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Monday Morning Stir

-Havas has released its full 2013 financial results and among the notable figures is that net profit for the year was up almost 2 percent to approximately $176.5 million.

-In case you missed Allstate’s Mayhem character busting brackets via Vine over the weekend, here’s one video above. link

-Speaking of brackets, Bank of America and Verizon are among those vying for the title in Consumerist’s annual Worst Company in America battle. link

-Steve Jackson, CEO of digital media agency Smashing Ideas, has announced his intention to step down effective April 30.  He will be succeeded on May 1 by Brian Burke, who has co-led the company as president since 2011.

-Chris McNally was promoted to NYC managing director at Razorfish. link

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Tuesday Odds and Ends

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-Havas alum Vilma Vale-Brennan has joined MEC Bravo, MEC’s multicultural media buying/planning unit, as managing director.

-Entries are now open and juries have been announced for the first-ever Clio Image Awards, which focuses on fashion, beauty, retail and accessories. link; link

-Speaking of award shows, New York Festivals for World’s Best Advertising has also launched its 2014 call for entries. link

-Victors & Spoils CEO John Winsor talks about how agency culture affects agency talent. link

-German creative studio Serviceplan is behind the design for this year’s Young Ones competition, which is One Club’s student show (design above). link

-Hmm, so what does Apple have in store for us on Oct. 22? link

-Omnicom reports that revenues were on the rise, profits were down and earnings per share were flat in Q3. link

Friday Morning Stir

-President/creative director Rick Colby and CEO Andrew Orci have officially launched Santa Monica-based shop COR, which we’ve been told is “dedicated to serving the new general market.” Oh yeah, COR, which works with brands including Sutter Home and Cox Cable, will also be appearing on this season of AMC’s The Pitch. link

-Arnoldnyc has unveiled the first national TV spot for “personal genetics” company, 23andMe (above).

-A VentureBeat writer wonders what’s wrong with mobile ads. link

-Victors & Spoils CEO John Winsor tells us why agencies are to blame for deferred payments.

-Facebook is proceeding with caution when it comes video ads because Mark Zuckerberg apparently doesn’t want to annoy the social network’s one-billion-plus members. link

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-DUMBO-based agency Carrot Creative has unveiled its new Tumblr page. link

-Instagram has rolled out web embedding for photo/video content. link

-Staying on topic somewhat, Nissan has launched a Vine/Instagram video contest to promote the 2014 Versa Note. link

-L.A.-based production company The Cortez Brothers has signed director Laurentius to its roster for representation in the U.S. and Hispanic markets. link

-Victors & Spoils chief John Winsor sounds off on “the dinosaurs of Cannes.” link

-Let’s welcome the new Google Maps app with a trip to Detroit Rock City, shall we (above)?

-Following a review, beauty retail chain Sephora has tapped San Francisco-based agency Duncan/Channon to design the website for its new Marc Jacobs Beauty collection.

-New York-based prodco Cause & Effect has signed comedy director Beauxchamp for U.S. commercial representation.

Havas Launches New Hub Dubbed ‘Havas Crowd’

About an hour or so ago, John Winsor, CEO of Havas-owned, Boulder-based Victors & Spoils, tweeted this: “Welcome to HavasCrowd.com. Brands can now harness the power of the Havas global community in one place.” Well, from what we gather upon first glance at the description is that “Havas Crowd” is basically taking a page from V&S’ playbook (the agency of course just happens to be powering the site). Should we call this Havassourcing? We’re not sure, but we checked in with Winsor to get some more explanation and here’s what he told us:

“Essentially. It’s a way for us to capture the brilliant creative and strategic thinking across the global network and apply it to a client’s brief in a modern, digital way. We believe that the Havas Crowd will allow us to change faster to apply the best thinking and creativity, from anywhere in the world, to solve a client’s problem.

 The advertising industry is changing radically everyday and this cultural change demands that all of us challenge the way we’ve always done things.”
Did you get all that? Anyways, we’re not sure where the wind will take this effort, but if you care to join or hire the crowd, click here.

Fry Rejoins CP+B

After spending the last three years at Havas-owned Victors & Spoils, Evan Fry has rejoined his former cohorts at Crispin Porter + Bogusky as executive director of creative development. Fry, who co-founded V&S with fellow CP+B-er John Winsor as well as Claudia Batten in 2009, initially spent seven years at CP+B, last serving as a VP/creative director but leaving the agency to “be fucking awesome.”

Fry, the CCO at V&S who once played temporary reporter for this here site while with the crowdsourcing evangelists, says in a statement, ““The timing was pretty much perfect for me to come back to CP+B. And so was the position. I feel that there is so much that I can contribute to the agency. I love writing ads, I love production, I love the teaching process and the craft. And I believe in empowering those around me and encouraging them to think in new and exciting ways. I’m back now and it’s so exciting to be working with new people as well as so many of my friends who are continually reinventing what it means to be an agency and pushing the boundaries in remarkable ways. It’s a new era for CP+B. One with a lot of momentum, a lot of chutzpah and a kick-ass, evolving identity. And I am honored and grateful to be a part of it.”

During his first run at CP+B, Fry picked up a Titanium Grand Prix Lion for his work as a CD on the “Twelpforce” work for Best Buy.

 

Agency DW+H Hires Agency Victors and Spoils for Agency Re-Branding

Perhaps most recognized for their work on re-branding eHarmony and Hotwire.com, Santa Monica-based agency DonatWald and Haque (DW+H) has reached a crossroads. You see, the agency re-branded itself early last year when partner Amir Haque added his name to the door, something he now apparently regrets. In a blog post on DW+H’s site, Haque writes:

Our company exists to accelerate business’ role as the most powerful force for positive change.  The problem is that our old-school advertising agency name simply does nothing to help us communicate that.  So earlier this year, Lucas and I decided to rename our company, taking our names off the door in favor of a new name that communicates the essence of what we do. So what’s the new name? Don’t know yet. But today is a big day.

Who does an ad agency turn to in order to re-brand itself? Apparently, it turns to those crowd-sourcing extraordinaires at Victors and Spoils, which is unleashing its legions of freelancing creatives on DW+H’s brief. As Haque notes, this is probably one of the first times an agency has ever hired another agency to do the job the formerly mentioned agency is generally responsible for. Of course, this isn’t sitting well with some. In fact, an anonymous tipster who claims to be a formal employee of DW+H has this to says of the agency’s second re-branding in as many years, “They spent tons of cash last year on new biz cards, t-shirts, painting the place–all this re-branding crap only to pay someone else to do the job not even a full year later! Who would hire an agency that can’t even brand itself?”

What say you, dear readers? Is this an innovative move within a constantly evolving industry, or, as the tipster says, is DW+H wasting its money? Before you answer, note that Haque does add in his post that, “It puts our agency philosophy and approach in front of 6,000 of our industry colleagues, and provides a platform for our own company to participate as well.”

Update: V&S chief John Winsor has updated his blog to discuss the DW+H proposition.

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.

Havas Adds Victors & Spoils to the Fold (Updated)

Adage reports that John Winsor & Co. have sold a majority stake of their Boulder-based crowdsourcing operation that is Victors & Spoils to Havas. Winsor, who will remain on as V&S CEO and will also assume the title of chief innovation officer at Havas, offers a lengthy explanation for the acquisition on his blog. Here’s a quick excerpt in case you didn’t feel like clicking through:

“…Along the way I had the good fortune to meet [Havas CEO] David Jones.  While many in the advertising industry talk the talk about innovation, very few walk the walk. David takes it one step further and runs the run. I was impressed not only by his vision for Havas and One Young World, but also by his bold philosophy outlined in Who Cares Wins. Every conversation we had flowed from a similar world-view that collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing are the future of not only advertising, but business itself; and that a deep dedication to becoming a social business can make the world a better place. We both believe that the new competitive advantage is a collaborative advantage.

From those conversations grew a vision to work together to create even more global cultural momentum for collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. I believe that Victors & Spoils and Havas together can change the way advertising is done for both clients and creatives for the better.”

According to Adage, Winsor’s V&S partners-in-crime Evan Fry and Claudia Batten will continue to own a stake in the shop.

Update: We had a quick phone chat earlier with Mr. Winsor and among other things, he tells us that while V&S has had conversations with “every good thinker in the industry” regarding the future of the industry, the new Havas chief innovation officer specifically “loved the way [David Jones] is super bold and wanted to change things and is transparent about the way things are going.” Winsor adds that the Havas move will “give us more resources to grow”, will get “technology scoped and scaled” and from what he tells us, Victors & Spoils is eying expansion in London and Hong Kong. But for now, it’s about “accelerating technology” and going “one step at a time.”

 

John Winsor Wonders….Part 12,373

We are fans of  John Winsor , don’t get us wrong. We also know that you commenters made it a point to spew some vitriol at the man, just for revealing his thoughts and working at a shop called Victors & Spoils. Since I, Kiran Aditham, have mixed feelings about the ad industry just as much as you do, I will step aside and give the man a chance to explain and  discuss a new project…for at least a couple paragraphs. By the way, we do not speak for Winsor in any shape or form; our hatred is bred from within. So, have at it, sir:

“When we started to work with Harley-Davidson we had this crazy idea. If you could source ideas from advertising professionals around the world using digital management (via Victors & Spoils’ digital collaboration system which we call Agency Machine) then why couldn’t a brand source ideas from their own most rabid fans?

With all of the attention that is on social media, and the significant investment by brands in fan acquisition, why not put fans to work? By doing so you could figure out a couple of things. First, who your most important fans are. And second, by allowing fans access into the brand in a substantial way, we’d create radical engagement. Fans would no longer be customers but co-creators of the brand.”

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