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Chase Recalls World Trade Center Tribute

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Bill Green of Make the Logo Bigger and the new Adverve podcast took a look at a new commercial from Chase and was reminded of the World Trade Center tribute. The one where they had the blue lights shining up into the sky from the former location of the towers. We have to say, it does recall that imagery for us a bit as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Daughter Helps Ken Hump Barbie. Parents Not Sure What to Do

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Here's
a weird one. Even if you do understand the language...we think. So a couple sits on the couch observing their daughter play with her Barbie set. After a bit, the girl places naked Ken on top of Naked Barbie on a bed. Parents cringe. Mom picks up the newspaper, Dad looks dumbfounded. Daughter says something. Everyone laughs.

Cut to super of the newspaper. That's all we know.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Misdirected Barter Finds ad:tech in a Pickle Barrel

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Lest anyone accuse us of ignoring negative publicity about a company we're in bed with (which we very much are when it comes to ad:tech), it's our duty to let you know about a little pay for play snafu ad:tech found itself in when it offered "key influencers" free or discounted access to its New York conference in exchange for three pieces of media coverage. The media coverage could take the form of a blog post, a Tweet or a mention on Facebook.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-19-09    
Topic: Bad, Industry Events, Promotions, Social



Another Reason Not to Go to A Dodgers Game

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Baseball games are long. They play is painfully slow. There's little to no action on the field. Mostly, it's just a bunch of men adjusting their balls and spitting on the ground. Occasionally, a player will actually hit a home run and some idiot will push a little kid out of the way so HE can catch the fly ball.

If you find yourself bored or even falling asleep during this yawn fest, there's no yet another way to experience baseball without actually having to experience it. Several digital billboards fashioned to look like an actual scoreboard will display the real time game scores of Los Angeles Dodgers home games.

Awesome. Except for the fact there's now going to be a whole new kind of game time party. The kind that occurs underneath a billboard where people drink in public and become a general nuisance to traffic causing added police detail to be deployed and taxes to be raised to cover this added detail.

OK so it might not play out exactly that way. But it could.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-09    
Topic: Outdoor



When Words Fail Just Invent New Ones

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When you've spent hours in a conference room concepting a campaign and you can't come up with a thing or the client has shot down everything you've proposed to them, this is the result. From Shalmor Avnon Amichay comes this print campaign for the Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe.

And it just might be the right approach for a vehicle that, as Mercedes proponents would have us believe, is in a class of its own. So why not create a new language just to describe it? See the second ad here.

You decided.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-09    
Topic: Campaigns



Blogworld Hikes Up its Skirt in Disneyland For Adults

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We went for the parties but we stayed for the sessions. Oh wait. We mean we meant for the sessions and stayed for the parties. Yea, that's it.

So the Blogworld Conference and Expo happened last week in Las Vegas. There were sessions. There were learnings. There were connections. There were crabs (no, not that kind). There was swag. There were celebrity sightings. There were burger eating contests. There was karaoke. There was dancing. There was a guy in a Snuggie. There was pole dancing. There were legs - miles and miles of them. There was tongue (Ted Murphy's). There was cleavage (Bellagio Boobs). There was Chris Brogan. There was Scott Monty. There were no lost iPhones as far as we can tell.

But you don't care about any of that. All you want to see are the pictures so here they are. More on the conference later

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-09    
Topic: Industry Events



Audience Conference Aims to Eliminate Bullshit

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Perhaps we should call this conference The No Bullshit Conference because the man behind it, Loren Feldman, never bullshits. He of 1938media fame is a straight shooter. With all the hyperbolic insanity, otherwise known as social media, flailing about like a gaggle of primadonnas scratching your eyes out in an attempt to get your attention, Feldman's Audience Conference, conversely, aims to deliver some meat. Some usable information you can take away and immediately put to use.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-19-09    
Topic: Industry Events



AR Enlivens Benetton's COLORS Magazine

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United Colors of Benetton has a quarterly publication for young people called COLORS Magazine. Each issue is themed and outfitted with occasionally controversial imagery, multicultural flair and an underlying desire to connect people through shared quirks and charming differences.

We don't think all print magazines are going to die, and we hope COLORS is one of the survivors. The content sometimes feels a little too self-conscious, but we dig its global roaming eye and its interest in burrowing into uncomfortable or strange topics -- like boys that like to wear skirts.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-09    
Topic: Magazine



If You Can't Charge for Tweets, Charge for Their Fuel.

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The most loved and hated socnet du moment is partnering with Crushpad, a company that lets amateurs make, sell, brand and market their own wines -- to produce a Twitter-branded Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

1/4 of the proceeds for the project, dubbed The Fledgling Initiative, go to a nonprofit called Room to Read, which promotes literacy for children in places like Sri Lanka, India, Laos, Zambia and Nepal.

According to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, the partnership's in keeping with their commitment to grow Twitter -- "because if you can't read you can't tweet!"

So there you have it. Ignite a future for the high-profile navel-gazers of tomorrow with your own bottle of Twitter wine, which goes for $20 a pop. Every case sold buys 60 local language books for Room to Read. You can also keep up with The Fledgling Initiative and find ways to get involved by following @fledgling.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Social, Strange



French Vogue Paints White Model Black ... and Itself into a Corner

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French Vogue's set off the sensitivity meter with its decision to paint Dutch model Lara Stone black for the October issue.

Another thing that bears mentioning, if only for its strangeness: after painting Stone brown, the makeup artist painted parts of her white again for some shots.

This is racking up the usual stink about racism in advertising (Birth of a Nation comes, unbeckoned, to mind). Commentary ranges from "Why not just use an African model?!!" to arguments that the move is a statement on the complexity of race and identity. Some people also think this is a knee-jerk reaction; one user observed that the rag once dressed a woman up as a man, and nobody complained.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-15-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Magazine, Trends and Culture



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