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Carnival Highlights Past Guests’ Photos, Videos in Arnold’s ’24 Hours Onboard’

Carnival Cruise Lines is launching a new 25 million dollar campaign, “Moments That Matter,” with agency Arnold Worldwide. The fall campaign will extend across broadcast, radio, digital and direct mail from September through December. For the first spot in this campaign, Carnival sourced material directly from their customers through social media.

The :60 spot, “24 Hours Onboard” features content chosen from over 30,000 pictures and videos submitted by past guests on Carnival’s cruises, including one dude who publicly proposed on a Carnival Cruise (yikes). “24 Hours Onboard,” which will debut on major network primetime Monday, September 23rd, appeals to viewers’ sentimentality, and employing pictures and videos sourced directly from past customers adds a personal element that could help convince viewers to book their next vacation with Carnival. As Arnold Executive Creative Director Pete Johnson puts it, “We found those looking to book a cruise are much more likely to listen to recommendations from previous cruisers.” So filling a commercial with vacation memories from enthusiastic fans of Carnival makes a lot of sense.

This isn’t a spot that will blow anyone away with its creativity or execution, but it doesn’t have to. It appeals to the type of people who line their walls with photos from family vacations, or, in other words, Carnival’s target audience. Read more

Boston Future 4 Competition Brings Together Creatives, Startups

It’s that time of year again: the annual 4A’s Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies (IAAS) contest is here, meaning up-and-coming creatives will get a chance to put their education to work for some lucky new clients. This year, however, the client will be a startup. And for any Boston-area startup looking for some free and improved publicity, you can enter here. A committee will whittle the entries down to four finalists. The four finalists will then have to create a pitch that tells a unique story about why that startup should be selected. There will be a live event and then an after-party and then booze. And then, voila. Advertising.

The contest, like most similar competitions, gives off some whiffs of free young-people labor, but that might not be all that upsetting or unusual in the startup world. The deadline for initial entries is October 1.

Dugan, Arnold Part Ways

Basically two years to the day that he joined Arnold’s Boston office in a new position called chief commercial officer, Dave Dugan has left the agency according to those in the know. Here’s a quick statement from an agency spokesperson: “”We wish Dave great success and look forward to working with him on innovative marketing platforms for our clients. We are using this opportunity to clarify our management structure and responsibilities, and will communicate the plan shortly.”

Dugan joined Arnold after spending time at the likes of Digitas and BzzAgent, and was tasked at his most recent gig with building “out current capabilities and identify opportunities to build new lines of business.” In addition Dugan worked on Arnold services including CRM, social, mobile and new biz efforts.

From what we’re hearing on the Spy line, Dugan is taking a position at the almighty social network that is Facebook. No confirmation yet, but we’re checking in and will keep you posted. From what the Arnold camp tells us, meanwhile, his position will not be replaced.

Here’s Robert LePlae’s Memo to Staff Regarding Favat’s Move

Unfortunately, we were at the airport yesterday morning awaiting the flight back home (sans laptop, still trying to stay off grid) when multiple tips poured in about Pete Favat leaving Arnold. Where to, we didn’t know at the time, but alas, the news broke as we were somewhere above the Midwest that the 14-year Arnold vet did indeed leave the Havas-owned agency to assume the CCO post at Deutsch L.A. Wading through the Favat-related tips this morning, we came across one which is basically Arnold global CEO Robert LePlae‘s memo to staff regarding the move and the appointment of Wade Devers and Pete Johnson as lead creative partners of Boston ops. It’s nothing shocking or anything you haven’t really read in the other trades, but if you want something verbatim from the inside, read on after the jump.

“All,

I am reaching out to let you know that after many years with Arnold, Pete Favat will be leaving the agency.

With a long held ambition to live on the west coast and new opportunities for his family, Pete has accepted a position in Los Angeles.  This is a desire that Pete has harbored for many years, and one he now has an opportunity to fulfill.

There is a plan prepared plan for this evolution.  Earlier this year we elevated Wade Devers to Executive Creative Director in Boston.  Wade is a brilliant craftsman, long-time leader at Arnold, and responsible for much of the best work that comes out of the agency.

Pete Johnson will partner with Wade as Executive Creative Directors.  He joined Arnold last year as one of the leading digital creative and content talents in the country.  It was a coupe for Arnold to get him, he’s delivered on all of our expectations, and we have a high degree of confidence in his talent, and ability to lead.

Wade and Pete Johnson bring a rich combination of conceptual ability, digital creative expertise, craftsmanship and design to the roles.  The increasing demands of creative leaders in recent years require this broad collective skill set, and we’re fortunate to have it readily in place.

I share this news with mixed emotions because of our genuine fondness for Pete Favat, and the many contributions he’s made. At the same time, there’s a talent evolution going on in our business, and we’re feeling quite good about the ability of our creative choices to drive this new direction for Arnold Boston.

Please join me in wishing Pete Favat the best in his new life, congratulating Wade and Pete Johnson in their new roles, and the great energy and success that can come with new leadership.

RLP”

MRM Alum Mitchell Assumes Prez Post at ArnoldNYC

It’s been over two-and-a-half years since we last heard from Corey Mitchell, who “left” his post as EVP/managing director at MRM New York in early 2011. Well, the exec has resurfaced and has now assumed the role of president of Arnold’s New York operations, a post previously held by Lynn Power, who if you recall resigned back in June. Along with the prez post, Mitchell will sit on Arnold Worldwide’s Global Executive Committee and report directly to CEO, Robert LePlae.

ArnoldNYC’s new president spent nearly three years as EVP/MD at MRM, which he joined after working in various roles for a decade at TBWA, first in its Sydney office, then as worldwide managing director on Mars and finally as president of Chiat NY and \Tequila.

ArnoldNYC, CD Nate Guillard Brighten The Office

In past, the ArnoldNYC team has captured Instagrams while bouncing on pogo sticks (#pogogram). Now, creative director Nate Guillard has painted a cartoonish mural on the wall of the agency’s office. Both projects were documented and set to French pop music, making Arnold the coolest, chicest agency on the block. Guillard sketches his bright characters (is that a happy Meatwad?) backed by buzzy band The Blister Boyz, shouting “Be Sexy C’est Francais.”

The inspiration for Guillard’s mural is, “working together is fun,” and considering that an ice cream cone is involved, we don’t doubt it. The end of the making-of vid shows Arnold employees playing ping pong and riding a scooter, further confirming that ArnoldNYC is chill and cool.

It seems only fitting that a creative director should alter his office’s aesthetic, and Guillard has made a cute contribution. Arnold should have a new creative take on the wall every few months, and next time make the soundtrack Yelle. Check out the full-size mural after the jump.

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Hmm, So Detweiler Lands at Arnold After All?

We first heard about this at the beginning of July and at the time, the Arnold camp couldn’t confirm that Curt Detweiler had assumed a senior-level post at the Havas-owned agency. Well, what do we have here, it appears that Detweiler has updated his LinkedIn to show that he’s now EVP/managing director/ECD at Arnold Worldwide. It doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering that Arnold’s global CEO is Robert LePlae, who in 2009 while serving as McCann North America president, brought on Detweiler as the agency’s North American creative chief.

LePlae eventually split from McCann in fall 2011 and landed at Arnold a year ago to initially assume the role of global president. As for Detweiler, the creative exec remains based out of San Francisco it appears. We’re trying to get  confirmation on his arrival and specifics such as his start date from Arnold, but as you may know, Detweiler spent several years as a creative director at various TBWA offices and served as partner/ECD at the now-defunct Ground Zero before joining McCann.

Pepsi Max, Arnold KLP #LiveForNow, Let Magician Levitate on a London Bus

To promote extraordinary moments and a general sense of YOLO, Pepsi Max, with the help of London-based Arnold KLP, employed the skills of Dynamo, a young magician from Yorkshire. “London: I love the energy of this city, and the sense that anything is possible. But sometimes, with the pace of city life, it’s hard to appreciate the magic that’s all around us,” Dynamo drawls.

He proceeds to levitate and go for a ride around Londontown, one hand on an iconic double decker bus. The people look up in surprise. “How does he do it?” “I don’t know!” We hear in the background. Online, the illusion got the same kind of attention, with 4.9 million views in 48 hours.

If we’re to believe YouTube commenters, Dynamo is either Jesus, Satan, or using a fake arm and harness to stay afloat. Take your pick. In any case, the stunt is a fun way to pull people out of the daily grey drone, though its accompanying hashtag is an unfortunate double entendre. Try levitating on the side of a bus crossing Westminster bridge, and live…for now. Credits after the jump.

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New Balance Wants to Make ‘Runnovation’ a Thing, Gives it an ‘Anthem’

From Arnold Worldwide comes “Runnovation Anthem,” a spot for New Balance that depicts people running in different environments interspersed with cuts of what appear to be acts of science. There’s also a very loud musical number, which one would suppose is the titular anthem, despite not being very anthemic. The song is so utterly terrifying, in fact, that it’s easy to imagine all of these people running away from a masked pursuer who chases them while playing this song full-blast on a JVC Kaboom Box held above his or her head.

With an introduction to the idea of “Runnovation” (running + innovation for those playing at home) out of the way, the campaign will unfold into three different storylines across media platforms, with the first focusing on a grassroots fitness group called “November Project.” If you’re interested in watching some suburban white dudes run around outside and yell “fuck yeah” for a while, watch this video:

Did you enjoy watching those people vomit? Yeah, you probably did, you sicko. Credits after the jump.
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Arnold Worldwide, New Balance Compete to be Most Patriotic

Conveniently timed for the 4th of July, Arnold Worldwide and New Balance have launched a campaign celebrating the latter’s commitment to the United States. In a four-video series titled, “Our U.S. Factory Workers vs. Their U.S. Factory Workers,” actual NB factory workers compete in a hot-dog eating contest, ping-point match, basketball game, and ice hockey challenge. The pitch is their home factory, and the catch is that they have no opponents.

According to the parties involved, while 25 percent of New Balance shoes are made or assembled in the U.S., their competitors represent an embarrassing goose egg: NB employs more than 1300 U.S. factory workers, while their competitors employ none.

One-fourth still isn’t a huge amount, but it’s clearly not an exaggeration to say NB wins the game when it comes to patriotism. That makes for a lot of pride, and a lonely hot dog eating contest.

Credits and other videos after the jump

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