Bill Green

Name a brand or media channel and Bill Green’s probably worked on and in it. An art director by trade, he’s focused on an overall holistic approach to brand madness that merges the worlds of traditional, digital and social – whatever it takes.

Having worked previously with Darryl and Humongo and current AdVerve podcast partner with Angela, he’s currently doing creative strategy and pitch development with BFG in Hilton Head. The ad blog Make The Logo Bigger is about his experiences in the world of advertising and beyond.

Angela Natividad

Angela Natividad is a strategist, copywriter and journalist based in Paris. She writes MarketingProfs’ #SocialSkim, is a frequent guest on marketing podcast The Beancast, and co-hosts AdVerve the podcast. Most of her secret thoughts are on her blog, Live and Uncensored.

Darryl Ohrt

Darryl Ohrt is a former punk rocker, and Executive Creative Director at Carrot Creative, in NYC. In addition to his posts here, he also writes for Advertising Age’s Small Agency Diary, as the voice of the small guy in a big, big world.

After founding the legendary agency Humongo, he sold out to the man, left the entrepreneurial life and joined Carrot. Now he’s the self proclaimed Prime Minister of Awesome, and he’s tweeting, blogging, and exploring the internets as if it matters. He knows just enough to be dangerous, and is always ready for action.

Because why can’t cars have chemistry, too?

To plug its Vito van, Mercedes recreates the iconic dance scene between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in “Dirty Dancing”. If you ever wondered what car sex looked like, I guess you’re about to find out. (We’ll let you guess how the Vito comes into this.)

Bonus: there’s an extra bondage scene!

Work by Lukas Lindemann Rosinski in Hamburg with production firm Cobblestone.

Name that cartoon theme song!

We all died a little bit this week when Buzzfeed told us that last Saturday was the first in 50 years without Saturday Morning Cartoons. There are a lot of reasons for this, including our own fickleness (how could you ever trade The Smurfs for Saved by the Bell?!), tighter FCC regulations and the onslaught of streaming and VOD technology, eroding a beloved pyjama-clad tradition we could all share, line for line, before venturing out into a brave new day (another thing kids don’t do anymore).

This means the entertainment memories of today’s youth will be marked by on-demand, YouTube, weird communities like Habbo Hotel, and iPads. Our transition from cradle-to-grave boob-tube dominance is complete. (Don’t worry, though; brands are transitioning right along with them. Sarcasm!)

To properly mourn the death of an era, where turtles could be ninjas and life’s lessons were taught via Pokéball, we give you a Carnegie Hall mashup of 43 different cartoon theme songs. Can you catch ‘em all?

God Only Knows we probably needed this.

If you love the Beach Boys, the best artists in pop music in the last 20 years, or just that one scene in Love Actually where the musicians pop out with trumpets and whatnot during Keira Knightley’s wedding, you need to watch BBC Music’s adaptation of God Only Knows.

In addition to being a natural heartstring-puller, the cover sports an array of beloved talent, including Pharrell, Lorde, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. And despite jarring effects like CGI butterflies and angel wings, it manages to be sentimental and fresh-faced without bleeding sap (unlike What’s Going On, which, while catchy, was exhaustively played-out while stretching itself out cheaply over a few charities, as All-Star Tributs too often do).

The video helps kick off the launch of BBC Music, under a the prettily-named tagline “For the love of music”. That’s part of what makes it special: music for music’s sake, beauty for beauty’s sake, no strings attached in a depressingly multi-purpose time.

When service becomes storytelling.

KLM’s enlisted a new helper to unite people with objects they’ve lost during their flights. It’s so cute that it’s practically carrying this video to virality all by itself. See that adorable bulge in its adorable pup vest? That’s this video racking up views as it dashes across the terminal.

Finish your work… before your desk leaves!

Design studio Heldergroen, based in Amsterdam (because half of the world’s cool shit comes from there), constructed a workspace where the desks disappear after 6pm — the better to discourage people from working after hours, and to encourage recreational activity in the evenings.

After 6, and with the turn of a key, steel cables lift the desks toward the ceiling. When everything is packed up for the night, the empty space is free for use for yoga and dance classes, or for parties.

Per Creative Director Sander Veenendaal, Heldergroen believes that “if you give something, in this case a room to do anything you like, you will eventually get something back.” (You know, like better work from happier people.)

The design was conceptualised by Bright Green and built by Zecc Architects

The video above is a time-lapse of how the space evolves from day to night, then back again. (The yoga bit is kind of funny.) We think the idea is cool and all, but can’t help but wonder: Where are the cords that connect the computers to the outlets? Are the outlets connected to the desks?!

Every day another mystery. Anywho, thanks @MrLacs for passing this along.

When The Simpsons imitate life.

Swinging from ongoing news about Scotland’s independence vote, The Simpsons published a YouTube clip where Groundskeeper Willie, proudly kilted, proposes himself as the leader of an independent Scotland.

It’s gold for Simpsons lovers, and it also highlights the ever-thinning line between entertainment and the real world. If you’re creating content, people need to know you can be all about both without compromising either one.


Netflix + Facebook pair up so you can share your guilty pleasures

Netflix launched a new social reco tool that lets you privately share a show you just watched with a friend via Facebook Messenger (meaning you don’t have to spam their walls to tell them YOU MUST WATCH THIS EPISODE OF #OITNB RIGHT NOW BEFORE I DIE).

You’ll also be alerted when your friends watch the show, which has the added benefit of making it impossible for them to lie to you ever again about having seen “that thing” you sent them two weeks ago. You’ll have the data.

Help, my German headphones just dropped a grape into my ear.

To plug its new Urbanite line of headphones, Sennheiser’s released this creepy, almost Skittles-caliber-weird ad featuring a German headset that wants to play naughty sex bunny with your ears. "Tickle-tickle!" Agh! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This ad, which you will never again be able to unsee, is brought to you by McKinney.

AdVerve 95 — Beta Marriages & Binge-Watching


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Me and Bill talk beta marriages, an ideal commitment system for the fail-fast generation; and binge-watching. How fast is too fast to binge on Breaking Bad?

We’ll take our usual detours, namely Legos washing up on the shores of England and TV versus the internet, then wrap up with the movies you have to see right now unless you want to die sad and alone with cats who don’t love you:

  • Birdmanwherein Michael Keaton makes a comeback.
  • The Congress — in which Robin Wright becomes a living cartoon. If you understand this movie by the end, please explain it to us.
  • The Zero Theorem — which explains EVERYTHING.
  • Boyhood — the Richard Linklater feast that follows actors over 12 years of their lives, literally!

If you want, you can email us here. We like email. Usually.

Image via Archive Holdings Inc.—Getty Images.

Why Starbucks spells your name wrong

Paul Gale cheekily “explains” why your friendly local barista might creatively misspell your name. More proof that it’s the little things that make long workdays worthwhile. 

The high-pitched brand guy in our heads also hastens to point out that the video does a good job of negging Starbucks without actually making the company look bad. Mysteriously, it even makes the baristas and the brand that much more endearing. Maybe that says more about us than it does about Starbucks. Maybe that also explains why 50 Shades of Grey was a runaway hit.

Hyperlapse makes its music video debut

Fallout Boy used the spankin’ new and totally free Instagram app for its latest video, “Centuries”. To create it, agency Beutler Ink sent a videographer out in Chicago to gather clips that were brought together as a tribute to the most underrated little big town in the States (our opinion). The video’s clocked over a million views in the last two days.

Because coupon-clippers use Instagram, too.

Swedish retailer Ahlens promoted its summer collection, and courted a new market of younger shoppers, with an Instagram promo combining gamification, hashtagging and discounts. In a series of separate Instagram videos (example here), a number of Ahlens products flashed by. If you were fast enough to grab a screenshot of one, then share it online with the campaign hashtag, you’d get the item at half-price if you went to the store and showed the clerks what you did.

Coupons: officially modernised.

Experience the IKEA bookbook.

It’s not an Apple ad, but it looks and feels like one: Minimalist? Check. Hyperbolic adjectives to describe simple functionality? Check. Effective? Double-check (9.6 million views since last week).

And since we know you’ll nag us but we don’t want to post it because things, here’s the "Perspective" ad that Apple screened for its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iWatch product launch. The linked article, written by blog-homie and epic ad journalist David Gianatasio, also describes its scandalous backstory. Hey: NOBODY RIPS OFF OK GO. NOBODY.

Hey dude, Hermès is taking you on a tie break.

With help from Buzzman in France, Hermès has launched Tie Break, an app with four different functionalities:

  • Browsing the latest collection of Hermès neckwear (scarves, ties and bowties)
  • "Trying" ties on by placing the app against your clothing
  • Demos on how to tie a tie (or a scarf! Or a bowtie!) perfectly
  • A weird retrogame that kinda reminds us of Space Invaders

The app doubles as a practical device and a time-killer, giving guys the incentive to use it both for critical mornings and on long waiting-room jaunts when they’re bored with reading Slate or whatever it is dudes read. But it also does a good job of easing the Hermès brand into the tech-savvy male’s life while making it feel more accessible and cool, which isn’t always easy for luxury labels.

We’ll be testing it out for the tying-a-scarf option, because whenever we try doing it ourselves, we finish in a tangle of silk and misery. So hey! Unexpected unisex support.

Ideas are hairy — er, scary.

GE’s whipped out a cute, sort of Muppetty video about the birth of an idea and the importance of nurturing it to fruition. The “idea’s” been personified as a weird, hairy baby that, like those you conceive, “come into this world ugly and messy.”

Over the course of the video, the Idea encounters rejection and homelessness before finding “proper care” at GE, then randomly sprouting a peacock tail. (It still looks pretty bummed-out, though. But life on the streets will do that to you.)

Still, we love the insights, and this line in particular: “Ideas are frightening because they frighten what is known. They are the natural-born enemy of the way things are.”

So cherish and polish your ideas. You never know what’s hiding under those tangly follicular masses.

Work by BBDO New York with direction by Noam Murro. Via.