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Young & Rubicam

Y&R Celebrates 90 Years in Business with a Hashtag

 

One of the oldest agencies in America, Young & Rubicam turns a whopping 90 years old tomorrow, and they’re throwing a party.

Now, a 90th trip around the sun can’t be taken lightly. I mean think of all the thousands of people whose hard work kept Y&R going through the Great Depression, World War II, and a third event of equal or greater importance! So, as any great agency in a similar position would, Y&R is celebrating nine decades with a hashtag, #advertisingis. It’s a pretty big deal.

Those who tweet their opinion about what #advertisingis (Bread? Love? Incest? Spite?) tomorrow between the hours of 2-3:30 pm ET will see their tweets appear on a large interactive digital billboard in Times Square. It’s supposed to be a big billboard, probably almost as big as the giant American Eagle billboard, but not quite. Still, pretty big one would assume. Add your Twitter avatar to Y&R’s birthday mosaic, and watch the hashtag event of tomorrow live here.

Y&R NY Officially Bounces from Madison Avenue

Well, WPP-owned Y&R New York has stuck to its guns and as noted back at the end of 2011, the agency is officially making its move to Columbus Circle on Monday, thus saying goodbye to Madison Ave, where it’s resided for the last 87 (!) years.

The agency’s global CEO David Sable (who you see above christening Y&R Way) has this to say in a statement: “This is a historic day. But Madison Avenue is a state of mind, not a state of place. Today, the Northeast corner of 40th street and Madison Avenue is Young & Rubicam Way. And the 285 Marquee is coming with us and will adorn the café in our new space. Since 1926, we have been definers of the best of the innovation of Madison Avenue – creative leaders, business shapers, inventors, innovators. We look forward to continuing that innovative, entrepreneurial spirit by creating Madison Avenue West in a new state-of-the art work environment that has been designed to accommodate who we are and how we work in the epicenter of New York City, the greatest media town in the world.”

As mentioned previously, the Y&R space at 3 Columbus Circle will not only occupy said agency, but WPP siblings including Wunderman, VML, Blast Radius, BrandBuzz, Bravo, Kang & Lee, KBM Group and ZAAZ.

 

Dell Ups its Game, Brings a Graphic Novel to Life

From Dell’s lead agency Y&R NY comes this enchanting new TV spot that tells the story of a cubicle slave named Thomas and his aspirations to be something more.

Obviously, 2013 finds Dell in quite a different spot than they were in a decade ago. While “Dude, You’re Getting a Dell” was seen as a major success in convincing parents worldwide that their college-bound spawn actually needed a computer, the company is now the butt of tech jokes. In fact, consider this headline from last week’s edition of The Onion: “Dell Acquired By Gateway 2000 In Merger Of 2 Biggest Names In Computer Technology.” Yes, Michael Dell‘s buyout of the company is seen to be as relevant as Gateway 2000. Ouch.

Dell has been relying big on Y&R, especially after parting ways with Sid Lee and Arnold in January. With spots like “Thomas: Creator of an Alternate Universe,” Y&R proves that Dell made a wise move consolidating their commercial work with one agency. Not only do we get some great visuals, but we actually see the Dell XPS laptop in action, looking (to be honest) surprisingly forward-thinking for a company that my generation sees as playing catch-up for the last few years. Add to great advertising some bold business moves, and Dell could yet find the pathway to long-term profitability. Credits and a behind-the-scenes clip after the jump.

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If You Care to Watch Y&R Destroy Antiquated Items, Now’s Your Chance

The letter you see above is rather self-explanatory and here is the link from Y&R, which sends you to the agency’s New Year’s salute. Wanna see a typewriter destroyed? See below. Each item set up for destruction comes with a little back story from the WPP shop, setting the stage for a little breaking of stuff (No need for the Limp Bizkit score, thankfully). Now, on with the show from Y&R NYC, which is set to move from its Madison Ave digs to Columbus Circle this year.

So Tell Us Ad Industry, Are You Feeling Cynical or Inspired?

Just for shits and giggles during Advertising Week, the folks at Y&R and VML launched a site that gauges the psyches of the ad community on specific days and events during the year. Whether it be Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, the Mad Men premiere or, hell, Advertising Week, you can share your feelings by voting “Cynical” or “Inspired.” Wait, no Halloween? Anyhow, you can click through and check out a data visualization chart that displays cynicism levels. If anything, this will distract you from your day for two seconds.

The Y&R camp tells us, “We were asked to do a house ad that would run in the Advertising Week printed program guide. We quickly examined last year’s issue and saw that most ads from agencies weren’t too inspiring… Hey! That’s it! Most people in advertising are the opposite of inspired – cynical. And they’re probably cynical about Advertising Week. So how do we get them excited about it? We looked up the event list and noticed quite a few that were interesting and possibly inspiring. That’s when the idea crystallized – there are many events that happen every year that are deserving of both cynicism and inspiration.”

Credits after the jump.

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Y&R Taps Consultancy Vet for Chief Growth Officer Gig

David Sable & Co. have welcomed former Roth Associates EVP/lead consultant Cathy Cohan aboard to assume the new title of global chief growth officer at Y&R, a role which calls for her to drive new biz growth across the global agency network . Cohan, who spent five years in all at Roth, now essentially fills the new business executive vacancy left by Chris Hayes, who left Y&R to join Brooklyn-based Huge back in July.

Regarding Cohan’s return to the agency side, Y&R global CEO Sable says in a statement, “She has great intellect and instincts, as well as an enormous capacity for understanding an advertiser’s marketing needs and the right mix of resources that will meet them. It is a huge competitive advantage for us that she has experience as a consultant and as a client leader, as she helps us hone our marketing skills.”

Cohan’s first trek through the agency world including four-year stint as CMO at BBDO Atlanta and a lengthy gig as director of business development at JWT.

Yes, Wunderman West is Still a Thing, Kids, and Craig Evans is Now Commanding Creative

We can’t remember the last time we heard from the Wunderman camp (oh yeah, sorry). But now, the news shifts to the West Coast as the WPP/Y&R division has bumped up group creative director Craig Evans to ECD. Evans has spent over seven years at both Y&R and Wunderman, initially joining the former in 2004 before heading to the latter in 2010. Now, as head of creative at Wunderman West, he will lead up work for clients including Southwest Airlines and Invisalign at a network that counts offices in Irvine, San Francisco as well as Seattle.

During his career, Evans not only co-authored a book called Marketing Mojo, but co-led San Diego-based shops of his own such as Matthews|Evans|Albertazzi and Big Bang Idea Engineering. As one would expect, Evans’s boss, Wunderman West managing director Dan Olson, speaks highly of his new creative lead, saying in a statement that the ECD is “…unquestionably the hardest-working man in advertising – and one of the smartest. He’s a bit of a mad scientist – able to quickly dissect a problem and deliver astounding solutions that engage people.”

In case you were wondering, Evans is taking over for Anthony DiBiase, who moved on to a brief stint at CHI & Wunderman in Minneapolis, but is no longer with the agency.

Hotels.com Gets Animated Yet Again, Plays ‘Matchmaker’

Though Y&R Chicago took it back to “real-life” for a recent Hotels.com spot filmed during the Running of the Bulls (which a commenter that goes by Bob Winter assured us the agency’s creative team thought up before I suggested it last year), the brand is yet again employing whimsical animation for this above spot, “Matchmaking.”

In it, we find our large-headed protagonist walking through a mystical hotel where each room is themed, kind of like that hourly rate motel from Blue Valentine but decidedly less sleazy. Set to a big band track from late vocalist, actor and comedian Jimmy Durante (aka “Schnozzola”), the animation team from Cannes-winning prodco Nexus had their hands full creating a sprawling hotel that hides a different world behind each door.

So, readers, how do you like your Hotels.com spots? Do you like them cute and animated, or X-treme and death-defying?

Budweiser Extends Happy Hour, Encourages Rampant Binge-Drinking With ‘Budclock’

From Y&R Ecuador comes an effort that will hypothetically force bars to extend happy hour with the magic of QR codes. Yes, put “Budclock” on those semi-annual lists of “interesting QR code uses for marketers” that tech blogs are accustomed to run when they need a bump in monthly pageviews and tweets.

According to the Y&R camp, “Budclock” is an example of “ambient marketing,” a phrase I hear quite rarely in reference to non-traditional media buys that generally garner some sort of consumer interaction in order to work. Perhaps this jargon is more widely used overseas? In any case, “Budclock” utilizes the very American sport of binge-drinking as a way to keep bars from ending happy hour, with each purchased beer adding one minute to the weekday party.

“Budclock” was officially instituted in Ecuador on May 12, and since that time, the announce boasts that happy hour has been extended over 6000 minutes and that the campaign has “reached” over 50,000 people (44,000 of whom apparently don’t think drinking Budweiser is worth a minute of their time). Still, I would like to see this campaign experimented with in a few American urban centers, as I don’t doubt that it would be even more effective in the U.S. than it was in South America. Credits follow after the jump.

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Hotels.com Takes Our Advice, Actually Books Hotel During Running of the Bulls

All the way back in September of last year, we posted a Hotels.com spot from Y&R Chicago that featured a skydiver using the brand’s mobile app to book a hotel while in free-fall.

In my post, I suggested that should Hotels.com continue their totally X-treme campaign, they should show someone booking a hotel while engaged in Spain’s infamous Running of the Bulls. And, hey, look at that. They actually did that thing that I told them to do.

So, Y&R Chicago, I ask you: Where’s my money? To the rest of you, now you know that when your creative team has run out of ideas, look to AgencySpy for all of your digital marketing needs. Advertising: It really is that easy.

But seriously, Bob Winter, where’s my money? I know where you work.

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