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Ready Set Rocket and Kenneth Cole Talk Advertising with Google Glass


The very phrase “advertising with Google Glass” may seem like a contradiction, but Kenneth Cole recently became the first brand to do just that with the help of Men’s Health magazine and New York-based digital agency Ready Set Rocket, which collaborated with Cole’s in-house creative team on a Glass-powered project to help launch its new fragrance “Mankind.”

We spoke to Ready Set Rocket co-founder and Chief Strategist Alex Lirstman and Robert Genovese, VP of integrated marketing at Kenneth Cole, to learn more about the campaign. (Genovese has also worked in the agency world as a media planner at Wieden+Kennedy and associate media director at MPG.)

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Copywriting: Creative Ad WritingWork with a freelance copywriter to build your advertising portfolio and land more copywriting jobs! Starting January 12, Kim Taylor will teach you how to make a complete ad using graphics and photos, write strong headlines and body copy for various advertising media, work from a creative brief, and jumpstart your ad portfolio. Register now!

5 Takes on Facebook’s New Ad Platform

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One of the biggest announcements at this year’s Advertising Week concerned Facebook and the “relaunch” of its advertising platform, Atlas.

Whether we want to admit it or not, Facebook plays a huge role in determining which ads audiences see — and this move is its attempt to knock Google off the online ad throne. The idea is that Facebook can more effectively show the ads you make and place to people who actually want to watch them…but you knew that already.

We asked five contacts in the ad/marketing industries for their takes on this development.

First, two voices from the (digital) agency world.

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Agency Founder Selina Petosa Talks Gender Imbalance and the Future of Digital

The ad industry rarely finds common ground on much of anything, but two particularly contentious topics do seem to have long shelf lives: gender imbalance and the “digital vs. analog” divide.

We spoke to Selina Petosa, founder and chief creative strategist of Seattle-based digital agency Rational Interaction, to get her take on these subjects.

First, here’s some work Rational created for client Microsoft in 2012 (other major clients include Sony, Amazon, AT&T, Expedia and Cisco).

Q&A below.

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So What Do You Do, Tiffany R. Warren, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group?

Tiffany-WarrenSome people simply talk and others do. Tiffany R. Warren belongs to the latter category. When she tired of seeing the same groups being honored year after year at advertising awards shows, Warren took it upon herself to create a space to celebrate diversity in the advertising, marketing, PR and entertainment industries. Now in its 10th year, ADCOLOR has grown to include myriad events and programs aimed to not only champion diverse professionals in these industries, but also to truly prepare them to soar in careers with longevity and purpose. The theme of the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards and Industry Conference, taking place Sept. 17-20 in Beverly Hills, Calif.,  is “We Are Here” to further drive home the point that these industries are rife with diverse talent. This year’s awards will honor Judy Smith, founder and president of Smith & Company (aka Scandal‘s Olivia Pope) and Charles King, partner/agent in the Motion Picture Department at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

“I always felt compelled to do something that was of service. That’s just a family trait. My family is full of teachers and daycare providers and people that just give back. We have some sort of DNA thing going on,” Warren shares. Her altruistic gene must be strong because in addition to the transformative work she does in her roles with Omnicom and ADCOLOR, she serves on the boards for several organizations such as Ghetto Film School and GLAAD and somehow finds the time to mentor 126 people. You read that right. One hundred and twenty-six people.

Here, learn what it takes to be a true agent of change and find out Warren’s thoughts on the current state of diversity in the advertising industry. Read more

R/GA Global CCO Nick Law Thinks Analog and Digital Can Get Along

In case you haven’t seen it yet, IAB’s Peter Minnium recently had a conversation with Nick Law, global CCO at R/GA, about a subject close to all of your hearts: digital vs. analog in the ad world.

In this one-on-one interview, Law elaborates on a point made in an earlier lecture: storytelling and systematic thinking can both be creative. In fact, Law implies that the ad world’s focus on narrative above all other things (combined with the egos of certain “analog” creatives) has placed agencies at a disadvantage.

We’d like to see creative departments’ reactions to Law’s assertion that the new dynamic duo isn’t an art director and a copywriter but, rather, “a storyteller and a systematic thinker” — and that the two mindsets aren’t as far apart as we might think.

Fine Brothers Discuss Rebranding and the Future of Digital Agencies

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Fine, previously known as Fine Design Group, is one of the oldest “digital agencies” around. After founding the company in the halcyon dial-up days of 1994, brothers Kenn Fine and Steven Fine created “some of the first marketing websites on the public Internet” with the help of partner Josh Kelly.

While the Fine brothers made their livings in molecular biology and bicycle apparel, Kelly had a different kind of background: advertising. In fact, he played a marketing role at DDB/Publicis early in his career, which explains the future direction of his partners’ digital branding business.

Now the Fine brothers have progressed, through two decades of digital work, to become a shop specializing in the sorts of things that dominate conversations in the ad industry: “websites, mobile sites, digital video, applications, social media, and search engines.” In their own words, they’re “an agency for the digital age.

The redesign specialists recently gave their own home page a makeover and changed their name — and they collectively answered our questions about their own rebranding and the future of the agency model in the digital world.

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Marcy Bloom on How Digital Media Has Changed Magazine Advertising


Marcy Bloom has spent 17 years working as a publisher on national magazines, from GQ to Lucky. Now, she’s taking on an even bigger role as senior vice president and group publisher at Modern Luxury.

With more than 40 titles across 15 major markets, the company has an abundance of content to be shared on various media platforms. Here, Bloom explains how digital has changed the magazine advertising landscape:

You know, I believe that one of the key things that digital has done is it’s allowed you to be more targeted. And that is from a national magazine perspective — you can’t get as close as you can in a digital sense. And that’s actually why I’m beyond inspired by what we’re doing here [at Modern Luxury] because we have a closeness and an intimacy. We have editors, sales staff and marketers in each market. Our brands reflect those markets. So we’re getting as close as you can via print, and that feels extremely relevant, especially because of what digital can offer.

For more from Bloom, including how the company is creating a national advertising platform for its many niche, regional publications, read: So What Do You Do, Marcy Bloom, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Modern Luxury?

YP CEO David Krantz: ‘We Were Mobile Before Mobile Was Cool!’

David-Krantz-YP-mdThis week, Adweek offered readers the gentle musings of YP CEO David Krantz. In case your Web browser doesn’t have that URL in its search history, that would be the former Yellow Pages

For the Millennials out there in AgencySpy land, that is what was once called a phone book.

It was a bundled array of print technology listing the numbers and logos of anyone in your neck of the woods. What was formerly the listing service of AT&T Interactive decided to skew a little younger by breaking out the two-letter moniker.

In the interview, Krantz stuck up for his brand, downplaying the influence 0f all those cool kids at Google and stuff.

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Agencies Officially Need to Pay Attention to Vine Now


You’ve heard of Vine, right? Of course you have–and we’ll go out on a sturdy limb in suggesting that most of our readers probably don’t think of Twitter’s six-second loop tool as the Next Big Thing in digital marketing.

This week, however (as reported on our sister site Lost Remote), the company unveiled the latest step in its campaign to appeal to those of the agency persuasion: loop counts.

What does that alien phrase mean? Metrics to measure how many times people have clicked on given “vines” have been around for a while, but this one tells us how many times a clip has looped–and it somehow controls for the “open tab” factor as well. The idea is that viewers will watch the most compelling Vines repeatedly, thereby increasing brand retention, etc.

In short, we can now get a better sense of how much Vine campaigns are worth. Given recent agency trends focusing on more accurate measurement for social media campaigns, some think that this means more shops will have to take Vine seriously.

A few marketing experts weigh in after the jump.

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Shop Behind Viral Hello Flo Spot on the Agency/Production Company Model

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You’ve probably seen the Hello Flo ‘First Moon Party’ spot this week; it’s already gotten 7.2 million views in four days.

You probably also noticed that there was no major agency behind the campaign, which followed an earlier, equally popular campaign released a year ago.

Today we spoke to Todd Wiseman Jr.–co-founder of Hayden 5, the production company behind the viral hit–about the way his shop works and how it’s different from traditional agencies.

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