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GS&P NYC Wins The New York Post

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Way back in January 2013, we confirmed rumors that West Coast-friendly GS&P was indeed opening a New York City office — and today the client behind its “first major account” approved the release of the news to the trades. That client is the classic Rupert Murdoch tabloid rag The New York Post.

The agency tells Adweek that the work will include “digital, out-of-home and experiential elements” and that it will debut next month. We’re not exactly sure what that will entail but we’re curious, because we’ve lived in New York for 12 years and the only Post ads we’ve ever seen were subway posters.

The win comes after a headlining shift in May that saw ECD Christian Haas leave the agency; his departure preceded the hiring of agency veteran Nathan Frank and his former partner Paul Caiozzo, who Adweek credits with the pitch.

On a side note, media analysts estimate that the always-unprofitable Post loses anywhere from $20 to $100 million dollars every year.

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Patrón Review Down to Two Finalists


Patrón is nearing the end of its search for a new lead agency to handle both creative and media, as only Mullen and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners remain in its creative review, sources told Adweek.

Patrón launched the review back in August, and according to Adweek it originally consisted of about “half a dozen” agencies. Incumbent agency Cramer-Krasselt was invited to defend in the review, but declined. Lee Applbaum, global chief marketing officer at Patrón and the “key decision maker in the search” stated that the company was looking for “a highly strategic and creative agency partner” with “a track record of success in marketing luxury brands.” Read more

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.”

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


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


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 for your free cozy, but those things are hotter than the weather in Manhattan this week.

Infiniti Courts Seven Agencies in Global Account Pitch


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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