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W+K NY Gets in on the Shark Action for Southern Comfort

The latest in W+K New York’s “Whatever’s Comfortable” campaign for Southern Comfort is a strange one.

Timed to coincide with Shark Week, the new spot, which is called “Shark,” opens on a woman sitting alone at a club tapping out the beat on her glass with her overly-long fingernails. As the camera zooms in it becomes clear that her nails are painted to resemble shark jaws. She then slowly stirs the drink with her fingernails before plunging down and stabbing the maraschino cherry, which lets out a red, blood-like ooze. Strange stuff, for sure, but also one of the more compelling spots in the campaign and a well-timed release. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

CAA Marketing Crafts Back-to-School Music Video for Old Navy

In something of a different direction for the brand, CAA Marketing crafted a back-to-school music video for Old Navy.

“Unlimited” sees a girl facing her doubts and insecurities,  personified by a Grimace-like creature called a Womp Womp, on the first day of school with a motivational anthem. While the four-minute song, written by Tony-nominated songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, might prove something of an endurance test for most adults, it provides a positive message in a very relatable situation, and the target audience (elementary school aged kids, especially girls) typically can’t get enough of this type of thing. It seems that the video is catching on, too, with over four million views since being posted at the end of July. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

David Lynch Christian Louboutin Spot: Très Chic or Just Strange?

It’s been eight years since David Lynch last released a full-length film, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy: he’s launched his own coffee line, become a spokesperson for transcendental meditation, written and directed this Dior video, designed limited-edition Dom Perignon labels, and teamed up with Alyssa Milano to create a line of lycra-based workout leggings.

The latest addition to his marketing oeuvre is this :30 spot for Rouge Louboutin, Christian Louboutin’s $50 nail polish that lets fashionistas match their mani/pedi to the brand’s iconic red-bottomed shoes.

That was exactly as strange as we expected it to be–though it still amounted to a more coherent narrative than Inland Empire.

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Mekanism Employees Photoshop CEO Everywhere

See, sometimes we get fun tips. Someone at San Francisco’s Mekanism apparently proposed an in-house Photoshop battle beginning with this image of CEO Jason Harris:

The campaign almost certainly won’t win any Lions, but some of the entries are pretty good after the jump.

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David Duchovny Stokes Russian National Pride for Siberian Crown Beer

In one of the more absurd items you’ll see today, David Duchovny stars in an ad for Siberian Crown Beer.

In the extended 2:30 online spot, Duchovny is at a rooftop party when he pontificates, “There is another country where I got my family name from. And sometimes I wonder: What if things turned out differently? What if I were Russian?”

Duchovny goes on an extended monologue on what his life might be like if he were Russian. His musings awkwardly vacillate from tongue-in-cheek humor (like when he asks “Would the world know my smile?” and we see him pictured as a hockey player, complete with missing front tooth) to more serious-minded patriotism. The spot ends with the latter, as Duchovny concludes “”I found out that being Russian, I’d have many things to be proud of.”

The ad is a bit of a headscratcher. Even more so, perhaps, is Duchovny’s decision to align himself with a Russian brand celebrating the country at a time when it faces the threat of serious economic sanctions as a backlash for increasingly imperialistic foreign policy. His involvement caused enough controversy, in fact, that he felt the need to issue a statement clarifying that he did not support current Russian politics and that his involvement in the commercial was not in any way a political statement or endorsement of Putin’s policies.

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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