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New President/CEO at TBWA Worldwide

Troy Ruhanen

This evening brings news that Troy Ruhanen will succeed Tom Carroll to become the new President/CEO of TBWA Worldwide. (Jean-Marie Dru will retain his position as Chairman of the Agency Network.)

Ruhanen, a member of the AAF Hall of Fame who first earned your Spy’s attention back in 2009 when BBDO created the Deputy Chairman North America position to give him a promotion, spent the last ten months as EVP of the larger Omnicom Group.

In the past, he held several executive positions at BBDO, managing its New York office before serving as Chairman/CEO of the Americas and overseeing its operations in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Before joining Team Omnicom, he also spent three years as Managing Director of Leo Burnett’s office in his native Sydney.

In what’s sure to be a controversial quote, Ruhanen wrote that his appointment is “a great honor” due primarily to TBWA’s “unique strategic method in Disruption®”, which “attracts talent, unlike others, and produces work that creates a competitive advantage.”

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FCB Does the Creative Shuffle

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FCB announced two big moves atop its North American ranks today: Chicago EVP/ECD Jon Flannery is moving up to Toronto and Dan Fietsam has been hired to take his place.

Flannery’s promotion comes in the wake of the success of a certain campaign you may have seen that involved the shipping of pants; the win earned him an ECD promotion just over a year ago. The man called himself “a late bloomer” in a Chicago Business Journal interview about that campaign, though he served as CD/VP during a nine-year run at Leo Burnett and spent seven years at Element79 before joining FCB.

Flannery replaces CCO Robin Heisey, who left the Toronto office for parts unknown after 14 years at the agency. Flannery will officially take over on August 11th, working “in tandem” with FCB Canada President Paul Mead.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Y&R’s “The Power of Love” for DTAC is the latest ad out of Thailand that attempts to pull on the heartstrings. link

-The most influential CMOs on Twitter, according to Forbes. link

-ICS launches Mr. Box animated campaign. link

-Digital brand extensions that work. link

-Alex Topaller and Dan Shapiro, co-founders of East Coast-based live action and design studio Aggressive directed a short film called “She Wolf.” link

-Graphic designer Craig Dickens created these “honest ads” for major brands. link

DDB Toronto Targets ‘Junkface’ for Neutrogena

DDB Toronto has a new campaign for Neutrogena discouraging men from washing their junk and their face with the same soap (and offering up Neutrogena Men Face Wash as the perfect solution).

As Adweek points out, the Canadian campaign “assumes that men start low and move up in the shower,” a somewhat dubious assumption. Still, the 60-second spot is not without its (heavily influenced by W+K’s Old Spice) charm. While “Junkface” explains the cause of Junkface, there is little description of the symptoms, although we can reasonably assume they include junk particles in the facial region.

The goofy humor continues on www.stopjunkface.com, which contends that 72% of Canadians have junkface, with Alberta having the most Junkface sufferers at 86%. Men with chinstraps are especially prone to Junkface, and all bounty hunters suffer from it. The site also offers the important reminder to keep knees, owls, and footballs away from your nether regions. No word yet on whether Neutrogena plans to offer a separate line of soap for your junk.

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Sir Sorrell: Creativity Is Dying, and It’s All Your Fault!

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In what seems to be a weekly occurrence, Sir Martin “Mr. Happy Fun Guy” Sorrell offered agency folks a Debbie Downer moment in the form of a LinkedIn”fluencer” blog post: “The 10 Trends Shaping the Global Ad Business.”

In the post, Sorrell makes several claims that will cause creatives to yank out their hair (wherever it may still grow). Among them is this vitriolic sentiment:

New York is still very much the centre of the world, but power (economic, political and social) is becoming more widely distributed, marching South, East and South East: to Latin America, India, China, Russia, Africa and the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe.

So America’s age is starting to show.

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M&C Saatchi Brings Christ the Redeemer to Naples for Fastweb

Christ the ReedemerIn an unusual stunt, M&C Saatchi erected a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famed Christ the Redeemer monument to Naples for Fastweb.

Following Germany’s crushing defeat of Brazil, M&C Saatchi decided to “download” the monument in Naples, as a way to promote and demonstrate the speed of Fastweb. Images of the monument were some of the most downloaded of the year in Italy, in the wake of the World Cup. Neapolitans were surprised by the monument — accompanied by a sign reading “Downloaded with #fastweb” — this morning at Piazza Dante in Naples.

According to M&C Saatchi Creative Partner Vicenzo Gasbarro, the monument will “bring about a carousel-style carioca of television crews, musicians, dancers and capoeira, which will mingle and interact with people in a mix of colours, music and emotions in a unique Neapolitan fashion. This is a brilliant opportunity for conversation between different cultures online.”

“We are happy to collaborate again with Fastweb to provide new and tangible evidence of what it means to have a faster internet connection,” said Silvio Meazza, M&C Saatchi Interactive partner.Christ the Redeemer, the symbol of Brazil, has been one of the most downloaded and shared image of the year, downloaded once again – for real this time – with all its weight, straight to the heart of Naples.”

Twitter’s New CTA: Buy Now, Tweet Later!

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We discussed it until we exhausted every clever headline copywriters would send us for a nominal fee — social media advertising is here to stay. Despite our opinions on its alleged effectiveness, clients are going to take advantage of sponsored tweets and boosted posts because it’s the thing to do.

And so, Twitter has a new thing to do — the “Buy Now” button is coming to a timeline near you, as seen in this picture from TechSpot.com. Twitter and e-Commerce: what a fabulous marriage this should be.

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Marcy Bloom on How Digital Media Has Changed Magazine Advertising

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Marcy Bloom has spent 17 years working as a publisher on national magazines, from GQ to Lucky. Now, she’s taking on an even bigger role as senior vice president and group publisher at Modern Luxury.

With more than 40 titles across 15 major markets, the company has an abundance of content to be shared on various media platforms. Here, Bloom explains how digital has changed the magazine advertising landscape:

You know, I believe that one of the key things that digital has done is it’s allowed you to be more targeted. And that is from a national magazine perspective — you can’t get as close as you can in a digital sense. And that’s actually why I’m beyond inspired by what we’re doing here [at Modern Luxury] because we have a closeness and an intimacy. We have editors, sales staff and marketers in each market. Our brands reflect those markets. So we’re getting as close as you can via print, and that feels extremely relevant, especially because of what digital can offer.

For more from Bloom, including how the company is creating a national advertising platform for its many niche, regional publications, read: So What Do You Do, Marcy Bloom, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Modern Luxury?

Tiffany & Co. Wants Your Agency’s Media Pitch

hepburn_audrey_breakfast_at_tiffanys_132-227x300Holly Golightly’s favorite brand is looking for a few good agencies to pitch it: retailer Tiffany’s officially began its global media review today.

The news comes after the company chose Ogilvy as its global creative AOR back in February following a four-month search. (That agency’s status will not be affected by the new call for pitches.)

From Ad Age:

“The company has sent agencies a document requesting information and an introduction describing the goals of the pitch”

…which will concern the company’s $100M annual media spend.

The real issue here: Tiffany’s wants to work with a single agency rather than the multiple shops that now handle its media needs. The company’s sales numbers and stock prices are doing quite well, so victor, spoils, etc.

Commonwealth//McCann Stokes Manchester United Pride for Chevy

A new campaign from Commonwealth//McCann, Detroit for Chevrolet is allowing fans to be a part of Manchester United’s new shirt reveal.

Through a digital experience at www.chevroletfc.com “fans can be among the first to sign up and virtually wear the new shirt via their social channels.” A 60-second video stokes Manchester pride by following the history of the Manchester United shirt from the early 20th century to present day. Fans march down the street singing the “Glory, Glory, Man United” anthem. As each generation takes off their Manchester United shirt, a new group emerges, progressing in time to the modern day as the crowd makes their way to Old Trafford Stadium. Upon arrival they are joined by stars Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and David De Gea wearing the new Chevrolet-branded jersey. Several Manchester United legends are also hidden in the crowd throughout the spot. “The History of the Manchester United Shirt” will run on both broadcast and digital channels. The effort marks the launch of Commonwealth//McCann, Detroit’s “What Do You #PlayFor?” campaign, celebrating Manchester United and soccer for Chevrolet. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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