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WWM Creates a Very…Unusual Promo Video

Today in Pitches That Worked news, WWM or We Were Monkeys is an agency based in Montreal.

Yesterday they sent us a video that their creative team made in order to promote the agency. It is very, shall we say, interesting.

(We would warn you that it’s NSFW but you all work in advertising, soooo….)

Well, then. After watching that clip we had questions — many burning questions.

Thankfully, a WWM spokesperson answered our queries, though you’ll have to click through to read the answers and click here if you want to see the creative credits..

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CP+B Gets MetLife Customers to Share ‘Who I Live For’

In celebration of National Life Insurance Month (yes, this is a thing), CP+B created a campaign for MetLife asking customers who they live for.

They then shared the results in a series of two online videos, called “Who I Live For” in an attempt to show the positive, human side of life insurance. The videos, as you might expect, attempt to pull on the heartstrings as people share photos of their children, grandchildren and significant others. Mixed in with the more predictable answers are a couple who share their love for their bulldog, Huey. Both spots end by inviting viewers to share who they live for with the hashtag #WhoILiveFor, as a social extension of the campaign.  “Who I Live For”  puts a premium on spontaneity, with seemingly unscripted responses from those interviewed and in the longer of the spots (featured above), one respondent offering up a seemingly improvised song as a soundtrack. Read more

W+K Amsterdam Launches ‘Feel The Game’ for FIFA 15

W+K Amsterdam launches a new campaign for FIFA 15 today, entitled “Feel The Game.”

In a 2:15 broadcast spot, W+K Amsterdam immerses fans into the on-pitch action as they experience what players in the game do. When it begins to rain, players are suddenly drenched in their apartments, when heavily tackled, they feel the hurt. It’s not exactly a new approach in gaming advertising, but it’s pulled off well. The agency also got Lionel Messi to join in on the action, both on the field and wielding a controller. The campaign airs globally beginning today, across broadcast and digital channels, with the full-length spot also broadcasting in the U.S. during the Manchester United match this Sunday.

“Fast-paced, raw, and explosive, modern football is a spectacle beyond belief. And FIFA 15 puts you right in the  middle of it. We wanted our film to do the same thing, to put you right in the thick of the
action, said David Smith, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam’s creative director. “With the help of Mark Zibert, and the awesome studio at EA SPORTS, we believe we have created a football film that can live up to the best sport action sequences ever filmed.” Read more

AKQA, Budweiser Let You Send Buds Beer Over Facebook

Budweiser teamed up with AKQA for a new social campaign allowing Facebook users to send beers to their buddies via the social media outlet. While right now the service is exclusive to those living in Chicago and Denver, it will soon roll out nationally.

The campaign debuted with a pilot on Facebook, in feeds for adults 21 and older in Chicago and Denver. Facebook users in those locations (and soon the rest of the country) will be prompted to share  a Budweiser with a friend when wishing them a happy birthday or celebrating other occasions. If they choose to share a Budweiser, the friend will be sent an online voucher, to be redeemed at a local bar or restaurant (with a valid ID). The service functions without any type of external download, as users are simply “taken to a customized mobile or desktop experience to send or claim a beer.”

“Beer is the original social network,” said Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch vice president of consumer connections. “This new campaign focuses not on a gift certificate or credit, but on bringing people together to celebrate life’s most anticipated moments. Whether you’re toasting your birthday, a job promotion, an engagement, or simply the end of a long work week, we want to encourage everyone to bridge the physical and digital worlds by allowing you to send your friend a beer over Facebook.”

Friday Morning Stir

-Save The Children stresses importance of child literacy with “Ten Minutes a Day Could Change Everything” (video above). link

-Facebook now asks users why they hide ads, cracks down on ads they hate. link

-Havas Worldwide Japan names David Morgan as executive creative director. link

-Metro dedicated its entire Monday issue to supporting the Paddy Power/Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign. link

-How “Fem-powerment” campaigns reflect a new reality for women. link

-Stolichnaya claims to be “The Vodka” in new campaign. link

-BBH celebrates the weekend for The Guardian, The Observer. link

-Some iTunes users are upset about automatically downloading the free U2 album. link

We Hear: Infiniti Pitch Down to Two

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We hear from a tipster today that the number of parties involved in the summer-long Infiniti pitch is down to two.

While no official statements have been released, rumor has it that CP+B and GS&P are the last shops standing.

One thing is certain: this has been an epic pitch. The review began way back in December 2013, and in May the company’s own director of marketing told AdAge that agencies chasing the account (which has been with TBWA for more than a decade) would “have their work cut out for them”. Another dream client, then.

In June, the pitch officially involved seven agencies, and July saw that number drop down to four: Anomaly, BBH, CP+B and GS&P. Our source claims that the first two shops are no longer in the running, that one of them voluntarily dropped out of the review, and that WPP still isn’t happy about the fact that it did not make the first list of finalists. That would mean that Omnicom could still retain its longtime client — and that it’s now competing against MDC rather than WPP or Publicis.

No matter who wins the pitch, the account will remain with TBWA until the end of the year.

Thursday Odds and Ends


-Apple and TBWA/Media Arts Lab offer an extended look at the Apple Watch (video above).

-eBay brings back in-app mobile ads. link

-Some of the best and worst 9/11 tweets from brands today. link

-Wongdoody announces rebrand with new website. link

-The Mill in New York announced the addition of Tom Bussell as creative director. link

-Facebook is testing a feature allowing you to schedule the deletion of your posts. link

-11.5 percent of awards are now won by female creative directors, up from four percent in 2004. link

Sid Lee Announces New Creative Leadership

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Sid Lee has announced the promotions of Tom Koukodimos and Jeffrey DaSilva to the positions of executive creative directors, jointly taking creative leadership of the agency’s Toronto office. Koukodimos and DaSilva have served as creative directors at Sid Lee since arriving in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Executive Creative Director Dave Roberts is leaving Sid Lee Toronto after four years, in order to return to Sid Lee Montreal for a new global assignment.

Tom and Jeffrey were behind such recent work as the “We the North” campaign for the Toronto Raptors and “It’s a Bloody Big Deal” for Toronto FC. In their new positions, the pair will oversee creative leadership on all Toronto accounts, including Coca Cola Canada, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, Post Media, Google Canada, Marks, Sport Chek, PC Financial and TJX Canada.

Prior to joining Sid Lee, Tom was a creative director at Cossette, working on McDonald’s. Jeffrey worked on Google at Mullen in Boston before returning to Canada to join Sid Lee in 2013. Read more

The ‘World’s Smartest Creative Agency’ Is…

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So WARC, or the UK-based World Advertising Research Center, released a list today. WARC, for those who don’t know it, describes itself as “an online service offering advertising best practice, evidence and insights from the world’s leading brands.”

The “WARC 100″ is an annual compendium of “the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions”. In other words, the organization assigns value to award-winning ads via a not-quite secret methodology in order to determine which campaigns and agencies were “smartest.”

On to the results: Omnicom defeated WPP in the “smartest holding company in the world” category, so we eagerly await Sir Sorrell’s response.

You’re more interested in creative, though, so here’s the list.

And the winner is…

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Innocean Debuts New Work for NRG

NRG recently announced that the energy company has chosen Innocean as its full-service advertising partner, and the agency debuted its first campaign for the brand in time for the opening of the NFL season.

Its 30-second broadcast spot imagines an old-time football team — complete with leather helmets — preparing to take on the (modern day) Philadelphia Eagles. “Let’s go out there and give ‘em heck,” says the team’s captain, adding “We’re going to go out there and really give them the business.” When the team, emerges from the locker room and sees their competitors, however, they quickly turn and run. “The old game just can’t compete,” says the voiceover, “especially when it comes to energy. Solar power is here.”

It’s not a bad analogy for old forms of energy, many of which have been around since the leather helmet days, in comparison with clean solar energy. The basic concept and approach also seem pretty adaptable to future applications, so more in this same vein from Innocean in the future.

“NRG chose Innocean because they understood that we aren’t bound by convention,” said Brad Fogel, chief operating officer, Innocean USA. “We are young and agile enough to break rules and create a spot-on integrated brand campaign that shows consumers, you actually have a choice in who you want to supply the energy to power up your day-to-day lives. And if you have that choice, why don’t you choose a company that believes in doing the right thing instead of the same thing?”

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