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Doofus Falls Asleep With No Seat Belt, Makes For Good Ad

DriveCam, whose mission is to "reduce the frequency and severity of collisions" by changing driving behavior, catches a guy driving casually without his seatbelt who falls asleep and ends up in a very un-driver like position. Perhaps the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should consider using this footage in one of its scare tactic safety commercials.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-04    

Farting Camels Bring Charity Site to Viral Fame

Goodlot, a gaming and charity website based in the U.K., just launched a camel racing game where visitors can place bets which are then donated to charities. The site quickly found its way onto the Lycos Viral Chart, a website ranking popular viral games, ads and websites. Goodlot site operator Andres Varela was quite pleased with the sudden popularity but also somewhat concerned that his web logs told him many people where loading the site only to listen to the camels fart for a half an hour or so before actually playing the game.

Seems farting is a very succesful marketing tactic. Everyone remembers the farting horse in the Super Bowl ad. Though, Goodlot didn't have to pay $2.3 million for its sudden fame.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-04    

Ad Spending Up Five Percent in 2003

Nielsen Monitor-Plus is reporting an increase in ad spending of 5.1 percent in 2003 over 2002. Local magazines saw the greatest growth at 20.5 percent with, surprise, network TV seeing the least growth at 0.2 percent.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-04    

The iTunes Record Label

With all the RIAA uproar over music downloads, Pepsi's 100 million download giveaway and the continued rise in downloading as the preferred method of buying music leading to the certain death of the physical CD, iTunes should should launch its own record label so it could increase its cut of the sale. Currently iTunes gets a very small portion of the 99 cent download fee. Conversely, record labels should launch their own download services. It's true they've already partnered with the likes of Apple and Dell but the pie just gets cut too slimly for either side to make enough money. True competition will occur when either the record label side or the technology side goes it alone and in doing so, perhaps drive the cost down further while making more money. I'm no economist but it sounds like a no brainer to me and perhaps it's already happening.

Image courtesy of BAGnews.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-04    

TiVo Hires Grant, Scott, and Hurley to Expedite the End of Advertising

In what on-lookers are calling advertising's most sadistic twist to date, TiVo has hired the independent San Francisco ad agency Grant, Scott, and Hurley to create the advertising that will, if successful, ultimately end advertising as we know it.

"It's simple. People hate advertising. So, strategically, it's about ads that portray that people hate ads," speculated one source close to the situation.

As agency producers, directors, and copywriters run for their jobs in the midst of "the death of broadcast," GS&H is embracing the broadcast drought, presumably planning to live off the fat of the TiVo business at least as long as they have the account and there are still television networks in business to accept TiVo's ads. GSH faces one important challenge though. Will it produce ads about bad ads illustrating the benefits of TiVo, or, in a post-modern twist, simply produce bad ads and hope viewers grasp the high irony?

Initial thinking indicates creatives will look to the cutting room floor for their inspiration. There's certainly a lot of bad work that has never been produced and now might be the perfect time to recycle it."

Posted by Adrants Contributor Alison Kosakowski of Powell.

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-04    

Pro Choice Ad Spoofs Sex and the City

NARAL Pro Choice America has created an ad that spoofs HBO's Sex and the City to promote support for its position on abortion and to call attention to President Bush's anti-choice initiatives. Following the spot, viewers are asked to sign a petition in support of pro-choice.

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-04    

The Spinning Power of Viagra

I think this Viagra spoof has been around before but it's funny so here it is again. Some freakishly old dude is trying to seduce his hot young wife/girlfriend with a stiffy dance that ultimately gets her attention. The spoof was produced by Jeff Centauri of A55 Films. Thanks to Adrants reader Zwelgje for sending this one in.

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-04    

Pepsi iTunes Promo Falls Apart, Still Gets Publicity

There's no end to Pepsi's troubles following it's anti-RIAA promotion offering one hundred million free downloads via iTunes. First, there was a spoof, then blurred bottle caps that made it difficult to determine if the cap was a winner and now a bottle tipping technique that lets a shopper determine if the bottle cap is a winner before having to buy the bottle..

The Pepsi iTunes promo might be cracking but the company is getting its money's worth in publicity anyway.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-04    

Lame Commercials Need Nerd Power

Rick Bruner of Executive Summary comments on the sameness and lameness of today's advertising with its overuse of "cars swooping around mountain highways" and dumbed down teen focused ads targeted to jock skateboarders, basketball players and Britney Spears fans who, as Rick says, "peaked in high school and are now selling vacuum cleaners or the like."

Rick suggests that, rather than pander to this lowest common denominator, marketers should "celebrate something wholesome in their ads, like being smart." He offers up two examples of how this might play out if marketers cared about the smart kids.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-04    

Wendy's Introduces New Spokesman 'Mr. Wendy'

It's been three years since Wendy's spokesman Dave Thomas died and the fast food chain has been wrestling with how to re-establish the brand. The chain is introducing "Mr. Wendy" who will walk around accosting people to sing the praises of Wendy's yet doing it without the blessing of Wendy's. Dave is a hard act to follow and "Mr. Wendy" will certainly have his work cut out for him.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-04    

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