This Mentoring Program Helps Women Learn to Win, and Make Their Communities Better

Camila Pirelli wants to corral thousands of disadvantaged youngsters from shantytowns in her native Paraguay and teach them life lessons through sports—and maybe cultivate a future Olympian or two—while Paola Kuri travels around Mexico

Is Crowdsourcing Turning Creative Directors Into Curators?

"There should be no more creative directors. The job is dead and the title is wrong—it should be 'curator.'" These words from KBS+ co-founder/former Victors & Spoils partner Jon Bond may strike fear into the hearts of copywriters and art directors because they concern crowdsourcing, or the act of farming out major portions of the creative process.

While Some Retailers Ignore Snapchat, Others Are Killing It With Lens and Geofilter Ads

Attention retailers: There's a pile of missed marketing opportunities in Aisle 5 that needs to be cleaned up.

This Bank Made a Couple of 120-Year-Old ATMs, and They’re So Money

Saatchi & Saatchi partied like it was 1899 in a this campaign for CIB Bank, building two ATMs that looked 120 years old to celebrate a neighborhood anniversary in Budapest.  The city held Budapest100 this month, which is a festival celebrating city buildings and other infrastructure that are at least a century old. This year's event focused on Grand Boulevard, which turned 120—and happens to house five branches of CIB Bank. So, Saatchi took the client back to a decade filled with turmoil, when new technologies revolutionized Hungarian society—the 1890s.  The central attraction was two antique-looking CIB automated teller machines run by steam-powered gears … and the creativity of the Saatchi team.

West Coast Ad Agencies Are Building On-Site Labs to Experiment With Virtual Reality

It's a small, windowless room on the second floor of ad agency Team One's expansive Playa Vista, Calif., complex, yet it's also a portal for globe-trotting, deep-sea exploration and space travel. Or, as executive creative director, digital, Alastair Green puts it, "Alice stepped through the looking glass, and this is the other side."

Charter Promises Great TV and Internet at the Most Comically Unlikely Times

A quartet of ads for Charter Communications' Spectrum package promise fast and convenient Internet service, and HD television for everyone ... no matter how bedridden, ambitious, desperate or determined to watch football you may be. 

Marketers Don’t Understand Modern Moms, Saatchi Survey Says

Memo to marketers: When it comes to moms, get real. Stop focusing on motherhood as a job, and start talking to moms like the multifaceted, multidimensional human beings they are.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Have Different Mobile Ad Strengths

A quartet of panelists speaking about audience targeting at the Mobile Media Upfront this week essentially agreed that Facebook, Twitter and Google/YouTube are going to continue attracting mor

Coke Drops Unsuspecting Moviegoers Into Sex Scene for Real-Time Ad

What's more refreshing: A Coca-Cola, or a Coca-Cola ad poking fun at the brand's consumers? To encourage moviegoers to stay quiet during a film, Saatchi Denmark filmed audience members milling around the lobby sipping soda through straws and pulling stupid faces, then quickly edited the footage into the background of a fake movie trailer. In the middle of the supposed preview, viewers suddenly saw themselves on the screen, ruining a perfectly cheesy sex scene with their odd expressions and obnoxious slurping sounds. It's hard not to wonder if the stunt is staged, or if everybody who goes to the cinema in Copenhagen just happens to look like they could work at an ad agency. Regardless, the point—don't make yourself part of the movie by being a noisy jerk—holds up well enough, both in the case study and in a handful of related clips. The other spots, which you can watch after the jump, aren't real-time editing stunts, but they're still pretty amusing, especially when the young woman offers a perfectly smug deadpan, munching popcorn while she gets buried alive alongside a cop. Of course, when it comes to customer-shaming ads that encourage considerate moviegoing, the gold standard will forever be Alamo Drafthouse's transcript of an ejected texter's irate voicemail. Because sometimes the truth is just too good to beat.

Adweek’s Top 5 Commercials of the Week

In this week's battle of the brands, four spots—for Guinness, Sony, Apple and Duracell—seek to strum an inspired chord within us. But a fourth, for the horror film Devil's Due, leans on our innate desire for schadenfreude with its frightening prank. Which was the best? Vote below. And if your favorite isn't here, tell us in the comments.