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Goodby Silverstein & Partners Launches ‘Shop the World’ for eBay

Goodby Silverstein & Partners is launching the first ever global campaign for eBay, entitled “Shop the World.”

As you may remember, eBay began searching for an agency to help revamp its image earlier this year, settling on Goodby Silverstein & Partners to handle creative and WPP’s MediaCom for media in July. This campaign, which launches on October 13th, timed to coincide with a revamped homepage, is based on an idea the agency pitched during the review.

A 60-second television spot (featured above) will launch Monday, with social components rolling out just prior to that. The spot entices viewers to “shop the world,” reminding them that, through eBay, anything they see from women’s running shoes to guitars is “instantly shopable” by zooming in on purchasable items with a white box. Items featured in the ad will also run as part of the revamped homepage’s curated “Collections” section.

“We’ve never gone out to the customer with one single message at the same time. All of the creative across markets is the same creative concept, the same key message,” eBay CMO Richelle Parham told AdAge. “This is the tightest connection [we've had] from marketing efforts to the product experience.”

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Global Strategy Directors Leaving Commonwealth//McCann

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Today sources confirmed that Global Directors of Strategy Matt Kuzelka and Conner Huber have left Commonwealth//McCann.

The two have worked together at the agency, which is specifically dedicated to client Chevrolet, since late 2012 — and both also have extensive agency backgrounds.

Kuzelka began his agency career working in print and consumer insights at Carmichael Lynch, Fallon, and CP+B before going into strategy/planning. He spent more than two years as a senior communications strategist Wieden+Kennedy before joining GS&P to direct planning for Chevy and moving to Commonwealth when it opened.

Huber followed a similar trajectory, handling planning for clients at CP+B and W+K before moving to McCann along with Kuzelka in late 2012.

Sources note that Huber is relocating to New York to work for GS&P in a planning role; no word on Kuzelka’s next move at the moment.

Updates when we get them.

Goodby Silverstein & Partners Attempts to Scare Young People into Voting for Rock the Vote

With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, Goodby Silverstein & Partners has a new campaign for Rock the Vote that attempts to scare young people into voting, entitled “#CareLikeCrazy.”

In the above 30-second spot, a right-wing lunatic espouses his (scary) views on women’s rights, preceding his rant by letting you know he never forgets to vote. He says women, who “think they want equal pay” are just having their minds poisoned by feminism and its the responsibility of men to protect them from themselves. His psychotic rant is followed by the a horror movie scream and the message “He votes. Do you?”

Since, unfortunately, there really are people like this out there, this is a clever approach. For those who don’t think there’s reason to vote, it’s a reminder that sane, rational people are needed to cancel out the votes of people like this guy. Similarly minded spots take on other topics (with other crazies) like war, the environment and voting rights. Read more

GS&P, Grupo Gallegos Drink Milk in Two Languages

The next phase of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners‘ famous “Got Milk” work goes bilingual this week in a new campaign co-created for The California Milk Processor Board by GS&P and Grupo Gallegos, an Hispanic agency based in Huntington Beach that has served the Board since 2005.

The tagline may be gone on the national level (the larger dairy advocacy group is represented by Lowe Campbell Ewald), but in California the message remains as strong as ever…as strong as, say, an Olympic athlete:

A more dramatic take below…

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eBay Hires WPP’s MediaCom and Omnicom’s Goodby for Support

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In April, eBay began looking to revamp its brand and image. The online clearinghouse put out a review not for an agency of record but for shops to work on a global brand project (which speaks to last week’s conversation on the state of the AOR).

eBay found two agencies to fit the bill: WPP’s MediaCom and Omnicom’s Goodby, Silverstein and Partners. The two will act in much-needed supportive roles to handle media and creative.

Surprisingly, the agencies released no celebratory comment. We do have this from eBay to AdAge:

“As our brand evolves, we’re constantly looking for new ways to inspire and engage our buyers and sellers around the world. We have recently engaged Goodby Silverstein and Partners and Mediacom as one of our agency partners to help us explore how to continue telling the story of eBay.”

The company spent $51 million on U.S. measured media last year; this total includes spending for subsidiaries PayPal and StubHub.

GS&P Hires Two New Creative Directors

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In a somewhat unprecedented move, GS&P turned the hiring of its two newest creative directors into…a customized beer cozy giveaway.

It’s symbolic, see: Danny Gonzalez and David Suarez, or “the guys who did all the Ragu and Little Caesar’s stuff at BFG”, will work on the Corona Light and Modelo accounts, hence the brew theme.

The duo most recently made news in 2012 when they jumped the Chiat ship to join BFG9000. Gonzales previously wrote copy for JWT while Suarez served as art director.

This move serves as a reunion of sorts as it once again unites Gonzales and Suarez with Eric Kallman, the copywriter behind “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” who Graf hired from W+K in 2011. Kallman, who has been CD at GS&P since February, writes:

“Working with them again will be like putting on a really comfortable pair of jeans, but jeans that also surprise you, impress you and make you laugh. So, basically, way better than jeans.”

We would tell you to email dannyanddavidarecoming@gspsf.com for your free cozy, but those things are hotter than the weather in Manhattan this week.

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.

Goodby, Adobe Go ‘Woo Woo’ Over New (Fake) Social Platform

In case you missed its premiere during this past weekend’s U.S. Open broadcast (and who can blame you, what with World Cup debut weekend and all–nice scheduling, PGA), here’s the new GS&P-created spot for Adobe that introduces us to something called “Woo Woo.” What is it, you ask? Well, it’s a social platform–albeit a fictional one–that seems to highlight just how flash-in-the-plan the social networking world is and how marketers can ultimately get lost in the chaos. The :60 effort, which also bowed at Cannes, not only hypes the Adobe Marketing Cloud but marks the brand’s first network TV ad in over a decade. According to folks on the Spy line, Razorfish San Francisco is helping out on Adobe’s return to network television by building the “launch” website around Woo Woo (coming soon, apparently) and running its Twitter feed. While there might never be an actual Woo Woo, at least this spot brings back some fond memories of our long-since-buried MySpace and Friendster accounts. Credits after the jump.

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Working Not Working Lists Most Desirable Full-Time Gigs

wnwlogoanimated1Freelance network Working Not Working has unveiled a list of the top 46 companies its freelancers “would kill to work” for full-time, and the list includes several advertising agencies. Among the agencies Working Not Working freelancers would most like to work for are: 360i, 72andSunny, Barton F. Graf 9000, BBDO, BBH, Droga 5, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Mother, Periera & O’Dell, Venables Bell & Partners, and Wieden+Kennedy. The list also included a wealth of design and production companies, as well as Google, HBO, Cartoon Network, Tesla, and NASA (for some reason). Stick around for the full list after the jump. Read more

ECD Christian Haas is Leaving Goodby

0ee5644Executive creative director Christian Haas has announced that he is leaving Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, AdAge reports. Haas does not have plans for his next full-time gig following his departure, although he is “advising a few startup clients and planning to freelance,” while the agency currently “is in discussions about the best leadership scenario for N.Y. going forward.” Comcast/Xfinity, which had been handled by both the agency’s New York and San Francisco offices, will will be run by San Francisco-based executive creative directors Adam Reeves and Nick Klinkert.

“I want to go somewhere I feel both excited and terrified — the feelings I had when I first joined Goodby,” Haas said. “I’m not leaving to go somewhere. I want to try something new and I want to take my time to find it.”

Haas arrived at Goody, Silverstein & Partners back in 2006, following over seven years at Organic. He was named a founding partner of the agency’s New York office in January, 2013, where he launched campaigns for the likes of YouTube, Google, Comcast and PledgeMusic. During his time with the agency, Haas was instrumental in making the Omnicom-owned shop a digital powerhouse while leading work for brands such as Sprint, HP, EBay, GE, and Got Milk. In 2010, Creativity named Haas one of its Creativity 50. Read on for Rich Silverstein and Jeff Goodby‘s memo to agency staff following the break. Read more

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