube did not yet go viral. Viral starts at tens of thousands of views or impressions.

Instead of the incorrect term "viral ads" for ads created for the social space, I would like to coin the phrase "social ad", which is more descriptive in my opinion and doesn't depend on how much the ad was distributed.

In the event a social ad gets shared extensively the adjective viral can be added. Proper use would be "social ad that went viral", "viral social ad" or it can be simply shortened to "viral ad".

I would suggest put the minimum number of views or impressions for social ads created for an international audience at 100,000 uniques before it can be called a viral. On a national level depending on the size of the subculture even 10,000 uniques can be enough to qualify.

Let me know what you think!

Hotlinking on AotW

Update: I removed the block until I can find a smarter way to do it. All is back to way it was before.

I am experimenting with blocking hotlinking of images from Ads of the World because of excessive bandwidth usage. I would like to get your opinion on this measure.

Hotlinking is when somebody posts an image on his site by copying the url of the image instead of copying the image itself. Therefore every time somebody looks at his site the images are served from Ads of the World servers instead of his own server. With the block in place they will see a placeholder image (see on the right), which is only 7K instead of several hundred Kilobytes.

Our bandwidth is going over 3 Terabytes a month and a big percentage of it is a result of hotlinking. We love the fact that people share our content, but sometimes our servers are strained and we get no links back in return. It's a measure I really don't want to take, but forced to.

Most blogs copy the images and upload them to their own servers and link back to AotW and this is the ethical and correct way to do.

If you have no means to upload your own images or you have a problem with this new policy because of historical reasons, please let me know and I will add your site to the list of sites who are excepted from this block.

We only want to block abusers, not our fellow advertising bloggers. So we're currently looking into other more efficient ways to do this in order to prevent abuse, but allow reasonable amount of hotlinking.

Thank you for your understanding!

When Brand Names Go Bad

There’s one indisputable truth about brand naming: your name is only as good as your company, product, or service. Consumers rarely invest in something based solely on the perceived quality of its name. They invest in a product’s or brand’s reputation. Names can influence purchase decisions, but they don’t unilaterally prevent or guarantee them.

Which leads us to the phenomenon of brand names that go bad.

In the 1950s, a top US automaker decided to elevate one of its existing brands to the level of luxury car, creating room for a new sub-luxury brand. The company did its due diligence and came up with a plan. The brand would represent a new business division. It would place the parent company in a parity position with other major US automakers.

The car launched with significant fanfare. But in just a few short years, the party was over. The company was Ford, and the brand was Edsel—a name that has become synonymous with colossal public failure. Speculation as to why the Edsel failed is endless. But one thing is fairly certain: it wasn’t because of the name alone. If that was the case, then brands like DeSoto, Chrysler, Buick, Cadillac—names that are no more or less odd-sounding than Edsel—would have failed just as quickly.

Consumer research done after the Edsel proved unpopular revealed, among other things, that the name was a problem. That’s a bit of a post-rationalization. What’s more likely is the car was a flop and took its name down with it. If the car had been a popular success, the brand name would be upheld as an example of how an unusual family name (Edsel Ford was the car’s namesake) can have breakthrough brand significance and stimulate record sales.

Jerry Kirkpatrick's In Defense of Advertising

Read the comments on In Defense of Advertising and download the pdf below.

“. . . a unique, well-crafted, and timely book defending the existence of advertising to its many and varied critics. . . . If you buy Rand, you must clearly buy Kirkpatrick’s dismantling of the critics....well worth the read for any academic, practitioner, or researcher interested in adver- tising, the philosophy of science, marketing’s background in economic exchange, or simply for its fine writing.”
—Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Spring 1995

“Congratulations on producing an interesting and passionate defense
of advertising. . . . Well done.
—Shelby D. Hunt, Jerry S. Rawls and P. W. Horn Professor of Marketing, Texas Tech University, March 1995

“The author combines his knowledge of marketing with Randian philosophy and Misesian economics to create a truly powerful and compelling case for advertising. The general reader will benefit from the author’s ability to distill the criticisms of advertising and his responses to them to their most fundamental form while the specialist in mar- keting, economics, and philosophy will gain a working knowledge of the other disciplines as they relate to advertising.”
—The Freeman, June 1995

“Kirkpatrick presents a compelling defense of advertising as an institution in this intellectually challenging book....His analysis combining reason, ethical egoism, and laissez-faire capitalism is solid. . . . an important advancement in the theory of advertising and its relationship to society.”
—Journal of Consumer Affairs, Summer 1995

“...a highly sophisticated theoretical thesis....[This defense] stimulates the reader to reflect on many social, economic, and moral issues.”
—Southern Business and Economic Journal, October 1995

“Every advertising professional is required, at some point, to come out in defense of his or her activity—even within each one’s confines of family or circle of friends—and this book In Defense of Advertising provides us with all the thoughts we need. In fact, it is well worth read- ing even for purposes other than mustering defensive arguments, for this is a book which gives us a better understanding of what we do.”
—Roberto Duailibi, President, DPZ Propaganda, São Paulo, Brazil. From the Foreword to Em Defesa da Propaganda, Portuguese translation published in Brazil in 1997

“For those who study advertising and ponder its social and economic effects, [this book] provides an intriguing and well-articulated challenge to what has become the common wisdom in these matters. . . . Kirkpat- rick charges all of us to rethink our assumptions and [he] provides the historical and philosophical ammunition to do it.”
—The Journal of Media Economics, 11(2) 1998

Thanks to TLJ Books for the pdf.

New York Festivals Proactive Approach to Scam Ads

New York, NY – September 14, 2009: In light of the recent “scam ad” scandal, New York Festivals President, Michael O’Rourke commented today that “New York Festivals has long been aware of and proactively involved in preventing so-called “scam-ads” – ads that ran without the consent of the client or were lifted from other agencies.”

According to O’Rourke, “Our first line of defense is our online judging system. We’ve found that having judges together in the same room in an isolated resort location can have a chilling effect on diligence. Its human nature: no one wants to accuse an agency or creative team, especially if the person you’re accusing is a friend or associate of someone in the room. “

New York Festivals initiated a system whereby GrandJury™ judges are allowed to “flag” a suspected scam ad simply by checking a box when viewing an entry online. Additionally, NYF judges are encouraged to write confidential comments online to support their suspicions. Upon being flagged, we will commence an investigation into the allegations.

In the past few years New York Festivals has denied entries or disqualified them based on the evidence collected from our judges. “As a truly international show-- we have entries from over 71 countries-- we applaud more recent efforts, like those of the One Show to prevent scam ads from being awarded and hope that other award shows follow suit on these aggressive and very necessary approaches towards eliminating scam,” said O’Rourke.

This year’s International Advertising Awards GRANDJURY honored the “World’s Best Advertising™” from 71 countries around the world. The 2009 jury awarded 6 Grand Trophies, 149 Gold Medals, 173 Silver Medals and 243 Bronze Medals in the following competitions: Art & Technique, Avant-Garde, Collateral, Design, Digital + Interactive, Mixed Media, Outdoor, Print, TV/Cinema, Radio and Student.

The 2009 GRANDJURY was comprised of 255 Senior Creative Directors from 56 countries, representing the largest and most diverse jury of any advertising competition in the world.

All winning entries of the NYF International Advertising Awards are featured in the Showcase section on Additional award winning work, along with interviews with award winning creatives, can be seen on NYF’s newly launched www.newyorkfestivals.TV.

Ads of the World August 2009 winners

Best Film

International Olympic Committee (IOC): All Together Now


Microsoft Office Project:


La Poste: Transformer


Best Print

Sundown Sunless Tanning Lotion: Computer


Tabaconomia : Calculates Tobacco Costs, Car

Silver The other side of America


Best Outdoor

Canadian Red Cross: We answer, 1


Elm Grove Police Department: Slower is better, 2


TV3 / Transformers: Decepticons


Best Ambient

Basheer Graphic Books: Rainbow by Pantone


Maximum Ride: Kids who can fly


Greenpeace: Global Warming Awareness, Naked Testimony


Best DM

Agrie Paint Services: Business card


Save the Children Australia: Letter


BC Adventure Survival Training: Business Card


Best Online

Honda: Everyone knows somebody who loves a Honda


Airness: Attraction Day


Burger King: The Angry Whopper Angrrrometer


Best art direction

New Zealand Land Search & Rescue: We'll get you out, 2

Best illustration

Adesf: War, 1

Answer to the WWF 9/11 ad

Truth Machine TM created this ad in response to the highly controversial WWF ad about 9/11 titled Tsunami.

The image above reads: "Hypocrisy killed 1000 times more than 9/11. It was just advertising. Don't make war about it."

Utrecht University crowdsources campaign

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.

Ads of the World July 2009 winners

Best Film

Unicef / Tap Project: Desperate


Mini: Minimalism




Best Print

Omax Lenses: View


Gursoy Resim Kursu: Learn to draw in a flash


Getty Images: Brands


Best Outdoor

Misereor. Ihr Hilfswerk: The Donations Poster


Pringles: Once you pop


Fisch Franke: Fish


Best Ambient

Ikea: Staircase


Unicef / Tap Project: Dirty water


Bounty: Big skills


Best DM

Terminix: Roach


Club Med: Relax


Bukaaa: Greetings from Zagreb


Best Online

MoMa: GeoArt


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: The day I found out


Boondoggle: 5 gold lions


Best art direction

Corporate Chhattisgarh: Martyr

Best illustration

funslippers: Bunnies

Best copy-based

Volkswagen: Powerful

Futurist TWA Flight Center reborn in Happy Finish CGI

TWA terminal exterior

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.

2010 AME Awards for Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness Announces Call For Entries

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.

PETA's UnHappy Meal

unhappy mealWant 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.

London fog announces international supermodel, Gisele Bündchen to appear in its upcoming fall marketing campaign

(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.

American Airlines, AADP Launch Advertising Award for Positive Portrayals of People with Disabilities

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.”

What a Shortened Name Says About a Brand

Two name changes—or more correctly, modifications—have received attention in the media and branding worlds recently. Pizza Hut has announced that its boxes and select locations will carry the name “The Hut,” and RadioShack plans to unveil new creative for “The Shack,” its shorter, catchier moniker.

These name shortenings are proof of what professional namers already know: names acquire meaning, they don’t create meaning. Once meaning is established, the brand name can be reduced to a shorthand version of itself, signaling its secure place in the realm of consumer awareness.

In the case of Pizza Hut and RadioShack, there’s also a more tactical motivation. As brands move away from their legacy offerings and expand product assortments, they outgrow their descriptive names. Today, Pizza Hut sells more than pizza, and RadioShack has more than radios on its shelves. The two brands are larger than their original products; their names stand for tangible and intangible experiences.

What is the selection criteria on AotW?

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:

  1. Inspiring. Ads that either in their approach, idea or execution inspires you to do better work.
  2. Informative. Ads that are created for global and well known brands. This is in order for creatives to be in the know.
  3. 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 Festivals Hosts International Advertising Awards World Tour in Shanghai

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

Mad Media Produces Ken Block’s Explosive Gymkhana TWO Project

Ken Block’s Gymkhana

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.

Google's new location extensions is good news for ad pros

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.

Guest blog post by Court Cunningham, Yodle CEO

Snickers campaign goes Absolut

One measure of success for advertising is when people start creating their own iterations of a campaign. Remember the millions of Absolut ads or the funny mockup ads made for MasterCard's priceless.

It looks like Snickers' award winning campaign with made up words going viral too. Check out the irreverent and ads below from Craig Baldo.

It Will Always Be the Sears Tower

How place names represent brands

Anyone who names things for a living will tell you a name is simultaneously the most important and least important signifier of a brand. It’s the most important because it’s the most succinct verbal expression of everything the brand stands for. It’s the least important because that “everything” is what gives the name value. The name alone—or out of its brand context—doesn’t mean anything aside from its dictionary definition, assuming there is one.

Now think of all the places you’ve been—especially those places that conjure up fond memories or positive associations. The place names stand for something much larger than their geographic locations. Even places you’ve never been can have very specific associations. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr at the top of the Empire State Building. Dr. King and the March on Washington. Paris, France. Wasilla, Alaska. Each place name has its own narrative, real or fictional, that gives it significance beyond the everyday. The name represents the story that is the brand experience.

Shoot the account guy

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.

They killed your campaign. Now you kill them!

Running on two servers

We upgraded the machines under AotW over the weekend. We now have two superfast dedicated computers serving us.

You should feel significant increase in speeds when browsing AotW. Average page generation is now only about 0.5 seconds.

This extra CPU power allows for further developments of the site. Please contact me if you want to see something new to be implemented on AotW.

Update: I forgot that media like movies is served from a 3rd server, so in total 3 servers are running AotW.

Update 2: There is a problem with our video server, so videos load very slow. Fixing it right now. Sorry!

Update 3: All issues fixed now.

Ads of the World June 2009 winners

Best Film

Vereniging Verkeersslachtoffers (Dutch Road Savety): Family


Audi of America: Diesel


The Economist: Red wires


Best Print

Pedestrian Council of Australia: Family, 1


Pat the Baker: Beckett


The JFK Presidential Library and Museum: Moon landing, 6


Best Outdoor

Bayer: Woman


Misereor. Ihr Hilfswerk: The Donations Poster


Bwin / Real Madrid-Barcelona Derby: Go to la porra


Best Ambient

Ikea: Staircase


Axe: Running


The Horse and Hound Boutique: Meatballs


Best DM

The Economist: Door hanger


PIA! (Peace in Action): Chad T-shirt


Step: Step on Step


Best Online

Specialised Council of Pay TV Thematic: The village where nothing ever happens


Jewish Council for Education & Research: The Great Schlep


OVK (Parents of Child Road Victims): Let it ring


Best illustration

Jüdischer Salon am Grindel e.V.: Messiah

Best post-production

RWE: Energy giant

Best use of media Lego brick boxes

When a brand name becomes generic (and how you can prevent it)

Does anyone have a band-aid?

Where's the nearest laundromat?

Colloquial speech is a powerful force, especially when it comes to brand names. In both cases above, a registered trademark is being invoked, but most consumers aren't aware of it. "Band-Aid" is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson, and "Laundromat" was a trademarked name created by the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in the 1930s.

So what's going on?

Brazilian agency is Cannes Agency of the Year

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.

What's wrong with advertising award shows?

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.

Introducing Carlsberg’s Best Mate

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.”

Commentary on Wrangler "We are animals campaign"

"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!

Ads of the World is ranked No.2 on blogrank

Ads of the World has been assigned the #2 position in the Advertising blogs Ultimate rank by blogrank. I'm really happy about this and will work on becoming number one. Thank you for your support and ideas on making this site what it is.

Also, let me congratulate to all the blogs taking top scores! Good job!

New York Festivals Advertising Awards to Joe Sedelmaier and Neil French

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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.”

Ads of the World May 2009 winners

Best Film

Adobe CS4: Le Sens Propre


GP Group: Chambermaid


Benadryl: War


Best Print

Terra Travel: Routine sucks, Field


VIP Magazine: Doors, 3


Folgers: Shoes


Best Outdoor

Axe: Calendar


Aids Afria Solidarity Fund: Clocks


Sonntags Zeitung: US Election Campaign, Hillary


Best Ambient

Tibits vegetarian restaurant: Fork


Vaude Outdoor Equipment: Extreme conditions


Amnesty International: Accomplice to a crime


Best DM

Iams: Frisbee


Andrea Romani: Rubber stamp


Clearasil: Squeeze


Best Online

Cadbury Canada: Bike factory


Mercedes-Benz: E-Class Coupé

Silver Website on YouTube


Best illustration - Dog training school: Barbecue

Best post-production

Dulcolax: Rats

Best copy-based

Timberland: Bank

Crispin Porter + Bogusky Officially Opens in Europe, Acquires Digital Agency, Daddy

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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