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Deutsch New York, Barton F. Graf 9000 Help GoDaddy Lose Its Sex Appeal

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New Ad Strategy: Swap Sexy for Creepy?

For a couple of years, GoDaddy made headlines for all the wrong reasons. During the Super Bowl, scantily clad B-list women and “athletes” would offer themselves up for innuendo, double entendre, and a few other Latin words.

Since June 2012, GoDaddy has attempted to stray from that image with a different advertising campaign featuring the acuity of Deutsch New YorkAccording to The New York Times, the URL storehouse will announce its plans to hire Barton F Graf 9000 as its U.S. creative AOR today. 

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A Vulgar Elizabeth Hurley Stars in Droga5′s ‘If We Won’ for Newcastle

Elizabeth Hurley gets vulgar in the latest addition to Droga5′s “If We Won” campaign for Newcastle, which imagines how much better America would be if Great Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

The campaign kicked off last week, with a humorous spot featuring Stephen Merchant. Hurley’s spot borrows a bit from that one, as it devotes quite a bit of time to how many great curse words we’d have at our disposal had we remained British, something Merchant touched on in the original “If We Won.” Still, we suppose the subject doesn’t hurt from further exploration, and the video has over 300,000 views since being uploaded earlier today as people seem to be amused by seeing Hurley stringing together British expletives. Hurley’s 39-second video is just part of the wealth of material put out by Droga5 for the campaign, which also includes Zachary Quinto in a pair of spots and a second appearance from Merchant, who explains how his British accent helps him appear intelligent and get laid. If you’re wondering what American actor Zachary Quinto is doing in this campaign, you’ll just have to watch the video, along with the second Merchant spot, after the jump. Read more

Erwin Penland Remixes Classic Atari Games for Denny’s

Erwin Penland has a fun new campaign remixing classic Atari games promoting Denny’s “Greatest Hits Remixed” menu.

The agency worked with Atari on remixed mobile versions of the games Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout. All three were reimagined to feature breakfast items, and reborn as Hashteroids, Centipup and Take-Out. The games come complete with bizarre, breakfast-related storylines, such as this one for Centipup, as related by Joystiq: “Once upon a time, a young boy named Danny came across a bottle of syrup and with just a slight squeeze the bottle’s sticky contents had the power to turn anyone or anything into a fried egg.”

The campaign aims to capitalize on the nostalgia of Gen-Xers, an oft-overlooked demographic as advertisers focus more and more energy on appealing to Millenials. It also marks the first partnership for Atari since filing for bankruptcy early last year. “We are excited to be partnering with Denny’s on this partnership,” said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais in Marketing Land. “Transforming our classic and beloved games into a retro, remixed promotion will be a natural way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans in a fun and unique way.”

You can check out a trailer for the games, which are available for iOS and Android devices, above.

Great Guns Filmtracks Santigold for Pepsi

Production company Great Guns mixes molotov cocktails and soccer in their filmtrack for Santigold’s “Kicking Down Doors,” part of Pepsi’s Beats of the Beautiful Game visual album.

For Santigold’s filmtrack, director Andy Morahan was inspired by “The Christmas Truce,” a soccer-fueled temporary peace that took place between English and German forces on Christmas Day, 1915. “The English and German soldiers put down their guns and played some football in No Man’s Land,” explains Morahan. “I was thinking of a way to try and tell that story in a modern light. Obviously I didn’t have the budget for a war scene, but a riot was more reasonable as a severe stand-off between people. It’s showing football, and sport by extension, as this beacon for humanity.”

In the film, a riot breaks out, with molotov cocktail wielding forces squaring off against riot police. A group of boys falls asleep at the edge of the scene. When one of their balls makes its way into the heart of action, both sides throw down their arms and beginning playing an impromptu pickup game. It’s not a bad idea for a World Cup spot, but seems a bit stretched out as an over four minute music video — although you may feel differently if you actually enjoy the song.

Morahan filmed the scene in Kiev, which has seen its share of rioting in recent history, although he insists the location was chosen purely out of convenience. “I was in Prague and wanted to shoot it there but the budget wouldn’t fit, so we were only an hour flight from Kiev and I’d worked there before so knew some people there who could help me out,” he explains. “Really, it was just close by and it fit the budget.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi NY Introduces Grumpy Cat to Buzz


Saatchi & Saatchi New York introduces Internet phenomenon Grumpy Cat to Honey Nut Cheerios in a new 30-second broadcast spot for the brand designed to appeal to younger audiences.

For the spot, entitled simply “Buzz Meets Grumpy Cat,” Saatchi & Saatchi teamed up with California-based production company Backyard and director Rob Pritts. If you count yourself among Grumpy Cat’s legions of fans, you’ll probably just be happy to see him make an appearance here. Otherwise, there’s not a lot going on beyond “Oh, you’re that Grumpy Cat,” as Buzz tries to make the feline crack a smile. His strategy consists entirely of talking about how much people like Honey Nut Cheerios.

Established brand + established meme = eyeballs.

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Wheaties Is Looking for Younger ‘Champions’ to Serve Breakfast

wheatiesSince 1927, Wheaties has been known as “The Breakfast of Champions.” The man behind the iconic tagline was Knox Reeves, a Minnesota advertising executive who created his own agency that would be bought by Bozell in 1975 (Good Jeopardy trivia there).

Reeves needed to a slogan to go on a billboard for Wheaties, then a fledgling cereal brand that sponsored the radio broadcasts of the Minneapolis Millers, a minor league baseball team. That inspired Reeves to sketch on a Wheaties box: “Wheaties-The Breakfast of Champions“.

A brand was born then. Today, according to the New York Times, General Mills is looking to appeal to a younger demographic.

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Grey London Touts Healthy Snacking for Go Ahead

Grey London get rather fantastical in their new 30-second spot for Go Ahead, featuring wrestlers, a brass band, lots of drummer, and men with jet packs, all set to a Backstreet Boys song.

In the spot, entitled “The Most Important Snack of the Day” a woman sits at her drab office desk and takes a bite out of her Go Ahead snack bar. Immediately she is transported to a bright, fantastical world where she is hoisted up above the crazy scene below. It’s old-fashioned glitz and cheese, without a hashtag or social initiative in in sight, which is kind of refreshing. Surprisingly enough, the elaborate production for the spot was purportedly shot in only one take. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Hawthorne Direct Reintroduces :DentalPlans

Full-service brand response agency Hawthorne Direct has launched a new campaign rebranding : DentalPlans, “the largest dental savings plan marketplace.”

The result of “an intensive creative and customer insight research process performed by : DentalPlans over the past year,” the campaign includes a television spot and branded videos, as well as a new logo, tagline, and iconography. Their approach is perhaps a little too shaped by the insight research, as the video stretches well beyond the two minute mark in an attempt to squeeze in information. That the video is a bit on the dry side to begin with makes the extended duration a bit of an ordeal to sit through, although you may be glad you came across it if you are in fact in the market for a dental plan.

“The challenge of helping a company communicate their offerings while driving response is one that our team at Hawthorne excels at,” said John Pucci, chief creative officer at Hawthorne Direct. “This endeavor was made much more rewarding by the willingness of the : DentalPlans team to work closely with us as an active, engaged partner. Our goal here was to develop a contemporary TV campaign that would bring new life to the : DentalPlans brand. The commercials were created to be simple and uplifting. The look, feel and tone of the new brand are translated across all of the commercials and videos that Hawthorne created.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Sorcher Films Gets Emotional for SpeakingPhoto

To promote the new social sharing app SpeakingPhoto (available on Android and iOS), which sets “itself apart from youth-based social sharing apps by offering a way for consumers and businesses to document, keep and share important stories with their communities and customers,” Sorcher Films was tasked with telling stories with a real emotional payoff. Sorcher Films and writer/director Peter Sorcher responded with a series of branded content videos.

Sorcher worked directly with SpeakingPhoto to create an “interwoven, multi-character narrative to drive home an emotional connection to SpeakingPhoto.” He took a feature-film approach, creating back stories for all the characters, despite knowing that most of the footage would be cut from the final edit. This, coupled with quality editing (also from Sorcher), makes for the impression that the characters are more fleshed out than what we see onscreen, allowing for emotional moments that speak to the SpeakingPhoto’s uses.

“People see spots for apps with people engaged with screens and just tune out, so I wanted to create something that really makes the viewer take an active role to figure out who these characters are and what they are doing with SpeakingPhoto,” Sorcher said. Stick around after the jump for credits and another SpeakingPhoto spot. Read more

Infiniti Courts Seven Agencies in Global Account Pitch

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Infiniti Motor Co. will meet (or has already met) with seven agencies before selecting finalists to pitch for its global creative account, Adweek reports.

The meetings took place this week, and leave Infiniti “on track to complete its search by August,” according to Adweek. Infiniti’s initial request for proposal reported that the brand spends approximately $450 million annually. Among the agencies in the running are Publicis, FCB, Havas Worldwide (pitching with sister shop Arnold), Bartle Bogle Hegarty, M&C Saatchi and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, according to Adweek‘s sources. Interestingly, also pitching is Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, partnering with incumbent Omnicom agency TBWA. After the initial meetings, Infiniti will narrow the field to three or four agencies, a cut that “could come as soon as next week.” Infiniti’s RFP noted that “alternative approaches are paramount as Infiniti cannot outspend its competitors in broadcast,” and identified the U.S., China and Hong Kong as priority markets.

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