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Figliulo & Partners Rolls Out More ‘Framily’ for Sprint

Figliulo & Partners continues their slightly absurd “Framily” campaign for Sprint.

The agency launched the odd, nature-defying campaign back in March with a series of four ads. Now they’re back with two additions to the Frobinsons’ story. In “Count On It” (featured above) Chuck is out on the road with framily member Gordon (pronounced Gor-don) when his motorcycle breaks down. He calls his father (who, you might remember, is a hamster for some reason, voiced by Andrew Dice Clay), who he assures Gordon always picks up. Despite being in the middle of a frame of bowling with the wife, the father answers and rushes (or rolls) to the rescue. Yup, this campaign is still a frucking weird one.

Another spot, “Spin Off,” features Hamster Dad and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Stick around for credits and that spot after the jump. Read more

Agencies Enter Legal Battle Over Campaign Credits

Earlier this week, your AgencySpy found itself in the middle of what could become a legal battle between two independent shops.

It all started when we noticed a spot for a company called VidAngel on our sister site Ads of the World. The post itself originally gave top creative credit to Ackermania Creative, the online video marketing wing of Ackerman Bros. Entertainment perhaps best known for its work on those viral Poopourri spots.

Here’s the ad itself again:

After we posted on it, we received an email from The Harmon Brothers, the other studio that worked on the Poopourri campaign and also got production credits for the new ad along with production studio Mystery Box.

They told us that the attribution was not accurate and insisted that we change the post accordingly to give their company top creative billing over Ackermania.

That was only the beginning.

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Dulcolax, McCann Health Make 2014′s ‘Crappiest’ Ad to Date

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At first glance, this spot looks like a scene from The BoxTrolls with the titular characters sitting around a rabbit hole or a spot where a friendly campfire used to be.

Note the tagline “Only you can set them free”. Yes, this is a Dulcolax ad and those guys are poops looking for a way out of some lucky soul’s small intestine.

McCann Health in Shanghai are the culprits masterminds behind this constipation of visuals. According to Adweek, it ran in Singapore newspapers and bus shelters.

 ”Instead of approaching the dramatization from the patient’s [point of view], we approached it from the excrement’s.”

Those with long memories may recall that this isn’t the first time Dulcolax has made a poop joke…

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Is Arnold Really Selling Its Emmy?

00808_aRwEs3IZ6bY_600x450It appears from a Craigslist post that Boston-based agency Arnold is selling its Emmy Award as part of the agency’s moving sale.

If the post, which points out the award is the real deal and “not a crappy Daytime one” is not a joke, the agency is looking “to place every item in the Arnold Moving Sale with a home that truly wants it” and that includes their Emmy Award. If you’re interested in picking up an Emmy, Arnold suggests you “send us a photo of the perfect spot for it, write us a vaguely threatening email — do whatever you want to show us that you and it were meant to be together. If you’re lucky, we’ll agree with you.”

The way they’re treating the award, you’d think it was a Grammy.

PIVOTSTACK Creates New Ranking Forum for Ad Agencies

Top 50 Ad Agency

A software product is about to become bulletin board fodder for every ad agency in the country. PIVOTSTACK, an “all-in-one productivity software suite,” created a love/hate list for every shop titled, simply, “The Top50 Ad Agencies.”

Half of you have already clicked on the link and moved the website to your second screen, but here’s how it works: “Top50 Ad Agencies is a intriguing way to rank ad, marketing and creative agencies based on their own current online presence.”

So how do you see your agency measuring up? Surely you’re better than “those guys.”

Here are the current top 5 based on social media and PageRank:

  1. Ogilvy & Mather
  2. IDEO
  3. Wieden + Kennedy
  4. JWT
  5. Leo Burnett

Now: is your agency on this list? If not, will you take action to counter your outrage, or will you just take the “meh” approach and disregard it as a very clever way for a company to get your attention? And did we mention that you can add your agency to the database with a few quick clicks?

Enjoy.

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Wongdoody Channels Cartman for Coffee Bean

Wongdoody has launched a new campaign for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, their first for the beverage retailer, and the brand’s largest campaign to date.

A 30-second online spot entitled “Cool Kew” (featured above), debuted late last month. It consists almost entirely of an argument between two guys on whether their drinks are “cool” or “kew” (a pronunciation they clearly stole from Eric Cartman). You think their argument is finally over around the 20 second mark, but it just starts up again, in an attempt to find humor in audience expectations that really doesn’t work. There’s also a 15-second version of the spot (which makes sense) and an extended 90-second version (which does not).

More interesting is the campaign’s Instagram component, called #PurpleStrawCam, which encourages consumers to cut off a piece of their purple Coffee Bean straw to use as a makeshift camera filter and submit the results to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Instagram page. The purple straw creates an unusual effect and contributes to some interesting photos. The campaign also includes Pinterest, Vine and other social components, as well as outdoor and radio.

‘Is the AOR Dead’ Debate: 2014 Edition

AORToday we bring you the latest chapter in the spirited conversation that comes up in most creative industries on a yearly basis. This time, the two combatants debating the death of the AOR are:

  • In the blue corner keeping it cheesy,  Kraft Foods Group Chief Marketing Officer Deanie Elsner
  • And in the red corner helping you get your snack on, Dana Anderson, VP of marketing strategy and communications for Mondelez International

The feud started when Anderson published an editorial in the Wall Street Journal and opined that AORs are “no longer the pathway to Oz for clients or agencies.” Elsner took some serious umbrage with that sentiment from Anderson (for context, the two worked together at Kraft Foods before she flew the coop for Mondelez in 2012).

And so the debate is on.

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W+K Portland Introduces Mandroid for Old Spice

Here’s yet another item from W+K today, as the agency has debuted its latest campaign for Old Spice, introducing a creepy new android character.

The new character makes his debut in the 30-second “Soccer” (featured above). When the robotic man goes to kick a soccer ball at the beach, he falls directly onto a sunbathing woman, crushing her ribs. Initially irked by the painful injury, she then notices that he smells amazing. When the android says that he can’t get up, she replies, suggestively “Maybe I don’t want you to.” Coming on the heels of the funny Terry Crews-filled World Cup spot, it’s pretty disappointing. It also marks something of a creepiness trend in W+K’s Old Spice work, with the campaign featuring anthropomorphic hair getting the creepy ball rolling earlier this year. Its “our products will make women want you” message is also vaguely reminiscent of Axe’s strategy of marketing to pubescent boys — the only demographic desperate/gullible enough to swallow such a claim. Either approach is irksome enough on its own, but combined they’re truly troubling. W+K’s latest campaign for Old Spice also features the 30-second online spot “Nightclub,” which takes a similar (but possibly even more ridiculous) approach. We’ve featured it after the jump for any interested parties. Read more

Deutsch LA Brings Pop Secret to the ‘MicroRave’

Adweek described Deutsch LA’s “MicroRave” for Pop Secret perfectly as “like a sad, seizure-inducing nightclub for corn,” in a post that also questioned whether it was the worst ad of the year.

Deutsch LA points out, defensively, “This wasn’t intended as an ad, but as a quickie video for social media meant to celebrate the EDC festival happening the weekend we launched it,” which may disqualify it from that title. The premise of the spot (or “quickie video” or whatever you want to call it) is simple: popcorn attend a “MicroRave” complete with blasting electronic music, seizure-inducing lighting, beads of butter-sweat (which doesn’t exactly make Pop Secret seem appetizing) and a trail of kernels sadly waiting to get in. As if that wasn’t enough already, there’s also a 20-minute long “Extended Party Version,” which we’ve included for anyone masochistic enough to attempt to sit through it after the jump.  Read more

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