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Wednesday Morning Stir

-We don’t know quite what to make of this “Cowboys” spot for Slo Down Wines (video above).

-The Drum chooses its favorite ads of 2014.

-Digiday looks as “4 campaigns that stood out in 2014.”

-An ad for Unilver’s Regenerate toothpaste has been banned for promoting misleading information.

-The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK banned a Belvedere vodka ad, as well as e-cigarette ads from two brands.

-Adweek talks with JWT CEO Bob Jeffrey, who will soon step down from that role.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

-Check out this whacky “Crisp Concert” for Glico (video above).

-Adweek talks with “5 Agency Leaders on Which Industry Changes Keep Them Up at Night.”

-AdAge examines “How Brands Are Manufacturing Christmas Cheer in China.”

-Take a look at an infographic showing “How Worried Digital Advertisers Are About Viewability.”

-Mashable looks at “6 trends redefining the way we watch television.”

-Director Ringan Ledwidge discusses Sainsbury’s controversial Christmas ad.

Holiday Card Roundup, Part 4: Oh Yes, There’s More

Mother London was named global agency of record for Jesus (who it turns out bears a passing resemblance to Iggy Pop), and got him to walk around London for the agency’s holiday card. “It’s a leap of faith, but I’m excited about it,” Jesus said of the appointment.

-Creative agency VIVA got our attention with this snarky holiday card mocking holiday card conventions. It’s brought to you by a “young, attractive, ethnically ambiguous male under 30.”

Even more holiday cards after the jump…

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360i Appoints Jeff Anderson as Group Creative Director


Digital agency 360i announced the naming of Jeff Anderson as group creative director, The Drum reports. He will work out of the New York office and report to Pierre Lipton, who took over as 360i’s chief creative officer in October.

Anderson arrives at 360i from CHI&Partners, where he had served as  an executive creative director since November of 2011. Prior to CHI&Partners, Anderson spend around a year and half as an associate creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, working on Chevrolet’s “Mayan Apocalypse” Super Bowl ad while with that agency. Prior to that, Anderson served a two year stint as an art director with Droga5.

“360i’s energy and momentum are palpable,” Anderson said. “Combine that with Pierre’s creative vision, a relentless curiosity and unequalled capability in the industry, and the decision was easy.”

Bloomin’ Brands Shifts Media Account to MediaVest


Bloomin’ Brands has selected MediaVest to handle its media account following a review, Adweek reported yesterday. The most recognizable brand in the Bloomin’ empire is Outback Steakhouse, but other brands include Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill. Annual media spending for Bloomin’ Brands is estimated at $150 million, according to Kantar Media.

Other finalists in the review included Mindshare and incumbent Carat, who had held the account since 2007. The review was managed by Joanne Davis Consulting in New York.

Bloomin’ Brands Chief Marketing Officer Michael Kappit cited “confidence in the quality of the team, insights on our brands and business building ideas” in a prepared statement about the appointment, adding, “We also felt a strong sense of connection with them.”

Update: This post previously mentioned Horizon Media as a review participant. This was an error. Horizon Media did not participate in this review.

Tuesday Morning Stir

-DDB California launched a “Skinny Santa” holiday campaign for Brita (video above).

-“When Does Leaning Hard Into Celebrity Become Lazy and Dangerous?” asks Grey New York President and Worldwide CCO Tor Myhren.

-The Drum talks with Scott Ross, chief technology officer at DigitasLBi.

-Digiday examines Pornhub’s content-marketing strategy.

-Here’s “The Best Real-Time Marketing of 2014″ according to AdAge.

-Facebook proved a better distribution tool than YouTube for Apple’s holiday ad.

-Here are “The best agency holiday cards of 2014″ according to Digiday.

Monday Odds and Ends

-Freshpet goes viral with “13 Dogs and 1 Cat Eating with Human Hands” (video above).

-Barton F. Graf 9000 added some seasonal additions to its “Dead Mouse Theatre” campaign for Tomcat.

-Italy’s antitrust authority fined TripAdvisor for failing to prevent false reviews.

-The Drum looks at “four publishers who killed their comment sections in 2014.”

-Havas is acquiring experiential/PR agency Formula, which will now be known as Havas Formula.

-Facebook introduces “Find Apps” ad feed.

Monday Morning Stir

-DNA Seattle and PEMCO show the Seahawks some “Yelfie” love for the holiday season (video above).

-The New York Times prepares to launch a digital division in London.

-Scotts Miracle-Gro launched a media agency review.

-Google rolled out a new “search visits” tool which estimates how many people visited a store after seeing a search ad.

-Take a look at “…the Holiday Season’s Most Effective Ads,” according to AdAge.

-The Drum asks readers to pick the best and worst ads of 2014.

-Maurice Lévy says he will retire “in the next five years.”

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Friday Odds and Ends

-FP7/DXB, UAE released this “Underwater Store” spot for Sony Mobile Middle East (video above).

-Matt Van Dzura and Fafu over at Translation produced this Serial/Notorious B.I.G. remix.

-Baltimore-based brand activation agency Harvey announced the addition of Jen Leah as art director.

-Here’s an “Agency Christmas Round-up” from The Drum.

-Adweek examines which brands were hit hardest by Instagram’s spam purge.

-LIFE Agency Director Leslie de Chernatony weighs in on “Who won the Christmas advertising battle?”

-Here are “The Five Most Engaging Ads on TV Right Now,” according to AdAge.

-CP+B’s Copenhagen office created “The Problem Solver” beer, which shows you on the bottle how much to drink to hit your creative peak.