Ad Industry Productivity to Plummet 37% During Advertising Week

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Did you read that headline? Will you tweet it? Will you share it on Facebook? Maybe LinkedIn? Oh and how about on Ello? Oh yea. Ello. Everyone's on Ello this week, right? Oh wait, you're not? Loser. OK, just kidding. You're actually one of the smart ones to avoid this FOMO Folly that's reached epic insanity.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Its Advertising Week. And all the bigwigs, blowhards, pontificators, bloviators and, oh yea, smart people who know all kinds of awesome shit about advertising have gathered in New York to share their expertise so the rest of us can Tweet it, Facebook it, post it to LinkedIn and, yea, Ello.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-14    
Topic: Industry Events



An Inside Look At How These 4 Agencies Collaborate to Create Awesome Content

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Content marketing, inbound marketing and native advertising practices have entrenched themselves in every corner of the marketing spectrum. Entire businesses like Buzzfeed, Nativo and ShareThrough have sprouted to serve this growing marketing practice. But it's not just publishers and ad tech vendors who have hopped aboard this train. It's ad agencies as well. But how are these agencies folding these new methods of marketing into their service offerings? How are they collaborating internally and with external resources to ensure everything moves along swimmingly?

To find out, we reached out to several agencies to query them on their mindset, approach, and collaborative practices as they relate to the creation and dissemination of content. In general, agencies are approaching the creation of editorial content much in the same way they approach the creation of an ad campaign. But differences arise with the addition of new players in the process.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-14    
Topic: Agencies



Boston Drops A Duece on Derek Jeter In Fart-Filled Ode to Number 2

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So you all know how Derek Jeter is retiring and there was that Gatorade farewell, right? Well now Jeter has being honored with a different kind of farewell. The kind that comes from the minds of junior high school boys telling jokes and the bathroom and laughing at each other's farts.

But, hey, farts are funny. Especially when they're eminating from the stall next to you and it's all you can to to contain your laughter. Anyway, have a gander at this ode to number 2 from quirky sports slogan t-shirt maker, Sully's.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-25-14    
Topic: Strange



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ColensoBBDO Channels Gary Wright's 'Dream Weaver' For Cosmically Awesome Grocery Store Ad

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There's a new trend in town. Well, at least Down Under. Yea. Weird grocery store ads. Likely, you've seen the latest oddities from Aldi in Australia. Now we've got new ads from ColensoBBDO for a supermarket chain called New World.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-22-14    
Topic: Commercials



Airline Hires Bikini-Clad Models For Photoshoot Then Denies It All Saying Photoshoot Was 'Unofficial'

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Well now here's some of the usual marketing double talk that just goes to show we really haven't progressed very far past the days when we all lived in caves. VietJet Air, which hired a bunch of bikini-clad models from modeling agency Venus for a photoshoot, is now denying the photos are official.

A spokesperson said the "uncensored" photos were "leaked from a test shooting under a contract between VietJet Air and Venus and are not the official promotional photos of VietJet Air."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-22-14    
Topic: Trends and Culture



Merchants Who Sell Through Affiliates Are 4X More Likely to Make A Sale

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In the next 12 months, global eCommerce sales are expected to hit $1.4 trillion as more and more consumers increasingly use mobile and tablet devices to shop. But the future is not just about online shopping. Shoppers are demanding, smoother, more personal integrated shopping experiences, hence the ever growing trend of Omni-Channel.

Omni-Channel is an evolution of multi-channel retailing that provides the consumer a seamless shopping experience across shopping channels, online or off and its not just about mobile or responsive design. Omni-Channel should include the online to offline experience; consumers finding a product online as well as shopping in store. what does refocusing on omni-channel mean for online shoppers? What does the mean for retailers, what does this mean for affiliates?

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-14    
Topic: Online



All Those People Who Slept on the Street Waiting For the New iPhone Will Go Home Today, 600,000 Homeless Americans Will Not

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Brilliantly taking advantage of the First World Problem of waiting in line to get the new iPhone, this video for the National Coalition of the Homeless both pokes fun and sends a strong message about sleeping on the streets.

Some people waiting for the new iPhone have slept on the streets for days. They will all go home September 19th. But 600,000 homeless American's will not.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-14    
Topic: Cause



Vancouver Whitecaps 'Sexist' Video Pulled...Because Woman Watch Soccer?

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In, perhaps, the most baffling case of well, we're not quite sure, an ad for the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team was pulled because some felt the ad was sexist. We're always up for a good controversy so we watched the 18 second ad waiting for some crazy, egregiously sexist moment.

After 18 seconds passed and the Whitecaps logo appeared, we scratched our head and thought, "Um...what?" The video is a candid capture of three women cheering on their team earlier in the season. It wasn't staged. No actors where hired. Just three women enjoying the game.

Some say the video, produced in slow motion, is reminiscent of Pamela Anderson n the opening scene of Baywatch. And that was sexist how?

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by Steve Hall    Sep-18-14    
Topic: Strange



Naked Breasts Adorn Billboards For Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

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Breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel, which has previously urged college students to touch each other's breasts and presented us with the Topless Female Trampolining World Championships, is, again, placing breasts front and center in its efforts to call attention to breast cancer.

The charity has launched a new billboard and print campaign which consists of naked images of woman's breasts adorned with the one word each woman in the photograph uses to describe her breasts. From sensitive, to doughy to squidgy to firm, the effort aims to get women (and everyone else) comfortable with examining breasts for lumps and discussing breast cancer in general.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-14    
Topic: Cause



Schlage Imagines Life Without Keys. And It's Pretty Weird

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So the whole world is on its way to becoming keyless. Not that we don't lock stuff up anymore, we just don't use keys to do so. Working With Indianapolis-based Young & Laramore, Schlage has envisioned what life's like now that keys are obsolete.

We hear from Corry. Yea, Corry with two R's. Corry goes on and on and on about the difficulties she's faced throughout life having to deal with the whole two R's thing. She rants about the inability to find a keepsake keychain from Panama City saying, "Even though I was there! I was there! It's like the whole world telling you 'Hey, you don't exist.'"

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-14    
Topic: Campaigns



Going to ad:tech New York? Here's Your 20% Discount Code

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If you work in online marketing then you're probably aware ad:tech is pretty much the largest conference out there covering online marketing and advertising technology. Perhaps you've been. Perhaps you haven't. If you have, then you know how beneficial it can be both from a networking and educational perspective. If you haven't been, see the previous sentence. The bottom line is you should go.

We're not saying this because this promotion is part of media sponsor deal we have with ad:tech (to be clear, it is), rather it is because we have been to every ad:tech for the past ten years and can personally vouch for the benefits you will realize if you choose to attend. To make that decision a bit easier, we can offer you 20% off the registration fee if you use the discount code: ADR20NY14.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-14    
Topic: Industry Events



The 6 Best Movie Marketing Campaigns of 2014

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Although film fans still have the holiday movie season to anticipate, the year has already given many examples of how marketers have been able to tap into what resonates with audiences across the world before a movie even hits the theaters. Keep reading to learn more about some of the standout movie promo efforts of 2014 so far.

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The marketing team behind Godzilla seemed to clearly understand how to tap into a rich fan base when it chose to unveil teaser trailer footage at Comic-Con events. The movie's Twitter account also offered bits of insight about a mysterious fictional organization called M.U.T.O., but just enough to spark curiosity about how that group might tie into the movie without giving clear-cut answers. The smart combination of first showing the trailer to fans who would be likely to embrace the film, plus promoting an air of mystery on social media, caused a good box office draw.

This guest article was written by Kayla Matthews, a blogger with a passion for business solutions, social media and marketing. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter to read all of her latest posts.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-14    
Topic: Campaigns



These New GoDaddy Ads Are Bad. Really, Really Bad.

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Hmm. These new GoDaddy ads almost make one pine for the days when horn dog Bob Parsons was running the show and serving up ads filled with bodacious babes flaunting their surgically enhanced boobs.

Almost.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-14    
Topic: Campaigns



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