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Drink at Home, Real Ad Peeps Celebrated, ZobZee Saves Twitter

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- Don't drink in public. Drink at home. This Brazilian beverage delivery company will save you from those unseemly, embarrassing late night moments. Of course, drinking at home, alone, without friends isn't exactly all that better now is it?

- So while Mad Men gives us a quaint, fictionalized look at advertising in the 1960's, the One Club exhibition "The Real Men and Women of Madison Avenue and Their Impact on American Culture," at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library beginning June 24 celebrates, well, the real men and women of advertising.

- David&Goliath redesigns. Uses Pink! (Hey, they wanted to make that point in the press release)

- Ha, ha, ha! Zobzee.com

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events



Joy Division Sponsors Zune, Twitterati Defects for Plurk, Facebook Seeks Ad Feedback, John McCain Tells War Stories

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- Maybe inspired by Apple's limited-edition U2 iPod, Microsoft is releasing a limited-edition Joy Division Zune.

- Expect downtime from Twitter when Steve Jobs takes the floor at WWDC.

- Speaking of Twitter, a lot of fed-up users are defecting to a fancy new site called Plurk. Plurk enables users to follow conversational threads, and encourages use with "karma" points and little gifts. Also, the colors are soothing.

- Facebook has launched an ad feedback feature.

- Filipinos aren't the only people featured in creepy dating ads.

- John McCain: put Obama in office if you want. But hey, if you do, EXPECT APOCALYPSE.



Apple! Mac! iPhone! Steve Jobs! WWDC! Why Do I Feel Like A Loser?

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Today is Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. If you don't own a Mac (I don't), don't own an iPhone (I don't) and don't live in San Francisco (I don't), clearly you are a loser of gargantuan proportions (I must be).

Is it a good thing or a bad thing when a brand has so much influence that it makes a person feel unworthy (I do) if they aren't a "club member?"

I've owned a Mac in its previous heydays (No, this is not the first time Apple has been insanely cool), but there was always one annoying thing that prevented me from coming back: some stupid employer edict, a must-have piece of software that wouldn't work on a Mac, an idiotic networking issue, the prevalence of cheap (though decidedly uncool) PCs, or the fact Club Mac simply didn't have the same sway Apple stores now do.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Events, Opinion



Tabasco Brings Sizzle, and Possibly Some Confusion, to Antwerp Bus Service

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Antwerp residents: if you're wondering why firetrucks are suddenly ubiquitous, slow-moving and sponsored by Tabasco, it's because those aren't firetrucks.

It's just your local buses, dressed like the life-saving vehicles they never grew up to become.

The bus-as-firetruck campaign was put together by Duval Guillaume, which explained -- slowly, so we could understand -- that "Tabasco is so hot that you need a fire truck to cool down your mouth after you've eaten some."

I wonder if that ladder gets hop-ons.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Outdoor, Poster



Rhea Scott Talks Music Videos, Little Minx, Exquisite Corpse and Fresh Underpants

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I recently got to sit down with Rhea Scott, Ridley Scott's daughter-in-law. (A breathy PR guy related that trivia to me about four times, which is why I mention it in the VERY. FIRST. SENTENCE.)

Rhea once headed the music video department at Propaganda. 10 years ago she started Little Minx, a production company focused on turning ad directors into filmmakers. From what I gathered in the film reels, directors are encouraged to treat each ad like a miniature manifesto. (It probably also helps to be a surrealist art fan.)

Little Minx is able to provide the necessary creative resources -- read: king-sized budget, the ideal artist's sponsorship -- through parent company RSA.

Rhea says the company was named for her second daughter, "the ultimate little minx" and the child actress in "Come Wander with Me," part of a promotional project called Exquisite Corpse.

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HappySlip Gets Brand Serious, Takes Stance Against MySpace

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Video blogebrity HappySlip has deleted her MySpace profile, including over 34,000 friends, because AdSense repeatedly populated her page with ads soliciting Filipina women.

Women are among the Philippines' most profitable exports. If you plan to do heavy Filipino-oriented blogging, expect to see a few shady sites in surrounding AdSense boxes.

See more ads here. Sponsored messages for girl-peddling sites also appeared prominently during HappySlip's Philippine tourism promotion.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Social



Got A Fat Ass? Derrie-Air Wants Your Booty

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In one of the more interesting methods of attempting to illustrate the waning worth of newspaper advertising, a Gyro-created fake ad campaign for the Philadelphia Inquirer features the fictitious airline Derrie-Air which, in an effort to be carbon neutral (fuckin' buzzwords), promises to plant trees to offset the pounds of carbon its planes spew into the atmosphere.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Newspaper, Spoofs, Strange



Bra Comes Off, Condom Goes On. Yea, It's An Ad For...Whatever

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Up until the payoff, this could be a commercial for anything. After all, sex sells everything, right? Why couldn't this be an ad for...oh, a house painting company? A car wax brand? A....lawn fertilizer brand?

But a condom brand? So predictable.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Lingerie Localized, Faith Pops Corn, Wii Wins, Drivers Challenged

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- Oh we've all seen this intentional censorship thing before in countries that don't love skin but hey, in the name of providing comprehensive coverage of the worldwide advertising landscape [Ed. Huh? You've got to be friggin' kidding!], we must share with you these CHANGE lingerie ads which were designed for the Saudi Arabian market.

- Here's an interesting sound mix from DDB Londo for Volkswagen. The agency (more accurately, it's production company the band, Orbital) did a quick shot edit of the commercial using sounds generated within and around the car.

- Faith Popcorn thinks "'Sex & the City: The Movie' comes at just the right time for a nation exhausted politically, emotionally and financially - and signals a growing desire to escape that idea-strapped marketers can use to their advantage." OK.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Games, Industry Events



MediaWeek Does What Media Entities Do: Have A Party

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I don't recall AdWeek or BrandWeek having relaunch parties when they launched their redesigns. I could be wrong but when I received an invitation to the MediaWeek relaunch party, everything clicked. It makes perfect sense MediaWeek would, in fact, have a re-launch party since, well, that's what media people do and what they expect - a boondoggle full of free food and drinks. I just might have to go. Since the life-shifting event to Adrants, it's been a long while since I've been greased by the media.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-08    
Topic: Industry Events



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