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Eat Spaghetti With Maple Syrup at Club Wyndham’s Over-the-Top Elf Suite
First, there was the Addams Family mansion in Brooklyn, then Hotels.com launched a rentable Lisa Frank suite in a Los Angeles penthouse. Now, just in time for the holidays, there’s a hotel suite dedicated to Elf. Before you ask, of course it comes with spaghetti with maple syrup, over-the-top paper snowflakes and a full-size tree. Wyndham created the room, which Elf lovers can find at the Club Wyndham Midtown 45 property in New York.
Tombras Takes Manhattan, Opening New York Office After Winning 3 New Accounts
Yesterday, our agencies editor Doug Zanger profiled Knoxville, Tenn. as a rising creative hub in the industry. One of the key players in the state is Tombras, an agency led by Jeff Benjamin, a former top creative at JWT, CPB and Barton F. Graf. Tombras revealed that it’s opening a new office in New York to service clients Nutrisystem, FreshDirect and Harry’s.
Can You Tell Which of These Adweek Headlines Were Written by AI?
1) Facebook is Experimenting With a Drop-in Newsreader Feature in Some Countries
2) You Just Can’t Box Jeff Bezos In. His Latest Venture Is Taking on Healthcare
3) Comcast May Launch a Wireless Service in 2019, and It May Come at a Discount
Natural language programs have gotten good. Eerily good. We used an online fake news tool called Grover and took a look at how these models fare at performing our own jobs here at Adweek—or at least passably imitating our work. Scroll down beneath the “Best of the Rest” links to learn whether those headlines are real or AI-generated.
Streamers Lose Billions to Password Sharing, But ‘There’s No Easy Solution’ to the Problem
Odds are you have a “self-made family plan” for streaming services (that includes me, I get Netflix from my mother-in-law), and that’s a problem for Disney+, Amazon, Hulu and friends. Streaming platforms want to stop the bleeding, which costs them as much as $9 billion each year according to one estimate, but most solutions tend to end in lose-lose situations. Fix the problem and you alienate your audience. Let it be and you lose money.
Best of the Rest: Today’s News and Insights
- Warby Parker Rolls Out Scout, Its First Contact Lens Brand
- Wunderman Thompson Taps Bas Korsten and Daniel Bonner as Global CCOs
- Lion’s Den Reimagines Book Clubs and More in Its Quest to Celebrate Women’s Pleasure
- We Are Unlimited CEO Is Now Running The Unilever Business at DDB
- How Chipotle Survived Its Food Safety Crisis
- Piercing Shop Studs Targets Gen Z With a Vivacious and Welcoming Environment
Each year, the Spanish Christmas lottery releases what is typically one of the year’s best ads. But not this year. For 2019, it released four of the year’s best ads. Watch them here.
What can younger employees do to become better strategic thinkers?
Mike Stevens, executive director, strategic planning, media and account services, GYK Antler
Develop into a constantly curious individual. Question others, ask why, look at what worked, what didn’t and WHY that happened. Individuals who are consistently curious will start to identify patterns over time as they look at their marketing and advertising campaigns. These patterns will improve their ability to think through problems and become stronger strategic thinkers.
Mike Donoghue, CEO and founder, The Alpha Group
Strategic thinking doesn’t start with a 50 slide power point presentation—it starts with a creative vision for what you want to accomplish. The best way to start to hone in on that vision is to get close to your customers and clients and then step back and look at the ecosystem as a whole and think “What does getting better look like?”
Rachel Williams, product marketing manager, Outbrain
If you want to be strategic you need to expand your network internally and externally. Speak to people outside of your day-to-day activities to see what they’re focused on, what makes them excited about the industry and what opportunities they see for the future. Piecing together a lot of different perspectives can give you the tools to present a thoughtful and holistic strategy that helps an entire organization. And don’t forget to READ, READ, READ!