'Entourage' Ari Gold Site Beats A Dead Chicken With A Hammer

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OK. We like Deep Focus and we like HBO. We especially like HBO's Entourage so when we were sent a link to a promotional site at which you can get get an interview with Ari Gold for a position in his new agency, we had high hopes for the site. Let's put it this way. Can we, as an industry, right now, right this very second, put a lid on any project even remotely similar to Burger King's Subservient Chicken? And, for the love of GOD, can we please stop trying to latch onto something that was over the day after Crispin Poprter + Bogusky launched that site?

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by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Bad, Cable, Creative Commentary, Online



Vodafone Mobile Office Solutions Destroys Desks

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To celebrate the uselessness of a desk in the of the mobile office, Vodafone is promoting its mobile office solutions with a site that lets you choose a desk and then watch it be destroyed by a compacting machine. Hey, it's something to do.

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



MidWest Outdoor Advertising Makes Travels Enjoying

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While traveling over the memorial Day weekend to escape the world of advertising, American Copywriter's John January wasn't entirely successful and shares with us the marvel that is the Midwestern billboard. From tuxedo clad car salesman to well drillers to incessant church advertising to Kum & Go, the midwest is, apparently, full of entertaining outdoor advertising.

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Giant Adidas Bridge Board Illustrates European Love Of Football

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Those Europeans sure do love their football and this massive and unique outdoor board from Adidas placed over a bridge construction site is a clear representation of that love. The board features German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn making a killer save. If Americans displayed their love of things this way, we'd have a gigantic image of Tom Cruise jumping over a highway shaped like a couch or a floating Army of inflatable paparazzi chasing Britney Spears and she dropped her baby from the top of the Empire State Building. Thankfully, we're just not that creative.

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Trends and Culture



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Virgin Mobile Offers Free Cell-Phone Service...With Ads

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Virgin Mobile is doing its part to reduce high cell phone bills by offering ad-supported cell phone plans. Virgin Mobile users will earn free calls if they view and respond to video ads on their phones. The question, of course, is just how much ad crap will a person put up with before they just say "screw it. I just want to make a F'ing phone call!"?

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Trends and Culture



BBDO Oslo Creates World's Shortest Radio Spot

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While some might call this pointless, others might call it a welcome relief from the onslaught of bloated, overly-long, mindless commercials we hear most every day. BBDO Oslo has gone out and won itself notice from Guinness World Records for creating the world's shortest radio spot. The client? Wait for it...Guinness World Records. Self-serving? Maybe. A brilliant step forward in radio advertising? Hardly. A stunt to get press? Exactly. You can listen to an English version
and a Norwegian version.

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Radio



Fashion Brand Takes Sex-In-Advertising to Orgasmic Conclusion

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We know the French aren't hung up about sex the way we Americans are who only hint at it in advertising and media in the most politically correct, conservative manner. While we might get our kicks out of America's version of a sexy ad such as Paris Hilton slithering over a Bentley for Carl's Jr or the Cleaning Hunk cleaning homes nearly naked for Xtra Pine or even Axe's many sexually laced ads but there's way more than a kick to be had from this promotional website for French fashion brand Shai which takes sex all the way to its full-on, X-rated orgasmic completion.

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by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Trends and Culture



FivOnFriday Recaps the Week In Advertising

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Floyd Hayes from CunningWork has put together FiveOnFriday, which he says will become a weekly video update covering the world of advertising, marketing and cool stuff. In this debut show, Hayes highlights recent campaigns both online and off, recent news and Nike's iPod sneakers. If you want a quick hit on what's up in the world of advertising, The quality is low but it's the first one so give it a chance. You can view the debut episode here.

by Steve Hall    May-30-06    
Topic: Online, Publishing









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