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Archives: April 2014

WPP’s David Documents the Rise and Fall of ‘Subservient Chicken’ for Burger King

Today Burger King dropped the first spot by its new global AOR, WPP agency David.

As a faux “where are they now” covering the CP+B original’s fall from fame and return to viral advertising, it’s about as meta as you would expect.

It’s also more than a little “Rocky”: there’s an Italian trainer; there’s an instrumental montage; there’s at least one raw egg; there’s Screech as a costumed Mexican chicken fighter.

The campaign isn’t as interactive as its predecessor; while the rollout included a series of missing person-style print ads, viewers can’t tell this chicken what to do (and yes, we know the responses were pre-recorded in 2004).

The big question, given the spot’s very open-ended conclusion and the fact that BK CMO Eric Hischorn told USA Today that “[The Chicken] will stick around going forward”: where will the sequel go?

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-The Onion‘s in-house creative agency, Onion Labs, is continuing its relationship with Lenovo by launching a second season of fantasy football series, Tough Season, which was also created in partnership with DigitasLBi. Season two will debut this fall.

-To get you (and us) in the groove as we wind down this hump day, we bring you the “A-Z of Dance,” which was created for Diesel and i-D Magazine. The short film was directed by Jacob Sutton and was cut by /Wildchild/+bonch editor, Jarrett Fijal. Enjoy. link

-Let the rush of bids to buy the L.A. Clippers begin. link

-Speaking of the Clippers, as a nod to the team’s players and their silent protest with inside-out warm-up outfits on Sunday, AnalogFolk London has unveiled a social media campaign that enables Facebook and Twitter users to create a cover photo with an image of a reversed jersey of their favorite NBA team. link

-Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of anonymous login as well as “Audience Network” for mobile at today’s F8 developer conference. link

-Biscuit Filmworks has signed directing collective The Glue Society for U.S. commercial representation. link

FCB Mayo, UTEC Create Air-Purifying Billboard

Last year FCB Mayo (then Mayo Draftcb Peru) teamed up with The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima, Peru, to create the world’s first water-generating billboard in the desert city. The innovative campaign generated a lot of buzz, and a lot of attention for UTEC. This year, FCB Mayo teamed up with UTEC again to create an air-purifying billboard, an answer to the construction boom in Peru.

The billboard, located at a construction site in Barranco, Peru, contains an air-purifying system, developed with Peruvian technology, capable of cleaning large volumes of air by removing dust, metal and stone particles that inevitably escape into the air during construction. The billboard cleans air to a level that is “apt for human respiration, according to international and national air quality standards,” with the cleaner air impacting within a file mile radius of the site, benefiting residents of the area as well as construction workers. Operating “by means of thermodynamic processes that occur in nature, such as pressure, vaccuum and decreasing temperature,” the machine is highly efficient, with energy consumption of 2.5Kw per hour.

“This billboard seeks to spark young people’s interest in engineering, said Jessica Rúas, director of promotion at UTEC. “It is closely aligned with the university’s mission of educating creative engineers who are sensitive to social needs and have extensive scientific knowledge that enables them to become researchers and find solutions to society’s problems.”

“Putting our own ingenuity into action gives us great satisfaction, because in addition to the creative challenge it presents, it enables us to raise awareness, inspire and innovate in our work as advertising professionals,” added Juan Donalisio, creative director at FCB Mayo. “UTEC is a client that constantly challenges us, because its approach is not traditional. The university represents change. Therefore, its advertising does as well, and that makes us think about what is nearly impossible to do, in order to do it.”

See the case study video above to learn more about the campaign, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Doner Takes on Youth Homelessness for Bellefaire JCB

Today Doner launched an integrated campaign on behalf of Bellefaire JCB, “an innovative organization that provides exceptional care, education, and advocacy to enhance the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of children, young adults and families” to raise youth homelessness awareness.

The centerpiece of that campaign is “Take A Closer Look,” a series of faceless figures set up across Greater Cleveland, each wearing a sweatshirt describing the reason for their homelessness as a way to communicate the message that homelessness is not a choice, and that young people are driven to homelessness by forces beyond their control. For example, one of the shirts reads “My dad kicked me out of the house because I’m gay,” while another says “My mother’s boyfriend hurts me.” A sticker on the floor in front of each figure further describes the situation and offers ways to help. The campaign also includes TV and radio PSAs, social media and print components. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Radio Shack, Quirky and GSD&M Team Up to Launch Invention Challenge

Electronics retail chain Radio Shack, online collaborative Quirky and Austin-based, Omnicom-owned GSD&M have teamed up to extend the brand’s “Do It Together” mission by launching an invention challenge for kids and budding inventors. The Shack is inviting its target audience to contribute “smart” toy ideas with the opportunity for the best one to become a sellable product on the chain’s shelves. It doesn’t look like there’s much time (well, seriously, there isn’t much time), but you can check out the site here to submit your concepts, which will be judged live on June 5 at Quirky.com. This effort marks the latest partnership between Radio Shack and GSD&M, which began working with the brand last year and created their well-received, 80′s-loving Super Bowl spot.  And if you can bear the crap weather here today in NYC, tonight, the brand and Quirky are hosting a Sketch and Design night at the Radio Shack Concept store on 150 E. 42nd St. from 4-7. Enjoy, kids.

CP+B Rolls Out New Kraft Mac & Cheese Spots

CP+B have unveiled the latest in their continuing “You Know You Love It” campaign for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Previous work on the campaign for Kraft’s macaroni and orange goo product has included the funny, on-point “What I Did For Love” and the nostalgia-laden “Go Ninja, Go.”

The two new 30-second spots are more in the vein of the former, although not as funny or effective, relying more on cuteness than humor. In “Pregnant,” a man eats the macaroni and cheese his pregnant wife requested, claiming that they’re “all out.” As you may have guessed, this is not a smart move and the spot ends just before she claws his face off (okay, not really). “Babysitter” is similarly minded, with a babysitter who will pay the price for helping herself to a late night mac and cheese snack. Stick around for credits and “Babysitter” after the jump. Read more

Microsoft Goes with IPG, Dentsu Aegis

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Microsoft’s nearly four-month long agency review process is over.

Today brings news that the company chose IPG for ads and Dentsu Aegis for media. The release reads:

“At Interpublic Group, creative, localization and deployment will be handled by various agency teams throughout IPG’s global network.”

…which means a lot of work for a lot of people since Microsoft’s annual media spend totals more than $1 billion.

Last month the company’s RFP told the agencies involved in the review that they should be “open to change”, and VP/CMO Chris Capossela writes that both new parties fit that bill:

“We believe both groups will help us communicate more strategically and efficiently in a rapidly evolving marketplace.”

The company reportedly stuck with former Bill Clinton flack Mark Penn to handle the big decision. We can only hope its “Scroogled” campaign doesn’t have quite as many lives.

FCB Toronto and PFLAG Launch Transgender Awareness Campaign

While the gay rights movement has clearly made major strides in the United States over the past several years, the transsexual community hasn’t received as much attention from the press.

For that reason, the new campaign marking a collaboration between FCB Toronto and advocacy group PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Canada is significant. As FCB Toronto CCO Robin Heisey writes in the release:

“Transgender issues are often overlooked in today’s society and sometimes not fully recognized within the LGBT community.”

The campaign is both thorough and challenging. Here’s the first TV spot:

A second spot and other elements after the jump.

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Wongdoody Returns with More Busey for Amazon Fire

At the beginning of the month, Wongdoody debuted a new spot for Amazon Fire featuring Gary Busey — which was predictably weird. Now Wongdoody is back with an interactive video, just in case that wasn’t enough Gary Busey for you.

The new video allow viewers to select from 23 items, from a blowfish to a surfboard to a monkey with a party hat, which Busey will then talk to. “Talking to Things With Gary Busey” contains over 450 individual annotations within a 15:30 YouTube video, with each item selected bringing the viewer to a different point in the video. Options to click through to purchase Amazon Fire are spread throughout the video. Apparently the video “also features several secret clips that users can only find by navigating deeper within the experience,” although it’s unlikely most viewers will stick around to discover them as the interactive video adds little to the joke from the original spot, basically drawing out a kind of funny idea well past its welcome point. Credits after the jump. Read more

Miller Cuts Ties with Saatchi & Saatchi NY

millercoorsMillerCoors is cutting their ties with Saatchi & Saatchi New York, lead agency on Miller Lite since early 2012, Ad Age reports. Saatchi & Saatchi New York was also lead agency on the newly launched Miller Fortune, an extension of the Miller brand with higher alcohol content. Earlier this year MillerCoors moved a significant portion of the Miller Lite account to a collection of WPP agencies, who played a major role in Miller Lite’s latest campaign. The move also follows a long-term sales decline for the brand.

“We appreciate the efforts and professionalism from [Saatchi & Saatchi New York CEO] Brent Smart and his team behind our brands,” Pete Marino, MillerCoors VP-communications, said in a statement to Ad Age. “Any immediate needs for Miller Lite and Miller Fortune will be handled by other roster agencies, though we have a lot of current work to draw from that we recently debuted at our sales and marketing conference. We have no timetable for the longer term, and will take our time making decisions that strategically make sense for both brands.”

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