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With Google Fiber, Kansas City Will Have Something to Brag About

Last year, Google chose Kansas City over a number of contenders to be the first place to get access to the Internet monolith’s new super-fast 1GB-per-second service, Google Fiber. Announced today, KC residents will have access to 1GB-per-second download times for a monthly fee of $70.

As is becoming tradition, Google tapped Venables Bell & Partners to create a new charmingly whimsical scale model spot to celebrate Fiber’s launch. The result, “The Next Chapter of the Internet,” depicts the evolution of the Internet through toy cars, where traffic jams are synonymous with the terrible days of dial-up modems. Hey, remember when stealing a song on Napster required at 45 minutes of download time? That sucked.

Set to a little synth cover of The Cars’ timeless (yeah, I said it) classic, “Just What I Needed,” the sad little cars start zipping around like Hot Wheels. How stoked is Kansas City for the arrival of Google Fiber? Here’s the brand’s community activation video from agency Enso of residents begging their fellow Kansas Citians to pre-order Fiber by Sept. 9. Remember guys, it’s for kids, science and, uh, Wendall Phillips (which is a high school by the way).

View credits and Google’s “thanks” to the people of Kansas City which VP+B released last week, after the jump.
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Old Spice: Now Strong Enough to Help You Dump Heather Graham

The W+K/Old Spice cavalcade continues as the agency is now touting the P&G brand’s Champion lineup with a new series of ads, one of which features a brief appearance from a sandcastle Delorean and Rollergirl herself, Heather Graham (above). Who needs the Rocky theme when you can instill self-confidence via W+K’s latest campaign, which carries the regrettable yet appropriate tagline “Believe in Your Smellf.” At least we can say the Portland HQ’s ongoing work for Old Spice continues to be fairly unpredictable and eye-catching. Peep a :15 spot and credits after the jump.

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Terry Crews Takes Over, Yells Aplenty in Latest Old Spice Work

When he’s not filming Sly Stallone’s sequel to the bloody, guilty pleasure opus that is The Expendables or cracking us up as the penny-pinching pops on syndication in Everybody Hates Chris, Terry Crews is once again screaming at the screen in a series of new spots for Old Spice. W+K continues its onslaught for the P&G brand in a series of spots promoting the Red Zone body spray line.

We kind of like how Crews serves as the boisterous, aggressive counterpart to Isaiah Mustafa‘s smooth baritone casanova, though we’re not sure how this will disrupt our sleep patterns when it airs as yours truly dozes off to the telly at night. By the way, you might know the directors from the campaign, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, aka the minds behind Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. In phase two of the “Smell the Power” campaign, look for co-branded television advertisements with fellow P&G brands Bounce and Charmin. Check out three more clips and credits after the jump.

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eBay’s New Mobile App Will Keep You Fashionable

“Mom jeans” are pretty bad, but as a young man frightened of losing all fashion sense with age, I have to say that I am personally more terrified of finding myself wearing a pair of dreaded “dad shorts.” At what average age do you think most women start hiking up their baggy pants as high as possible and most men think the that world wants to see their hairy thighs?

In Venables Bell & Partners’ first work for eBay, the San Francisco agency is introducing the online store’s new app for impulse shopping. The “When it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay” campaign debuts tonight with three spots from VB&P, each showing someone trying to keep up with today’s trends by instantly purchasing products from eBay. Says VB&P co-founder and ECD Paul Venables: “When the company that revolutionized how people shop asks you to do something big and new, you get excited. For this campaign, we tapped into the psyche of passionate shoppers and then demonstrated why eBay is the answer.”

In the announce, VB&G cites a statistic that says 60 percent of fashion enthusiasts and 65 percent of electronics enthusiasts own smartphones, compared to less than 30 percent of the general public. See two spots (one featuring an impulse fashion purchase and one featuring an impulse electronics purchase)  and credits after the jump

 

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W+K Gives Isaiah Mustafa a Breather in Latest Old Spice Campaign

You know, these ads just aren’t the same without Isaiah Mustafa, but then again, maybe it was time for W+K Portland to make a fresh start with its valuable client, Old Spice. But we don’t know if this spot, which may have been copywriter/art director Eric Kallman‘s last writing effort for the brand (didn’t he jump to BFG9000 already?), is it. Here, a sea captain with the worst fake facial hair since Theo and Cockroach on The Cosby Show charms a lass while punching an octopus. The swagger and nod to Mustafa is still in effect, but our swooning has long since ceased. TV credits and a print element after the jump.

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Audi Does Some Spring Cleaning

Apparently, everyone in this town really reveres the Audi A7. And, what better time to do some cleaning than spring, right guys? LOL, get it? (Wink wink, nudge, nudge.)

“Spring Cleaning” is one of two new spots for Audi from Venables Bell & Partners. Along with “Car Carrier,” which advertises the Audi Q5, these new television ads paint the luxury car company as “Luxury Progressed,” and both do so in a sort of pretentious fashion. Sure, seeing an Audi cruising around your town has definitely become a much more common site as the company continues to take market share away from competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But, do the two spots really make you want to buy and Audi? Or, do they make you kind of hate Audi drivers that much more? Credits and “Car Carrier” follow after the jump.

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Criss Angel Reveals Microwaveable Popcorn Bowl

Not content with the current state of popcorn, the best-selling gourmet popcorn brand in America, Orville Redenbacher’s, is introducing the microwaveable bag/bowl hybrid. That’s right. No longer will you feel bad about eating the popcorn straight out of the bag, and no longer will you have to wash your popcorn bowl. Truly, the “Pop Up Bowl” is a magical innovation in the world of snacking.

And, to help promote the new product, Orville Redenbacher’s and agency Venables Bell & Partners are calling on the goth-est magician of all, Criss Angel, who is apparently still around and a thing. Observe as this unsuspecting suburban couple gets their respective minds freaked by the power of popcorn and the lamest cable magician ever. Remember, “It’s not a trick. It’s an illusion. Tricks are what whores do for money.” Credits after the jump.

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Intel’s ‘The Chase’ Integrated into Facebook

Back in January, when Osama Bin Laden remained at large and Packers had not yet won the Super Bowl, we posted a video from Intel called “The Chase,” which advertised the new Intel Core i5 processor. At two minutes long, “The Chase” did that whole movie in computer windows and different online mediums, similar to the Arcade Fire’s interactive music video for “The Suburbs.”

This time around, “The Chase” (which garnered over 2.5 million views on YouTube) is being integrated into Facebook complete with a new game, character profiles and all sort of extra downloadable goodies. Unfortunately (as I learned attempting to run the programs on a MacBook Air), you pretty much need to own a computer with an Intel Core i5, unless you’d like “The Chase” to slow your computer to a slow crawl. With the help of a MacBook Pro (which utilizes an Intel Core i5 processor), I was able to make the Facebook page work. The page also requires an HTML 5 web browser (Chrome, IE9, Safari 5 or Firefox 4) to function. If you think about it, Intel and agency Venables Bell & Partners are really targeting techno-geeks by creating a barrier to entry of sorts for its Facebook page. And, hey, at half a million “Likes,” they must be doing something right. And, on social media, isn’t a “spy story” kind of the go-to genre these days? Credits,  and that original viral video, after the jump.

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W+K Bumps Allen Up to Old Spice CD

With Old Spice copywriter Eric Kallman leaving shortly to join up with Gerry Graf, Wieden+Kennedy is making some changes to its popular account, specifically moving creative director Eric Baldwin to global CD on Levi’s, where he will partner with Tyler Whisnand.

As a result of the Baldwin bump, Craig Allen (Kallman’s former partner-in-crime) is moving up to CD on Old Spice as well as Electronic Arts. The move seems to enthuse W+K Portland ECD Mark Fitzloff, who says in a statement, “We can’t wait to see what Eric brings to Levi’s. He is an impeccable designer and an inspirational leader. And who better to take his place on Old Spice, than the co-creator of ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’?”

Gerry Graf Lures Old Spice Creative Away from W+K

Gerry Graf‘s New York-based start-up, Barton F. Graf9000, LLC, which the former Saatchi & Saatchi CCO launched last fall, has found a new ECD in Eric Kallman, the award-winning copywriter of Old Spice’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign who has spent the last three years at W+K Portland. As a result of joining BFG9000, Kallman (pictured) is reuniting with Graf, whom he worked with while the former was a CW and the latter was an ECD on Mars at TBWA\Chiat\Day NY (continuing the game of agency musical chairs, meanwhile, their former cohorts on Skittles, Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal, are now back at W+K. Still keeping score?). Following Graf’s departure from Chiat NY, Kallman and creative partner/art director Craig Allen split for Portland.

Kallman, who officially joins Barton F. Graf 9000 on May 1, tells Creativity, “When [Graf] offered me the opportunity to not only work for him again, but also to be a part of starting something new that I believe has the potential to be great, I was honored.”

BFG9000′s current clients include Kayak and Diageo (the latter on a project basis).

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