Paramount Buffoons Kill Movie's Free Publicity

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Movie Marketing Madness tells the story of John Campea who runs The Movie Blog and his recent run in with Paramount. John had been hyping the Paramount movie [name withheld so as not to provide any undeserved publicity] by talking about the production of the film and posting images from the production. Like a bunch of clueless idiots, Paramount execs did some very silly things. First, they asked John to remove a couple pictures from his site. John complied after making sure Paramount wanted to remove this publicity from the million people who read his blog. Yes, they did and so he removed them. Then the next morning, he found his site down which he later realized was due to a cease and desist letter sent from Paramount to his hosting company complaining about a third picture which Paramount never notified him about.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Bad, Consumer Created, Weblogs



Journalist Still Loves Desktop Billboard Company

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Tessa Wegert is at it again trying to convince us that people want to see ads on their desktops and that AdDiem's Digital Billboard, a company she wrote about last week that serves content and ads to a person's desktop, is something people would actually seek out and download. We didn't like it last week and we don't this week as she positions AdDiem's Digital Billboard as a custom publishing solution and gushes about that particular medium's benefits. OK. Last week, as the name indicates, it was a digital billboard. This week, that same company has somehow morphed into a custom publishing solution. Which is it Tessa and why would anyone want it?

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Bad, Desktop, Opinion



Oreo And Randy Jackson Make Daring Commercial

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Tian questions Oreo's choice of American Idol's Randy Jackson as host of the company's Oreo & Milk Jingle Contest. He appears in ads and on packaging promoting the contest. Tian points out the term "oreo" is slang for "African Americans that the black community is generally offended with for betraying their roots usually for dating caucasion girls, dressing too white, talking too white, etc." as defined in the Urban Dictionary.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Pimp Cat Likes Fresh Box

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Oh come on. Not that kind of box you dirty scumbag. Put those disgusting thoughts aways and listen up. Cat litter maker Fresh Step wants us to know their new carbon cat litter completely eliminates odors. Of course that causes problems for several felines in a video featured on this site hosted by Milos the Fresh Cat, a pimp-like dude who has a few tips cats on the prowl.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Online



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eefoof Monetizes, Bouncing Breasts Sell Candy

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- A site with a strange name, eefoof, has launched and it's like YouTube except it's set up from the start with a revenue model to make money for both the site and the content uploader.

- If candy and top heavy Japanese girls bouncing their breasts in a bikini while shouting something that sounds a lot like "jerk off" is your thing, then this spot is for you.

- Here's some stunning news that actually needed a survey to convey it: According to Quepasa Market Intelligence, Hispanics prefer to read labels in Spanish. Who knew? (no link)

- These are really stupid in that good sort of way. They promote Kellog's Crunchy Nut, were created by JWT London and directed by The Perlorian Brothers.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Everyone At Mullen Likes to Eat In

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Along with Google, UPS, Sprint-Nextel, Yum Brands and Heast, Mullen was named as having one of the top cafeterias by U.S. News & World Report. Having eaten at the Mullen cafeteria a couple time, I can tell the publicity is well deserved. The food there is great and nothing like you'd expect to see in or near, for that matter, any agency. Since the agency is located in a giant mansion on an estate in the woods north of Boston, going out for lunch is a bit of a trip so having a great place to eat in the agency is a necessity. The cafeteria, run Culinary Institute of America grad Liz Walkowicz, serves 420 employees with a staff of nine. Hmm. Maybe they'll invite us up there to sample the cuisine again. After all, it's been a while since I knocked on their door looking for a job.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Agencies



Strange Opel Click-to-Call Campaign Generates 300,000 Calls

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While this click to call promotion for the Opel Astra Twin Top is Dutch, we're told it's good and when we visited it seemed to be so if in a very weird way. Somehow the car is being promoted by having people blown into the sky by a jet airplane and then landing on a billboard. Oh, and there's this weird scientist dude who mumbles into a phone and holds up a sign. Yes, it all has to to with the Estara-powered click to call feature but we'll leave it to our Dutch speaking friend over at Adland to explain further. At least we think she speaks dutch or whatever language this is in because, clearly, we are just a clueless, lazy American who can't get off his ass to learn a second langauge.

Anyway, if you want to check out the campaign, go here, enter your first name, last name and your telephone number. The campaign has generated 300,000 calls from 15 countries so we suppose "successful" would be a good label to give this campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Viral



MansionPoker Campaign Brings Back Game's Elegance

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Most ad campaigns for poker sites are cheesy and focus on the winning rather than the elegance of the game. MansionPoker.net came to LA-based 72andSunny to change all that. The agency created a six spot television campaign illuminating the game's strategy and James Bond-ish sophistication which feature narration from actor Dougray Scott and appearances by MansionPoker's pro player Erica Schoenberg. The campaign is tagged "Welcome to the Game" and highlights the wit and competitive nature of the game. Two spots, War and Shambles broke July 2 and four more will follow over the next few months. Recently, poker seems to have gone from Dom Perignon (not Cristal you hipsters) to Budweiser. This campaign aims to change that.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television









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