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Is Vagueness Killing Advertising? Let's drop meaningless phrases like 'digital advertising' and 'content marketing'

The rise in popularity of mobile advertising, content marketing, native advertising and the continued focus on digital leads me to one question: Does anyone really know what they are? I’ve never…

November 30, 2014, 11:36 PM EST

The Best Ad of 2014 Was Brilliant and Subversive, and It Wasn't Even Real Inside Newcastle and Droga5's ambushing of the Super Bowl

Technically speaking, the best ad of 2014 didn’t exist. Just ask Anna Kendrick. Last January, millions of viewers watched the Academy Award nominee deliver a two-minute, profanity-laden rant that took Newcastle…

November 30, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

The 10 Best Ads of 2014 Sports, comedy, PSAs and pranks: Here's the work you wish you made this year

Score one for advertising, and for anti-advertising too. Plenty of campaigns—in all sorts of styles, themes and textures—found the perfect formula of idea and execution to produce something brilliantly compelling in…

November 30, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

Ad of the Day: This Generous TD Bank Stunt Is the Perfect Ad to Watch on Thanksgiving $30,000 and 24 hours to make people's lives better

Here's $30,000. Now, go out and do something great for your community. And we do mean now. You've got 24 hours to bring your dream to life. That's the challenge TD…

November 27, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

How the Music Company on Old Spice's 'Dadsong' Got the Ad's Twisted Genius Just Right Scoring the sequel to 'Momsong'

Old Spice this week unveiled "Dadsong," its second lunatic 60-second musical via Wieden + Kennedy—the sequel to the award-winning "Momsong" from a year ago. Clearly, the music on a commercial…

November 26, 2014, 10:12 AM EST

Ad of the Day: Adorable Australian Ad With People Helping Ducks Goes Megaviral 88 million views in 10 days

We've become accustomed to animal rights videos that are so brutal and depressing, you feel like you've been hit by a bus. But this spot from Australia shows a little…

November 26, 2014, 9:05 AM EST

W+K Made a Giant, Amazing Cuckoo Clock Out of an Oregon Maple for Portland Tourism Must be time to visit

Wieden + Kennedy recently created a pretty incredible out-of-home tourism installation for Travel Portland: the tallest freestanding cuckoo clock in the U.S. Chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong carved the clock, made…

November 25, 2014, 1:45 PM EST

Agency Wants Its Next Art Director to Be Cool, So the Interview Will Be Over Two Days in Vegas Getting to know you

TDA_Boulder is looking for a new art director, but the interview process will be unique. In fact, if all goes well, it might end up looking like outtakes from The…

November 25, 2014, 1:11 PM EST

This Agency Made a Really, Really Big Deal of Hiring Its 100th Employee, and He Wasn't Expecting It Elliot Nordstrom's first day at McGarrah Jessee

Lots of agencies do interesting things for new hires—like Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners, which has been known to carve their faces into the heads of crayons. McGarrah Jessee in Austin,…

November 24, 2014, 3:09 PM EST

Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe Is DirecTV's Freakiest Rob Lowe Yet Good luck with that jar of mayo

While shy-bladder sufferers debate the offensiveness of Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe, DirecTV is plowing ahead with all sorts of other less-than-ideal Rob Lowes—you know, the ones with cable and not…

November 24, 2014, 2:36 PM EST

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