Rogers Communications Eaten By Bell, Doesn't Like It, Sues

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There's always a fine line between humor and brand emaciation and Canada's Rogers Communications thinks Bell stepped over that line with an ad that shows a cartoon cheetah representing Bell eating a cartoon rabbit representing Rogers. Rogers has no problem with competitive and comparative advertising, "but when someone crosses the line and tries to disparage our brand, which is worth billions and billions, enough is enough. We have to do something to stop it," said Rogers Wireless Chief Marketing Officer John Boynton.

While the ad can, no doubt, be seen as a humorous approach to comparative advertising and a nod to eating your competition for lunch, watch the ad yourself and let us know what you think.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Policy



Forum Provides Outlet For Super Bowl Ad Obsessed

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If you simply can't get enough Super Bowl advertising post-analysis and can't stop bugging your non-advertising friends about it, slide over to the Adrants Forum on Soflow where kooks like us can't help ourselves from discussing Super Bowl commercials ad nauseam. Just call it therapy. After all, we have the Olympics to get to and then the Oscars so purge yourself of the Super Bowl so you can get ready to obsess about other upcoming advertising orgasms.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Online, Super Bowl 2006



Quiz Tests Super Bowl Ad Recall

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Joe Jaffe has posted a ten question Super Bowl ad recall quiz to test how well we can remember what some of the ads were about . It's a quick, fun little quiz. We took it but, frustratingly, don't think we got them all right. You try.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Online, Research, Super Bowl 2006



NBC And Goodyear to Launch DVR-Proof Advertising During Olympics

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We turn the page, you add an insert. We ban billboards from our state, you fly banners over our beaches. We hang up on your telemarketing, you call back with answer machine message leaving auto-bots. We install an email spam filter, you send spam to weblog comments and trackbacks. We stop reading comment-spammed blogs, you launch spam blogs whose sole purpose is to peddle your crap. We block your pop ups, you fuck with technology to serve them anyway. We stop watching TV to spend more time with online gaming, you plaster our games with advertising. We skip our ads with our DVR, you plaster commercial graphics all over the screen during programming. We become immune to advertising, you launch a hoard of buzz marketers on our ass.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Opinion, Television, Trends and Culture, Worst



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Most Super Bowl Ads From Franchised Companies

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For the 18th time since The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers began surveying the ratio of Super Bowl ads purchased by franchised and non-franchised enterprises, the franchisers continue to dominate - this year by a record margin of 82 to 38. According to AAFD Chairman Robert Purvin, who launched the organization's Advertising Super Bowl survey 19 years ago, "Super Bowl advertising continues to demonstrate the power of franchising. How else can small business owners afford to share their messages with 72 million households at one time?

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Internal Email Gives Details on Time Inc. Layoffs

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Gawker has the full details on who and what will get cut from Time Inc.'s Guild Union. Among the cuts are 13 from Time, nine from Fortune, seven from Sports Illustrated, four from Money, seven from Pictures Collection, one from Fortune Small Business and none from People or Life. The full memo detailing Guild cuts can be read here.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Magazine, Publishing



Latex, S&M And Humor Combine to Deliver 'Don't Litter' Message

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You've simply got to love British humor. An ad like this would never be created nor run in the States because groups from the right, the left, the center, PETA and any other of the hundreds of humorless, anti-everything groups would launch whiny, self-serving protests which the media would voraciously eat up to sell a few papers. American political correctness aside, here's a convincing message laced with latex and wit convincing Britains not to litter.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



FHM Goes Digital, Charges, Loses

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As if the magazine's own website wasn't enough nor the 345 billion barely-dressed pictures of hot women freely available on the Internet weren't enough for the male species, FHM magazine is making a digital version of the print magazine available online via Zinio for $4.99 per issue. Now FHM's pictures will get stolen and distributed even more then they are now with a simple screen shot.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Magazine, Online



Pomegranate Juice Poster Delivers Powerful 'Cheat Death' Message

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Here's an ad that gets right to the point. Our man with an eye for the cool, Bucky Turco snapped this shot of of a poster in New York for POM pomegranate juice which, apparently due to its plethora of antioxidants, helps one "Cheat Death" as the headline and visual so succinctly says.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Poster









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