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Arnold Worldwide, Ad Council Launch ‘Grads of Life’ PSA

Arnold Worldwide and the Ad Council teamed up with Year Up, the Employment Pathways Project, ConPRmetidos, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, New Options Project, and Opportunity Nation for a PSA campaign entitled “Grads of Life.”

The campaign promotes alternative hiring processes and attempts to “raise awareness and change employer’s perceptions of opportunity youth” to fill the 4 million vacant positions companies in the U.S. are trying to fill. In a spot called “Pathways to Employment,” running in both 30 and 60-second versions, an employer sits down with a candidate for an interview. She touts her problem solving skills and strong work ethic, and, while he mentions her lack of a college degree, he ultimately decides she’s exactly what he’s looking for. Then, she disappears into thin air, symbolizing that because of the way in which they look for candidates, most employers never meet these type of prospective employees.

The campaign launch was backed by Hilary Clinton at the tenth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, where she said, “The Grads of Life PSA campaign is the first effort to drive employer demand for the millions of low-income young adults that are a huge source of untapped talent in our country and through GradsofLife.org employers can now access the first-ever online platform for the information, tools, and resources they need to take action today.”

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Arnold Worldwide Celebrates ‘The Few and Far Between’ for Jack Daniel’s

Arnold Worldwide is launching a new multimedia campaign for Jack Daniel’s entitled “The Few and Far Between,” which celebrates, “the quirky stories told by the proprietors, bouncers, barflys and patrons who frequent…fine establishments and questionable joints.” Or, in other words, drinking stories. The brand avoids accusations of promoting excess with the disclaimer, “You can’t tell a story you don’t remember. Please drink responsibly.”

In addition to short videos, the website hosting the campaign also features “tales of whiskey, revelry and mischief” in the form of written stories, audio and mixed media. You can take a look at a teaser video above, and head to the campaign site for the full experience. The launch features thirty bar stories gathered from around the country, but the brand plans to release even more later this year as part of this massive digital campaign and has also partnered with Vice Media for a user-generated photo contest. Read more

Arnold Gets Critical for PUR Water

PUR Water, provider of filtration systems and the like, has been looking for a new face. After being acquired by P&G in 2012 (marketing by subsidiary Kaz), PUR wanted to redefine its brand.

Creative on the account had been handled by TBWA\Chiat\Day, but the incumbent agency did not participate in the subsequent review, which ended with a win for Arnold Worldwide last December.

This week, Arnold’s ads for the new client launched, marking both the company’s first new campaign since 2008 and the first use of a TV spokesperson for a water filtration brand (store that one somewhere for trivia night).

Here, then, is Arthur Tweedie, water critic:

More spots below.

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Arnold Names Two New Executives to Run Health and Wellness Practice

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Today Arnold Worldwide appointed two executives to manage the recent expansion of its health and wellness service offering.

Christine Beeby and Gary Scheiner both have extensive agency backgrounds; Scheiner landed at Arnold earlier this year in the EVP/GCD role after leaving Rosetta, where he served as CCO. He also spent time as ECD at TBWA\Chiat\Day.

Beeby is a more recent addition to the Arnold roster, joining the agency in July after spending more than a decade at Ogilvy as EVP and senior partner specializing in healthcare and seven years as SVP/account director at Lowe New York.

While both have particularly relevant experience with healthcare and pharmaceuticals (Scheiner currently leads the accounts for “Sanofi’s diabetes and cholesterol franchises”), they’ve also both worked with a wide variety of clients in automotive, tech, consumer goods and other categories.

In the release, Beeby reveals a bit more behind the strategy, writing:

“We envision creating a new model for the healthcare arena. We’ll pitch not only traditional pharmaceutical products, but will also target foods, hospitals, technology companies, doctor networks and similar products and services that require brand building and need to engage with consumers.”

The expansion may also explain July’s hiring of President Peter Grossman; he will lead the expanded practice in Arnold’s New York office.

Senior UX Designer Leaving Arnold

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Today we can confirm a tip that Kate Tetreault, who currently holds the title of senior user experience designer at Arnold Worldwide, will soon leave her position at the agency.

Tetreault isn’t just a talented web designer; a tipster tells us that she also organized a female-focused networking group for digital media professionals in the Boston area and served as a thought leader/mentor to others in the field.

We hear that her move can be directly tied to the April departure of Arnold CDO/managing partner Matt Howell: a source tells us that Howell joined a Boston-based tech company called Vermonster (which is not just a word for a particularly large serving of Ben & Jerry’s) after leaving Arnold and that Tetreault will join him there.

Updates as we receive them.

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.

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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