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Hill Holliday Is the Best Place to Work in the Ad Industry

That’s according to business ranking site Glassdoor, which released its “Best Places to Work” lists today.

A quick perusal of the main list, concerning businesses with 1,000 or more employees, reveals lots of tech companies and consultancies but no ad agencies. The fact that In-N-Out Burger, Costco and NBCUniversal made the top 50 may lead some to question the accuracy of this list and the methodology behind it, but we thought we would take a closer look anyway.

At any rate, Hill Holliday is definitely the only shop to appear on either the main roundup or the small-to-medium business list, where it ranks #33.

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But what does this mean?!

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Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!

W+K Plants Tongue in Cheek for Andy Awards

W+K finds a unique and amusing way to call for entries to the 2015 Andy Award in a new campaign featuring a a member of a bomb squad, neurosurgeon and firefighter all discussing a career that takes real courage: advertising. Each of the spots, which were directed by Clay Weiner of Biscuit Filmworks, ends with the tagline, “Where only the bravest get rewarded.”

In “Neurosurgeon” the discussion happens during brain surgery, as the surgeon in question asks, “How do you know when you sell an idea to a client that the idea is actually going to work?” He asks for the scalpel and then continues, “It’s like its one big conceptual umbrella and then what do you do with that?” He goes on with his hypothetical scenario, in which the client kills the idea in favor of a brand manifesto with “hard hitting VO,” he sighs. “And then wait ’til AgencySpy gets it,” the surgeon ads. “It’s brutal.”

In the other spots a firefighter marvels at the difficulty of balancing TV, digital and social, and the bomb squad member trembles at the thought of having to “come up with a groundbreaking social media campaign in a week.” Obviously the point of the ads is to point out that advertisers aren’t doing anything as courageous or important as saving lives, knocking down the self-importance of award shows a peg or two in the process. The videos are supported by display and social media ads depicting big name creatives like Gerry Graf, Susan Hoffman, Jeff Benjamin and Dan Wieden being congratulated by firefighters, astronauts, surgeons and the like. Stick around for “Hurt Locker” and “Firefighter” after the jump. Read more

Seinfeld Clios Speech Was Gold, Jerry!

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In case you missed it, Jerry Seinfeld won an honorary award at last night’s 55th Annual Clio Awards. He then took the opportunity to (generously) label the ad industry “a bunch of nonsense” and commend the agency folk in attendance for their ”phony careers and meaningless lives.”

If we didn’t know better, we’d think he were an AgencySpy commenter rather than a comedian who did his best work 20 years ago. His opener was a little familiar:

“I love advertising because I love lying.”

Before you roll your eyes, he did elaborate on that premise:

“Spending your life trying to dupe innocent people out of hard-won earnings to buy useless, low-quality, misrepresented items and services is an excellent use of your energy.”

While recounting the infamous 1991 “trophy run”, he even tackled one of our readers’ favorite topics: the inanity of awards shows themselves.

“…I got this. I didn’t really win it, but I got it.”

Now you’ll have to click through to watch the whole thing.

Cannes-Winning McD’s Spot Only Ran in Obscure Australian Paper

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We’re all aware that certain campaigns exist to move product and, more prominently, to earn attention for the responsible agencies during awards season.

A recent debate over a Cannes winner produced by DDB seems to further prove the point: as Australian media pub mUmBRELLA noted, the McDonald’s print campaign that went on to win a bronze Press Lion appeared on April 30–the very last day for consideration–in a local paper with a circulation of about 20,000.

DDB insisted that the spots, all of which appeared in the same issue of the paper, were part of the pitch that produced the TV ad after the jump.

The pub’s editors, however, didn’t seem so sure.

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Sid Lee Showcases ADC Winners in Interactive Exhibit

-39The ADC (formerly known as The Art Directors Club), is launching a “one-of-a-kind traveling art exhibit that puts the design ahead of the content.” The exhibit showcases the winners of ADC’s 93rd Annual Awards in an interactive installation executed by a creative team at global ad agency Sid Lee.

The three-piece exhibit is steam punk themed and “makes you work for a sneak peek of the winning work” with simple machines, constructed by Sid Lee, that require user-interaction to bring the work to life. These machines include the following:

  • Bring the beat: Motion and Interactive: Visitors play a harpsichord-inspired instrument to trigger the Motion and Interactive winning work, which is projected onto a facing wall with each note
  • Honey, I shrunk the art: The Design, Photography and Illustration winning work was shrunk down to miniature sizes, and viewers look into a structure (part pinhole camera, part carousel, part light box and part microscope) that magnifies individual pieces
  • Take a ride on the wild side: The Advertising winners take a little more effort, encouraging viewers to hop a recumbent bicycle-structure and pedal enough energy to project the winning advertising work onto a facing screen

To learn more about Sid Lee’s exhibit for ADC and the winners of the 93rd annual ADC Awards, check out ADC’s Instagram page.

American Advertising Awards Announces Judging Panel Selections

American Advertising AwardsThe American Advertising Federation has announced the judging panel for their 2014 American Advertising Awards, “the largest competition honoring excellence in advertising creativity.” Judges will review nearly 1,500 entries from all over the country in Washington, D.C. on April 25 and 26, choosing from finalists who have already won in 15 district-level competitions. Remote judging will be  supervised by Mark Landon, president of the Landon Agency in Los Angeles, and Kirk Kirkpatrick, group creative director at Trozzolo Communications Group in Overland Park, Kansas City. Winners will be honored at the American Advertising Awards ceremony on May 31st, during the final day of ADMERICA 2014, the AAF’s annual national conference. Keep reading following the break for the list of judges. Read more

Here’s Episode 1 of ADC’s Portfolio Night All-Stars

As we mentioned earlier this week, here is the first of five episodes launching from ADC regarding its Portfolio Night All-Stars. The happenings went on at the ADC Gallery in Chelsea, NY and feature the likes of DDB worldwide CCO, Amir Kassaei. The mission involved? Rethink the Ford Focus. Let’s see what the kids come up with.

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.

And Now, Your Final ADC Fest Recap

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All good things must come to an end as they say and with that, here’s the final recap of the 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft that wrapped up yesterday in Miami. Once again,  here’s a quick snapshot of the third and final day of the festivities courtesy of ADC content manager, Brett McKenzie. As mentioned below, the big winners for at the actual ADC awards included Stockholm’s Forsman & Bodenfors, which picked up the almighty Black Cube for the Van Damme splits work for Volvo Trucks (full winners list here). Well, for our sake, there’s always next year. Take it away, B.

“The 2014 edition of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design is now in the history books, after the third and final day of intriguing workshops and meals, not to mention the finale of the ADC 93rd Annual Awards, the unveiling of Laser Cat and not one but two blowout after parties.
Beginning at sunrise with some beachside yoga and a breakfast open only to ADC Members, Day Three of the Festival featured some of the event’s most popular workshops. Attendees donned aprons and picked up knives and chisels to build guitar frames with Dick Boak, experimented with computer code with Sub Rosa’s Joshua Davis, unleashed imaginations and inhibitions with street artist Kazilla and peered into the unsettlingly bizarre mind if legendary illustrator Gary Baseman.
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The evening’s gala took place at the beautiful New World Center. If you are looking for the full laundry list of Cube winners, visit http://adcglobal.org/adc-93rd-annual-awards-winners-part-two/ but the one sentence version is that the night belonged to Forsman and Bodenfors, Volvo Trucks and Van Damme’s epic splits, whose checked luggage going back home to Sweden will likely be overweight.
Immediately after all the Cubes were handed out, Hungry Castle unveiled it’s much anticipated Laser Cat installment, beaming the personal projects of thousands of creatives onto the walls of the venue.
After Laser Cat’s reveal, Festival attendees danced the night away on the New World Center’s rooftop, and when the lights came on at that venue, they hurried on to a nightclub for several more hours of celebration.
This morning there were a lot of happily comatose Festival attendees, shaking hands and promising to keep in touch, already getting excited for 2015. We hope you’ll join them next year!”
More images after the jump.

And Now, Your ADC Fest Recap, Part Two

And so, the party continues in Miami at the 2014 ADC Festival of Art + Craft. With day two in the books, we give you yet another snapshot of the event from ADC content manager, Brett McKenzie, The party still sounds pretty fun. Send us a postcard, will ya?

“The second day of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design was full of inspiration and creative rejuvenation, from a sunrise yoga session overlooking the Atlantic, all the way to a blowout blast at the famous Bass Museum, where the Design, Illustration, Photography and Print Advertising winners of the ADC 93rd Annual Awards were displayed and awarded.

During the day there were amazing workshops by Mariscal, ADC Young Gun Ivan Cash and architect supreme Clive Wilkinson, as well as the premiere of the new ADC film series InspirADCion, featuring the one and only Lee Clow.

The temperamental South Beach weather forced us to move the award ceremonies indoors, but the intimate setting ended up being ideal for two kickass presentations, one by design legend Mariscal and the other by ADC Hall of Famer George Lois. And afterwards, the (unofficial) party continued poolside at the James Royal Palm Hotel, ensuring plenty of hangovers for Day Three.”
Check out a few images from day 2 after the jump and for a full recap, you can go here.

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