Seeing a woman in a bikini is usually a very pleasant event. Not so for the poor creature in this ad that flew too close. Apparently, there are certain parts of a woman's body that carry such a stench it's murderous. This ad for Saforelle claims it doesn't have to be that way. We never knew feminine hygiene issues could be so deadly.
With almost every elevator containing a video screen full of ads now, one might think that's the only way to reach office workers. A company called WorkPlace Print Media claims it can, and has been, reaching 30 times as many people with its printed coupon program. WorkPlace's program claims to reach 64 million Americans in the workplace. McDonald's, Direct TV, Ace Hardware, Peapod, Subway, Lenscrafters, Kmart and Applebee's all have used Workplace to date.
It seems not all celebrities are created equal nor are all satellite radio services equal in their celebrity appeal either. While both XM and Sirius have signed celebrities in a bid to win listeners, recent research from celebrity appeal research company E-Poll shows dramatic differences in public opinion for each company's celebrity talent. According to recent E-Score celebrity ratings , XM's talent has far more universal appeal, while the talent at Sirius is much more polarizing.
Carat Fusion's John Szczur tells us, "One of the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour, the 17th hole at the Wachovia Championship held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC. Carat Fusion developed this flash game to promote Wachovia's sponsorship of the annual tournament as well as create a viral marketing buzz for the Wachovia brand." We tried it and aceived par. Not bad, if we say so ourselves. Give a whirl.
AdWeek has taken on the task of rounding up the top ten celebrity endorsement deals. For those who wish to wallow in the industry's obsession with celebrity, AdWeek will have a full report on Monday but, for now, you can admire how a single celeb can, in one day, make more money than you will see in your entire life.
1. Catherine Zeta-Jones, T-Mobile: $20 million
2. Angelina Jolie, St. John: $12+ million
3. Nicole Kidman, Chanel No. 5: $12 million
4. Jessica Simpson, Guthy-Renker: $7.5 million
5. Gwyneth Paltrow, Estèe Lauder: $6+ million
6. Charlize Theron, Dior: $6 million
7. Julia Roberts, Gianfranco Ferrè: $5 million
8. Brad Pitt, Heineken: $4 million
9. Scarlett Johansson, L'Oreal: $4 million
10. Penelope Cruz, L'Oreal: $4 million
Perhaps finally acknowledging the pointlessness of printed (or even online) TV listing, TV Guide has jumped full force into blog land with the launch of 65 weblogs. The blogs, written by magazine and web editorial staff, focus on individual television shows, movies, soaps and just about everything else that has to do with television. This should stir things up among the already hundreds of TV focused blogs already in existence but, as many bloggers know, it's not seen as competition but rather more fuel to fire the conversation.
To accompany its wacky TV commercial, Rexona, makers of Sure deodorant have launched a football fan site to coincide with the FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer. Just like in the commercial, in which animals go crazy, the site encourages visitors to create "fanimals" or crazy football fans.Once they've created these fanimals, they can be uploaded to appear in a version of the commercial. Of course, there's prizes too. A Klaxon horn and a digital camera.
This billboard for mortgage company in Turkey has created a billboard that resembles a house. We'd call it quite a bit more interesting than your standard "Call East/West Mortgage for the lowest rates in town!" approach.
On April 26th, the Boston-based Prescription Access Litigation Project will present four Bitter Pill Awards to pharmaceutical companies that have engaged in outrageous advertising tactics to over-market their product to consumers. The Bitter Pill Awards were created to call attention to the many problems caused by direct-to-consumer advertising conducted by the drug industry.
We're not sure whether this commercial reaffirms the uselessness of printed newspapers or somehow explains why a recently launched newspaper called The Baltimore Examiner is so much better than your average newspaper. The new publication is owned by Clarity Media and will publish six times per week.