Monthly Archives: September 2008

Its not easy being green

As Kermit the frog famously sung, it’s just not that easy being green, a theme which under-pinned Team Green‘s presentation this week.

With two members abandoning ship and another two missing in action it was down to just four.
Expectations were high, Team Red had been themed, Team White had been chumped, so understandably, the boys were a little concerned. As their hero Kermit wisely advised, “people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water-or stars in the sky”.

With a little encouragement from Mike it was time.

Taking a little of inspiration from Tony Robbins to unleash the power within, George motivated us all about Managed Network Services and how we can challenge the brief to deliver our clients a great result. All you need to do is hallucinate about small Indian men smoking pipes and asses (the donkey-kind) – no wonder that no-one had come up with the answer beforehand: genius work.

Next Jamie made his 3×3 debut mobilizing Telstra Be Involved. There were challenges and a lot of testing but in the end the guys delivered a slick solution to get everyone involved in Telstra’s sponsorships while they are on the move. Well done

Question: What do Jeeps, Jets, Jacuzzis and…..Jeff have in common?
Answer: A summer shared with Coke.
Don’t be fooled by those sunny skies, summer hasn’t officially started…… but it will next week. Coke Summer kicks off next week and Jeff showed us the new promotional site, “Share the Summer” – great prizes, video and a spinning Coke bottle with the ability to hypnotize, it was looking ready to go.
All you need to do is buy a coke, find the GPS tracker and be prepared to be ambushed by an army of ninjas with a handicam.
……..Shame about the birds.

Next, unleashing his inner homeboy Matt B gave a fly presentation on the world of Street Art, and can advertising roll.
In a world where Banksy is god, its all about letting the gang do what they want with your brand. Props to Disney who let New York graffiti artists loose with Mickey Mouse. Not so, Sony PSP who tried to stencil their way to cred.

Once was not enough for Jamie who came back for a second helping. A journey into the world of dairy according to Sour Sally, Honda – where every problem is a playground and the infinite world of Orange showcased some awesome examples of illustration and site navigation techniques to get us a little more interested in what brands want us to see.

After such a great effort, it was becoming clear that “green is all there is to be” and it was time to present the RGB award.

The RGB award this week (Really Great Beginning) went to our new agency concierge Maria. Two weeks in and she is doing a fab job of helping us out, feeding us and keeping our visitors happy. Nice one.

Then time for the 6 min pitch, this week teams needed to imagine what their digital day would be like in 3 years time. There were 42 DPI WOW swords, real life LOL cats, life blogs, how to catch a crook on the commute home and a general consensus that we will all work for Google.
But in a demonstration of triumph over adversity (& for the 2nd week in a row) Team Green stole the show with a realistic view of a digital day coupled with some priceless sound effects & moves from Jeff & Matt.

So in a final word from Team Green’s hero – Kermit:
“It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
Wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!
And I think it’s what I want to be”

Boys, Miss Piggy would have been proud.



Offsite with Team White

as seen by Mike…

Team White kicked off their highly anticipated, much talked about 3×3 bonanza with a brand new PPT Template, and an impressive Milk-Carton based metaphor.

– Full Strength –

Miles “RE:” Joyce began proceedings with a highly informative, in-joke riddled summary of the Executive Board away days. Laying out the renewed vision for White, our fearless, peerless and (temporarily) beerless leader reminded us why we’re so highly regarded within the industry, and what it’s going to take to keep us out in front. He also completely abused the all-staff email system to win a bet with Groges.

– Lo-Fat –

Sandy “where the hell did I” Park presented some highly falsified figures from the latest Staff Survey, which quite frankly freaked everybody the hell out. While we were busy working out how to respond to the prospect of no longer getting our b’day off (“is it ok to gasp? I really feel like gasping…”), everyone’s favourite Chump pulled back the curtain, revealing the real results of the staff survey. These results revealed many things. But mainly, they revealed that when Sandy’s not escorting questionable employment choices from the building, he’s pretty handy with statistics.

– Homogenised –

Savoury Galvo tucked us in and read an inspiring Dr Seuss bedtime story – reminding us of the things we’ve done, the places we’ll go, and how, if we work really, really hard, we too can take a 2 year long golf playing sabbatical.

– Anything but Soy –

Matthew-biquitous Grogan prophesied the future of the digital medium using the latest… um.. was it a plug in? Anyway, it was impressive and apparently there are more details of Ubiquity on our blog somewhere. Armed with the ability to email-this, find-this, ebay-this, buy-this and translate-this, Groges demonstrated how easy it was for him to go salsa-dancing with Sandy, and also that the difference between Anger Management and People Management is about three Asahi’s.

– Added Punch –

Wrapping it up was Katie, who unlike Sandy (Chump), made the smart choice of retaining creative control over her own slides. The result was Simplicity in both name and nature, and served as a reminder that clients are like our mum’s, consumers are like our wives, and Pos_ers will be Prosecuted.

Finally, The RGB Award.

Dan took the honours this week (Ridiculously Gargantuan Bum), after keeping the faith on the Tourism Australia Media RFQ, and powering through the last few days juggling a new baby (er.. not literally) and his usual client service responsibilities.

It should also be noted that Belinda narrowly missed out on her first RGB, after a remarkable turnaround in timesheet performance.

Team Red in the house

So we have done a full rotation of 3×3 and whilst we need to have a full wrap up of the whole shebang thus far, we thought it would be good to start with regular a “match report”. These will be done weekly (preferably the next day). But hey this is the first one so give me a break.

First up it’s Team Red. It’s always a quality production from the illustrious and ever pre-pared Team Red, and this week was no exception. Team red were team red, or team red wore red. They looked great, in a primary kinda way. Team Red of course couldn’t let it stop there. They had… wait for it… a theme.

Music, sweet, sweet music.

In the digital world.

So anyway Team Red plugs their guitars in and they’re away.

Did each team member had their own theme song? and keeping the whole thing kicking along was MC Mikey B.

Part One. The local acts.

First act up on stage was Belinda P to the tuneful strains of “Highway to Hell”… Hell/Bel geddit? “No stop signs, speed limit, Nobody’s gonna slow me down…” Well that’s not completely true… that’s why we need things like Whereis Navigator. Belinda took us through this super sharp work just finished for Telstra. A nifty design and usability exercise in making the complex wonderfully simple and fluid. Yet to be released but look out for it on Telstra A-GPS enabled mobile devices soon.

“He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola” makes absolutely no sense. It is however one of the lyrics to The Beatles “Come Together” which was Eliana M’s theme song whilst she took us through the magical journey that is phase two of the Webolution project for CBA. If this project was an album it would have gone triple Platinum… It’s that good. Months of dedication has produced work that brings the CBA business site into the future.

I hope that someone gets my message (in a bottle) you might be saying as you are filling in a “send to friend form” in a campaign minisite you want to send to 100 of your closest mates. But how am I going to remember 100 email addresses. That’s where David C steps in and taps you shoulder as points to our wonderful new send feature that grabs all your addresses from all the major email sites and you’re good to go. You turn around to thank him and but he’s gone. Just like the magic in this great new feature.

Then we were halfway through the show already…

Part Two. The International acts.

Heavy K, The K Dawg, The Kmeister, Krazy Kev and his Krew... the one the only Kev (he’s like Madonna, no need for a surname). Now this was a trippy experience, some would call it a new sensation even. Kev did a three part opus on web optimisation. I cried all over my notes, I can’t read the words anymore. There are no words on this thing. It was brilliant.

Next on stage was Emile R to rock the house, and that he did all Idol sty-lee. No seriously, Emile gave a snapshot of the musical behemoth that is the Idol franchise and how it lives and breathes online in more countries than the united nations.

Then for the finale… it seems like it’s only just started

Rach M
is on the stage pumping up the Jam on some of the finest online music (as in live) /social destinations from the slick music.vodafone to the sticking it to the man Tennents Mutal to the interconnected cross-eyedness of the converse festivals… The crowd calls for an encore, but Team Red can’t. They’re spent.

Oh boy.

The RGB Award

To wrap things up for Team Red it’s FiFi O presenting the RGB award (which for this week is the RedDot Gifted Brainiac Award) for all-round upstanding topness which is awarded to… to… Donovan (Duncan, really but you know it goes with the theme). Donovan wins for is superhuman pitch winning techness which reduces him to tears whilst delivering a three hour acceptance speech. He then vows to buy us all a beer. I’d love to have a beer with Donovan.

Part Three. The Three Minute Pitch.

To take this puppy all the way to Mexico (the last bit) was the three minute pitch. This weeks pitch was for each team to tell us who there three dream clients would be. The only catch being there can’t be any conflicts of interest with our current clients. Apparently two teams couldn’t grasp this concept leading to there immediate disqualification.
In the end there was only going to be one winner any way and this week it was perpetual underdogs… Team Green. A great selection of clients and an entertaining presentation.

Judges feedback to follow.

That’s it. I think this match report is longer than the actual presentation was… next weeks may/will be a little shorter.
Hopefully we will have a scoreboard up by then with the teams standings as well.

Till next week.

PS: Sorry for the shocker photos, Fabian was hogging the camera doing some “work”