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Jordan Zimmerman Has a Winner

Zimmerman Win

When last we heard from Jordan Zimmerman, he offered to fly his most vocal advocate to Fort Lauderdale to tour his agency’s corporate headquarters and have lunch with the man himself, who would then “advise you any way I can on any business deal you have.”

What did an applicant have to do to win? Zimmerman simply asked the public to “wow me. Show me how passionate you are” about meeting him and receiving an autographed copy of his then-new book, Leading Fearlessly.

You’ll have to excuse us for missing out on the update to that story by more than two months, but Zimmerman did indeed choose a winner: John Hricik III, who you may know as the guy with the pink tie…or Zimmerman Advertising’s newest account services employee.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the video that Hricik submitted to win #LeadingFearlessly. But we do have a twitpic after the jump.

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M&C Saatchi Launches ‘This Is UGG’ Featuring Tom Brady


M&C Saatchi is launching UGG’s first-ever global marketing campaign, entitled “This Is UGG,” which enlists the help of veteran brand ambassador Tom Brady in the brand’s latest effort to change its perception as the official fuzzy boot of Starbucks-toting girls everywhere.

Launching today, the campaign focuses on life’s smaller moments, centered around the 60-second spot “Time Out.” In the spot, Brady shares the message that in life you only get so many time outs and you need to make them count, because you can’t back pocket them or carry them over to another day. Tom’s voiceover plays out over a scene of him driving to play golf with his father, a pastime the two have shared since Tom was old enough to play. Another spot, featuring Brady and his mother, is set to follow in October, with a third entitled “Down Time” arriving in December.

“For the new UGG for Men campaign, we started with this premise: small moments can carry as much weight as the big moments,” explained Nancy Mamann, vice president of marketing for UGG Australia. “We conceptualized the spots to capture authentic moments that relate to men across the world. For Tom Brady in particular, we explored his life off the field, along with more personal settings, to show some of the moments that he considers meaningful.”

Whether that will convince men to rush out and buy UGG remains to be seen. Stick around for behind-the-scenes footage after the jump. Read more

DDB’s Rodgers Townsend Agency Livens Up the Office for The Hartford

DDB’s Rodgers Townsend agency, St. Louis, pumps some life into the office (via jams) for The Hartford, in the latest iteration of its “Play On” campaign.

The agency collaborated with The Hartford, which provides insurance to small companies, for the interactive YouTube video. Viewers choose a genre of music, and then the office breaks into a spontaneous dance party, before promptly returning back to work. It’s well worth a view for a quick chuckle. We recommend “Retro Tech” and “Renaissance,” although you can’t really go wrong.

“We wanted to connect people to the message, when the unforeseen happens, The Hartford helps businesses prevail,” Steve Jones, assistant VP-marketing, small commercial at The Hartford, explained to AdAge. “This time, we wanted to do something fun and engaging that’s right for social channels and online.”

Doner’s Latest Effort for Fiat Turns from Cute to Threatening

Doner’s latest spot promoting the Fiat starts out cute and sweet before taking a menacing turn.

The 54-second animated effort, entitled “Helpful Critters,” opens on a group of woodland critters talking up the Fiat 500′s gas mileage in a casual, conversational tone. “Do you get such crappy gas mileage, they know your name at the gas station? a bunny rabbit asks in a squeaky voice. “Why you hatin’ on the earth? With the Fiat 500, just think of the money you’d save,” adds a squirrel.

Things take a sinister turn around the midway point with the rabbit saying, “We think you should get a Fiat, if you know what’s good for you,” as her face suddenly changes from a smile to an evil glare. The critters then suggest that they know several members of the bear community and you could go missing (presumably murdered) if you don’t buy a Fiat.

It’s both reminiscent of Italian mafia stereotypes and the classic South Park episode “Woodland Critter Christmas” for its cuteness-turned-evil tone. Needless to say, threatening to murder potential customers is an odd approach for a car commercial.

Production Company Gets Gross in Honda Spec Spot

A production company chose a less-than-savory way to display the Honda Fit’s gas mileage with the new 60-second spec spot “Efficiency.”

The clip, created by production company A2F Pictures, shows a guy returning form what appears to have been a long road trip. He gets out of his Fit, yawns and stretches. Then he reaches into the back seat and takes out a giant jar of what we can only assume is piss, followed by the message, “The Honda Fit can travel over 400 miles without stopping.” Why advertise your actual gas mileage numbers, when you can just show a jar of human urine to illustrate miles traveled? We’re going to assume this guy has some kind of extreme, deep-seated aversion to rest areas, or he was traveling through Pennsylvania. Read more

David&Goliath Brings Back the Hamsters for Kia

To help launch Kia’s first electric vehicle, the Soul EV, the brand’s agency of record, David&Goliath is bringing back the Kia hamsters.

In the spot, entitled “Fully Charged,” several hamsters work in a high tech lab on the new Soul EV, and also turn a regular-sized hamster into a Kia hamster sized lady hamster, clad in a skin-tight leather outfit, which stirs their hamster loins. So the hamster scientist dudes run off to the pet store to get some more hamsters and turn up the party (which concludes with hamster dancing, of course).

The 60-second spot is set to the (horrible) unreleased Maroon 5 single “Animals” and will debut this Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards. On September 2nd, a 30-second version of the spot will begin running on all major networks and cable, as well as YouTube, Facebook and Kia.com. The campaign will also include digital, OOH, POS, promotional, experiential and social elements. We’ve included the extended version of the spot above. People disturbed by the sexualization of small rodents should avoid watching. Fans of hamster dancing, on the other hand, can head here to learn the moves from the spot. Read more

Forsman & Bodenfors Conducts ‘Time Travel Experiment’ for IKEA

In one of the more bizarre spots you’ll see today, Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors enlists the aid of hypnotist Justin Tranz in a “Time Travel Experiment” for IKEA.

Tranz supposedly hypnotizes a couple, who are then told they are in the future as they meet their bratty daughter, upset with their birthday gift. From here, things get worse and worse for the couple as they are transported farther and farther into the future. The hypnosis is pretty unconvincing, as are the actors playing the couples’ future family members, as the ad drags on past the three minute mark. Meant to showcase IKEA’s new bedroom and bathroom catalog, it’s hard to believe many will sit through this long enough to notice the decor. While Forsman & Bodenfors may have had a huge success last year with Volvo’s “Epic Split,” chalk this one up as a huge miss.

The VIA Agency Clicks Clean with Reggie Watts for Greenpeace

The VIA Agency tapped comedian/musician Reggie Watts for a new Greenpeace campaign, called “#ClickClean,” promoting a green energy-powered Internet.

As you might expect from Watts’ involvement, things get pretty strange. In “Animals,” Watts sings about various family members clicking dirty as a seeming mantra while meditating in the jungle (!?), before going on to explain that before the Internet is powered by green energy, we’re all clicking dirty. Other spots in the campaign deal directly with possible green energy sources, such as solar, hydro, and wind power. These ads see Watts in the desert messing around with his looping machine, drifting on a giant lily pad, and yodeling in the vicinity of a windmill. It’s a different approach for Greenpeace, to say the least, and one thing you can say about the campaign is that it certainly is memorable.

“Some of the Internet’s biggest and most innovative companies, like Apple, Facebook and Google, are powering with modern, renewable energy. The #ClickClean movement expects the rest of the companies behind our online world, like Amazon and Twitter, to join them,” explains Greenpeace Senior Energy Campaigner Dave Pomerantz. “Reggie Watts is an Internet sensation for his comedy and music, so we’re proud to have him join the call to power the platforms on which his work is shared every day with renewable energy.”

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Rooster CCO Takes Leave Amid Possible Boycott Over Transphobia

Yes, everyone has the right to an opinion. Many of them, in fact. And yet, the airing of those opinions in public may have adverse effects on one’s career. Who knew?!

Gavin McInnes, chief creative officer of Rooster in New York, has been asked to take “an indefinite leave of absence” following the publication of a post he wrote on transphobia — or fear of transgender people — and how it is, of course, the most “natural” thing in all the world.

Although the post is still available online in various places, the fact that this is what happens when you click on the main link to Thought Catalog hints at the problem behind McInnes’ post:

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George Tannenbaum Can Write Your AgencySpy Comments for You

george tannenbaumEveryone including your resident “spies” and the dudes behind this project knows that comments are a large part of the AgencySpy “experience”. They’re both a key draw and a source of multiple headaches for both Mediabistro employees and the agency comms directors who insist that we delete them, like, yesterday.

We would ask “who has the time?”, but that question feels a bit redundant.

Now George Tannenbaum, our city’s self-described “Busiest Freelance Creative Director“, thinks he can predict your comments before you even write them.

Yesterday on his “Ad Aged” blog — which Business Insider calls “most influential” — Tannenbaum presented readers with an “AgencySpy Comment Generator” that’s really just a list of the most common types of comments one tends to encounter on this super-friendly web site.

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