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Twitter unveils ‘NeighborNest’ in San Francisco to help needy citizens
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Twitter has opened its ‘NeighborNest’ in San Francisco, a family-friend center for the city’s low-income and homeless residents that will provide access to technology, classes, and resources.

The center is part of a deal with San Francisco that prevents the company from having to pay pricey payroll taxes in exchange for local outreach programs. It plans to invest at least $3m in the NeighborNest over the next four years. 

Its grand opening took place earlier this week, starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by CEO Dick Costolo and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee.

Of the center, Mayor Lee said: “In this time of great success for San Francisco with a stronger economy and economic foundation, we have a special opportunity to ensure everyone shares in the prosperity of our city.”

The social media platform has paired up with a number of local organizations, including Compass Family Services, Community Technology Network and the Boys & Girls Club, to help address issues facing low-income and homeless families.

Brand Vine Chart: Adidas, Twitter and Cosmopolitan storm the chart
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Welcome to The Drum's Brand Vine chart, powered by Burst, the short-form social video specialists.

The chart is ranked on the number of loops generated by brands on the video sharing service each week.

Adidas France clocked in at first place this week thanks to a Vine showcasing Olympique Lyonnais full kit.

With a 98 per cent increase the sporting brand's loop count now stands at almost 100,000.

Taking the second spot was Twitter Music with a clip of American DJ duo Jack Ü from Hangout Fest.

The live recording took the social network's loop count up to 1.4m.

And a clip of Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift hugging earned Cosmopolitan number three.

Paul Smith, Amazon and Liverpool FC also made it into the chart.

Vine Chart


Brand: adidas France
Weekly Increase: +98.20%
Current loops: 940,825

Vine by Twitter Music

Brand: Twitter Music
Weekly Increase: +50.73%
Current loops: 1,409,691

Vine by Cosmopolitan

Brand: Cosmopolitan
Weekly Increase: +34.97%
Current loops: 18,349,740

Vine by adidas NEO Label

Brand: adidas NEO Label
Weekly Increase: +19.95%
Current loops: 1,389,845

Vine by Billboard

Brand: Billboard
Weekly Increase: +16.63%
Current loops: 6,836,873

Vine by Paul Smith

Brand: Paul Smith
Weekly Increase: +14.97%
Current loops: 2,997,135

Vine by MLB

Brand: MLB
Weekly Increase: +12.58%
Current loops: 128,942,308

Vine by

Brand: Amazon UK
Weekly Increase: +10.39%
Current loops: 93,695

Vine by Liverpool FC

Brand: Liverpool FC
Weekly Increase: +8.26%
Current loops: 11,252,608

Vine by HTC

Brand: HTC
Weekly Increase: +6.00%
Current loops: 502,625

Uber is seeking $1bn line of credit from banks
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Car service app Uber is asking for a $1bn credit line from numerous banks, people familiar with the subject told the Wall Street Journal.

The company has recently reached out to a a number of large banks, asking them how much they would be willing to commit to the loan. 

The people added that about six to seven banks are expected to be part of the deal.

The move could signal an initial public offering (IPO), though people familiar with the subject told the Journal that an IPO isn’t imminent for the company. One said it might not happen until next year at the earliest.

Last year, Uber brought in about $400m in revenue, according to the Journal.

Police sides with the machines in Terminator – The Genisys partnership
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Watch brand Police has entered in a promotion partnership with much-anticipated movie reboot ‘Terminator – The Genisys’ in a campaign which will encapsulate the launch of a limited edition Reaper model.

The push, which will run during the summer, will be spread using digital and outdoor advertising, supplemented by social media activations to publicise both the movie and the launch of the Reaper Watch (pictured) which features a terminator cyborg.

Digital advertising will rally around a Police and Terminator branded microsite hosting a competition inviting entrants the chance to win an ‘Ultimate Terminator Genysis Home Cinema Package’, including a 55-inch LG 3D Smart TV and Bose TV sound system.

Julie Halford, head of marketing at Inter City Group, said: “We really wanted to do something for the middle of the year that created an excitable buzz with our customers whilst at the same time generating retail traction.

“Terminator – The Genisys is the perfect outlet for this… Terminator is a renowned, celebrated brand that’s set to be a huge hit this summer, so it was a natural choice to amplify our exposure with a blockbuster our demographic will love.”

Culminating the outdoor push, the brand will be hosted on Europe’s biggest advertising screen on the M6 motorway.

Sun crime reporter found guilty of paying Heathrow police officer for tips
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Anthony France, crime reporter at The Sun, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting a Heathrow-based police officer to commit misconduct, a judge at the Old Bailey has ruled.

France stood accused of cultivating a corrupt relationship with PC Timothy Edwards between March 2008 and July 2011.

Edwards, who was working at the airport in SO15 counter terrorism command, was said to have sold 38 stories and pieces of information to the journalist in exchange for more than £22,000

One such story – which ran on The Sun’s front page in March 2010 – reported on a ‘Heathrow sex scandal’ and detailed a member of staff who was using the x-ray body scanners to ogle a female colleagues breasts.

The court was told that Edwards was paid up £1,200 for the story which was later found to be inaccurate.

Edwards was also accused of accessing the police database and crime reports to sell France personal details of victims as well as perpetrators.

France had denied the charges throughout the trial, saying he was a "man of good character not involved in crime" and would never have bought story tips if he had known it was illegal.

The Old Bailey trial was part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged illegal payments to police and officials.

Ad of the Day: PetSmart - Partners in Pethood
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Meet the ‘Avant Guardians,’ a pair of fashion-obsessed Shih Tzu owners that genuinely believe their dog is the pet world’s style icon.

Created by GSD&M-Austin, the spot features the couple as they claim other pups do a ‘doggy double-take’ when they see their stylish Shih Tzu.

The video was directed by GO’s Christopher Guest, famous for his work on ‘Best in Show,’ a movie that parodies pet owners competing at a national dog show.
PetSmart’s tagline for the spot is ‘Pethood is better with a partner,’ encouraging viewers to book an appointment with one of their groomers online.


Agency: GSD&M
Group Creative Director/Art Director: Scott Brewer
Group Creative Director/Writer: Ryan Carroll
Assoc. Creative Director/Art Director: Ross Aboud
Assoc. Creative Director/Writer: Kevin Dunleavy
Art Director: Morgan McDonald
Writer: Scott Chalkley
Agency Producer: Abigail Hinojosa
Associate Agency Producer: Adriane Weist
Business Manager: Lindsay Wakabayashi
SVP/Managing Director: Scott Moore
Account Director: Sabia Sidiqi
Account Supervisor: Ben Creasey
Account Manager: Nadia Elias
Production Company: GO
Director: Christopher Guest
Managing Director: Gary Rose
Executive Producer: Adam Bloom
Executive Producer: Catherine Finkenstaedt
Line Producer: Mark Hyatt
DP: Kristian Kachikis
Editorial: Mackenzie Cutler
Editor: Gavin Cutler

Can you spot yourself? The Drum Scottish Design Awards in pictures
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

The Drum Scottish Design Awards, now in its 18th year, was held in Glasgow on 21 May to celebrate the country's top design agencies and architecture practices.

Winners included StudioLR, which took home the Grand Prix for its 'There were our own/There were the others’ work for The National Trust, and Glasgow-based KVGD which scooped the Chairman’s Award for its ‘Black and White Bands’ project for Glasgow Press.

The full list of winners can be found here

Scroll down to take a look at some of the pictures from the night. 

Alistair Carmichael admits Nicola Sturgeon Telegraph leak and concedes details were 'not correct'
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish secretary, has taken "full responsibility for the publication" of a memo stating SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was secretly backing David Cameron in the 2015 general election.

The memo, a supposed account of a conversation between Sturgeon and a French diplomat, was published by the Daily Telegraph in an  piece which invoked the criticism of many social media users. But in an apology sent by Carmichael to Sturgeon, he accepted "the details of the account are not correct".

The alleged account between the SNP leader and the French ambassador was penned by a Scottish Office civil servant. Carmichael then granted his special adviser Euan Roddin permission to leak the memo, according to the Cabinet Office inquiry.

Sturgeon shared the apology letter to her Twitter followers.

The leak, which came under investigation by the cabinet office, was dubbed a "serious breach of protocol" and "an error of judgement" by Carmichael.

The results of the inquiry from the cabinet office can be read here.

DDB Chicago, Upshot, Carat USA and others discuss what marking and advertising has in store for summer 2015
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Memorial Day is this weekend, meaning that summer is soon to follow. 

Summer is often characterized by outdoor events and is a great time for marketing in the food and beverage arenas.

Industry leaders discussed their thoughts on what consumers can expect from marketers and advertisers this summer. 

Ben & Jerry’s reveals winners of crowdfunding initiative
Posted on Friday May 22, 2015

Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has crowned Tom Harris from We Walk the Line and Caroline Angus from GravityLight as the winners of its ‘Join Our Core 2015’ campaign.

The company asked entrepreneurs across Europe to submit their ventures into the competition, which gives winners 20 per cent of their crowdfunding financial target.

Ben & Jerry’s has also pledged to feature their campaigns across its digital and social media channels. 

Both winners will receive business mentoring from the ice cream maker’s parent company Unilever. 

Ed Shepherd, social mission manager at Ben & Jerry’s, said: “We’re excited to announce the winners of our ‘Join Our Core’ campaign and play our part in taking these values-led ventures to the next level. This year we decided to up the ante and created a bigger support package for the winners, with the additional training and an all important crowdfunding element for businesses that reflect our values.”

Join Our Core launched in 2012 in partnership with Ashoka, a network of social entrepreneurs. 

We Walk The Link offers those ‘Not in Education, Employment, or Training’ (NEETs), homeless, and ex-offenders the chance to get back on their feet by setting up as a micro entrepreneur barista. 

GravityLight uses gravity to "create light" for people in developing economies.