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Holiday Card Roundup, Part 3: Snow Globes, Treecycling, Focus Groups and More

Don’t worry readers, there’s still plenty of agency holiday cards to sort through, even after parts one and two of our roundup.

For its holiday card, AKQA went the customizable mobile snow globe route. You can check out a trailer above, and head to snow.akqa.com/ for the full experience

W+K London may be contenders for most eco-fiendly holiday effort of the year. The agency went around collecting discarded Christmas trees last January, chipped and pulped them, and turned them into this year’s Christmas cards. Treecycling? You can purchase one at wklondon.com/christmascard, with proceeds going to Trees for Cities. Stick with us after the jump to see efforts from Ogilvy & Mather Paris and Read more

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ACW Grey Tel Aviv Ends Bad Hair Days for Pantene

When Pantene decided to faze out their Perfect Curls Hair Cream in Israel, where 25 percent of women have curly hair, they met with a harsh backlash via a Facebook group protesting the removal of the product.

To counteract the negative feelings, and the bad hair days, Pantene enlisted ACW Grey Tel Aviv to respond to posters with personalized giveaways, such as a romantic dinner for two and hotel stay, a shopping spree, a beauty treatment and professional fashion shoot. As the girls began sharing the experiences, over 200,000 women were exposed to the initiative, which then blew up with national and even international news coverage. It resulted in estimated media coverage of over $500,000. Then Pantene invited the group to a movie premiere where they unveiled the re-launch of the product by hiding it under invitees’ seats, helping to end their bad hair days and, Pantene is undoubtedly banking on, winning some long-term customer loyalty. Check out the case study above to learn more about the initiative and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Grey Re-Enters South Africa with Acquisition of The Volcano Group

greylogoAdweek Global Agency of the Year Grey has announced it is re-entering South Africa with immediate effect, with the acquisition of a majority stake in The Volcano Group, one of South Africa’s fastest growing independent agencies. The Volcano Group will rebrand as Grey Africa as a result of the acquisition and will focus on developing a strong local presence for Grey in South Africa as well as leading Grey’s expansion in key African markets.

Volcano’s group managing director, Paul Jackson, said he was proud to be associated with Grey, adding, “The decision to take on the exciting opportunity of re-establishing Grey in South Africa and across the continent is one that is met with great enthusiasm by both parties, and we look forward to being an integral part of the continued global success of Grey.”

David Patton, President and CEO of Grey EMEA was equally excited about the acquisition, saying, “The most important outcome of this exciting partnership is the acquisition of talent and expertise that will re-ignite our efforts in establishing a dynamic South African presence for Grey and will also allow us to truly focus on serving international clients across the African continent.”

Grey New York, Downy Tell a T-Shirt Love Story

We all have an extra soft, hol(e)y shirt that fits perfectly, whether it’s an oversized sleepshirt once worn by a parent, an old boyfriend’s flannel, or an embarrassing Greenday tour T. In their new spot, Downy celebrates the journey of one such garment: it’s a treasured piece of memorabilia for our protagonist, a witness during a heated make-out sesh, a comfort for his pregnant wife, and finally a dress on his young daughter. It lasts through all these phases of his life, because “Downy helps protect the clothes you love.”

It’s a sweet spot, backed by a cover of Alphaville’s Forever Young. Hopefully they make this a series, telling the stories of the dirt-stained jersey you now wear to the beach with the fam, or the tattered sweatshirt that’s now one square in a grandchild’s quilt. It’s hard to go wrong with an idyllic tale of growing up, especially when the story evokes the soothing smell of laundry soap.

Credits after the jump.

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Report: HSBC to Split Global Ad Duties (Updated, with JWT Note)

According to Campaign, HSBC has finally made its decision on who will handle its approximately $650 million global ad account and it’s sizable enough so that it will be not one, but three of the five agencies that were shortlisted last year (McCann dropped out in November and BBDO was the other). The financial institution has chosen incumbent JWT, Grey London and Saatchi  Saatchi, with the first two taking on lead agency duties while the third will service HSBC’s  premier and wealth business globally.

Regarding the five-month process to get to this point, HSBC group GM/global head of marketing Chris Clark,  tells Campaign, among other things, “This has been an exhaustive and thorough review, with input from our four global businesses and five regions, and we’re extremely grateful for the contributions and professionalism of all the agencies involved.”

Check out the full story here.

Update: We’ve received a memo from sources that went out globally to staff today from JWT Europe/London CEO, Toby Hoare, who has been with the agency since 2005. Peep it after the jump.

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Hmm, So Did Grey Take Global Duties on Pringles Biz?

Here is what appears to be a note from Grey Group CEO/chairman Jim Heekin to staff. Waiting for verification on this, but in the meantime, We got the great news (and a cake!) this morning telling us we have won the global Pringles account from its new owner, Kellogg’s, a sensational blue-chip client that we’re proud to add to our roster.

“There aren’t many second acts in our business.  While we helped Procter & Gamble build Pringles into a global brand starting in 1997, we knew our chances of keeping it were slim to none.  Kellogg’s was clear that it was easier for them to put the business with their primary partner, Leo Burnett.  Particularly because they are committed to a one agency model.

Yet, our new team in N.Y. took on this uphill fight with everything they had and simply bucked all the odds.  The team developed a brilliant campaign and won Kellogg’s trust.  In the end, our new client said it was a unanimous decision for Grey.

Congratulations to everyone who gave it their all.  Your ‘Famously Effective’ winning spirit can’t be denied.”

If  you recall, parent company Kellogg called off its deal to sell off its chips brand to Diamond Foods last year. Updated: Sources close to the review have confirmed that Grey has taken over.

Here’s the Memo Regarding Grey’s Radio Shack Win

Well, can’t win ‘em all, BSSP, which had handled the Radio Shack account for the last three years. After a six-month review, Grey New York has followed up its Emergen-C win by picking up creative duties for f0r the electronics retailer, which always seems to have a nice pair of headphones handy. Anyhow, here’s the memo sent from Grey CEO Jim Heekin, president/CCO Tor Myhren and managing director Michael Houston:

“We wanted to share the tremendous news with you that Grey New York has won the Radio Shack account after a hard-fought competition that began five months ago.  Radio Shack spent nearly $210 million last year, making this win one of the largest in our history and one of the largest reviews in our industry this year.

We will lead creative strategy and execution for Radio Shack’s entire marketing ecosystem: in stores, television, online, social media, mobile media, digital media, print, outdoor and other categories including Hispanic communications across all channels.

Radio Shack is one of America’s leading national retailers of mobile/technology products with 34,000 employees and over 7,000 locations.

Congratulations and thanks to Suresh Nair, Rick Cusato, Alex Lubar, Deb Freeman, Claudia Strauss (Alliance), Doug Livingston, Jeff Odiorne, Andrew Speyer (Wing) and everyone who gave their all to this incredible effort.  We are going to hit the ground running and we’ll need every ounce of your creativity and commitment going forward.

Our new client said “Grey ranks among the most respected, innovative and creative agencies in the advertising landscape.  We are thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with this team as we continue transforming our brand.”  We couldn’t say it better ourselves or be more proud of you.

Enjoy your holiday weekend.

Cheers,
Jim, Tor and Michael”

Learn How to Perform CPR Like a ‘Tough Guy’

From Grey London and Hungry Man UK comes the above PSA for the British Heart Foundation. Fans of violent action movies will immediately recognize the spot’s star as Vinnie Jones, the former Welsh soccer star (and sultry lounge singer) perhaps best known to Americans for his portrayal of “Bullet Tooth Tony” in the 2000 Guy Ritchie film Snatch. The man is an enforcer on the field and on the silver screen.

Perhaps more important than Vinnie Jones’ awesome personal history is how he’s helping save lives in “No Kissing.” Apparently, new breakthroughs in medical science or something have proven that mouth-to-mouth is no longer a necessary component of proper CPR administration. That’s right, easily manipulated lifeguards of the world. You no longer have to engage lip locks to save lives. All you need is some Bee Gees on a boombox, your own two hands, and the silly British version of emergency medical services to ensure your breathless subject stays alive. Listen to Vinnie, it’s “not as hard as it looks.” Credits after the jump.

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Grey/Ogilvy Stockholm Reveal New Name with Help from Facebook

Well, here’s a nifty way to unveil a new brand identity. Just over two months after WPP announced that Grey and Ogilvy were planning to launch a new joint operation in Sweden, the Stockholm offices of both shops have finally revealed the name of the newly merged outfit: Ingo.

How they went about it was rather interesting, in that Grey and Ogilvy solicited Facebook profile pictures on a vague site that featured the headline, “Only You Can Show Us Our New Name.” It took just four hours and nearly 3,000 faces to help create a mosaic that eventually pulled the curtain off of Ingo, which will house approximately 70 staffers with nearly half working directly on creative delivery.

Grey Acquires Yolk

Sir Martin Sorrell adds another one to the fold as his WPP-owned Grey unit acquired Yolk Pte Ltd., a Singapore-based shop that offers services including digital strategy, email marketing, search, viral, etc. etc.. In a statement regarding Yolk, which counts clients including Canon and Microsoft across Asia, Grey Group chairman/CEO Jim Heekin says, “”The acquisition of Yolk is another clear signal of Grey’s commitment to place digital at the core of our business and deliver powerful, seamless offline and online marketing solutions. The digital services space is growing exponentially and this move adds to our competitive advantage in the marketplace.” Well, the Webby-winning Yolk does call itself “digitally daring” after all.

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