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.

Posts tagged "toronto"

Get your balls — er, bowls — ready!

Some weird stuff  from “ultimate crunch” cereal Oatmeal Crisp. Below we give you robot romance, a ginger wedding and a snapping tortoise. More “competition” at Work by Cossette.

Storytelling from a computer screen

Here’s a neat idea: a film that takes place entirely on the desktop (and briefly on the phone) of a teenage boy. Check out how fast he toggles!

Still, if this is your life (as it is ours), you’ll grasp the narrative thread fast and hang on tight, heartstrings taut, until the end. Just don’t blink. Ever.

Dubbed Noah, it was created by Canadian film students Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg and debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Just one ugh — was the Asian joke necessary? I know people are gonna eyeroll and be like “It’s the age, it’s how kids are, it’s not the point, shutthafuckup”. Really, though: in a short film, where you don’t need enormous background to invest in characters (who are representing a cultural phenomenon and not portraying a love story for the ages), there are lots of ways to character-develop without reminding all Asian spectators what ugly thoughts people have about us when we can’t hear them. It casts a shadow over an otherwise imaginative and poignant work.

But hating was part of the Authentic Teenage Conversation, and you can’t hate in private without picking somebody out. I guess I’m just surprised it was me.

Via, sent along by Faux-Brother Angelo.

There is a time for abject weirdness, and that time is college.

Toshiba’s punting its back-to-school mobile devices and laptops with a back-to-school campaign that spotlights their unique capabilities, like charging devices even when the laptop’s closed or super-fast notes-swapping, alongside all that college awkward. You remember blacklights, right? And shitty pranks, and Napoleon Dynamitey crushes?

Fun anecdote: our first laptop was a Toshiba, and when we were in college, a study buddy spilled our Sea Monkeys in Mars! collection on the keyboard. The laptop went right on working, even with the souls of dead brine shrimp inside. That’s a pretty good value-add right there.

Blame Capital C for these bad-boys, and see the last two below.

At least they didn’t find out at the wedding

See, this is why we don’t date. It’s just too hazardous. 

However you may feel about the ad, the story’s moral probably rings right for those of us who’ve survived that long stretch of deathlike valley called College. Talk a little first! Let’s start with our family trees and sigils.*

Work for North American chatline QuestChat by Blammo Worldwide, Toronto.


*To look at the QuestChat website though, we don’t think that’s the kind of conversation they’re encouraging.

When a New Medium Punts an Old One

The Toronto Silent Film Festival's put three of its trailers on Instagram in delicious flipbook fashion, making the experience of silent film feel as fun and innovative as it must have in the ’20s.

Developed by Cossette, Toronto.

Your kids don’t care, but your clients do.

One of the issues people have with the industry is how important it is to itself. Which is why we sometimes need reminding that we just make ads, that’s it. And that nobody cares, really, besides our clients and a handful of zealous ad students that all want to work at W+K.

Canada’s Cassie Awards is dedicated to recognising advertising that was actually ruled to be effective. They kinda like to think of themselves as the Canadian Effies (irony: no one cares). But here’s some of the funny work they’ve done to promote their upcoming ceremony.



Work by the inimitable john st., which we totally do care about … even if their ex-wives don’t.

Shoutout to Glossy for these bad-boys.

Seasons Greetings — kind of? — from Crush + Surly Santa

Clever people in the creative space do a weird thing over the holidays. On this time of commercial overkill mixed with ambient donkey-punches of nostalgia, agencies far and wide release their season’s greetings — a tradition met with eyerolls, whose fruits are mainly forgotten, but in which everyone nonetheless feels enormous pressure to participate.

The inevitable result: a lot of cynical vids that somehow still manage to end on some semblance of a festive note. It’s the stuff of adults raised on once-funny, now-stale reruns of A Christmas Story, lubricated by generous helpings of Mad Men-era whisky.

Case in point: Crush's holiday shorts. Try not to gaze too long at the seedy elf, because that guy is just objectively creepy. Also see episodes 2 and 3.

Guarantee Viral with Buyral!

Tired of your viral videos not going viral? BUYral! Guaranteed to give you the results you think you deserve after the magnanimous $10,000 you tossed at that “production company” with the YouTube channel and a GoPro.

Another great piece of ad-and-client satire by Toronto-based john st., the guys who also gave you the catvertising agency and the pink ponies case study.

Direct Mail that Puts the Fantasy in Your Driveway

"Direct mail has never been more direct," brags client Pfaff Porsche in this video about a recent direct mail it conducted in Toronto.

Agency Lowe Roche Toronto targeted a wealthy neighbourhood in the city, drove a Porsche up the driveways of select homes, took a photo, and produced a direct mail piece that was unique for every residence. The headline read, “It’s closer than you think.”

The campaign — which probably took all afternoon — yielded a 32% response rate to a site where recipients could schedule test drives, says AdWeek, which adds, “Direct mail is typically about hitting as many people as possible for as low a cost as possible, but this creative idea shows that for luxury brands, a smaller effort can sometimes go a long way.” 

We don’t think this applies merely to luxury brands, although luxury tends to be so far out of the stratosphere that they probably need to hear the “go-local” message more often than most. You don’t have to invent a new way to market; just think differently about how you go about it.

This effort unites peoples’ desire to be personally addressed, to be seen, with the immediacy of direct mail. And while it takes time and more labour than sitting at a desk printing 20,000 postcards, isn’t this how you want to touch people?

A touch that personal takes time, in the same way a face-to-face conversation carries more personal resonance than a pitch made to thousands.

A social story that brings you back to bear essentials.

By plugging cameras and motion sensors into various parts of Canada’s wild, Bear 71 Live provides a non-linear story about how humans, technology and animals (particularly bears) interact.

Great example of how technology, coupled with a knack for storytelling, can teach us more about our place in the world in relation to others. Brought to you by Toronto’s own Jam3 for the National Film Board of Canada.