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Is Arnold Really Selling Its Emmy?

00808_aRwEs3IZ6bY_600x450It appears from a Craigslist post that Boston-based agency Arnold is selling its Emmy Award as part of the agency’s moving sale.

If the post, which points out the award is the real deal and “not a crappy Daytime one” is not a joke, the agency is looking “to place every item in the Arnold Moving Sale with a home that truly wants it” and that includes their Emmy Award. If you’re interested in picking up an Emmy, Arnold suggests you “send us a photo of the perfect spot for it, write us a vaguely threatening email — do whatever you want to show us that you and it were meant to be together. If you’re lucky, we’ll agree with you.”

The way they’re treating the award, you’d think it was a Grammy.

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New President at Arnold New York

Peter GrossmanThis morning brings news that Peter Grossman will be the new president of Arnold New York effective next week. He replaces Corey Mitchell, who left in May.

A bit on Grossman’s agency background: after handling AT&T and Nabisco for FCB, he spent more than a decade at JWT, eventually serving as EVP/director of client services before leaving to lead startup QWiPS, or “a global platform that enables the integration of real voice into digital communication platforms”. His most recent position was managing director at digital strategy consultancy Takeout.

In the new role, he will also focus on client leadership and new business development while managing the agency’s 100-plus New York operation.

Grossman will report to Arnold Global president Pam Hamlin, who cites his experience “leading global brands and helping Fortune 500 companies evolve their business model for the digital economy” in the press release; he will also sit on Arnold Worldwide’s Global Executive Committee.

In the release, he writes, “The agency has one of the best client rosters in the industry and a philosophy and culture built on creativity.”

ADT Leaves Non-Secure Relationship With Arnold After Less Than a Year

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It was only eight months ago when Arnold beat out some stiff competition to become security giant ADT’s chief creative AOR.

It was a big day for the agency pitching out of its Boston office, which beat TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York, McKinney in Durham, N.C. and the incumbent, Doner in Southfield, Mich. Remember that name of the incumbent…because evidently ADT did not.

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Arnold NY Gets Sensitive for Unilever’s Simple

Arnold New York has a new campaign for Unilever’s brand Simple, the leading “perfume and color-free” skin care brand in the UK for over 40 years which launched in the US back in 2012.

Evolving from the idea that all skin can be sensitive, especially with the impact of cold, heat, wind, and city pollution, the campaign takes an approach to match its product’s name. Arnold dramatizes the idea by projecting images of possible triggers for sensitive skin (UV rays, stress, pollution, etc.) directly onto skin. It’s a straightforward but visually interesting approach that attempts to demonstrate that “the best way to fight the harshness is through the kindness of Simple.” Whether it can help Arnold build the brand into a powerhouse this side of the Atlantic remains to be seen. Credits after the jump. Read more

Arnold Profiles Your Least Favorite Hipster Friend for Progressive

We all know someone like this guy. We may even be a little more like him than we care to admit.

In the latest Facebook campaign for Progressive, Arnold Worldwide looks to “break through the News Feed clutter” by throwing a harsh spotlight on “Baby Man”, a dude who resembles more than a few of our friends…in that he still doesn’t pay for his own car insurance.

In case you’re still wondering what a Facebook video campaign looks like, there’s vomit involved:

More spots after the jump.

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KAO Names Arnold Worldwide AOR for Jergens, John Frieda

arnold-304KAO USA has named Arnold Worldwide as its global creative agency of record for their John Frieda and Jergens brands. A decision as to who will service the Biore and Curel brands will be made at a later date. The appointment comes after an intensive review process from KAO and Joanne Davis Consulting following KAO placing its global creative account in review in February. Arnold Worldwide signed a contract yesterday officially beginning work as lead agency responsible for strategy and creative.

“All finalist agency teams did an outstanding job during the process,” said Dave Muenz, vice president and regional executive officer, mass business sector. “We would have been delighted to work with all of them. Our decision came down to our confidence in the quality of the team, insights on brands and ideas to build our business. We also felt a strong sense of connection with them. We look forward to our new partnership with Arnold.”

“For us, this was a good match, because we share many of the same cultural values, passion for the target market and we both have a strong desire to innovate,” said Arnold Worlwide global president Pam Hamlin. “This creative partnership will allow us to leverage technology to build stronger relationships with beauty conscious consumers.”

The ‘Yellow King’ Plugs for the Bruins

Ahh yes, its playoff time in both the NBA and NHL and Arnold Worldwide’s hometown hub is taking the reins on the latter by adding Glenn Fleshler–aka the “Yellow King” from HBO’s True Detective–to its roster. In case you didn’t know, the Bruins are rocking it in hockey this year and Fleshler plays a role in the second spot following “The Calm” up above dubbed “The Wolfpack.” As a sort of semi-casual hockey fan who’s more interested in the NBA playoffs, I can still rejoice in the intensity, etc. Check out credits after the jump.

 

 

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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

Howell, Arnold Parting Ways

Matt-HowellWe’ve been told by those in the know that this is “completely unrelated” to Monday’s cuts, but Arnold chief digital officer Matt Howell and Arnold are, as mentioned, parting ways. Here’s a quick statement from the agency:

“Matt Howell will be leaving his post as Chief Digital Officer at Arnold. He has been an important contributor to the agency and we thank him for his work and leadership. Over the last year, we re-engineered the agency’s operating model to move from digital as a department to digital embedded throughout the company. That vision has streamlined our structure to include four ‘super groups’ – marketing, strategy, creative and production, with digital leadership and specialists in each.”

To refresh memory if need be, Howell joined Arnold three years ago as managing partner/global CDO after serving as president of the now-defunct, Boston-based agency, Modernista! No word yet on Howell’s next stop but we’ll keep you posted when we find out.

Arnold Cuts Some Staff

arnoldlogo-001We’ve received a statement from the Arnold camp to address some tips we’ve received today, mainly that the agency has cut some staff. According to sources familiar with the matter, we’re told, like usual, the number is lower than expected. We’re hearing in the range of approximately 20 staffers and according to the statement from the agency, perhaps we can shed some light.

“We can confirm a reduction in staff. This is never an easy situation, as it impacts people who have made a valuable contribution to our company. As we have re-engineered we have used the opportunity to ensure our talent mix reflects the strategic growth areas for our company  – namely, content enabled by new media platforms and technology  – products and services that are most important to our clients.”

Staff layoffs happened, FYI, in the New York and Boston offices.

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