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Posts Tagged ‘Chris Cima’

Victors & Spoils Goes Traditional with New Work for Bank Midwest

Victors & Spoils eschews crowdsourcing or digital aspects for their new campaign for Bank Midwest.

Centered around a few television spots,  the campaign emphasizes the human side of Bank Midwest.  The above spot “Listening” focuses on a bank worker on the phone with a client, saying things like “okay” and “uh-huh” before the word “Listening” comes on the screen, accompanied by triumphant music. It’s meant to show that in today’s environment, an actual human listening to you at a bank seems revolutionary. Clearly, this campaign is targeted at an older audience than Victors & Spoils typical work, which explains the more traditional approach. The spots “Knowing Your Name” and “Answering The Phone” follow a similar approach. The campaign, which started running in Colorado and Kansas this week, also includes billboards with simple messages, such as “Listening!” and “Mortgage Experts Who Listen.”

“In a time when so many businesses have stopped focusing on consumers, it’s really exciting that we get to help celebrate the fact that our client, NBH Bank, N.A., still treats people like people. This makes for some pretty revolutionary work,” explained Victor & Spoils Creative Director Chris Cima.

For a campaign described as “revolutionary,” though, the strategy sure calls to mind Tierney’s work for TD Bank in their “Human Truths” and “Bank Human” campaigns. Stick around for “Knowing Your Name” and “Answering The Phone” after the jump. Read more

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Victors & Spoils Shares an, Err, Unusual Holiday Card

Consider this a warning: you will not be able to unsee this.

Those Boulder-based, crowdsourcing-loving folks at Victors&Spoils may have just delivered the most unforgettable holiday video of the year, transforming a hot model into a bikini-clad Santa Claus.

But the video isn’t just disturbing for the sake of being disturbing, there’s a sort of feminist message behind it. It opens with the text “Ad agencies go to disturbing lengths to create the perfect image,” before referencing Tim Piper’s “Body Evolution” video showing a (already thin) model airbrushed into an anorexic stick of a woman. Then, Victors&Spoils admits, “Guess we’re no different” before showing the process of transforming said model into Santa Claus. It’s a pleasant holiday cocktail of funny and disturbing, and a nice parody of Piper’s “Body Evolution” video (that doesn’t mute the message of the original video, but rather builds on it). I’m always for anything calling attention to the unhealthy body image issues caused by photoshopping models and celebrities to unhealthy proportions, so a holiday video that does so with humor is going to win major points in my book. And who will be able to forget the slow transformation from bikini-clad blonde to bikini-clad Santa? No one, that’s who. Credits after the jump.

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So, What Has Victors & Spoils Been Up To?

We forgot to mention this yesterday, but might as well let you know that Victors & Spoils CEO John Winsor updated his blog this week to bring us up to speed on what’s happening with his now-Havas-owned, Boulder-based agency. If you don’t feel like actually clicking the link, we’ll just give you the Cliffs Notes version and tell you that the theme this time around is “making momentum.”

The contents within include the fact that V&S has promoted several staffers and hired a few folks in the process. On the promotion front, Winsor & Co. have promoted Noah Clark (who was interviewed by his own boss on this here site) and Arnold NY alum Chad Walker to co-executive creative directors. In addition, V&S elevated Kate McQuail (yet another CP+B alum) to creative director while also bringing on former TM Advertising creative Chris Cima as a CD.