Creative Director Says 'Do Not Follow Me' With T-Shirt Line


After running into Keith Lane, a creative director at an agency I used to work at, Emerson Lane Fortuna, at the Boston AdClub Reunion, we did the required social media hook up on Facebook. Then, upon reading his Wall, I hilariously discover he's got as jaded a view of social media as I do. So much so, he's gone an created a line of CafePress-wear entitled the Anti-Social Networkers.

The line hypes what Lane dubs the three most overused words of the year: friend, share and connect. Headlines indlude Do Not Follow Me, Linked Out, Zero Connections, Do Not Follow Me and more.

And, yes, there's even a thong. On Facebook, Lane's Daughter Courtney commented, "friggin' genius!! but quick question: was it your idea to have thongs??" to whick Lane responded, "Validation from my first born anti-social child. Thanks, Court. You made my anti-social day. The thongs? No comment. Love, Dad"

Dad and daughter talking about thongs on Facebook. Bet Keith didn't foresee this when he held Courtney in his arms swaddled in a baby blanket.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Good, Specialty

The World Has Cannes Lions. Israel Has Cannes Zions


Israeli agency Mizbala has created CannesZions, an effort to call attention to the Israeli advertising community.Regularly updated, the site features work done my Israeli ad agencies and marketers.

Currently on the site is work for Christina Aguilera's new fragrance, Pantene and Nokia

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Industry Events

McDonald's Celebrates Open Late With Red Carpet Events


OK. Who knew going to McDonald's late at night was such a big deal. Apparently a few people in Oklahoma City do. Enough to show up for a red carpet-style event put together by Wave Omnimedia Group. Patrons heading to the restaurant had their pictures taken on the red carpet and their likeness projected on a large shadow wall.

You can see a video of the event here and photos here. Other red carpet events will take place July 4 and August 1.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Events

World's Funniest Ads Hit TBS Tonight


Make sure you don't miss TBS's airing of Very Funny Ads' World's Funniest Ads tonight at 9 EST. Or you could just go to and see them. Either way, have a look. And you can vote for your favorites as well.

Some of the ads you'll see are Cadbury's freaky Eyebrow ad, Pepsi's Octopus, Renault's Football, Volkswagen's Dog-Fish and AmbiPur's Fart.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Commercials

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Even in Death, Michael Jackson Sells Pepsi


Wholly unintentional, Pepsi is enjoying a bit of added exposure in Times Square. It's signage is placed all around a digital display which is paying tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who died yesterday.

Most brands don't willingly take advantage of a celebrity's death but it's a sure bet a few people at Pepsi and the brand's agency aren't complaining about this coincidental confluence of events.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Outdoor, Strange

Barack Obama Helps Improve Perception of Illinois Lawyers


See if you can find Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama in this Abraham Lincoln mosaic, part of a perception improvement campaign for Illinois State Bar Association. Created by & Wojdyla (yea, that's not a typo. what's up with these agency names?), the campaign consist of mobile billboards and posters.

Also appearing the in 3,055 head shot image are Stephan Douglas, Clarence Darrow, William Jennings Bryan and (Abe's son) Robert Todd Lincoln.

The campaign will make its debut this Sunday at the Chicago Gay Pride Parade.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Outdoor

Create A Playlist Video. Win A Nokia 5800


The 7th Chamber has seeded a video which promotes Nokia'a 5800 phone. The entire video is spoken in song titles and album covers. On the site, people can create their own song title playlist video, submit it and get a chance to win a Nokia 5800.

So while the lucky (unlucky?) ones are in Cannes this week, the rest of us can get all creative and win a phone.

But here's a thought. All these contests. What aren't they all one by people working in advertising? After all, we're supposed to crank this shit out in our sleep, right? Why is it always some pimple-faced teenager that wins these things? Are contests beneath us? Do we refuse to be creative unless we are paid? Are we just lazy? What's the deal?

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Video

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