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Office Depot/Max Goes to McCann

Office Depot

Confirming tips we received late yesterday, Office Depot Inc. — the offspring of the February 2013 merger between Office Depot and Office Max — announced its selection of McCann and UM as creative and media agencies of record this morning.

Yesterday, McCann told us that the win couldn’t be confirmed. But the client apparently went ahead and alerted the trades, telling AdAge in the press release that its decision to go with a new agency came about because of “efforts to consolidate resources while expanding its advertising and marketing activities.”

The company, which spent more than $100M on measured media last year, signed with Zimmerman in 2011 and held a “cross-agency review” this summer.

The review came less than three months after the company announced its plans to close approximately 400 stores across the United States.

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McCann Paris Launches ‘Bra Cam’ for Nestlé Fitness

McCann Paris has a provocative new take on the breast cancer awareness PSA, launching the world’s first (according to them) “Bra Cam,” to remind women to check for breast cancer.

At the beginning of the spot, a woman fastens a hidden camera to her bra before heading out for the day in a somewhat revealing (but still plenty safe for work) outfit. The ad then brings up a counter recording each time her breasts are “checked out” over the course of the day. It’s an attention grabbing way to deliver a pretty clear message: Everyone else is checking out your breasts, so check them out yourself and self-examine regularly for breast cancer. The campaign comes complete with a social initiative asking women to post a #CheckYourSelfie, checking themselves out and inviting friends to do the same in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness and get more women to self examine regularly. Read more

twofifteenmccann Unveils Trailer for ‘The Un-Filmable Game’

Instead of making a live action trailer for Insomniac Games’ Sunset Drive for Xbox, twofifteenmccann created a fictional behind-the-scenes take on an attempt to film a trailer for “The Un-Filmable Game.”

The “Rules are Meant to be Exploded” marketing campaign for the title began all the way back in June, including a giant, interactive balloon of character Fizzie at E3. Fizzie is around for this effort, repeating a profanity-laced line at the end of the spot (visitors are asked to enter their date of birth before viewing). The ad promotes the game as too intense for a live action trailer (which has become something of the default for big game releases) as it parodies an attempt to make one for the game in which everything goes wrong, off-screen. It’s kind of a clever approach, and even finds a unique way to incorporate gameplay footage, but, unfortunately, it’s just too long for its own good, with the full-length online version clocking in at almost four and a half minutes. A 2:30 version will air tomorrow on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, and the integrated campaign will continue through the game’s October 28th release and beyond. Read more

twofifteenmccann Crafts ‘#ThumbMoments’ for Pandora

twofifteenmccann have created a new campaign for online radio service Pandora, entitled “#ThumbMoments.”

Users of the service typically give a song a thumbs up to favorite a song, and a thumbs down to not hear the song on their station again. But on September 5th, twofifteenmccann and Pandora made the thumbs up much more meaningful. Fans who favorited a song by Lindsey Sterling, the song was interrupted by a live message from the star, followed by a one-on-one concert for the fan. Over the course of three hours, Sterling performed seven of these concerts for Pandora listeners. Their reactions form the backbone of the new online campaign, which debuted today.

The emphasis on the thumbs up emphasizes one of the service’s more recognizable features, and allows for Pandora to surprise fans of other artists with similar concerts in the future. Indeed, The New York Times reports that future “commercials will follow the same format, but Pandora declined to name participating musicians.” Additionally, hitting thumbs up for certain (unspecified) artists in the future will result in fans receiving “thumb gifts,” such as signed instruments.

“It was very emotional for listeners, and very emotional for Lindsey, too, because she could see them one-to-one in a way that she doesn’t even get to in a concert,” James Robinson, chief creative officer of twofifteenmccann, told The New York Times of the campaign. “She could see what her music meant to these people.” Read more

McCann Rolls Out More ‘Priceless Surprises’ with Justin Timberlake for Mastercard

McCann has rolled out the latest extension of the “Priceless Surprises” campaign for Mastercard featuring Justin Timberlake surprising card-holding fans, which debuted back in January for the Grammys.

The latest iteration of the campaign comes via an online spot for MasterCard Canada, courtesy of MacLaren McCann, Toronto. In the spot, a fan describes her ideal day with Timberlake, which features mini golf, beer and nachos. Timberlake was taken with her laid-back plans, which he says came across as “really genuine” and decided “I want to hang out with that chick.” So he surprises her while she’s playing mini golf with a friend. The trio finish their round and find a reserved table with beer and nachos. While it’s basically more of the same for the campaign, Canadian fans of Timberlake should get a kick out of it and JT provides the kind of star presence that’s hard to argue with. Read more

twofifteenmccann Invites You to ‘Leave Your Limits’ for Forza Horizon 2

twofifteenmccann has released a live action trailer for Xbox One open-world racing game Forza Horizon 2.

Like a lot of live action trailers for games, the 90-second spot attempts to capture the feeling and excitement of the title in a live action format that captures viewers attention. “Leave Your Limits” opens with a nostalgic look at an electric slot car track. When one of the cars breaks through a wall rather than sticking to the track, the film shifts focus to cars speeding down a highway. The remainder of the spot uses racing footage of cars both on and off road, emphasizing the aspect that makes the game unique, the freedom its open world affords players.

“Leave Your Limits” finds a playful way to promote the game which should have fans ready for the September 30th launch while also piquing the curiosity of casual viewers. Appropriately enough, the spot is set to the song “Prisencolinensinainciusol” by Adriano Celentano, which is sung entirely in gibberish.

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McCann Launches ‘Together, All the Way’ for Cigna

Back in June, Cigna named McCann Erickson as its agency of record, following an extended review which also included finalists Grey and DDB. Now McCann has a new global campaign for Cigna, entitled “Together, All the Way.”

The campaign aims to introduce Cigna as a global health network in over 30 countries, with “one million doctors and health facilities, and 85 million customer relationships around the world.” In the debut spot, appearing in both 60-second and 30-second iterations, McCann presents Cigna as not just health insurance but “a partner who’s with you all the way.” The spot lists all the ways people try to stay well, such as exercising, looking both ways before crossing the street and choosing “the salad, occasionally” before stating that staying well is hard to do alone, and that you need a partner like Cigna, ending with the new tagline “Together, all the way.”

The broadcast spots are supported by digital and print executions. Additionally, ads will launch in China in October and India in November, followed by digital and social components extending the campaign into 2015. Read more

McCann Wins Choice Hotels

choice hotels

In a case of tips confirmed, we have the official press release announcing that McCann has won the Choice Hotels account.

McCann Erickson will handle creative while MRM//McCann will run “digital and customer relationship marketing responsibilities” for the chain; Deutsch New York was the other finalist in the pitch. This is the first major agency change for the brand since it awarded creative and promotional duties to Leo Burnett and Doner in 2009.

While Choice may not be a household name, many of its properties are: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, etc. Company SVP Robert McDowell writes:

“McCann presented a strategic, creative vision and platform for telling the powerful Choice story.”

Havas will retain media duties for the brand; Cohn & Wolfe is its PR AOR.

McCann Compares Internet to Escalators for Verizon

McCann, New York has a new campaign for Verizon FiOS, touting the brand’s “Speed Match” — matching download and upload speeds.

To do so, McCann set up an experiment slowing down an up escalator. When riders finally reached the top, a spokeswoman asks, “Shouldn’t up be as fast as down?” and then continues to make the point that the same should true of Internet connection speeds. It’s a pretty obvious visualization of the feature, and may help those who have trouble understanding tech issues appreciate FiOS’ “Speed Match” (even if they still don’t quite understand what they’re talking about). Read more

McCann & MRM Taps Craig Robinson for Verizon

McCann & MRM enlist the aid of actor/comedian Craig Robinson (who also stars in a campaign for Dodge Dart) in the latest spot for Verizon FiOS.

The spot is a mock infomercial, featuring Robinson crooning hits about Verizon’s service, touting the amount of recordable time provided. In one song, “I Save Every Show About Hoarders,” he admits that he records, and never deletes, shows about hoarders, currently up to 167 episodes. Other hits include “Damn, Fishing Gets All Dangerous,” “Sports Highlights on the Toilet” and “Zombie Movies in Bed.” It’s a funny approach, and Robinson is endearing as always. The only problem with a fake bad infomercial is that it will never be as funny as a real bad infomercial. But then the spot’s real competition is other ads from cable providers and it wins, hands down. There’s also a 15 second edit of the spot, but a lot is lost in the process. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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