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Care to ‘Share the Sofa’ with Champions League Stars for Heineken?

DDB and Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam have an interesting social campaign brewing for the beermeisters at Heineken.

Entitled “Share the Sofa,” the campaign invites fans to join star UEFA Champions League players on Twitter for a chat during select games. Players involved include Ruud Gullit, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Owen Hargreaves, Hernan Crespo and Fernando Morientes. Owen Hargreaves was featured recently, with his “Share the Sofa” generating 2,600 tweets and 55.6 million social impressions. Dutch star Patrick Kluivert was the most recent player to be featured, during Tuesday’s Manchester City Vs. Barcelona match.

Fans questions need not be about sports, but can range from “What’s your favorite sandwich?” to just about anything. While it’s easy to be cynical about the overcrowded social media marketing space, this seems like a fun initiative offering fans real insights into their favorite players (even if it’s just their favorite sandwich) with a unique opportunity to ask them just about anything. The initiative makes good sense for Heineken as well, offering a large part of their fan base (those looking for watery beer to guzzle during matches) a unique second screen experience they’ll associate with the brand.

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Here Are a Couple of Notes on Tribal NY

joshtribalLet’s start the party by addressing Tribal Worldwide’s New York office and its relationship with eyecare brand Alcon, which a few tipsters have brought up. Here’s what we hear: sources familiar with the matter tell us that the agency-client relationship varies from year-to-year. Tribal has been working with Alcon for the past five and it looks like the partnership will continue in 2014 “and beyond”–though in what terms, we’re not sure. Tribal deferred all official comment to Alcon, which we’re checking with.

Switching Tribal topics, said agency’s NY office has also bumped up Josh McGuire and Hunter Simms to creative directors. During his career, which has basically consisted of time at Tribal NY, McGuire (pictured) moved up the ranks from art director to senior AD to his most recent post. As for Simms, the new DDB NY CD previously served as senior writer at JWT Dubai for clients including Kleenex, Band-Aid, Wendy’s, Audi, Nokia and more.

Ten European Countries Ring in 2014 with Deutsche Telekom

An estimated 1.1 billion photos and videos were shared online during festivities this New Year’s Eve, a fact celebrated by Deutsche Telekom with their “Share 2014″ video.

The 90-second spot “was a tight and successful collaboration between Deutsche Telekom’s two roster agencies: Saatchi & Saatchi and DDB Tribal.” The agencies used crowdsourcing in ten European countries — Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Netherlands, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia — to compile some highlights of European’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. There are plenty of fireworks, people drinking, 2014 glasses, smooches, and dancing. But there’s also a little girl waking up an old man (possibly her grandfather) sleeping in a chair by blowing a party blower in his face — which is a good enough reason to give this one a view. The spot ends with the fitting #Share2014 hashtag and “Life is for Sharing” tagline.

The idea was to tap into people’s feelings of hope and excitement for 2014 “and use it to welcome a whole new year of sharing”, explains Jason Romeyko, Saatchi & Saatchi European creative director Deutsche Telekom. Links to the video on YouTube are being promoted via social media platforms in the ten participating countries. We expect lots of people will check it out to see if their footage made it. You can view “Share 2014″ above — it’s a perfect way to stoke your excitement for the new year while nursing that second day hangover.

Tribal Worldwide, Volkswagen Reinvent Driving Music with ‘Play The Road’

Tribal DDB–sorry, Tribal Worldwide as it’s now known–collaborated with Volkswagen, electronic vets Underworld, production company B-Reel and director Anders Hallberg to create “Play The Road,” a 2:47 video showing the Volkswagen Golf GTI turned into a musical instrument by a new iPhone app.

The video, filmed over two nights in London, shows precision driver Thomas Wulff utilizing the new app to create new music, recorded by Underworld but “controlled by the speed and steering of the car itself.” It’s a cool idea, and while the music created isn’t exactly mind blowing, it really does seem to sync with the driving experience well. Of course, having a precision driver like Wulff showing your car off doesn’t hurt either. At the end of the long spot, Volkswagen plays on their usual “Drivers Wanted” tag, changing it to “Musicians Wanted.” So far, the iPhone app used in the ad has not been made commercially available. Although Volkswagen UK was offering visitors to their Facebook page a chance to win the opportunity to experience the app , the competition now appears to be closed.

If you’d like to learn more about “Play The Road” and how it was developed, Tribal worked with director Ed Sayers to create “”How We Reinvented Driving Music.” It’s an interesting look at the new technology, and those involved with creating it. Be forewarned though, it may just make you want the app more. We’ve included it, along with credits, after the jump.  Read more

Tribal Worldwide Crafts 8-Bit Game for UNICEF’s World Toilet Day Campaign

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Have you thought about your toilet today? November 19th is World Toilet Day, and Tribal Worldwide chose today to a launch a new campaign for UNICEF called “Access Denied,” which seeks to draw attention to the lack of clean toilets worldwide. While you probably take your home or office bathroom for granted, 36% of the world’s population lives without access to a clean toilet and around one billion people worldwide must defecate out in the open.

To draw attention to this overlooked problem, Tribal Worldwide created a series of posters (examples above and below), a website, and, our favorite message-spreading tool, an 8-bit game. That’s right, to illustrate to an audience who has no idea what it’s like to find a clean, safe place to relieve themselves, Tribal Worldwide created an 8-bit game called Toilet Trek. The game in no way makes light of the issue, as during the course of the game, players are bombarded with obstacles paralleling those of individuals without ready access to a clean toilet. Players are also periodically given facts and information about the problem while advancing to new obstacles within the game. It’s a clever touch, as people who may otherwise gloss over the posters or website can be drawn in with a fun little game that is also educational.

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The game is difficult enough to take a few minutes, during which time players can learn how toilet access is linked to issues of sanitation, disease, privacy, and increased risk of sexual assault. Toilet Trek is also available on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5s, with an Android version coming soon. If you have a few minutes, give it a shot, it’s pretty fun and you may just learn something about the plights of those for whom a clean toilet is often just out of reach. And the next time you sit down on your porcelain throne, be grateful. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Tribal NY, Friedman Part Ways

sethfriedmanSources familiar with the matter confirm that Tribal New York (which dropped the “DDB” part earlier this year) has parted ways with Seth Friedman, whose official title has been managing director partner, though his focus was strictly on leading new business efforts. From what sources say, Tribal NY doesn’t have a plan to replace Friedman, whose new biz responsibilities will now be handled by the agency’s executive team. No word yet on reasons for his departure, but Friedman had been with Tribal NY for three years, initially joining the office as head of planning before moving up to his MD/head of new biz position.

Prior to joining Tribal, Friedman spent three years as planning director at sibling DDB New York, leading strategic efforts for clients like H&R Block, Merck and P&G. During his career, the now-ex Tribal NY MD also worked on the account side at the likes of Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Deutsch.

Hiscox Reactor Spins Out Generic LinkedIn Animations

The Hiscox Reactor? Gee, that sounds fancy. Sounds like something a character from The Big Bang Theory would reference. It turns out that it’s not all that fancy, save for some elegant animation reminiscent of a Rube Goldberg machine courtesy of Tribal Worldwide NY. The gist: users log in to their Linkedin accounts and can follow a whirling red ball that moves through customized graphics revealing education and work history.

The experience is personalized in the way that asking a Magic 8 Ball a question is personalized. A finite number of combinations and animations have little use after the first watch. However, if you feel like watching the red ball spin – and it is a Friday, so why not? – the chain reaction may make you think about your winding career path that has taken many turns and dips. It didn’t for me, but it might for you. And it might make you want to purchase small business insurance from Hiscox, which is actually important. Or it just might make you wonder why a company would spend money on a custom animation gimmick that lacks value. Credits after the jump.

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We Hear: Perez Out at Tribal Toronto?

Well, we’re awaiting some official confirmation on this, but we’ve received a few tips since over the last couple of hours that Tommy Perez, who just joined Tribal DDB Toronto as a creative director two-and-a-half months ago, has already parted ways with the agency. A couple of calls to the agency thus far this afternoon have been directed elsewhere. Perez was hired as a CD at Tribal up north after serving in the same role for 18 months at Cali-based shop, Juxt Interactive, where he worked with clients ranging from Cisco to Toyota to Stanley Black & Decker. During his career, Perez has also held creative roles at the likes of BBDO, Grupo Gallegos and Lopez Negrete. We’ll keep you posted on his status as soon as we hear more.

Gallo Assumes Director of UX Post at Tribal (Updated, with DDB Hire News as Well)

We rarely give love to the UX folks for whatever reason, so..what the hell. It looks like Peter Gallo has his own little PR machine going (or he’s a pretty decent self-promoter, either way) as we’ve received a handful tips from different IPs over the last week or so that the Brooklyn-based creative has joined up with Tribal DDB as director of UX. Truth be told, Gallo has indeed updated his job status to reflect the fact that he has joined Tribal as director of user experience strategy, to be exact. From what we’re hearing, Gallo started his new gig today. Most recently, he served as a a senior UX strategist at Grey New York–though we’ve been told that he was more “junior” at the agency.

Embellishment (or lack thereof) aside, prior to Grey, Gallo spent nearly five years at @radical.media, last serving as information architect, working on apps for the ONE campaign and Sting among other projects.

Update: Well, why leave well enough alone. Gallo succeeds Vincent Higgins at Tribal New York. Earlier this year, the latter was promoted to executive director of UX at DDB’s office in San Francisco. While we’re on the DDB tip, the agency has hired Y&R’s Andrew McKechnie, who last served as ECD out of the latter’s New York office, to serve as group creative director on its Reebok account. If you recall, DDB and Reebok reunited at the beginning of this year. Along with his three-plus years at Y&R, where he helped lead creative on LG, Land Rover, etc., McKechnie had stints at the likes of JWT, Modernista! and BBDO during his career.

Despite Slight Name Change, Tribal is Still Very Much with DDB

Don’t worry, tipsters who seemed to be panicked and inquired through the box with multiple exclamation points, Tribal DDB is still very much aligned with DDB–though the DDB part has now been eliminated from the former’s name. Now, as you can see in the logo, it’s now Tribal Worldwide. We’ve been told by sources that the name was changed last Friday to “clarify Tribal’s role and positioning” within the DDB Worldwide network. We’ve been told that work for clients including McDonald’s and KLM will not be affected as a result.

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