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Friday Odds and Ends


-TBWA Shanghai celebrates free expression for Adidas with “#thisisme” (video above).

-Ogilvy & Mather Paris appoints Baptiste Clinet as executive creative director. link

-How early brand adopters are using Instagram’s Hyperlapse. link

-The University of Texas at Austin is naming its new advertising and public relations school after The Richard Group founder and CEO Stan Richards. link

-Time Warner ends talks to buy stake in Vice Media. link

-Twitter tests desktop trends box. link

-Jimmy Fallon among Instagrammers rushing to hyperlapse. link

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The Agency Isn’t Dead: Why Niche Is Key to Relevance

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This is a guest post by William Boydston, vice president of The List, a B2B sales and lead generation resource. 

If you want a good idea of where your agency should be going, eat your lunch outside, and watch people. What do you see? He’s got his nose in a smartphone, and she’s sitting on a bench staring at a laptop.

These are the customers that companies want and that agencies know how to find, but given the world’s shift to digital, some have predicted the extinction of ad agencies as we know them.

In fact, an anonymous survey from RSW/US found that 320 marketing and agency leaders see a bleak future for agencies that don’t go digital. Some even predict that the agency world will either be niche, nonexistent, or extinct.

I, however, prefer to think that agencies will survive — but only if they adapt.

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GSD&M Named Hampton Inn’s Creative Agency

hampton-logoHampton Inn has named Austin-based agency GSD&M as its new creative agency, following a review, AdAge reports.

The three finalists in the review were revealed to be GSD&M, Chicago-based Cramer-Krasselt and Los Angeles-based David & Goliath. Incumbent agency Y&R Chicago participated in the initial stages of the review, which included six agencies but was not selected as a finalist, Hilton Garden Inn & Hampton Hotels Vice President, Global Brand Marketing Judy Christa-Cathey told AdAge. Y&R Chicago remains on the Hilton roster, however, via its recently-won DoubleTree duties.

Christa-Cathey explained that the brand chose GSD&M because it “wanted an agency that had a clear understanding of the Hampton Inn brand and what makes it special,” also citing the agency’s “strong consumer insights and strategy, fresh creative and problem-solving skills.”

A new campaign is expected in early 2015, which will be aimed at millenials and “celebrating Hampton’s culture and hospitality.” Hampton Inn spent approximately $23 million on national measured media last year, according to Kantar Media.

Barton F. Graf 9000′s New ‘Clash of Clans’ Spots Are Already Viral

Barton F. Graf 9000 has two new spots for Supercell’s massively successful Clash of Clans game, and each of the 30-second videos have already racked up over six million views on YouTube since being uploaded yesterday.

While last year’s spot from the agency took a broader approach, this year Barton F. Graf 9000 chose to spotlight a single character, the wizard. In “Preparation” we get a view into what the wizard does to psyche himself up for a day of fireball throwing, as well as a look at his explosive hair. In “Magic” he takes a break in the midst of fighting to pull a rabbit from his hat, but things are soon back to normal.

The new spots will break on television this weekend, according to Adweek, which should rack the view count up even higher. At this rate, it won’t be long until the ads eclipse last year’s 60-second spot’s 22 million views. The broadcast and digital spots will be further supported by an out of home component. Read more

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Carmichael Lynch Re-enters the 36 Chambers for Steak ‘n Shake

Just over a year ago, Carmichael Lynch turned its role as Steak ‘n Shake’s new AOR into an opportunity to demonstrate its love of all things retro kung-fu with the “Hunger Wisely” campaign.

This week, the agency released an extension of that effort for the client (which is NOT to be confused with Shake Shack), helmed again by director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films.

The two new spots are very much in keeping with their predecessors. Here’s “Kung Fu Elbow”, which sounds like a very creative description of premature arthritis:

We’re partial to “Blindfold” after the jump.

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Deutsch NY, Ad Council Team Up for FEMA PSA

Deutsch, New Yorkteamed up with The Ad Council to create a PSA campaign for FEMA, in time for National Preparedness Month, reminding families to have a plan in the event of a disaster.

Since, according to FEMA, 50 percent of families have not discussed an emergency plan in the event of a disaster, the organization wanted to stress what a difference having a plan can make when such an event occurs. So the broadcast and digital PSA at the center of the campaign (released in both 30-second and 60-second formats) attempts to illustrate this through a harsh depiction of two families dealing with a disaster. One of the families, who presumably designated the shelter as a meeting place, huddle together, visibly shaken up but glad to have each other. They overhear another couple, who stress out over their missing child, powerless to do anything to locate him. It’s tough to watch, but that’s intentional, as it drives home the point that you don’t want to be the second family should anything go wrong. The spot ends by directing viewers to Ready.gov and www.Listo.gov where they can find resources for developing their own emergency plan. The campaign also includes radio and print components. Read more

BBDO NY Has Some ‘Ideas’ for GE

BBDO New York’s latest offering for GE continues to celebrate innovation, but marks a stylistic departure from the agency’s recent work.

While “What Would Happen” and “Childlike Imagination” looked at innovation with a sense of childlike wonder, “Ideas” takes a sharp sidestep, personifying those ideas and focusing on how they often emerge as “rough around the edges” but grow into something beautiful. (Unlike the earlier ads, this one is directed at young aspiring engineers and intended to run primarily online.)

In the 60-second online spot, ideas are presented as an odd-looking creature that looks like something that could have crawled out of the reject pile at Jim Henson’s workshop.

Starting from birth, we follow an idea as it has a rough time of things. Continually facing rejection, it resorts to sleeping on the streets until it is finally taken in by GE. “Ideas are scary, and messy, and fragile,” says a voiceover, “But under the proper care, they become something beautiful,” and then we see the fully-transformed idea, followed by the “Imagination at work” tagline.

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Arnold Celebrates the Opening of Its New Office

Arnold Worldwide has been hinting at a big move for some time, dropping easter eggs like a craigslist ad offering its Emmy award to the most worthy bidder and creating an “arnold.is (moving)” site that features an interactive, factoid-packed infographic.

This week the move became official as the agency began operations in its new Boston home at what was once Filene’s along with five other shops in the new Havas Village at 10 Summer Street.

The agency shared some pics of the space on its Twitter feed, but this video (which we somehow missed on Monday) offers a nice view inside the new digs.

We won’t admit to being jealous, but it is much larger than our office. And as much as we love our Bagel Mondays, they never include champagne chasers.

Leo Burnett Celebrates 40 Years in the UK for McDonald’s

Today Leo Burnett’s London office launched a new campaign celebrating the 40th anniversary of McDonald’s arrival in the UK.

The campaign aims to portray the important moments in people’s lives…that just happened to occur at McDonald’s. In “Just Moved In,” (featured above) the most realistic of these scenarios, a family moves in to a new house. After a hard day of moving, they realize there’s nothing in the fridge to make for dinner and head to McDonald’s for a quick meal (which is just fine with the kids).

Other spots in the campaign feature an awkward first date, a rescue meal for a rainy camping trip, and a teen celebrating passing his driver’s test. Leo Burnett doesn’t overreach with the scenarios, instead choosing small moments that compliment larger ones — although the idea of taking a date to McDonald’s does seem a bit of stretch, no matter how young you are.

The broadcast spots are supported by an outdoor campaign “comprised of eight executions which also reminds people that McDonald’s has been there in the background of a myriad of moments all through their lives.” Read more

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