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Columbia Sportswear Billboard Says 'Snot Freezes'

A new billboard campaign from Columbia Sportswear with the headline, "Wherever Snot Freezes, We'll Be There" is promoting the company's new ice field parka. The work was done by Portland Oregon ad agency Borders, Perrin & Norrander. The board, currently in up in 40 cities, certainly gets to the heart of the matter. Anyone who has been in frigid weather can relate to this headline making this a very effective campaign.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-03    




Oops, I Puked Again

I Love My Boobs

This is so not news but we can't help ourselves from trawling in the celebrity depths of Britney Spears. Besides, it's been awhile since she's graced this site. She's here now because she puked. Yes, puked. Again. Following a reported puking episode a while back in New York, she reportedly puked again at a Hawaiian hot spot in Waikoloa called Sharky's. Of course, publicists deny the report and claim it was, in fact, Britney's look alike who did the hurling and apparently goes wherever Britney goes so the poor girl can take the blame for Britney's less than perfect activities.

Whatever. Thanks to Jossip for this one.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-03    




Ad Campaign Proves Toothpicks and Breast Implants Don't Mix

Somehow this ad for Hamlet Cigars tries to combine toothpicks, breast implants and the post-coital cigar. Oddly, it works.

And here's another that makes you want to cry. That is if you like domesticated rodents.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-03    




Dennis Publishing CEO Has Hissy Fit Over Fortune Article

A not so accurate Fortune article by David Leonard detailing the supposed decline in growth of lad magazines such as Dennis Publishing's Blender caused Dennis Publishing's President and CEO Stephen Colvin to write a scathing rebuke to Fortune Managing Editor Rik Kirkland. Colvin's letter was in response to supposedly inaccurate statements regarding the decline in circulation of Dennis Publishing's Maxim, Blender and Stuff.

Colvin wrote, "By publishing an article that wildly distorts the facts and by displaying zero knowledge of the industry, you’ve got as much credibility covering your own magazine business as if you had hired Jayson Blair to be the magazine’s ombudsman."

Colvin continues, "Where do Fortune editors get the nerve to criticize Dennis Publishing's circulation strategy when slightly more than 94 percent of Fortune's circulation is subscription-based while selling 'dirt-cheap subscriptions' (to quote Leonard's article) equal to $1.15 an issue (regular newsstand price: $4.99) and almost 10 percent of these subscriptions are bulk. Compare that to Dennis Publishing's very healthy 67.5 percent subscription to 32.5 percent newsstand ratio (industry standard: 84 percent subscriptions, 16 percent newsstand) � and no bulk."

Even the magazine publishing industry is turning into a Jerry Springer show.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-03    




Ad Agency Salaries Still Not Rising

The annual Ad Age Salary Survey is out and after three years of limping through the recession, the industry that has become the leading indicator of an economic downturn and a trailing indicator of its return still needs more time to improve. Most agencies plan no bonuses and one quarter will not give salary increases. Of course as in the norm in the twisted world of top management compensation, agency CEO's and CFO's will receive larger percentage raises than those that do the actual work.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-03    




Chrysler Bails Out on Arnell Group

Distancing itself from the Celine Dion campaign disaster, Chrysler is dumping Arnell Group, creator of the campaign. The car maker will stick with its main agency, BBDO, and renegotiate its contract. Insiders say it wasn't just the awful ad campaign but also the $1 million monthly retainer Arnell Group charged Chrysler to handle the account.

The change is not suprising since Joe Eberhardt just joined Chrysler in June as EVP of global sales and marketing. As is the norm, it's a forgone conclusion that the Arnell Group would be dumped and the account placed in review. God forbid a new marketing director actually stay with the same agency.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-03    




Paris Hilton Pokes Fun at The Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live

Can I Get Inside the Paris Hilton?

While I did not watch Paris Hilton on Saturday Night Live, I hear from a friend, Rick Bruner, she was hilarious with Jimmy Fallon on Weekend Update.

Rick wrote, "She made an appearance on the Weekly Update, interviewed by Jimmy Fallon. Yes, it was really her. It was quite funny (needless to say). She mentioned that Hilton has hotels all around the world, in NY, London, Paris, etc. "

FALLON: As we agreed we won't be discussing the scandal that's been in the papers these last couple of weeks.
HILTON: Thank you Jimmy, I appreciate that.
FALLON: We just want to find out about you, Paris Hilton. So, your family, the Hiltons, own hotels all over the world.
HILTON: Yes, they're in New York, London, Paris...
FALLON: So there's actually a Paris Hilton?
HILTON: Yes, there is.
FALLON: Is it hard to get into the Paris Hilton?
HILTON: Actually, it's a very exclusive hotel...no matter what you've heard.
FALLON: I hear the Paris Hilton is very beautiful.
HILTON: I'm glad you heard that.
FALLON: Do they allow double occupancy at the Paris Hilton?
HILTON: No.
FALLON: Is it roomy?
HILTON: It might be for you, but most people find it very comfortable.
FALLON: I'm a V.I.P.. I may need to go in the back entrance.
HILTON: It doesn't matter who you are, it's not gonna happen.
FALLON: Fair enough. Now, I throw a lot of events, do they have a ballroom there?
HILTON: We do.
FALLON: Great. I'd love to have my balls held by the Paris Hilton. I'd like to check into the Paris Hilton.
HILTON: I don't think you can.
FALLON: Really? Because I'll only be able to stay there like a minute and a half. Two minutes tops.
HILTON: Good luck.

Rick continues, "She was a surprisingly good sport about it, considering that she's canceled all other public appearances since the PHST emerged."

You've got to give it to the girl for making something out of nothing. Apparently, she's really nice too as a Altus local hottie Trae Lindley found out when he and Paris fell for each other while filming "The Simple Life." The two became quite close with Lindley painting a very different picture of Hilton, "Paris is a lot different than what people make her out to look like. Many people make her out to be a dumb blonde, but she's a lot different."

There's reality and then there's reality. Most celebrities are a lot nicer than the media portray them.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-03    




FOX Cans Wanda Sykes

After moving "Wanda at Large" to the Friday night death slot, FOX has canned the Wanda Sykes series after viewership plummeted to just 3.8 million viewers. she's funny but not enough to carry a sitcom.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-03    




BizNetTravel is the Place to Go When You Want to Go Somewhere

If you like to travel or to just read about travel, you might want to check out the BizNetTravel Blog. It's a weblog that covers travel related news and offers valuable tips for travelers such as the best way to get through airport security, the best methods of travel to a given location and reviews of the great places to see if you do travel. If this sounds like an ad, you are right. Although no money changed hands here, I write for that weblog too so pardon, for a moment, my self promotional interest here. Advertising aside, it really is a great site to get travel tips on a daily basis. And yes, there is a travel agency attached to this weblog and yes, I do want you all to book your travel through this agency.

End of self-flatulation.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-03    




Paris Hilton's 'The Simple Life' May Get Sequel

From sex tape star to TV star, Paris Hilton is on a role. FOX execs are so pleased with the popularity of "The Simple Life" they are considering a sequel. Viewership of the second episode reached 13.3 million, 200,000 more than the premiere. For those that love the show, just five episodes remain. Waiting for the sequel will be like waiting for The Sopranos to return to HBO.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-03    




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