Ships Aren't the Only Thing Passing in the Night


This has absolutely nothing to do with advertising and everything to do with our love for typos. So it is with our pleasure we present the Dallas Observer's likening of Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks' performance, present and future, to two shits passing in the night. We offer our condolences and complete sympathy with the email tirade you are now currently experiencing from voracious readers who'd rather bitch about your typos than laugh at their humor.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Bad, Strange

Wendy's Uses 'Coming of Age' Footage to Promote Value Meal


While it seems most commenters don't like it, a new video on YouTube takes old TV show footage (or at least we think that's what it is) and turns it into a a voiced over Wendy's commercial which points to BBV99, a site with a few good goofs that continues the mission of promoting Wendy's 99 cent Better Value Meal. The site was created by MRM Worldwide. The site is also being promoted with banners on YouTube and elswhere.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Online, Video

New Marketing Company Launches in Second Life, Some Not Happy


As we mentioned Monday, Crayon, a company claiming to be the world's first new marketing company will launch today at noon both in the "real world" and within Second Life on Crayonville Island. Crayon President and Founder Joseph Jaffe explains the need for the company saying, "The world has changed, but marketing, advertising, and public relations have not. There is no question that the influence organizations can achieve through traditional marketing, advertising and PR is fading fast." Crayon intends to help "marketers and communications professionals make sense of the profound changes in order to connect the dots between the burgeoning new approaches and possibilities available to them," the press release states.

Joining Jaffe in the company are former Citigroup financial guy Gary Cohen as CEO, music podcasting evangelist C. C. Chapman, social media dude, Neville Hobson, communications vet and author Shel Holtz, entertainment industry guru Chris Trela, planning consultant Francis Anderson and Aaron Greenberber and Michael Denton.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Opinion, Social

MySpace Down, Comics Up, Men Stickered, Dove Spoofed


- While some attribute recent visitor loss at MySpace and Facebook to seasonality, others, including members themselves, attribute it to the increased level of intrusive advertising on the sites. It's off to Second Life we go.Watch out residents.

- Cynopsis reports TBS and MySpace have partnered for an online comedy competition called The Stand Up or Sit Down Comedy Challenge which invites amateur comics to submit videoes. The winner will appear in a George Lopez-hosted special on TBS November 18.

- The girls over at street wear brand Married to the Mob don't like the apparent girlishness of the new man and are slapping "Men Are the New Women" stickers on the backs of unsuspecting guys.

- The Weinstein Company is placing a Truth ad is its DVD release, the first being Clerks II.

- Somehow this whacked YouTube video is supposed to promote The Filter, an iTunes add on which automatically creates playlists based on what you listen to.

- With the tagline, "A World Without Science is a World Without Discovery," InterSpectacular has created four new promotional commercials for Discovery's Science Channel.

- Datran Media and the Ad Council have launched a public service advertisement email campaign across the U.S. on behalf of the Environmental Defense's Fight Global Warming campaign.

- Blah, blah, blah....a Dove Beauty spoof.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Online, Promotions, Social, Spoofs, Trends and Culture

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Second Life Versus First Life Advice Offered


Swivel Media's Erik Hauser offers us this column on his in-depth experience with Second Life, ahead of the curve work for Wells Fargo and his companies creation of Stagecoach Island a virtual reality world based on Second Life. He offers sage advice to marketers with Second Life on the brain.

Marketing to People in Their First Life

By Erik Hauser 10.25.06

I can vaguely recall the days when things were very different.

People spent their time in a world filled with oxygen. It seems just like yesterday - OH MY - it was yesterday! Let's take a trip down memory lane shall we? The date is Jan 1st 1997, and people are starting to spend some time on this thing called the internet. Within a couple of years there was a hyper-saturated web with niche sites that had everything from exclusive glues to websites designed as destination locations for people in their mid 30's that had an affinity for poodles. Certain people claimed they would never leave the house again, and vowed to radically change their behavior.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Consumer Created, Good, Online, Opinion, Social, Trends and Culture

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