• AeroMexico trolls Trump with DNA discount

    by / January 18, 2019 / These days, most brands accused of dunking on Trump (Nike, Gillette) aren't really. They're creating ads about basic human decency and civil rights - which some of those on the right take as direct attacks against the president. But now AeroMexico is out with a new ad that comes right up to the line of mocking 45. They're offering Americans discounts based on the percentage of Mexican DNA they ha[Read More]

  • Longtime SF ad vet Jerry Gibbons passes away

    by / January 17, 2019 / Jerry Gibbons, who broke into San Francisco’s fiercely competitive advertising world as a  mailroom boy, rose to head several of the city’s most powerful ad agencies and led the western US office of the influential American Association of Advertising  Agencies, died of heart failure Jan. 7 at age 82. The polar opposite of the slick, silver tongued adman, Mr. Gibbons was the low-key marketin[Read More]

  • Somehow Gillette’s “don’t be an asshole” commercial becomes controversial.

    by / January 16, 2019 / Really? Is this what we've come to? Gillette puts out a spot asking men to be their tagline (the best a man can get) and pledges $3 million to anti-bullying and anti-harassment groups and suddenly half of America is up in arms. We tend to be in the Randy Bryce camp: Good for Gillette for taking a social stand, backing it up with some action. Companies professing their values has been big recen[Read More]

  • Duncan Channon crafts fun (and relatable) new campaign for Upwork

    by / January 15, 2019 / We liked Duncan Channon’s “Hey World” campaign for Upwork when it debuted last year. Now they're out with a new campaign titled “This is Happening” that's just as fun and eye catching. The spots are based on situations we've all been in (and with seemingly all the freelance talent in the city hoovered up, situations we run into more and more). The campaign, which includes TV and radio[Read More]

  • TAZO Brews the Unexpected

    by / January 14, 2019 / We're surprised no one's taken the piss out of tea commercials before. They're usually rather predictable, sweet, relaxing looks into fake people's days. But TAZO tea is out with a series of spots that both mocks the clichéd tea advertising while highlighting their unexpected flavor blends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWTG3bX2NA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJDVx--OVTM https://www.you[Read More]

  • Robinhood breaks new print campaign

    by / January 11, 2019 / Robinhood is an app that lets you "invest in stocks, ETFs, options, and cryptocurrencies, all commission-free, right from your phone or desktop." They've broken a new print campaign targets at millennials, convincing them that it's easy to invest in stock.  While these have interesting, different art direction, the jewels and sports cars seem like a bit of an overpromise. The research we've seen[Read More]

  • SAG-AFTRA go after BBH

    by / January 10, 2019 / We were a bit shocked to see this masthead ad on Agency spy - with actor union SAG-AFTRA going hard after Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Apparently BBH has now said they're no longer a signatory on the SAG-AFTRA commercial contract. The actors aren't too happy and are calling for a boycott of the British agency. We've heard about plenty of Agency/SAG-AFTRA spats in the past. We've never heard of one that [Read More]