Yes, It's A Slow News Day

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It's Monday. The day after a week long, much-deserved break from the action. Since the advertising industry might as well not exist between Christmas and New Year's, there isn't much news to report today.

Other than the fact boobs and butts still sell stuff. But you already knew that didn't you?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Racy



Seesmic Has Acquired Ping.fm. Get Ready For Update Overload

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Thanks to Seesmic's recent acquisition of multi-social network updating service, Ping.fm, we're all now in for an exponentially increased onslaught of "I just made a ham and cheese sandwich" updates.

There are those who love Ping for its simplicity. And there are those who hate it and its ilk for trying to cram the same update down the throat of multiple services which, because they aren't all the same by design, often call for individualized, network-specific updates.

We love it because we're lazy but just wait until brands catch on to this. It will be like broadcast media all over again. Sometimes we never learn.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Social, Tools



Domino's Loses the Cardboard, Google Almost Loses $500 Million

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Last night I had the pleasure of recording a Beancast episode with Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green, Please Feed the Animals' and Lemonade Movie creator Eric Proulx and The Beancast's Bob Knorp. We discussed the recent Domino's recipe change and the importance of actually solving a problem as opposed to just throwing money at it. We riffed on the Cablevision debacle. We took at a look at the growing importance of the community manager in relation to the rise in importance of social media. We waxed nostalgic about the jingle and we laughed out loud at Google's $500 million Yelp offer.

Check out the show notes here. Download the podcast directly here or get it on iTunes here.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Cable, Podcast, Social



Pop Your Booty But Don't Neglect Animals

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- The Humane Society says get off your ass and save the world's abused and neglected animals.

- Ladies, not happy with your ass? Booty Pop will make you bootylicious. One problem. Can you imagine the look on your man's face when he undresses you and sees this thing? It's like tissue falling out of a padded bra in middle school.

- Random sexy ad on Flickr.

- And yes, the Sexiest/Raciest/Raunchiest Ads of 2009 will come sometime this week. If you're lucky.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Cause, Racy, Strange



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Those Who Know the Most About Human Rights Don't Have Any

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Last month, Leo Burnett Venezuela created a powerful Amnesty International commercial which took a different approach. Rather than the usual display of human rights travesties with some sort of voiceover telling us how bad life can be for those in peril, we still see the display but, instead, it's the one's in peril telling us about Amnesty International's mission of insuring human rights for all.

It's quite effective. Especially the skin-crawling, creepy ending.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Cause



Detroit Still Thinks People Have Love Affairs With Their Cars

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Nostalgia is front and center in a new Chrysler commercial which hinges on the no longer very truthful truism Americans really really love their cars. With a through-the-decades montage, the ad speaks to the travels Chrysler and its customers have been on together and the many that will be taken in the future.

While the automobile certainly does play a central roles in American's lives, the love affair with the automobile has long since died. Ask any person under 35 or so if they think off their car as anything other than a means to get from point A to point B.

It's an OK commercial. There's nothing wrong with a company looking back at its history and how it fits into the fabric of life but it's not an approach that's going to sell any cars. Oh wait, it's not trying to sell cars. Silly us. Chrysler's just being nice and wishing us Happy Holidays. Forget everything we just wrote.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials









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