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Word of Mouth to Battle Advertising in Blog Fight

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While we'd all have to agree that word of mouth marketing is part of advertising and not a separate entity, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association has forged ahead with the launch of the "Word of Mouth vs. Advertising" weblog where industry experts will come together to discuss the merits, impact and relationship of word of mouth to advertising in general. WOMMA says the blog is an experiment in participatory blogging and that 50 or so industry gurus have been invited to express their viewpoints on the topic.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-05    
Topic: Weblogs, Word of Mouth



Legalities of Brand Usage in Spec Spots Questioned

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Television commercial director and photographer Paul Papanek who, a few years ago, directed a couple of spec spots recently received several letters from Coke's in-house and out-of-house legal councils informing him he used Coke's logo without permission. His spots have been featured on his websites as well as on The Spec Spot and Boards Magazine. Each of the three letters Papanek received were increasingly threatening with the last one, dated August 15, informing him he must remove the spots from all the sites within 14 days or suffer nastier legal ramifications.

While Coke is well within their rights to protect their logo and brand, Papanek, writing in the WheresSpot Yahoo news group, wonders about the implications of Coke's request. Papanek cites the common practice of directors and production companies producing spec spots to promote their businesses, build their freelance careers or to pitch new business and wonders how this might affect spec creative. We wonder if new businesses pitches and creative reels will now be required to have logos digitized out. The two spots in question can be seen here and here. Papanek has commented and posted Coke's letters here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-05    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Policy



'Country Home' Celebrates City-Style

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Country Home magazine will promote its upcoming October 2005 "Creativity Issue" with its first annual Be Creative! New York, a day-long, outdoor festival combining live performances and interactive seminars to "inspire creativity, passion and self expression." Country Home Editor-in-Chief Carol Sheehan and Creative Director Mary Emmerling will host the event, and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform songs from her acclaimed latest album, Between Here and Gone, as well as classics spanning her career. We can't think of a better place to celebrate Country than in the middle of the world's biggest City.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Saturday, October 1st from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More info here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-05    
Topic: Magazine, Promotions



Big Ad Gets Small Ad Spoof

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Just like the Spicy Paris ad got its spoof, so shall Carlton Draught's Bid Ad with Muscle Beer's Studio Muscle-created Small Ad.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Spoofs



Marketers Adopt Ad-ID Ad Tracking System

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Ad industry trade groups, The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA), today, announced Ad-ID, a universal ad coding standard, has been adopted by more than 300 of the nation's top marketers. In addition, a total of 875 companies have registered in Ad-ID, and over 14,000 individual codes have been created for various forms of advertising.

Ad-ID provides the foundation for digital trafficking and tracking as well as digital connectivity. It is the equivalent of the retail community's "UPC code." By assigning a unique system-generated identification code to all advertising assets, television, online, print and radio, Ad-ID can improve the accuracy and efficiency of advertising processes from delivery through billing, and is said to,ultimately, contribute to tracking and measuring advertising effectiveness across campaigns.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Policy, Research



Court TV Series Promoted With Online Game

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To promote a new Court TV show, Parco PI, NightAgency has created an engaging, online game, called "Parco's Watching," where visitors can dive into the underbelly of Manhattan and collect clues. To collect clues, players engage a person and either flirt, bribe, or muscle them into giving up the desired clue. Making the right choice progresses the player closer to solving the crime. There's also a chance to win $10,000. We didn't make it all the way to the end so we leave it to you enterprising readers to tell us how it ends.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Cable, Online



Study Says Audience Measurement Horrible

The Advertising Research Foundation has released a study which finds current media consumption measurement methodologies to be woefully outdated and inaccurate.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Research



Sponsors Signed For Martha's 'Apprentice'

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Sure to make each episode as laborious as Trump's The Apprentice, Buick, Delta, Song, Random House, Westin Hotels and others have signed with Mark Burnett to be part of the new Apprentice: Martha Stewart. While the blatant intrusiveness of these full episode sponsorship may grate on the nerves, they bring in millions. The aggravation may be offset by Martha herself who, we venture to say, will be far more interesting than Trump.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Product Placement, Television



'New York Magazine' Transit Campaign to Change Daily

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New York Magazine has launched a transit poster campaign in five Manhattan subway stations in which the creative content of each poster will be changed daily to mirror current events. The campaign, created by Wieden & Kennedy and managed by Outdoor Vision, will launch Friday and continue through September 30.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Outdoor



Restaurant Chain Marketed With Chili Freaks

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In the just plain weird category, Southeastern restaurant chain Krystal is promoting its line of Chili Cheese items with a cheesy promotion called "Chili-Cheesification." The promotion includes a series of "copy free" television commercials and a special Chili-Cheesification website, featuring "Krystal Lovers" who are so insanely in love with Krystal and its chili, they have slathered themselves in chili for the the greater good or marketing. On the website, you can watch videos of these "Krystal Lovers" showing their love for chili with a chili slip and slide, a chili-filled pool and a game of chili twister.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Point of Purchase, Strange



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