Wednesday Odds and Ends

By Erik Oster 

-The Martin Agency recently launched “Alligator Arms” for GEICO (video above).

-Former Campaign deputy editor Jeremy Lee points out that “Sir Martin Sorrell claims we’re not in the advertising business anymore – but he’s still reaping its mammoth rewards.”

-Pele is suing Samsung for using a lookalike in a major marketing campaign.


-A Joe.My.God. reader sent the blog a picture of a very amusing STD billboard in Los Angeles for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  

-Independent agency Brave appointed Mike Nicholson as its first executive creative director

-VaynerMedia is opening a London office on April 1.

Ad Contrarian Bob Hoffman seems mostly amused by the fact that Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts wrote a nasty blog post about him.

For the Webby Awards, Ogilvy New York created “TypeVoice,” which turns your spoken words into a custom font. Or so we hear. Our computer doesn’t have a working microphone.

-Production agency Hogarth Worldwide expanded with the additions of Ruhiya Nuruddin as director of broadcast operations for Hogarth North America and Louisa Gleichman as director of marketing.