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Archives: May 2014

Droga5 Reveals Moto E for Motorola in Style

Droga5 reveals Motorola’s new entry-level smartphone, the Moto E, in an imaginative and inventive 60-second spot.

The spot, entitled “Meet Moto E,” utilizes time lapse footage to show the phone’s durability, while also communicating a host of other features, during a three second free fall during which the phone takes a wealth of abuse. Moto E runs around $130 and, as Adweek puts it, “isn’t going to win over gadget gurus looking for power and superlative specs.” So Droga5 markets the phone as a durable option with a long-lasting battery and enough features to please the consumer who’s just looking for an everyday phone that won’t break down or break the bank. Droga5 was able to accomplish this, with help from production company 1stAveMachine, while also crafting a fun, visually impressive ad with excellent attention to detail that makes the phone look good by association. Stick around for credits and behind-the-scenes footage after the jump. Read more

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Mario drives a Mercedes in this new Japanese ad for the GLA SUV (video above). link

-FIFA unveils second screen push for World Cup. link

-Commercial production veteran and former Superfad managing director Kevin Batten announced the launch of management and production-consulting firm Pop-Arts Management.

-A look at the celebrity divorce ad hoax. link

-New subreddit documents poor attempts at Millenial advertising. link

F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Gets Sentimental for Electrolux

Well, Mother’s Day may have been over two weeks ago, but apparently May is Mother’s Month now (who knew?) so technically F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi isn’t late to the party with their maternally sentimental spot for Electrolux, entitled “Best Mother’s Day Present.”

The 2:30 spot tells the story of a daughter leaving São Paulo for college on Mother’s Day, and the sentimental surprise she received on her flight, causing the airline to make an exception to its menu. F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi reverse the traditional role of mothers receiving gifts on their day, ending with the message “Because being a mom is the best Mother’s Day present.” Be warned that, if you’re the kind of person who is strongly affected by this kind of thing, the emotional spot may make you shed a few tears at work, so you just might want to wait until the week is officially over to check it out. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

PVH Corp. Selects We Are Social to Manage Social Media for Van Heusen, IZOD

wearesocial-logo PVH Corp. has appointed global social media agency We Are Social to manage and consult on all social media activity for the apparel company’s Van Heusen and IZOD brands in North America. PVH Corp. also owns and operates the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide, which are not undergoing any agency change.

“Both the Van Heusen and IZOD brands have long histories and remain in demand because we continue to promote them in ways that are current and relevant to consumers,” said Anthony Trama, senior vice president of creative services, PVH Heritage Brands. “Social media increasingly plays an important role in each brand’s ability to drive incremental growth, and we look forward to partnering with We Are Social to help take our brands to the next level.”

“The Van Heusen and IZOD brands have great stories to tell, based on the combination of authentic American heritage and contemporary appeal,” added Leila Thabet, managing director, We Are Social US.  “We’ll work in partnership with the brand team to bring each brand’s story to life within social media.  This begins by developing an understanding of their respective audiences, including online behavior habits, which will then allow us to create engagement strategies driven by these insights.”

AAF Elects 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers

AAF_logo-1The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has elected industry executives to its board of directors effective July 1, 2014. Among those elected by the Federation’s membership at the AAF’s 2014 National Conference in Boca Raton, Florida are Rich Stoddart, CEO, North America, Leo Burnett, as the new chairman and Jim Norton, global head of media sales, AOL, as the Federation’s vice chairman. Stick around after the jump for a partial list of American Advertising Federation’s 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Read more

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Matt Tepper Joins R/GA as VP, Managing Director CRM

Tepper Headshot low resR/GA has officially announced the arrival of Matt Tepper as vice president, managing director CRM. In the newly created role, Tepper, who brings to the table over 13 years of experience, will “partner with the agency’s teams to help clients strengthen customer relationships and amplify marketing initiatives through CRM and CRM-enhanced paid media.” He will report to Seth Solomons, vice president, chief global client services officer, managing director New York.

Tepper arrives at R/GA from General Assembly, where he served as vice president, head of global marketing. In the role, he led the company’s global and digital marketing efforts, including paid advertising, public relations, partnerships, and marketing technology. Prior to General Assemly, Tepper served as vice president of audience insights and the head of social labs at Big Fuel/Mediavest, where he was responsible for leading multiple product development initiatives, such as a global analytics architecture spanning 47 countries and a social segmentation tool built on an innovative targeting approach. He has also implemented social media programs for clients including Walmart and Samsung, and his programs resulted in sales increases and doubled social engagement. Read more

Advertising Jobs: nylmedia, MATTE, Weight Watchers

This week, nylmedia is hiring an associate content strategist, while MATTE needs a senior brand strategist. Weight Watchers is seeking a copywriter, and DMW Direct is on the hunt for a DRTV media buyer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Hill Holliday, Leslie Mann Make ‘Mom Confessions’ for LG


Hill Holliday, Boston tapped Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40, Freaks and Geeks) to voice the inner musings of a jaded mom in their latest campaign for LG appliances.

Mann voices the internal monologue of a character Adweek described as “a cross between FX’s Louie and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.” While that may be a slight exaggeration — the character is far more in line with Mann’s roles in Knocked Up and This Is 40 — the spots are certainly far more cynical than anything we’ve come to expect from appliance ads aimed at women, and in fact play off those happy family conventions.

In the most edgy, and, not coincidentally, most successful of these spots, Mann’s character notes that her new LG washing machine is very fast. But what’s a good quality in a washing machine is not necessarily a good quality in a husband, as the character suggestively muses. It’s this kind of honesty and portrayal of a less-than-perfect reality that makes the campaign stand out. Other spots in the campaign trade in the sexual innuendo for goofiness, and while none of them are quite as entertaining as “Too Fast” the approach still feels like a welcome departure from typical daytime TV fare, thanks largely to Mann’s comedic timing. Stick around for credits and “Hot Cookies” after the jump. Read more

And So, Samsung’s Sci-Fi Soccer Saga Continues

Continuing a rather ambitious storyline that kicked off late last year, Samsung, with the aid of Cheil Worldwide and Psyop, has unveiled the next installment of its soccer stars vs. aliens saga to promote the Galaxy S5. While not technically a World Cup tie-in, “The Training” (nearly 42 million views and counting–yeah, we know it’s been out for a bit) features two of the event’s biggest (and best) participants, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have also been making the rounds in spots for Nike and Adidas, respectively, that are officially attached to the event. In this campaign, though, real-life Ken doll Ronaldo and his archrival Messi, along with other notable footballers like Wayne Rooney,  join forces and evolve from mere athletes to sci-fi superheroes in order to combat an alien invasion…with their S5s in tow, of course.

Psyop director Laurent Ledru, who shot this four-minute short in two months across cities including London, Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, Prague and Manchester, explains the process of working with the stars.  “Because of the athlete’s varying schedules we had to shoot each player separately. It was very important that each performance felt authentic to that athlete yet interacted seamlessly with the others.” Ledru, who met the players in the varying aforementioned locales, where they would execute the acrobatic stunts and moves for the real shot, adds, “Each player was given instructions and guidance but we needed to capture them acting as naturally as possible in front of the green screen despite the CG elements that were to come later.”

Like the previous clips that have encompassed this campaign, the Samsung Galaxy branding is kept to a minimum, save for the occasional highlighting of a feature (heat sensor! fast auto focus!). It’s the stars, story and special effects that take center stage here, and now, with training said and done, we’ve only the big final showdown to look forward to. Consider us involved. Game on.

Credits after the jump.

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