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Erik Oster

Erik Oster is a freelance writer and editor from Connecticut. He’s previously written for The New York Egotist, Podium Ventures, and The Faster Times. He still pines for a second season of “Freaks and Geeks.”

House of Radon Takes Electrolux’s Tumblr Live

Stockholm-based creative agency House of Radon is taking Electrolux‘s food-based Tumblr, “Now We’re Cooking,” live this April 22-24th for its over one million followers.

The agency will be live-streaming 15 different recipes from an early breakfast to a bedtime snack. It will have the “same look and feel” the site normally maintains, but with the difference that everything is being done live, with creatives grading everything in real time. This is no small venture, as “Over 1,000 props will be used to style all dishes and approximately 100 different “Now You’re Cooking” posters will be used in the live-stream.” Check out the teaser above for a glimpse of the campaign, and head on over to “Now We’re Cooking” on April 22nd to see how House of Radon pulls it off. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Victors & Spoils Goes Traditional with New Work for Bank Midwest

Victors & Spoils eschews crowdsourcing or digital aspects for their new campaign for Bank Midwest.

Centered around a few television spots,  the campaign emphasizes the human side of Bank Midwest.  The above spot “Listening” focuses on a bank worker on the phone with a client, saying things like “okay” and “uh-huh” before the word “Listening” comes on the screen, accompanied by triumphant music. It’s meant to show that in today’s environment, an actual human listening to you at a bank seems revolutionary. Clearly, this campaign is targeted at an older audience than Victors & Spoils typical work, which explains the more traditional approach. The spots “Knowing Your Name” and “Answering The Phone” follow a similar approach. The campaign, which started running in Colorado and Kansas this week, also includes billboards with simple messages, such as “Listening!” and “Mortgage Experts Who Listen.”

“In a time when so many businesses have stopped focusing on consumers, it’s really exciting that we get to help celebrate the fact that our client, NBH Bank, N.A., still treats people like people. This makes for some pretty revolutionary work,” explained Victor & Spoils Creative Director Chris Cima.

For a campaign described as “revolutionary,” though, the strategy sure calls to mind Tierney’s work for TD Bank in their “Human Truths” and “Bank Human” campaigns. Stick around for “Knowing Your Name” and “Answering The Phone” after the jump. Read more

Arnold Worldwide Introduces Brushing Chews for Milk-Bone

Arnold Worldwide has a new campaign launching the new Brushing Chews for Milk-Bone, which feature “a patented shape that has been developed over the past three years, earning them the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) seal of approval.”

To introduce the new product, Arnold keeps it simple, telling the story of a man and his dog (Ted and Rudy), and explaining how their new Milk-Bone Brushing Biscuit is designed to work as well as a toothbrush to keep dogs’ teeth clean. Because no one wants to brush their dog’s teeth, this is a pretty effective selling point. Ted and Rudy’s story extends beyond the broadcast spot above to a series of online videos, all set against the red backdrop matching Milk-Bone’s packaging, and following roughly the same formula. The campaign strategy is based on the insight that “The more you care for your dog, the happier and healthier he’ll be.” Ted and Rudy’s relationship is intended to to be “funny and adorable” but arrives at something closer to “hokey, but kind of cute.”

“They’re very much a classic comedy duo, with Rudy being the straight man and Ted as the accidental comedian,” explains Arnold creative director Tristan Kincaid. “We put them on a bright red background to give them a simple but visually striking stage for them to tell their stories.”

The campaign also includes social elements, with each of the six online videos (which act as pre-roll video assets on sites including Hulu, AOL, Discovery, TubeMogul and Yahoo) featuring an end card driving traffic to Milk-Bone’s Facebook page. Future social posts will also include Instagram and Twitter. Stick around for credits and a pair of online spots after the jump. Read more

Thursday Morning Stir


-Mezcal El Silencio ad mocks typical, testosterone-fueled booze advertising (above).

-Twitter introduces adds that allow viewers to click to install mobile apps. link

-We Are Social has Evian’s baby Spider-Man “rescuing” people with answers via Twitter. link

-Maurice Levy talks Omnicom merger. link

-Executive vice president Jim Moffatt returns from sabbatical to expand R/GA Asia. link

Wednesday Odds and Ends


-Is this the dumbest shoe ad (video above) you will ever see? link

-Pair of London creatives assign collective nouns to “Creatures of Adland.” link

-Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are the true masters of social media marketing. link

-An updated guide to Mad Men and advertising history. link

-Study finds integrated search and social ads double conversion rates. link

 

Beardvertising Up for Webby, Beardvertises for Votes

Beardvertising Webby

Kentucky-based agency Cornett IMS’ Beardvertising initiative, which we’ve covered here before, has been nominated for a Webby in the Professional Services category. So how has the agency chosen to promote their cause and garner more votes? Beardvertising, of course. That’s right: Cornett IMS is beardvertising for beardvertising. In case you need a refresher, Beardvertising is advertising via small billboards placed in large, bushy beards (as pictured above). They’re currently in the lead with 36% of the vote, but if you’d like to help “the realist and truest form of native advertising,” head on over to the Webby site and cast your vote.

Team One Launches Digital Souvenir App for JW Marriott

Team One has launched a new digital scrapbooking app for JW Marriott called CUR8.

CUR8 is described as “an experience-oriented app that allows guests to share their favorite travel moments through digital videos on their social media networks.” Simply download the app at the Apple store, upload photos and videos, choose a few of JW Marriott’s property images and the app will automatically create a sharable digital video of your vacation. Users of the app also have the option of customizing their videos with music and added text and can then share the video on social media networks using the hashtag #CUR8byJWM. CUR8 is currently available free of charge at 65 locations. Check out the video above to learn more and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

The Marketing Store Hires Ben Felton as CSO

Ben FeltonBen Felton, most recently executive planning director at MRM Meteortie, has joined The Marketing Store as its new chief strategic officer.

In his new role, Felton will be responsible for leading the agency’s strategy and planning team, working across all of the agency’s client partners, and will report to managing director Lisa Bonney. Felton joins The Marketing Store with over 17 years experience “leading strategy for both pure-play digital shops and fully-integrated agencies.” Over the course of his career, he launched the UK’s first price comparison website, and led strategy at Global Beach, MRM, and Wunderman Interactive. He was part of the team that built Wunderman Interactive into a European network, after which he took a role as managing partner at agency.com. Felton has worked with clients including Ford, Harper Collins, IKEA, Intel, Jaguar, Motorola, Nationwide, Pringles, Tampax, and Virgin.

The Marketing Store managing director Lisa Bonney said, “We’re delighted to have Ben on board. He’s a gifted and highly creative planner, driven by insights and genuinely understands brands and their audiences. With Ben’s arrival and additional recent senior hires, we’re well positioned for the next phase in our evolution as an agency.”

Y&R New York Get Patriotic for Ball Park

Where’s the ball park? That’s one question that comes to mind after viewing Y&R New York’s patriotic spot for Ball Park’s new premium hot dog, Park’s Finest, the latest iteration of the “So American You Can Taste It” campaign. The other being: “Hey guys, are you sure you want to celebrate the invention of the cotton gin? It did kind of lead to the expansion of slavery in the Antebellum South.”

The goofy, 30-second spot, called “Greatest Invention Ever,” sees a man holding an eagle positing that Ball Park’s Park’s Finest are America’s greatest invention, much to the chagrin of Eli Whitney and Benjamin Franklin. Its ridiculous brand of humor seems somewhat studied, and mostly fails to hit the mark. The spot ends with a group of guys grilling up the new premium dogs, and, in a nice touch, the smoke forms a map of the United States. That there isn’t a ball park at any point in the spot feels like a miss though, as it’s a clear association with the brand. (And, hey, ties right in with the whole “greatest American invention” thing.)

The new Park’s Finest ads will air across broadcast and cable networks, as well as on Pandora radio, beginning this week. The larger “So American You Can Taste It” campaign also includes digital, social, shopper marketing and PR elements. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

W+K, Maxwell House Shoot for Good, Not Great

In a world with Starbucks at every corner and small, fancy artisinal coffee shops sprouting up everywhere, it would be counterproductive for an instant coffee brand to try to compete. So W+K starts a different conversation for Maxwell House, asking, “Whatever happened to good?”

The new “Say Good Morning to a Good Day” campaign features a series of broadcast and web spots centering around an affable, middle-aged everyman (everydad?) who laments that with all the attention on phrases like “Awesome,” “Amazing,” and “That’s epic, bro!” people have forgotten about “good.” In the 30-second spot, he goes on to explain that good is “Swinging to get on base” or “choosing not to overshoot the moon, but instead to land right on it.” This all makes “good” seem pretty appealing, with the spot ending with the resurrected “Good to the Last Drop” tagline.

While some may question the choice of admitting your product isn’t “amazing,” the strategy makes sense for Maxwell House, whose coffee is, at best, “good enough,” and whose best bet is to convince the older generation that all the fuss over fancy coffee just isn’t worth it. W+K pull off the execution really well, making the “good” approach about as persuasive as it can be. Credits after the jump. Read more

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