Today, a reader wondered if our audience was a 100 percent match with Maxim's audience based on our recent spate of sex-laced articles. While that's not exactly the case as our recent readership profile indicates, we just report it as we see it. If advertisers use sexual imagery in their advertising, then we are duty bound to report it on the pages of Adrants. Anything otherwise would be a disservice to our readers and we wouldn't dare do that to you.
Speaking of Maxim, the magazine is celebrating its Hot 100 issue with a Hot 100 event in New York City this week. Moving Pictures DPI, the TV/DVD/film division of Dennis Publishing has joined forces with Pontiac to create a branded event surrounding the seventh annual Maxim Hot 100. On May 17th, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will broadcast a live mini-concert by Def Jam recording star and Maxim Hot 100 star Christina Milian from the Pontiac Garage. Also, Moving Pictures, DPI and VH1 will co-produce an hour-long Maxim Hot 100 special, this year hosted by "Nip/Tuck" star and Hot 100 honoree Kelly Carlson which will air May 30th. And finally, Maxim Online and Pontiac will kick-off a nationwide online sweepstakes on May 17th at the web site www.theultimatehookup.com .
In a shockingly age appropriate move for any entity remotely related to the youth obsessed advertising industry, L'Oreal has signed a deal with movie actress Diane Keaton to front the company's Age-Perfect line of facial creams and makeup. The campaign, breaking late summer and created by McCann Erikson, will consist of television and print. In a statement, Keaton gushed as only Keaton can stacatto-style, "I love that L'Oreal is a company known for empowering women. I also like how L'Oreal is very involved in charity work. I love that L'Oreal is found all over the world and is made for women of all ages, and for women of all skin and hair colors."
Unlike all these overblown, rich media Flash-tastic excuses for online ads, here's a simple interactive ad that gets us excited. Excited about how simple it is, silly. Not the other kind of excited. Snip it here.
It's always great to see a pair of Levi's worn so tightly, almost nothing is left to the imagination. In fact, it's actually better to see a nice ass tightly clothed than naked. Oh, who are we kidding. We love this ad from Levi's that leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination.
OMG! I Have Boobs!
Feeling that her endless partying and appearances in celebrity gossip media are a hinderance to their brand, German online yellow pages directory GoYellow has terminated its three year contract with Paris Hilton after just one year because she hasn't matured. Go Yellow CEO Dr Klaus Harisch said, "Paris helped us a lot last year to make our product known. But within the last months she hasn't moved on from being a party girl to become a businesswoman, as it was agreed." Hmm. We think just about anyone could have informed Harisch that would be the case from the outset.
To accompany the launch of its new super-perpendicular hard drive, Hitachi has released its latest cartoon. The first two were pretty funny even if they were filled with geek speak. This third one, which follows a 007 theme with a Spectre-like nemesis called E.R.R.O.R, is way too geeky for normal folk but we're sure if you watch it 100 times or so, you'll begin to understand it.
Eden Games has developed a game for Atari that takes in game advertising to a new level: in-store shopping while in the game. IGA will release the simultaneous-play game in September. In the game, Test Drive Unlimited, players, while driving around Hawaii in a selection of 100 customizable cars by Lamborghini, Feffari and Mercedes Benz, can stop and go into Ben Sherman and Marc Ecko stores and try on the fashion brands' clothing. The game will also interact with another game, Massively Open Online Racing.
IGA Worldwide CEO Justin Townsend says the company's Radial Network will track how often, when and where gamers are exposed to in-game ads.
As a follow up to their long-form video for Mac's Convenience/Mac's Froster in which the joys and pleasure of the Whack are celebrated, Toronto agency Bos has released a spot called Testimonials in which students confess to why they whack, what happens when they have a Whack, getting caught by Mom and how many whacks they have each day. Of particular interest in the female student who says, "If I like a boy, I give him a Whack." A very nice girlfriend, indeed. Of course, with the popularity of a Whack, the site's a bit slow right now so be patient and you'll get your whack too.
- Shaun Irving is traveling across Spain in a truck he converted into a giant camera. He's taking pictures for a project with *S,C,P,F, a WPP agency. The images will be displayed at the PHotoEspana photographic festival in June.
- The 47th international Clio Awards announced three ads selected as its 2006 Hall of Fame inductees: "Bear" for John West, from Leo Burnett, London; "Whassup?" on behalf of Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser brand, from DDB Worldwide, Chicago; and "Turkey (High Dive)" and "China (Tree)" for FOX Sports Network, by Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York.
- It seems sex does sex for Unilever's Axe. Axe deodorant is now the leading brand in the category.
- OnRequest Images has released a new product which can measure the impact imagery has on brand equity.
- Adverblog doesn't like the new Lonely Planet advergame and thinks it's too similar to the previously released Virgin "Exercise Your Muscle" game.
European high speed rail operator Eurostar has teamed with producer's of this summer's Tom Hank's film, The Da Vinci Code to create Join the Quest, a multi-lingual online treasure hunt game, created by space, de-construct, Stream, TBWA\London and TBWA Brussels. The game has 15 puzzles spread across a virtual Europe which must be solved to qualify as a final five contestant. At the end of the Quest, five finalists will be brought to London for a one-night stay at Claridge's Hotel before travelling by Eurostar to Paris. Once in Paris, they'll stay at the Ritz Hotel and take part in a Grand Final, where the winning code-cracker will be named. Prizes range from Sony PSP consoles to Eurostar tickets to a grand prize which includes free travel on Eurostar for the winner and a friend for the rest of their life, accommodations at the Ritz and Claridge for five years, 180,000 euros to spend inLondon and paris, 10,000 euros to spend at the Galleries Lafayette in paris, 10,000 euros to spend at Harrods in London and other specialized prizes.