Google’s Oscars Ad Shows How It Can Help You Find Your Favorite Movie Locations

adweek | February 10, 2020

For this year’s Oscars broadcast, Google created an ad that features one of its relatively little-known mapping features: the ability to pinpoint where famous movie locations can be found in the real world. Should Amazon's Ad Business Worry Facebook and Google?That’s a pretty fun aspect of Google Maps—unless you’re a resident of the Bronx, which has already suffered more than its share of Joker fans coming into the borough to dance on the stairs made famous by Joaquin Phoenix in the 2019 film.That set obviously gets some screen time in Google’s spot, given that Joker had more Oscar nominations than any other movie this year, but the ad also features Doc Brown’s house in Back to the Future, the Jones family home from 1995’s Friday and Goonies Beach (aka Oregon’s Cannon Beach).Perfectly timed for Oscars weekend, the ad works both creatively

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For decades, no one doubted the supremacy of TV advertising—and as a result, the industry never felt the need to affirm its ability to drive results. Today it’s a slightly different story. Not a week goes by without a gloom-and-doom headline touting the downfall of TV advertising. Many of those headlines are misleading, but the TV advertising industry just isn’t conditioned to defend itself.

Spotlight

For decades, no one doubted the supremacy of TV advertising—and as a result, the industry never felt the need to affirm its ability to drive results. Today it’s a slightly different story. Not a week goes by without a gloom-and-doom headline touting the downfall of TV advertising. Many of those headlines are misleading, but the TV advertising industry just isn’t conditioned to defend itself.

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Fiverr Makes a Move into the Advertising Industry with Togetherr™, a New Platform Designed to Change the Way Top Brands and World class creative

Fiverr | July 06, 2022

Togetherr™, a new platform for building world-class creative teams and connecting them with leading global brands and agencies, launches today. The platform, designed and built by Fiverr (NYSE: FVRR), and backed by industry-leading visionaries, uses proprietary technology, the Creative Genome, to construct award-winning teams, from an exclusive group of creative talent. These teams will be curated and matched to support brands and agencies on specific projects and campaigns. The advertising world has gone through massive changes in the last few decades. The emergence of new digital platforms, the fragmentation of media, the rise of tech giants, e-commerce, and science-based marketing, all dramatically influenced the relationships between brands and agencies. It has also now influenced the way creatives feel working for agencies which ultimately impacts the outcomes of marketing and advertising campaigns. Clients, creatives and agencies are now looking for better ways of working. “Long before the pandemic, our industry was stuck in a rut, slowly choking the creative energy and ambition that once defined our industry, The agency-of-record (AOR) model, based on hefty retainers, bloated head-counts, overheads, and complex processes, is not meeting today’s client needs. Clients need a lot more for less, and faster. Trying to meet these needs without changing our industry's complex system resulted in broken spirits, lack of bravery, lack of excitement, and short-termism. We lost our creative icons, our magicians, our storytellers. Creatives were driven out of our industry, and clients are now looking for them elsewhere. The last two years taught our clients that they can find creativity elsewhere, and produce campaigns better and faster.” -Amir Guy, Togetherr’s General Manager. With new and important marketing channels continuing to impact the industry, brands are re-thinking how to maximize creative output in the simplest way, said Micha Kaufman, CEO of Fiverr. Togetherr is a platform that aims to enable and accelerate new ways of working in the creative industry. When you allow yourself to look beyond the old system and challenge the way things have been done forever, you realize that talent can be found everywhere, on a global scale. You also find that diversity, which is so essential for creativity, becomes truly possible when you go beyond old constructs. Leading brands today often build their own creative capabilities in-house, and they need easy ways to augment them with outside independent talent and micro agencies on a project-by-project basis. Togetherr builds on Fiverr’s long-founded mission of revolutionizing how the world works together. This groundbreaking new platform puts talent and creativity at its core and uses technology powered by a cutting-edge AI engine to help leading brands engage with and manage teams of top-tier independent creatives to meet their project goals. The Creative Genome Talent on Togetherr is vetted manually and through the Creative Genome’s powerful technology - ensuring clients have access to the best and brightest in the industry. Creatives on the platform have won awards, worked on campaigns for some of the world’s top brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, HBO, Apple, and Netflix, as well as agencies, and have won accolades from their peers, clients, and colleagues alike. All of these data points are collected by the Creative Genome in order to assemble top-notch teams to ensure that brands work with the most optimized teams possible, something no agency in the world can offer. For Brands Togetherr is flipping the agency model on its head. Brands will no longer be bound by bureaucracy, agencies-of-record, and long RFP processes to bring campaigns to life. With Togetherr, the platform obtains the brief from the client, and the powerful AI engine will build a team specifically curated for that particular project. They get access to world class talent at the click of a button - to enhance the capabilities of their in-house creative teams - a space we see a lot of brands building out - or to build an entire freelance creative team to deliver new ideas or test new approaches. Advisory Board Togetherr has been built alongside an advisory board of industry-leading visionaries including Per Pedersen, Mark Tutssel, Eva Santos Bouzos, Greg Hahn, Karin Onsager-Birch, Nellie Kim, David Sable, Mariam Banikarim, Craig Brommers, Amy Fuller, Shelley Diamond and more. In my mind, size and scale are not the keys to success, but rather talent, perseverance, and passion are the ultimate keys to unlocking creative success, said Greg Hahn, Co-founder and COO of Mischief and Togetherr Advisor. I’ve worked with big agencies and small agencies and founded a boutique small agency that does things differently. There’s no right or wrong way to unlock creativity, however, by putting talent and ideas over profits, you remove the pressure and make way for beautiful, bold, and diverse ideas. This is what Togetherr is all about - using technology to unlock people’s creativity and putting talent first. I am thrilled to have been a part of building this incredible platform and am excited to tap its potential myself. About Fiverr- Fiverr’s mission is to revolutionize how the world works together. We exist to democratize access to talent and to provide talent with access to opportunities so anyone can grow their business, brand, or dreams. From small businesses to Fortune 500, over 4 million customers worldwide worked with freelance talent on Fiverr in the past year, ensuring their workforces remain flexible, adaptive, and agile. With Fiverr’s Talent Cloud, companies can easily scale their teams from a talent pool of skilled professionals from over 160 countries across more than 550 categories, ranging from programming to 3D design, digital marketing to content creation, from video animation to architecture.

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Makes $1 Billion in Upfront Ad Sales

NBCUniversal's Peacock | July 01, 2022

NBCUniversal's Peacock streamer made $1 billion in ad sales during its upfront ad negotiations, with total digital and streaming sales up 20% from last year, according to the media conglomerate, which confirmed today that it had concluded its upfront negotiations. NBCU is the latest media company to announce the end of its upfront season, capping off a season in which many marketers frequently adjusted budgets to account for market uncertainty caused by various economic factors such as the war in Ukraine, a potential recession, and inflation, among others. Even so, NBCUniversal reported its highest digital and streaming intake to date, as well as the highest-grossing upfront since Comcast completed its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2013. Last year, the company announced that it had secured $500 million in commitments for its streamer Peacock. This year, the streamer more than doubled its commitments. According to NBCU, pharmaceuticals was one of the strongest categories in the upfronts, with a nearly 40% increase above all other industries, closely followed by a 30% increase in travel spending. NBCU also reported a 30% increase in advanced advertising deals, which are data-driven deals that allow brands to target audiences beyond the traditional age and gender demographics. The company reported a 20% increase in broadcast entertainment, the NFL, and multicultural segments, owing to Hispanic rights to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. According to a source close to the situation, the company's volume this year surpassed that of last year for the first time in its history.

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AutoNation’s New Ads Focus on Employees

AutoNation | May 30, 2022

AutoNation’s advertising campaign “Go Be Great” is a multi-million dollar campaign that supports the auto retail giant’s employee retention and recruitment effort. It features AutoNation employees and will air on television stations such as ESPN, CNBC, and NBC. It was launched ahead of the Indianapolis 500 race which aired on Sunday on NBC. In addition, AutoNation sponsored Indy 500 driver Helio Castroneves who was looking for a record fifth Indy 500 win. The campaign will appear on radio, print, online and on social media. AutoNation, I Think Studios and Zimmerman Advertising developed it. In an email to Automative News, Marc Cannon, the Chief Customer Experience Officer at AutoNation, did not mention how many millions of dollars the retailer plans to splurge on the campaign. Instead, he said that the ads highlight AutoNation employees, “the people who make us a great place to purchase, sell or service a vehicle." "We are always looking to add talented, driven people to our organization," Cannon said "We are always looking to add talented, driven people to our organization," Cannon said in the email. "As we continue to build our business, we want to build with the best from all over the country." AutoNation’s jobs page on Wednesday showed 1,263 results for positions ranging from finance and insurance manager, porter, cashier, and sales associates to a service advisor at locations across the country.

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