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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Greenpeace launches “Cats Save Tigers” campaign on International Tiger Day (video above). link -Media agency MEC has appointed José Miranda as regional director for analytics and insights in Latin America. link -Minneapolis-based agency...Show More Summary

David Duchovny Stokes Russian National Pride for Siberian Crown Beer

In one of the more absurd items you’ll see today, David Duchovny stars in an ad for Siberian Crown Beer. In the extended 2:30 online spot, Duchovny is at a rooftop party when he pontificates, “There is another country where I got my family name from. Show More Summary

Three stars for Google’s new Product Listing Ad rating system

File this one under: you mean that wasn’t there yesterday? I would have sworn that Google sponsored results always had star ratings on them but apparently not – because Google just introduced the star rating system as if it were a brand new product. Tada! Product Listing Ads will now have happy stars underneath each […]

FleishmanHillard Gives Two Thumbs to Pure TalkUSA

FleishmanHillard is primarily known for its PR and strategic advisory services, but today brings a new, traditional ad spot created by the agency for client Pure TalkUSA, a no-contract mobile service provider. The ad addresses a very...Show More Summary

McKinney Channels Golden Girls for ESPN’s SEC Network

McKinney uses the song “Thank You For Being A Friend” (a cover of which is the theme song to the classic show Golden Girls) for a new campaign promoting the launch of ESPN’s SEC network for South Eastern Conference college sports, which...Show More Summary

Colossal Murals Earn Eyeballs in Brooklyn

Yes, you can read that headline both ways: Brooklyn’s Colossal Media, or “the largest hand paint mural and out-of-home advertising company in the US”, earned a mention from our fellow trade blog AdFreak yesterday for a new campaign created...Show More Summary

Texas Supreme Court Guts Minority Shareholder Oppression Claims

By Kevin LaCroix on July 15, 2014 Originally posted in Director and Officer Liability. On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Ritchie v. Rupe, in which the Court addressed the rights and remedies of minority shareholders of Texas companies. Show More Summary

Everyone in This Ad (and Who Worked on This Ad) Was Paid in Meat

Ah, the barter system, humanity's oldest economy. And it's alive and well in the modern marketplace—at least if you're offering up slow-cooked meat as currency. Canadian restaurant chain Montana's Cookhouse & Bar has created an entire ad paid for with meat to promote its Best of BBQ Sampler. Show More Summary

Figliulo & Partners Rolls Out More ‘Framily’ for Sprint

Figliulo & Partners continues their slightly absurd “Framily” campaign for Sprint. The agency launched the odd, nature-defying campaign back in March with a series of four ads. Now they’re back with two additions to the Frobinsons’ story. Show More Summary

Agency Tries to Make an Ad That's All but Unskippable as YouTube Preroll

The numbers don't lie: When a YouTube preroll ad comes on, users are primed to click the "Skip Ad" button the very millisecond it appears on screen. Research says 94 percent of pre-roll gets skipped shortly after the first five seconds (which are unskippable). Show More Summary

Let Digital Natives Be Your Guide in Defining the Future of Work

Don’t let complacency undermine your company’s hyperconnected present and future. Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital ­appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do. Show More Summary

DDB California Brings Back ‘Snap Into a Slim Jim’

DDB California brings back Slim Jim’s classic “Snap Into a Slim Jim” tagline in their latest campaign for the brand. The new campaign targets the 18-25 crowd, most of whom are probably too young to remember the line as delivered by Randy Savage in its original incarnation. Show More Summary

9 Awesome Examples of Copywriting Headlines (That You Can Steal!)

They say that writing the headline is the hardest part of publishing. Some people have even devised specific strategies to make it easier – ranging from fill-in-the-blank templates to waiting until the last minute to whip up something good and creative. Whatever method you choose, these nine examples will make you re-think the way you […]

Unilever Reviewing All of Its Digital Agencies

In what can only be the most amazing coincidence in recent history, massive multinational consumer goods corporation Unilever followed its CMO’s “Advertising is chaos” Wall Street Journal blog post with the announcement that it willShow More Summary

EP Travis Quinn Out at BBH New York

Some news out of BBH today on the production side: we hear that Travis Quinn, Executive Art Producer and longtime staffer, is leaving the agency. Quinn has run art production at the agency for several years, managing shoots for clients like Playstation, Axe, and Cole Haan. Show More Summary

David Duchovny Daydreams of Life as a Russian in Beer Ad Exalting the Motherland

Is Special Agent Mulder looking to defect? In a decidedly unexpected career move, David Duchovny appears in this two-and-a-half minute rah-rah-Russia commercial for Siberian Crown beer. The spot's schmaltzy patriotism and odd humor combine...Show More Summary

Sink Into the Comforting Folds of the 'Skin Chair,' Which Looks and Smells Like Human Flesh

At last, you don't need to be a degenerate military dictator (or Ed Gein) to soak up the luxuries of sitting on piles of human skin. Or at least, creepy facsimiles thereof. London-based designer Gigi Barker has made a leather "Skin Chair"...Show More Summary

LinkedIn Acquires Bizo: Three Ways It Affects You

What does LinkedIn's decision to acquire Bizo mean for marketers? Read the full article at MarketingProfs

DDB Examines Downside to Self-Driving Cars for Centraal Beheer Achmea

DDB & Tribal Worldwide, Amsterdam tackle the issue of self-driving cars in their latest spot for Dutch insurance company Centraal Beheer Achmea. The spot at first appears to be a promo for the self-driving car, but while the voiceover...Show More Summary

Tuesday Morning Stir

-Schick warns of “Becoming My Dad” (BMD) syndrome in latest spot (video above). link -Brands with the most online buzz in the first half of 2014. link -Five things digital CMOs do better. link -Greenpeace launches “CatsSaveTigers” campaign. Show More Summary

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