Dell CMO Casey Jones Canned


It seems the reported "probation" of Dell VP of Marketing Casey Jones has progressed to the expected outcome; he's been fired. Actually, he left last week but no on as Dell was all the interested in trumpeting his exit. The long and embattled path to the nirvana that was to be Enfatico continues to crumble underfoot.

A commenter on the Tribble Agency blog wrote, "Casey's grand illusion of creating his own agency, while being a client, proved to be another of his hare brained schemes. His own ego put him in the same planet as Sorell. I'm sure it will all start to unravel as other WPP units have engaged directly with Dell to save the day."

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by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands

Drugs Crimed, Ads Battle. T-Mobile Gets Weird


- Swedish site Crime Medicine tells the tale of counterfeit prescription drugs using an online drug store front which then break through to the truth behind the lie.

- Google Street View gets some staged action from a group of people in Pittsburgh who wanted to dress up Sampsonia Way.

- Hmm. According to this video, Lowe Manila is an awesome place to work and really difficult to say goodbye to.

- OK. Obviously this a cultural thing but still. This T-mobile commercial is really, really weird.

- Need to waste some time? Check out the Facebook application Ad Battle created by Buddy Media and Atmosphere BBDO's Jason Culbertson. Compare to ads and vote on them. It's that simple.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

SpyKee WiFi Robot Serves Men's Twisted Prurience


We all know many ads love to portray men as drooling, sex-crazed idiots who are easily turned on by just about anything because, well, we are but this commercial for Skykee, a WiFi spy robot (who thinks this stuff up?) stretches the metaphor a bit too far in terms of men's obsession with "ass."

Oh whatever. It's funny. Sort or. In a freakishly twisted, perverted sort of way.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange

Surprise! Ozzy Osbourne Still Gets Gigs


Ad gigs, that is. But hey, if Richard Simmons is still gettin' 'em, there's hope for any and all, not least the Black Sabbath veteran who pre-dated emo with his slick ebony angst.

Under the banner "make yourself heard," Samsung demonstrates how the QWERTY keyboard on its Propel handset makes everyday communication easier for Ozzy, who -- face it -- has always suffered from some degree of misunderstanding.

This mirthy delight is brought to you by Leo Burnett and production company MJZ.

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Rats Flung from Helis, Obama's Facebook Push, SocNet-Addicted Mommy Bloggers


- Be a GAMER. Made of steel. Video game school will show you how.

- The US Army is using webcasts by overseas soldiers to bait new recruits. The series is called -- wait for it! -- "Straight from Iraq." Soldiers are ready to take your questions.

- Keep up with Advergirl's social manifesto on how companies are using social media. It's illustrated!

- To remind us all how with-it and un-stodgy it is, Microsoft (I guess?) sends rats skydiving. Sick 'em, PETA.

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For 'Mad Men' Promo, Torke Brings '50s and '60s to Lisbon


For season 2 of Mad Men, Torke dressed a passel of perpetual extras up in period costumes, complete with classic cars from the '50s and '60s. Thus coiffed, they wheeled around Lisbon distributing the "Mad Men News."

Not sold. The effort felt more Grease than Mad Ave., minus an Olivia Newton-John knockoff rockin 'the hotpants. If I were on the receiving end of one of those newsletters, I'd be shocked not to find a yearbook in my hand.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Promotions

Lemming Like Lite Lovers Drink Yellow Snow


Yup. Winter is on the way and it's time for the yellow snow joke. It's not like there's anything groundbreaking about this commercial or even remotely original. But, like a fart joke that's been told millions of times, it's still funny. Or at least to a small segment, stereotypically portrayed by marketers who think beer drinkers are idiots and will do anything to drink shitty beer.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Creative Commentary

Crackberry Addicts Do the Strangest Things to Win A Storm


So the Blackberry Storm is almost out. CrackBerry lovers are salivating. And, of course, there are contests for the crazy people who simply can't wait an extra week or two for the initial buying spree to subside. One entrant in the What Would You Do For A Blackberry Storm contest decided to have the Storm tattooed to his leg. Yea, that's what I want of my leg 50 years from now when my grandchildren see it and ask, "Grampa, you mean they had phones that weren't implanted in your head back then?"

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Promotions, Video

Bright Ones: Alisa Hansen is Socialized

There are a lot of bright people who work in the field of marketing. There are few who stand out for their forward thinking mentality and vibrant outlook on the continuous changes ravaging the space. With the :30 long under fire and marketers flailing about trying to determine what's next, it's nice to know there are few smart people out there who can help guide them through the perils of this sea change.

Alisa Leonard-Hansen works in the New York office of Arizona-based digital marketing agency iCrossing, writes for the company blog and shares her own thoughts on social media (or that fact there's no such thing) on her own blog, Socialized. There, she offers her outlook on social media or, according to her, "the current iteration of the web."

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by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Bright Ones

Cheesy Romance Scene Becomes McDonald's Commercial


Don't you sometimes wish, while watching an over-the-top romance scene in a movie, you could put words in the mouths of actors? Well, now, thanks to McDonald's, you can. Or at least you can see on person's version courtesy of this Rob Tenconi-penned McDonald's commercial from Leo Burnett London.

Come on. You know you fantasize about this every time you see a scene like this in a movie. Don't you? Oh wait, you don't? It's just me? Damn, I really do have some kind of obsessive ad-fueled syndrome. Hmm. Must be the result of trying to read Advertising Age, AgencySpy, Adland, AdFreak, AdWeek, AdScam all while frantically updating my Facebook status, tweeting relevant bits to Twitter followers, IMing with tipsters and swimming in a sea of endlessly updating RSS feeds. Yea, that's it.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Strange

Homo Promo. Yes, You Read that Right.


The UK's Gay Times recruited agencies and students to tackle an ambitious project: promoting the gay lifestyle to straight men.

James and Joe, two young creatives from Leeds, competed with Kings Arms Creative, Leo Burnett and iris, among other contenders, to accomplish the task in the manner most sassy. At left is what they came up with: a single dude making a distinctly vaggie shape with his mouth. (The grizzle helps.) Caption: "Anything she can do..."

Nice work. We're about 50% sold. Now let's see a chick make a shaft.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster, Publishing

Eyeblaster Recognizes Top Rich Media Titans


Last Wednesday after ad:tech, Eyeblaster recognized six agencies for the best digital ad campaigns of 2008.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Online

Mountains Big. Go Ski.


Melodramatic narrative and epic "nature's wrath!" scope sets you up for the punchline of DNA's "Geologic." Lest thrill-seekers forget: those treacherous crags rising up to the sky? They are there for the benefit of your skis.


By Juggernaut/Santa Monica.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television

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