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Mekanism Made an Ad for Advertising Week. Hooray Advertising!

Advertising Week X, the tenth annual week for people in the advertising industry to celebrate advertising by talking about, awarding, and giving tips about advertising is only a week away. What more appropriate way to celebrate advertising than with an advertisement for celebrating advertising? Yay, advertising!

The above advertisement comes from SF-based advertising agency Mekanism, which doesn’t seem to be an official partner or sponsor of  Advertising Week so we’re assuming this advertisment was made just for love of the game. (The game is advertising, by the way.) While the ad does a good job of advertising all of the hipster/yuppie advertising people you’ll meet at Advertising Week, it doesn’t advertise one of the week’s biggest events: The Battle of the Ad Bands, in which advertising industry folks with trace amounts of musical acuity compete to be the best at simultaneously being in advertising and being in a band. I mean, CMJ is in town next week, but as an member of the advertising community, your attendance at the Battle of the Ad Bands should be mandatory if it isn’t already.

Advertising! Woo! Credits after the jump.

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Creature Channels Nostradamus for Capitol Hill Block Party

Seattle shop Creature really loves their window space. We’ve covered some of their pane projects before, like the motion-sensor-triggered mirror installed in April. There’s also the pop-up window shop from last winter. And now recently, as part of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party that ran from July 26-28, Creature used their window space to chute out creative fortunes to festival-goers and set up cameras, so they could see who had what fortune and then make that fortune come true.

Creative Director Pam Fujimoto blogged about the whole experience and described the project as “pure Creature,” which aside from being lyrically fun, also sounds like the name of a bad 80s rock band. Makes you wonder what impure Creature would look like. A sample fortune was: “Someone will tell you you look like a younger Tony Danza.” Others involved $2 bills and Mike & Ike’s. The fortunes themselves aren’t that important, but the execution from staffers who spent their weekend on the venture is not only good free publicity, but just a cool bit to cover on a rainy Thursday.

Reminder: The Wrath is Back This Thursday

If you’re as forgetful as we are, let us just remind those of you based in NYC who didn’t make the trek out to Nice that the Wrath of Cannes returns this Thursday. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, competition and judging returns for the seventh annual installment of Woods Witt Dealy & Sons’ annual event, which focuses on the agency’s new brew, Wrath of Cannes Bitter Ale. While WWD&S has a recipe, label design and brewer in tow, the agency needs funds to bring its Bitter Ale to life, hence why it’s going the Kickstarter route. The Wrath 7 competition itself is explained in this brief, which asks participants to devise a social media campaign to drive folks to Kickstarter and ultimately donate.

Those who feel like competing can submit ideas directly at this Thursday’s event, which takes place at 200 Orchard from 7-11 PM. You can get further updates by following WoC7 here.

Go to An Agency Party, Get Yourself a Tattoo

Consider this your odds and sods image of the day. Louisville-based digital agency Oohology threw a party to honor its launch of a new sorbet for client, Comfy Cow. What this has to do with body art is another story, but as someone who is fairly inked, it’s not such a bad incentive to get free tattoos for attending the usual agency soiree. Not sure if they did sleeve art, but here’s the full array of images from Oohology’s throwdown. Maybe we’ll consider this for the next AgencySpy party. Louisville Biz-Journal has more blanks to fill in, peep it here.

 

Our SXSWi Begins with Revelry in JWT’s Turf

Yeah, the time change didn’t work in our favor,  but yes kids, we are here and broadcasting as well as we can. After flight delays and getting our badge just in the nick of time last night before the Austin Convention Center shut down, we hit up the JWT party at Lustre Pearl. Following a brief encounter down the street with a very cordial Alex Jones, who was doing his usual ranting and raving fresh off a protest downtown, we ventured down Driskill and encountered the homely spot, Lustre Pearl, where JWT played host to the band, Walk Off the Earth (below). Gotye cover aside, we were not so enthused with the multi-instrumental act, which sounded like a jam-band version of Arcade Fire, if that’s possible.

Nevertheless, talking shit with industry heads and all the JWT top brass including Jeff BenjaminMauro Cavelletti and Perry Fair, the last of whom is promoting the agency’s pop-up shop, Walter, was fine enough. Besides, don’t tell me you wouldn’t dance like an idiot in a sea of fog to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” if you didn’t just retain a major client. We will be hitting up Draftfcb, Crowdtap and Barbarian events tonight and will promptly be in bed my midnight. But we’ll talk to you beforehand with some panel thoughts.

 

An AgencySpy Party to Kickstart the New Year, You Say?

Consider this a first for us as AgencySpy as we, along with party sponsor New York Festivals, are throwing a cocktail soiree in January because…well, why not? The action will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Empire Room, located on the ground floor of, you guessed it, the ol’ Empire State Building. Come drink and mingle with yours truly as well as our co-host, New York Festivals president Michael O’Rourke, whose organization is being kind enough to provide the first 50 drinks. The party gets started at the usual happy hour time of 6:30, so come imbibe, chat it up and help kick off 2013 with us. Feel free to RSVP here and if you’re interested in learning more about New York Festivals and its global ad competition celebrating the “world’s best advertising,” go here.

It’s That Time of Year for Another AgencySpy Hoedown

Advertising Week in New York is almost upon us, and as per usual, we here at the Spy are throwing a little happy hour soiree to kick off the festivities (well, at least we hope it’ll be festive). On Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:30pm, would you care to join us at Public House in NYC to chat, talk smack, talk off the record, schmooze, say hi or just plain imbibe? Yours truly will be making the rounds and playing social butterfly, so please stop by if you have the time. It wouldn’t be the same without you, after all. You can RSVP here and check out further event info here. See you soon!

Last Night, LBi Threw a Rather Interesting Bash and It Looked Something Like This (NSFW)

Before end of day yesterday, we were receiving a handful of tips including this, verbatim: “LBi NY: A cross-dressing midget stripper inviting employees to the company party tonight with glitter sprinkles…Instagram hashtag #LBiNSFW.” Obviously, we were rather puzzled, amused and intrigued all at the same time, especially since there were multiple tips pertaining to this “company party.”

Well, truth be told, from the images we’ve received the morning after, this was not your average agency soiree. We’re hearing that the LBi’s Atlanta office will be throwing their own XXX-themed bash, which is aptly titled “NSFW,” early next week. And while it appears the Twitter page for NSFW is down, we did, as mentioned, get some pics (and yes, there was such a stripper), which you can view after the jump. Since we’re still scratching our heads, could someone in the know please explain who came up with this idea and why?

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Hey Chicago, The Optimus Block Party is Today!

Ohhh, yes, boys and girls. It’s that time of year again–the time when Chicago’s ad, marketing, and video production community gathers together in a large parking lot over beer, cocktails and shared love of the game.

This year, Optimus’ senior designer Mark Butchko created this wonderful series of posters commemorating the 17th edition of the event. There will be sunglasses! There will be beach balls! And, of course, there will be Modelo!

Gaze upon them, and get hyped. I’ll see you there.

O&M Welcomes New Prez in NY

After spending six years at AMV BBDO in London, Adam Tucker is heading across the pond to join Ogilvy’s NY hub as president, a position that calls for him to partner with chief creative officer Calle Sjoenell. Tucker has spent the last four years as managing partner at AMV, where he oversaw client work for the likes of Johnson & Johnson, GE, Pepsico, Dulux, Arla Dairy and Birds Eye.

In a statment, Ogilvy North America chairman/CEO John Seifert says, ““In his leadership at AMV BBDO, Adam has earned the title of the most creatively awarded account man by championing partnerships across disciplines to help his clients win significant awards and deliver extraordinary results. Adam will fill an important leadership role in New York, as the leader and champion of our Advertising business. Adam has a superb track record of delivering strong strategic thinking and sparkling creative solutions across a wide range of clients.We’reexcited about the leadership and innovation he will bring to our business and clients.”

Prior to his gig at AMV BBDO, Tucker spent time at Fallon and helped build up the agency’s London office after spending six years at its Minnesota hub.

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