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Male Television Viewership Shifting From Young to Old

Following the reaction to the exodus of men 18-34 from television, a new study from Carat Insight finds, while young male viewership is, in fact, down, viewership among men 34-49 has gone up.

The explanation for this finding is simple. While most programming is developed for younger audiences because, well, it's hip to be young, that same young audience sees that attempt to be hip as lame and has left the building for the Internet. On the other hand, the older male demo is making one last attempt to vicariously prop up their waning youth by watching more TV where they can see hot young things prance around and fantasize about getting with oh, say, Mischa Barton or Rachel Bilson from The O.C. Simple human nature.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-04    

Ad Agencies Get Ready For the "New Hummer" Pitch

The Hummer is officially old school now. There's a new gas guzzler in town and it's from our friends over at Homeland Security. Built for Homeland Security by International Truck and Engine Corporation, the vehicle showcases the latest in armor protection, and detection and deterrent capabilities. Smar Truck lll is equipped with a weapons station module featuring a remote controlled .50-caliber machine gun which rises from the back of the vehicle and has sniper-detection directional sound capabilities.

Once Hollywood gets hold of this, it won't be long before consumers clamor for a street friendly version of the vehicle. Agencies, prepare your pitches now. Perhaps a bit too early, but a tie-in with this movie would make a great promotion.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

Where Will You Be?

The Day After Tomorrow

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

BAGnewsNotes Analyzes Bush Ad Nutritional Value

Despite the out cry over the Bush campaign ads that refer to 9/11, BAGnewsNotes says there really isn't much substance to the ads and gives us a nutritional breakdown of their content.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

Howard Stern Says It's Over

Howard Stern says his days are numbered and expects this week to be his last as the most popular DJ ever to have walked the planet. He has inside information from the FCC that a large fine will be levied upon him this week and that "there's a cultural war going on. The religious right is winning. We're losing."

He says he expects to be fired calling himself "a dead man walking."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

Media Agencies Fold "Futures" Group Back Into Reality

Because, when it comes down to it, media agencies make their money based on the size of the media budget they manage and not on consulting fees, media shops are now pulling back the reigns on the segment of their business that explore and forecast new media possibilities. Of course, they're not folding them completely leading clients to believe they are no longer in touch with the cutting edge, but are re-spinning them into the main shop and explaining it, as MediaCom co-CEO Jeffrey Malmad does by saying, "The future is now."

In a sense, it's a smart move since the agency business has never been able to get clients to pony up much money for futuristic, theoretical discussions when they could be spending their money in media getting the message out. It's also a sad move as well since innovation and breaking from the standard molds of advertising has been excruciatingly difficult to do for both agencies and advertisers. More future-think is needed. Not less.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

Mastercard Campaign Makes You Weep For the Lost Doggy

As one of the spots featured in this week's Ad Age TV Spots of the Week, Mastercard hauls out the power of the family pet to bring emotional connection to the most impersonal of products, the credit card. It's done well too. Well, in that standard, cookie-cutter credit card company kind of way.

Also this week are spots from Verizon Wireless whose mobile IM smashes the computer based version, a humorous campaign by PUMA who is sponsoring the Jamaican Olympic Team, a girl breaking up with a Budweiser beer bottle, some anal parents who make their daughter tap dance outside to spare their precious hard wood floor, a hipster Twix commercial and a dude who sings to himself in a health club for....well, a health club. (To views spots, click through to link above, not the image.)

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-04    

Ad Age Goofs Headline

Adrants received this email update and had to read it twice to make sure the ad world hadn't gone into the twilight zone where clients became agencies and agencies became clients.


March 5, 2004

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Tyson Foods has selected Havas' Arnold Worldwide to be its agency of record, according the agency. The marketer earlier today parted with Omnicom Group's DDB Worldwide, Chicago, after nine years. For further details, see http://AdAge.com -- Hillary Chura.

Of course, the body of the email is correct but for a minute there, one wondered if Tyson was now taking on ad assignments.

We've all goofed up our fair share of headlines but this one was just very funny. Corrected headline and story here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 7-04    

Product Placement Hits Shakespearean Theater

Product placement isn't for TV and movies alone. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Quaker Oats think product placement is just fine within "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The production will feature actors munching on breakfast bars and drinking Gatorade. What, pray tell, would Shakespeare himself think of this commercial intrusion?

Unless the products are actually mentioned by name, which does not seem possible in the midst of Shakespearean language without sounding stupid, one wonders how, aside from those in the first few rows, the audience will even see the placements.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 7-04    

Procter & Gable Markets to Metrosexual Kids

Procter and Gamble has introduced a line of products for boy 8-16 that has Moms offering up the high five to the mega-marketer. Seems kids begin to stink at earlier and earlier ages. Combine that with the power of peer pressure and girls who want their boys to look like male models, and you have a big market for mini-metrosexual grooming products.

Called OT for overtime, the line includes shampoo, hair gel, pomade, body wash, deodorant and antiperspirant. Thanks to P & G, now young boys can keep up with their similarly aged female counterparts who have hotted-up over the years to the point where a 13 year old girl now looks like a 19 year old hooker.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-04    

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