86 the onions make ubiquitous campaign for NEC Japan

NEC Corporation has launched a branding campaign U can Change conceived and produced by 86 the onions, featuring killer cows, cocoons masquerading as sleeping bags and rainbow-like effluences, not to mention a lot of people named Dave.

"NEC's buzzword is ubiquitous and it represents a concept that the company wants to own throughout the marketplace", said Kunihiko Inoue, managing director at Robot Communications Media Switch, the creative consultancy firm for NEC. "We chose to collaborate with 86 the onions because they are underground enough to show a young, international audience exactly what ubiquity means and above ground enough to do it in a professional way."

Underlying the "u can change" films is the idea that NEC allows businessmen and women to work anywhere, anytime and to experience the euphoria associated with this freedom. Hence kiler cows, and middle-aged butterfly men flying off into the sunset. We asked Chad what every envious creative wants to know: How on earth do you present a campaign like this to a client?


Mr. Wendy, We Hardly Knew Thee...

Wendy's has announced the cancellation of its series of commercials featuring the "unofficial spokesman" known as Mr. Wendy, after less than nine months on the air. Bad news for comic actor (and ex-Groudling, children's book author and cartoon writer) Roger Eschbacher, who potrayed the overzealous burger fan. But is it possible that The Artist Formerly Known As Mr. Wendy might soon re-emerge shilling for some other burger joint? If you don't think somebody's thinking about it, then You Don't Know Jack.


Ogilvy London Hijacked

The viral advertising agency ASABAILEY has placed a well-aimed left hook on the chin of O&M, by scooping up http://www.ogilvymather.co.uk for £4.95.

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TBWA Lisbon, Portugal - The blogging ad agency

This month in our spotlight on series - our very first spotlight actually - we have chatted a bit with Leandro Alvarez , the Creative Director of TBWA Lisbon in Portugal, and a few of his collegues (Thanks Sergio Santos for the help). TBWA has a blog called TBLOGWA at TBWA.pt, and quite a few stunning poster campaigns to show off.

DB: Show us TBWA's creative hot spot. Where are the ideas born?


Arnold Worldwide Talks Shop on The Advertising Show

Hear it straight from Arnold Wordwide’s Andrew Lynch and John Staffen. As Arnold’s cultural strategist, Andrew reads consumer trends within the matrix of a broad cultural context and keeps an open dialogue with academics and thought leaders in fields ranging from pop music to economics to media studies. Andrew has helped design and write a Mood & Mindset study which was launched as a service for clients of Arnold Worldwide as a way of tracking American’s shifting ideas, attitudes and values following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since then, the Mood & Mindset research survey series shifted focus to examine a wide range of cultural issues and lifestyle trends as they relate to the current behavior of the American consumer.


CityBanks Freudian Slip (literally)

Citybank may have been a tad too honest when they wrote thier latest pamphlets. Usually there's some alphanumeric goobidygook printed at the bottom, but not on this one. "CON-ALL-10/04". Finally, some truth in advertising.


Whats faster than a speeding bullet? Two of them?

First up, lets have a look at a VW ad from Southafrica.


Zig wins Molson account

It's official - the pitch pirating trick Vaughn Whelan & Partners tried didn't work. Molson selects ZiG advertising agency to market flagship Canadian brand


Creating Creative Catalyst through Cannes Do

Raising the standard of South African creativity through a competition called Cannes Do SA, as a branch of Cannes Do International (formed in October 2003 in London by Robert Campbell, Managing Director of Outsider; James Studholme, Managing Director of Blink; Robert Campbell, UK Executive Creative Director at Mc Cann Erickson; Maria Carbonara, former producer at Leo Burnett Milan, joined the team as project coordinator).


Controversial ad wins effectiveness award

The controversial campaign for The Number, created by WCRS, won a gold award at last night's effectiveness awards run by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.
Disputes began as David Bedford demands compensation from The Number for using his likeness in their advertising, 6 months after the spots started to run. Also, David Bedford to sue The Number and he complained to OfCom- and the results can be found here.