Over the years you've probably seen the AdWeak Twitter account. In fact, the dude behind AdWeak was up to his shenanigans long, long before Twitter took over the world. In fact, he's been doing it since 2001 but hasn't updated the site since 2005 though AdWeakj has been active on Twitter since 2009. For the uninitiated, AdWeak pumps out brilliant ad industry-related parody headlines that skewer and poke fun at the industry's inner workings.
Now, AdWeak has teamed with stock footage company Dissolve to launch Advertising Insider, a witty combination of stock footage and AdWeak tweets. Check it out:
A few examples of AdWeak tweets:
BREAKING: Agency Re-Edits 30 Second TV Spot Into 35 Second Video to Show as Example of "Content."- Adweak (@adweak) October 23, 2014
BREAKING: Ad Tech Industry on Pace to Eliminate Any Sort of Creativity, Gut Instinct From Advertising by End of Year.- Adweak (@adweak) October 22, 2014
BREAKING: Newly-Appointed Creative Director Talking Big Fucking Game About Turning Agency Into "Creative Powerhouse."- Adweak (@adweak) October 21, 2014
BREAKING: Agency Hastily Transforms Empty Office Into "Gaming Lab" in Desperate Attempt to Impress Potential Video Game Client.- Adweak (@adweak) October 21, 2014
BREAKING: Client Not Sure if "Come in Today" Call to Action is Urgent Enough. Would Like Agency to Explore More Options.- Adweak (@adweak) October 21, 2014
BREAKING: Agency Principals Meet to Ensure They're on Same Page With Lies About Number of Employees, Current Clients Prior to Pitch.- Adweak (@adweak) October 17, 2014
Colle + McVoy has discovered the solution to getting agency employees to complete their timesheets; free beer. Yes, free beer.
The agency's creative technologist and IT team collaborated to create a "never-before-seen" tech solution that rewards free beer to employees with up-to-date timesheets. What did they create?
They invented the TapServer, a custom-built, multi-keg "beer deployment system" that could be the answer to not only the ad industry's time sheet problem but the entire nation's timesheet conundrum. The TapServer uses RFID and custom-written software to instantly verify whether or not a timesheet has been completed before it lets the beer flow.
All of which makes one wonder. How will the agency recoup costs for all the time its employees spent coming up with this contraption?
New York-based humanitarian aid organization AFYA Foundation has teamed with Strawberry Frog to create a video campaign which aims to raise awareness of the need for medical supplies to combat the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The video, directed by Indrani, puts a human face on the statistic that five children came into contact with the Ebola virus in Texas.
The work was developed as a collaboration between Danielle Butin of Afya, Scott Goodson of StrawberryFrog, and director Indrani, and was written by Kelly Beck and Scott Goodson.
"This film is intended to be a powerful message in what feels like a voice in the wilderness, offering hope and something for people to do now to help stop Ebola in West Africa where critical care items are urgently in need," says Goodson.
Kyiv-based ad agency Banda and Radioaktive Film are out with a video which aims to garner support for the Ukranian Armed Forces who have had to leave their families, their friends and their jobs to combat Russians in Eastern Ukraine.
The video, which has close to half million views, was created without any government funds on an entirely volunteer basis. It was helmed by New York director Marc Wilkins.
The video shows soldiers doing their jobs as they share what they do in "real life." It carries the tagline, "None of us was born for war, but we are here to protect our freedom."
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In a hilarious send up to the obscene amount of awards in the advertising industry and the ridiculous length of credits connected to those awards, we have The Slashies. Yes, The Slashies. What's the award for? According to the intro video, "the most tenuous contributions to an ad campaign.
The Slashies honor the really important stuff like The Stapler guy, Presentation Hijacker, Muffin Eater, Script Yoinker, Pizza Orderer and others.
The funniest part? Even the Slashies video has a credit list a mile long of Slashie wannabes. The best one? Crew Tinder Technician.
Copywriter: Ryan Chiasson
Art Director: Jordan Dunlop
Production Company: FRANK
Director: Brad Dworkin
Executive Producer: Danielle Kappy
Production Manager: Jeremy Sager
Producer: Taryn Mueller
DP: Steve Whitehead
On-Set Sound: Dave Dunlap
Gaffer: Cat Patrichi
Edit House: Married To Giants
Editor: Paul Skinner
Dailies and Colour Grading: Redlab
Audio House: Apollo Studios
Executive Producer: Charlie Janson
Producer/Music Supervisor: Tom Hutch
Chef: Jim Stefano
Line Cook: Gloria Chen
Gluten Eliminator: Andre Petucci
Dishwasher: Rhea Melanson
Cab Driver: Vitaly Krushenko
Cab Dispatcher: Mel Donaldson
Cab Scheduler: Dom Mariota
Bus Driver: Alicia Thompkins
Executive Custodial Technician: Andre Williams
Chief Custodial Technician: Louise Lontro
Associate Custodial Technician: Peter Pisnewski
Director of Custodial Technology: Jim Harrison
Receptionist: Claudia Cantoni
Cab Chit Provider: Steve Gronkowski
Office Goldfish: Goldie
Plaid Coordinator: Tara Bowles
Barista: Louise Pallo
Plumber: Martin Federico
Girl Who Walked By The Set: Emma Sanderson
Morning Bagel Eater: Joe Mayock
Post Shoot Bartender: Amanda Jacobs
Water Delivery Guy: Dane Trucks
Printer Paper Supervisor: Anna Ferguson
Credits Data Entry Technician: Peter Dunlop
Phone Charging Assistant: Jeremy O'Sullivan
Director Of On-Set Instagrams: Alex Campbell
Crew Tinder Technician: Michael Sweet