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Amsterdam Celebrates Cross Media Week In Weird Ad

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As if in a nod to the finer things about life in Amsterdam, this commercial promoting the city's Cross Media Week features such pass times as naked women, puking, bondage, marijuana and pigeon excrement.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Video



Mind Expanded With Zebra Head. No Idea What Ad Sells

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What this is advertising, we do not know. Al we do know is that it's a freaky concept. Some kind of cartoonish representation of perverted bestiality or some kind of revers man horse. Whatever. Weird. Thought we'd share.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-06    
Topic: Strange



Angry Advertising Aggressors Attack Adrants

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Yesterday, it seems, the ad industry had had enough of our uncontrollable whining, bitching and kvetching and attacked the depths of our IT department bringing our publishing operation to a halt. But, by the end of the day, we had beaten them back with some blow up Donny Deutsch dolls and a rolled up buff shot poster of Alex Bogusky we had on our walls until that Strawberry Frog kicked his ass off. While we were successful in beating back the throngs of those who have been scorned on these pages, we are running on crutches with old, outdated equipment left over from the Draft/FCB carnage - monitors the size of a rear projection TV but with screens the size of a TV in the fifties and laptops only one of those giant McDonald's kids could fit on his lap after consuming a 32 ounce Coke, two large fries, three Big Mac's and several apple pies.

So, we're back. We're sorry for the interruption though we're quite sure you didn't even notice since who reads this crap anyway? Despite Jeff Jarvis' Dell Hell, we are outfitting the office a collection of new Dell laptops which should arrive in a week or two. Hopefully we'll be able to fend off any other angry advertising agressors.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-06    
Topic: Announcements



PBS to Clarify Sponsored Links, Some Don't Want Ads At All

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Everyone's all a twitter about PBS's addition of sponsored links to its website. While PBS does plan to more clearly explain sponsored links, use of cookies and data collected from the site's visitors, others feel the site, since it's a federally funded public entity, should have no advertising at all. Writing on Digital Destiny, Jeff Chester says, "PBS must not be allowed to become an digital ad-addicted junkie. It should offer the public a totally commercial-free environment as it enters the broadband communications era." A laudable notion but, apparently, even government-funded entities are strapped for cash.

by Steve Hall    Aug-29-06    
Topic: Online, Policy



Kellogg Special K Saves Advertising Space

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Now this is good. At first we looked at this ad and we're like, "huh?" Then we realized, "duh!" It's eye catching and it makes its point very clearly. But, the name of this ad has the word "spec" in it leading us to believe it's only a twinkle in a creative's eye. Come on, Kellogg. Approve this ad! Oh wait, this is probably too insider for our cereal eating friends to appreciate.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine



Agency.com Raked Over Coals Again

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George Parker (the new Ariel...woo hoo...for those of you who can't handle Adrants linking to anyone more than twice in a week! Oops, we linked. Sorry) wonders why Agency.com can't just lay down and die...along with everyone else who feels the need to spoof the poor agency to death like TransitionalBlueBlood - whose site has an annoying header graphic that makes you think it's still downloading as in the days of dial up when you were drooling over your first Internet image of the opposite sex. Anyway, there's a cartoon and Ariel...I mean George...says it's funny. We do too.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Strange



Hot Dog And Bacon Ad Conjures Something Other Than Hot Dog And Bacon

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If you're some kind of convenience store and you're going to promote your hot dog wrapped in bacon thing, you might want to look long and hard at the visual in your ad before you hang the poster in your storefront window lest you want the public to think you sell some kind of penile enhancement solution. We're guessing not too many mother are going to be buying this for their daughters...oh...lest they get an early bite at something they shouldn't.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Poster, Strange



Ben & Jerry's Bank Promotion Taste Tested

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David Berkowitz vidited the Benn & Jerry's promotion that's been going on for a bit where the ice cream copmpany took over a bank in New York City's Union Square and set up tasting stations for its new line of bottled milkshake ice cream.Berkowitz reports the Chocolate Fudge Brownie and liquefied Chunky Monkey were great. Not so great was the Cherry Garcia which was likened to medicine. Check out the images of the promotion here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor



Wife Sale, Upskirt Shots Promote Men's Mag

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There's a lot of ways to promote a magazine. Some more offbeat than others. With the tagline "Let us keep on dreaming of a better world," - which, oddly sounds like some old hippy song - and graphics that portray women as they are be seen inside the fantasy-laden minds of men, this promotion for Belgian magazine, Che, is definitely one we'll never see here in the States but, all the same, think is fun if viewed without the lenses of one's politically correct glasses. From upskirt panty shots to a monthly wife sale, this campaign doesn't get bogged down with proper behavior. See the upskirt and others here. Safe enough for work. Oh, and here's a funny one on Flickr.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Magazine, Point of Purchase, Poster



MySpace Members Tell Marketers to Get Out

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Yes, it's happening as we said it would from the start. MySpace users are complaining about the proliferation of corporate profiles created by marketers eager to tap into the 100 million people on MySpace. Of corporate profiles on MySpace, one person tells MediaPost, "Frankly, I think that's going too far." Frankly, we agree. While for a marketer, it's impossible to ignore the allure of 100 million people, the proliferation of advertising on MySpace is akin to Coke placing it's logo behind the cross in churches across the country. The two just don't go together.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Trends and Culture



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