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The Martin Agency Revisits ‘Camels’ for Geico

According to Adweek, The Martin Agency’s “Hump Day” ad for Geico was the brand’s most viral ever, so it’s no surprise that the agency (who have been known to recycle its ideas for the brand) riffs on the spot’s popularity in its latest ad, entitled “Camels.”

The painfully self-referential spot is set in a zoo, where a group of camels are relentlessly barraged with shouts of “What day is it?” and “Hump day!” from visitors. One of the camels remarks glumly that it isn’t even Wednesday, followed by the voiceover announcing, “If you’re a camel, you put up with this all the time. It’s what you do. If you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, it’s what you do.”

While the “Hump Day” character was ubiquitous enough to make the ad’s reference obvious, imagining that throes of people loved a previous campaign enough to harass camels over it comes across as more than a tad self-congatulatory. And like a lot of Geico schticks, the joke has long since worn itself out, making trotting it out once again here (new self-referential spin and all) feel tired. Read more

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The Martin Agency Asks Salt-N-Pepa to Spice Up Geico

The Martin Agency makes sacreligious use of Salt-N-Pepa’s iconic 90s hit “Push It” — as well as the group itself — in its latest spot for Geico.

The 30-second ad opens on a man trying to pull open a door that says “Push” on it. Soon Salt-N-Pepa show up behind him and break into “Push It” and the man walks in. Next we see the pair in an elevator (with Spinderella in the background), a Lamaze class, and at a football practice while performing the song. “If you’re salt and pepper, you tell people to push it. It’s what you do,” says a voiceover, in the campaign’s familiar formula. “If you want to save 15 percent or more on car insurance, you switch to Geico. It’s what you do.” The Martin Agency then manages to slip in a quick gag after the tagline.

The campaign, whose tagline feels like a response to Esurance’s “Insurance for the modern world” (with that company directly taking on Geico’s “15 percent or more “selling point in its advertising), seems like its running out of steam as its joke runs a bit thin, so bringing in an act nostalgic viewers will be pleased to see make sense. And Salt-N-Pepa’s presence certainly makes the ad more memorable, even if it can’t quite save the tired premise.  Read more

The Martin Agency Wins Ritz Creative Duties

RitzLogoBox-764041The Martin Agency will be producing creative work for Ritz Crackers starting in 2015, a Mondelez spokeswoman confirmed to AdAge yesterday. Ritz spent an estimated $16.6 million on measured media in 2013, according to Kantar Media.

The agency will take over for Havas Worldwide, which has handled creative duties on Ritz since 2007. Mondelez made the decision without any review, but The Martin Agency already handles creative duties on Mondelez brands Oreo and Chips Ahoy (and has since 2012).

“Havas Worldwide New York and Mondelez International are parting ways after a seven and a half year partnership,” said the Mondelez spokeswoman in a statement. “We experienced great success together, most evident in the Ritz ‘Open for Fun’ campaign, which earned multiple awards including a Bronze Effie and two One Show Design Silver Pencils. The campaign also contributed to Ritz being named ‘America’s favorite snack’ brand two years in a row and helped grow the business upward of 35%. We wish them continued success.” Read more

The Martin Agency Brings Fenway Home for Benjamin Moore

Even if you hate the Red Sox (as an Orioles fan,I naturally fall into this category), you have to admit that Boston has one hell of a ballpark. Perhaps the most iconic aspect of Fenway is the huge wall in left field known as the Green Monster, which Benjamin Moore imbues with its distinct hue. The Martin Agency is letting fans know that Benjamin Moore is now letting fans take the color home, as part of “The Fenway Collection” in a new campaign.

In a 30-second spot, The Martin Agency shows fans turn a living room wall, fire hydrant, satellite dish, garage door and a playground into their own version of the baseball landmark. Set to the tune of “Dirty Water” by The Standells, the spot lets the color speak for itself, eschewing any dialogue to show the paint used in a variety of inventive ways. As part of the campaign, Benjamin Moore will also be using the paint collection to renovate youth baseball fields. The Martin Agency helped document this in “Bring the Green Monster to Local Fields,” which we’ve included, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

The Martin Agency Brings Back Jordan for Hanes

Michael Jordan is back (this time, thankfully, sans Hitler mustache) for Hanes in a new spot by The Martin Agency.

The 30-second spot is Jordan’s first appearance in a Hanes television commercial since 2010, and also marks his 25th year as Hanes spokesperson. In the spot, entitled, “Golf Test,” Jordan mocks his partner’s truly awful golf game. “Golf Test” promotes Hanes’ X-Temp t-shirts and briefs, which “speeds evaporation to help keep you cool and dry,” preventing such conditions as swamp ass, marsh balls, raw taint and pit stains. The spot handles the “bad golf” approach well enough, although by now it’s become a routine schtick in ads and feels a bit tired. Still, all anyone will talk about is the return of Jordan, and it’s good to see him back.

The campaign also features a digital video series created by agency 360i that features Vine-sensation Logan Paul traveling around the country attempting dares (supposedly) proposed by fans. We’ve included the teaser for that initiative, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

The Martin Agency Introduces ‘The Hopsons’ for Benjamin Moore

The Martin Agency would like you to “Meet the Hopsons,” a family who live in a giant bouncy house.

The Hopsons fell in love with their neighborhood but, since all the houses have vinyl siding, they assumed they couldn’t paint theirs. Since they love color, this was a problem. The Hopsons came up with an unusual solution and decided to live in a giant bouncy house. And so begin the whacky adventures of “Meet the Hopsons.” At over two minutes the premise, which might have made for a fun 30-second spot, feels stretched far too thin, and it’s not until the last 30 seconds or so that the idea is tied to Benjamin Moore’s Revive paint for vinyl siding. Still, “Meet the Hopsons” is not entirely without some degree of quirky charm. It’s just hard to believe anyone would stick around long enough to see Benjamin Moore’s product presented as the solution. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

The Martin Agency Goes Across the Pond

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Richmond, Va.-based The Martin Agency has been cashing in with a certain talking camel for an insurance company lately. It seems they finally earned enough money to save up for a big move — to London.

UK’s Campaign reports that the 49-year-old agency has long had its sights set overseas:

Matt Williams, the chief executive of the US agency, said London has been “a goal for us for some time”.

Initial interviews to fill the ECD and MD roles are underway, and the agency hopes to have 10 to 15 people in the London office by the end of the summer.

In a statement, Martin CCO Joe Alexander described the city as “one of the world’s great creative markets,” noting the exceptional craftsmanship behind the ads produced there.

“It’s something we’ve always prided ourselves on, as well,” Alexander said. “But the proof will be in the size of our ideas and the quality of the execution. Those are the only things that matter.”

Here’s a Promo for the ‘Martin Agency Kitchen’ We’ve Been Hearing Plenty About

We’re not sure why the multiple tipsters who have hit us up about this since late last week are already giving high praise (filled with many exclamation points) to a program that has yet to even start. But whatever the case, now someone from the Spy line was nice enough to send the above video that perhaps gives us more insight into the Martin Agency Kitchen, which is the Richmond, VA agency’s brand new internship program. There’s not a whole lot of detail to go on at this point as we’ve been told that Martin is currently accepting applications for January but everything’s still in the early stages. For now, you can revel in the brief promo above as well as the hyped-up Kitchen Pitch below:

“Combine 15 overachieving prodigies from the worlds of art, copy, design, film, digital and business, give ‘em actual real-world assignments and you get The Martin Agency Kitchen. No, we won’t bore you with culinary-puns and hackneyed cooking metaphors. Although that would be kinda fun.

We’re here to throw down the gauntlet and ask you if you’re up for the challenge to blow people’s minds with the kickassest of kickass work EVER CREATED.

So are you ready to bring the pain for three months and come home with three completed projects like: a killer music video, new business, branded apps, art installations and alien-grade inventions? Then read on, amigos.”

Hamburger Helper’s Hand Finds New Employment at Midas

First a message of warning: If you live in an urban area and have a late model SUV, your catalytic converter is at risk. You see, catalytic converters usually contain a small amount of precious metal (gold, platinum) that thieves will steal from your car and sell off. Late model SUVs generally have a catalytic converter that’s easy to remove, especially considering that they sit high enough off the ground for someone to access without too much trouble. Take it from me: You don’t want to walk up to your car one day to see your muffler on the ground. Get that thing welded on at a body shop.

Now to this campaign: The Martin Agency apparently found the Hamburger Helper hand busking on the street corner, and decided to offer it a job as the snarky new golden mascot at Midas. It floats around unaffected by the laws of gravity, insulting consumers about their choices of automotive repair shops.

As you can see, this new mascot is more dick than hand, going so far as to knock on consumers’ doors to tell them they are terrible people and deserve a golden slap print on their face. But, then again, what’s a more effective strategy for selling services than mocking the customers you’re trying to attract?

Pizza Hut Launches Review (Updated)

We’ve received confirmation that Pizza Hut is indeed reviewing its creative ad duties, which have been handled by The Martin Agency for the last three-and-a-half years. We’ve been told, though, that the Richmond, VA-based Martin will defend the account, which it beat out Gotham for at the end of 2009.

We’re trying to get a comment/statement from Yum! Brands-owned Pizza Hut, which worked with BBDO for 20 years prior to moving its account to the Martin Agency. Some of the latter’s most recent work for the chain includes this year’s “Hut Hut Hut” pre-Super Bowl push (see after the jump). No word yet if Pizza Hut’s review includes the digital and social components, which Martin also took over on two years ago, but we’ll hopefully have some clarification this afternoon.

Update: Pizza Hut has issued the statement below regarding the move. We’ve been told that the review involves just the advertising account as Martin doesn’t actually handle digital and social. Huge in fact manages e-commerce for the brand and TracyLocke is handling the latter.

“Pizza Hut is continually looking at fresh ways to enhance its marketing efforts and strengthen relationships and points of engagement with pizza lovers. As a result, we are conducting an advertising agency review. We are thankful for the commitment The Martin Agency has made to our business over the past 3 1/2 years and have invited them to participate in the review process. We will not disclose the other participating agencies nor additional details regarding the search.”

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