Meetings Enlivened, Creatives Converse, Truchpole Outed (Again)


- Bored in that dull meeting? Check out Adverbotz, a collection of your favorite phrases spoken in robot voice.

- The Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids has launched a new brand and advertising campaign.

- Minneapolis-based Little & Company asked 30 creatives to record their thoughts on design. The results are collected on ThirtyConversationsOnDesign.

- And the Cornelius Trunchpole idiocy continues. Now a person claiming to be Gerry Graf (who likely isn't since our reply email bounced) says Mr. Trunchpole is Trevor Bittinger, an art director who once told Graf he intended to create an agency based on a ficticious ad legend. Does anyone really care?

- To promote Red Bull's Flutag event, Monkeyhead is out with another On the Wings of Glory video.

- AdWeek's Social Media Strategies Conference will take place on Oct 13th & 14th at 10 On The Park in New York City.

- Well here's a pretty cool iPhone iAd.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Industry Events, Tools, Video

Jack in the Box Thanks Fans With Cold, Hard Cash


This week, Jack in the Box restaurants, with help from Secret Weapon Marketing, unveiled a new campaign aimed at maintaining and building mutual adoration between Jack and his fans. Well, that's a polite way of saying Jack is buying his way into people's social media hearts. The campaign, Be a Rich Fan, will thank fans by making a donation to a charity; you.

For every person who 'likes' Jack on Facebook, he'll make a nickel donation into a money jar, displayed and updated in real time on his fan page. At the conclusion of the month-long campaign, Jack will reward one lucky fan with the total amount in the jar. The grand prize will be determined by how loyal Jack's supporters really are and the number of people they help turn into new Jack fans. Since the more users who sign up means more money in the jar, Be a Rich Fan encourages word of mouth to friends and family, though everyone will likely want to win the big prize for themselves.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Social

Printer Prints Faster Than A Race Car. Yawn.


This is so stupid. An incredible waste of money. A waste of time. And an implementation of a strategy that is, to say the least, superfluous and needlessly dramatic. We all want a printer that can print fast. But do we really care if our printer can print faster than a race car? Apparently, there are a few people who think so otherwise digital agency Albion wouldn't have gone to the trouble and the expense of creating this work for the Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD printer.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Video

Nissan Juke Kills 'The Dread'


While this entire scenario crafted by TBWA Toronto is, by their own admission, one giant urban legend, the story of the tiny turbocharged Nissan Juke going up against The Dred, some sort of giant, treaded, Transformer-style mechanical monster is interesting enough. After all, doesn't everyone want to know the car they are driving has an origin other than plodding along slowly on an assembly line deep inside some auto maker's factory? Of course they do. Which is why this commercial is fun.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Commercials

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I Know What You Did Last Night With Axe Body Spray


It's not Jennifer Love Hewitt and this isn't the movie I Know What You Did Last night but the girl is pretty hot and the fisherman does look menacing. In this Axe Body Spray ad, we have a woman in a bikini sleeping on her boyfriend's lap. A fisherman approaches and pulls the blanket off her. The boyfriends, feeling a bit of modesty for his sleeping girlfriend's curvaceous hotness, pulls the blanket back up. The fisherman insists, pulling the blanket off again. He then pulls out a can of Axe body spray and gives it to the guys who then uses it. Miraculously, as with all Axe commercials, the woman...and her, once again, uncovered.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-10    
Topic: Commercials, Racy

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