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11 / 21 / 17

Solve Hires Ky Anderson As Account Supervisor

Solve has hired Ky Anderson as account supervisor. Anderson joins the agency from FCB Chicago where he most recently served as account lead on Jack Daniels. The University of Wisconsin grad was also the account lead for the agency’s provocative Cannes-winning campaign for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. Earlier in his career, Anderson worked on brands including MillerCoors, Champion Batteries and Azteca Tortillas. “Ky’s experience inspiring impactful creative ideas that drive business results makes him a perfect fit for our team. We’re excited to have him join the agency,” said Solve Account Director, Partner Ryan Murray.


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11 / 06 / 17

Solve Parodies Silicon Valley In New American Standard Campaign

Classic Plumbing Fixtures Brand Cheekily Plays Up Tech-Forward, Innovative Culture In “Porcelain Valley”

Solve launched a new campaign for client American Standard that demonstrates the 140-year-old plumbing fixtures brand’s commitment to innovation by borrowing from the tech associations of Silicon Valley. In a multimillion-dollar, multi-channel effort that debuted November 1, American Standard’s new campaign portrays the company in the innovative world of “Porcelain Valley.”

Porcelain Valley serves as the backdrop and breeding ground for all of American Standard’s new technologies and life-changing products. A cast of nerdy product engineers designing and attempting to create revolutionary plumbing innovations is featured in a laboratory-like work environment.

In addition to films/spots introducing the Porcelain Valley platform, there are product-specific executions detailing advancements like a self-cleaning toilet and remote touch shower. Additionally, the campaign includes an unveiling film featuring the head of Porcelain Valley (a send-up of the way computer/phone companies use their leaders to announce new products). The campaign consists of television, social, digital, print and in-store content.


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11 / 01 / 17

Solve’s 5-Minute Internship Named To Global List Of Top 50 Pop-Ups

UK-based “Insider Trends” Honors Agency’s Innovative Internship Pop-Up Concept

Insider Trends, a highly regarded team of trend spotters based in London, has named Solve’s 5-Minute Internship to their Top 50 list of most innovative pop-ups. Scanning the globe for the latest, most innovative retail experiences, Insider Trends identified Solve’s Internship pop-up among an impressive list that included the Arnsdorf Concept Store for Melbourne-based hosiery brand Arnsdorf, the color-inspired Pantone Café in Monaco and Knit For You by adidas, an experience in co-creating bespoke garments in Berlin.

“The ‘Pop-Up’ has become a 21st century model for retailing, offering agile formats for brands to communicate specialist collections and collaborations,” said Insider Trends’ Cate Trotter. Solve’s pop-up was a small-scale replica of its office which the agency transported to college campuses. The visually surprising installation resulted in triple the number of applications the agency received to its intern program.


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10 / 16 / 17

Solve Client Founders Brewing Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Solve Attends Jam-Packed, Rainy-Day Celebration

Founders Brewing capped its 20th year of operation over the weekend with an anniversary bash in its hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Despite pouring rain throughout the day, thousands of loyal brewery fans piled into the event. Co-Founders Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens were on hand to celebrate and thank fans for their support over the years. Engbers and Stevens announced the company’s new status as a Top 10 craft beer brand at the event. Solve assisted with Founders’ 20th Anniversary campaign earlier in the year and attended the celebration.

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10 / 03 / 17

Solve Introduces ActiFresh Toilet From American Standard

Innovative New Product Keeps Bathroom Smelling Fresh

In yet another demonstration of industry leadership, American Standard is introducing an innovative new toilet that has built-in odor removing technology. With a nearly silent fan and charcoal filter built directly into the product, American Standard’s new ActiFresh toilet eliminates bathroom odors. Work from Solve takes a humorous approach to how humankind has addressed this issue throughout history, and can be seen as part of the agency’s geo-targeted digital and social media plan. Earlier this year, Solve introduced another American Standard innovation – ActiClean, the industry’s first affordable self-cleaning toilet.


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