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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Coca-Cola shares “The Happiest Thank You” (video above).

-Executive Producer Emily Fincher has joined production company Foodchain.

-The Marketing Store appointed Rob Morgan as senior vice president, Global Consumer Data Analytics Practice.

-Independent creative studio Portal A announced the addition of Evan Bregman as head of original content.

-San Francisco-based integrated brand experience agency Cibo announced the hiring of Keith Miller as vice president of client development.

-SimulMedia announced today the addition of Ari Osur in the newly created position of vice president, product marketing.

-PayPal takes on Apple Pay. link

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VEEV Wants You to ‘Cheat on Your Vodka’

Zambezi has a new campaign for VEEV, “the world’s first Acai berry spirit,” asking you to “Cheat on your vodka.” As you may recall, this comes on the heels of Nail’s “Cheat on Greek” campaign for Stonyfiueld Organic, so it would appear that figurative adultery with food and beverages is popular at the moment.

For “Cheat on your vodka,” Zambezi imagines vodka as a grotesque older woman who has apparently been peeling potatoes (you know, because vodka is made from potatoes), questioning a man who she believes is cheating on her. She asks if she’s “too boring” and if she doesn’t “mix as well,” claiming she can smell betrayal on him. He’s pretty quick to relent, admitting his betrayal of vodka for VEEV without much pressure. The ad will run in 60 and 30 second formats online as both pre-roll and in-ad placements. It marks the first marketing campaign for VEEV since its 2007 inception. Read more

ECD Gaboriau No Longer with CP+B Los Angeles

Jason GThis afternoon we learned that VP/ECD Jason Gaboriau is no longer with Crispin’s Los Angeles office.

He joined CP+B in 2011 when the agency hired him, along with co-ECD and in-house vet Tiffany Rolfe, to re-establish its L.A. location.

Gaboriau, who helped found New York’s Amalgamated, made the move to L.A. after former DDB CCO Eric Silver took majority ownership of the previous agency in late 2010. Rolfe later left CP+B to join CO: Collective, where she still serves as partner and chief content officer. Several months afterward, CP+B lured Sue Anderson away from TBWA\Chiat\Day, where she had served as GCD on the Absolut account; she currently holds the ECD title at CP+B L.A.

At Amalgamated, Gaboriau worked on creative for Coca-Cola, Svedka and Ben & Jerry’s, among other clients. Recent CP+B credits include A1 and an extended 2012 campaign for Old Navy that played heavily on 90′s nostalgia.

We have no information on the details of Gaboriau’s departure, though a tipster tells us that he was involved in recent pitches to win business from Turbo Tax, the L.A. Clippers (which went with RPA after a very quick review) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

McKinney, Sennheiser Want You to ‘Let Your Ears Be Loved’

McKinney has launched a new campaign courting millenial ears for Sennheiser, focusing on the company’s Urbanite brand.

The campaign is centered around  series of videos featuring a man with a German accent in a Sennheiser Urbanite costume and a giant ear. Both the headphone costume and the giant ear (which weighs in at 200 pounds) were created by Legacy Effects. In the 90-second launch spot, the Urbanite-dressed man professes his love for ears, and things get a little creepy as he demonstrates the various ways he pleasures ears on the giant ear prop. He assures viewers that he will lavish just as much attention on their ears. Other spots, all of which are hosted at Sennheiser’s campaign landing page, see him singing to an ear and explaining that he’s often asked to leave public places.

Starting today, Sennheiser will also be giving away 1,000 “Golden Ears,” which they’ve hidden around New York City, “on 11”x17” posters hanging in record stores, restaurants, boutiques and other locations frequented by millennials.” Each poster contains a removable golden ear, which can be redeemed for a pair of Urbanites “at the Ear Love Palace, a pop-up experience store at 1 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.” Participants can also visit http://sennheiser-urbanite.com and share one of the campaign videos using the hashtag #EarLove for clues on the whereabouts of the Golden Ears. So what is listening to music on Sennheiser Urbanite’s like? Stay with us after the jump to find out. Read more

Ogilvy Gets Employees into the NASCAR Spirit

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NASCAR signed Ogilvy as its creative AOR back in Summer 2012 in an attempt to expand the league’s appeal and win younger fans.

As the current Sprint Cup series approaches its November finish line, the league and its agency are working to increase the hype. Most recently, Ogilvy debuted “The Chase”, a campaign designed to promote a new Westeros-style race format that casts the 16 finalists as individual nations competing against each other. (The campaign was one of the last with credits headed by now-former CCO Calle Sjoenell.)

Yesterday we received several tips about ways in which the Ogilvy New York office is celebrating the event: one tipster writes that the reception area is “decked out with flags of the 16 nations of NASCAR drivers” while another (who may well be the same person) claims that someone at Ogilvy has been “handing out moonshine on behalf of [the new campaign].”

The agency also wants its employees to participate in the UGC version of the “battle” by creating profiles and registering as members of the Ogilvy Nation.

While we regret missing the “battle of nations” deadline and the moonshine (if it did indeed exist), we do have an internal email from president Adam Tucker after the jump.

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TPS Brings Together Richard Sherman, Llama for Neff

Los Angeles-based production company Three Point Stance (TPS) brings together Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman and a llama named Spartacus in a new campaign for Neff’s Brodie sunglasses collection.

“We wanted to connect with the Neff core audience and what better way to do that than to bring together one of the biggest names in the NFL and a llama?  What started as several creatives in a room laughing at the idea of a llama and Richard morphed into an entire campaign when Shaun (Neff) and Richard (Sherman) believed in it,” said Three Point Stance founder Erick Peyton, who co-directed the spots along with Michael Koerbel.

The campaign includes seven videos, ranging in length from 15 seconds to almost a minute. Each spot employs some pretty ridiculous humor, imagining Sherman and Spartacus as inseparable buddies in various scenarios, such as hosting a cooking show and appearing together at a press conference. TPS hopes that the lighthearted approach and Sherman’s popularity will appeal to Neff’s young target demographic, and get shared on social channels. Neff founder Shaun Neff was excited to work with Sherman, stating, “Such an amazing experience to work with one of the most animated, nicest and top athletes in the NFL, it’s truly a dream come true.” Read more

Big Changes at Publicis: Levy Staying, Razorfish Absorbing Rosetta

Some French dudeIn case you haven’t seen it already this morning, The Publicis Groupe officially rewarded Maurice Levy for his failure today by extending the current chief executive’s role until (approximately) The Avengers 3.

Despite the fact that Levy assured The Guardian that he would “not be seeking a new term” in the halcyon days of 2010 and that other reports had him set to leave next year, it seems that Levy will stick around at least until the approval of all accounts at the end of 2016 — and that he will leave in early 2017.

Obviously, “No clear successor has been appointed to replace Levy.”

Two former candidates will definitely not be replacing him, though.

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Young & Laramore Launches ‘The Keyless Era’ for Schlage

Indianapolis-based agency Young & Laramore has launched a new social campaign for Schlage today, entitled “The Keyless Era.”

The campaign debuted yesterday with a teaser (video above), promoting the company’s keyless electronic locks. Young & Laramore will roll out the rest of the campaign on October 1st, with a product launch video and eight pieces of video content exclusive to Schlage’s social media channels. The videos take a humorous approach, employing improvisational comedy captured over the course of one day, exploring themes like what people will lose in a “Keyless Era” and how mayors will have to award something other than “the keys to the city.” We’ve included a couple of these social videos (along with credits) after the jump. Read more

Tuesday Morning Stir


-Pampers ad from Beacon Communications, celebrating moms on their babies’ first birthday, goes viral (video above). link

-Coca-Cola brings back Surge for limited release on Amazon, sells out within hours. link

-Photoshopped CoverGirl ad used to protest NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. link

-Native advertising is increasingly focused on direct response. link

-Scott Stowell, creative director of design studio Open, explains why creative professionals need to pay attention. link

-Dissolve is a start-up creating viral videos for brands, using stock footage. link

-Ad spending slows in second quarter. link

-A look at Charmin’s social media strategy. link

-Does this look like “Australia’s biggest wanker” to you?

Monday Odds and Ends


-We’re not sure whether this Canon spot from JWT London is a travel ad or an attempt to make American “football” look extra civilized by comparison.

-Havas Worldwide Japan named David Morgan its executive creative director. Prior to joining Havas, Morgan spent five years as ECD at Ogilvy Japan.

-In response to a tip indicating that a creative director and several other staffers had been laid off from SapientNitro, a spokesperson told us: “A small number of people have left the agency.  This is part of our normal course of business as we continually align our skills and teams to meet the evolving needs of our clients.”

-Mat Jerrett, who previously served as creative director for the Converse account at Anomaly, has moved to Translation. AdAge tells us he will lead creative for Champs and McDonald’s, and you can already see his name on the credits for the newest Champs campaign.

-London agency HeyHuman, which launched in April, announced the hiring of Shnoosee Bailey as creative director. Bailey, who brings more than 16 years of creative experience to the role, previously served as ECD at Saatchi & Saatchi X.

-The ADC doc on Lee Clow that we mentioned in March is available over at Vimeo on demand. (No, it’s not free.)

-Indie film production company Process launched a new company dedicated to the “creation and production of original branded content and commercials.” It sounds a lot like…an ad agency!

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