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Sexual Assualt Prevention PSA Sells Clocks

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In perhaps one of the most boring, oddly crafted, amateurishly created PSAs of all time, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is out with a :15 which will appear on the CBS Super Screen in New York's Times Square. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below.

Of the campaign, NSVRC Director Karen Baker said, "Approximately 20 percent of the population will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. These crimes impact children, families, coworkers and communities; and the majority of which - nearly 63 percent - are never reported. With 1.5 million people passing through Times Square each day, this PSA provides a unique opportunity to get them involved in sexual violence prevention."

That is if they don't mistake it for a classroom clock commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Cause



The Wonderbra 20, New Zealand Air Says Goodbye to Rico

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- Perhaps in honor of Eva Herzigova's Hello Boys Wonderbra ad, Creative Criminals put together a collection of the best 20 Wonderbra ads.

- Possibly the most interesting cell phone ad you will ever see. Well, at least the most impressive.

- AdKeeper, a service that lets people bookmark online ads for later viewing, is now working on 30,000 site.

- Katy Perry and Chelsea FC team up for Adidas ad campaign.

- Hot Wheels has a very cool outdoor installation in Columbia which transformed a bridge into a giant loop the loop track.

- In Wyoming, you can roam free. Even if you're not a horse.

- Rico and Snoop Dog's final outing for New Zealand Air.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Outdoor, Racy, Research



Festival of Media Announces Speakers

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The Festival of Media, an event that focuses on media creativity and innovation will take place in Montreux Switzerland May 8-10. Speakers at the conference will include Facebook VP of Global Sales Carolyn Everson, Deutsche Telekom Head of International Media Management Gerhard Louw, MediaCom Worldwide CEO Stephen Allan, Nestle Global Head of Digital & Social Media Pete Blackshaw, Starcom MediaVest Group CEO Laura Desmond and many others which you can check out here.

Of course, none of that really matters right? A conference is a conference, right? But this conference is in Switzerland? Have you ever been to Switzerland? No, didn't think so. Now you have your reason to check this conference out. And no, they didn't pay us to say that. But they did pay us to advertise on the site. Just want to be clear here for all your transparency freaks.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Frozen Food Never Looked So Good

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For those of you who are into food porn - and who isn't these days with what seems to be every other TV show covering some form of cooking - you might like this new campaign from McCann Erickson for P.F. Chang's Home Menu from Unilever, a line of frozen entrees. A frozen entree never looked so good. And it will never look this good in your home either because, as you know, it takes great effort and skill to film and photograph food without it looking like it was just barfed up by your dog.

So enjoy the ads and just pretend you have your own food stylist at home when you open the package and a big hunk of freezer-burned food-like stuff falls into your fry pan. Launching today, the campaign will include :15's as well as online efforts.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



In Which Our Four Year Old Prediction Comes True

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Four years ago, we made a prediction. Today, that prediction has turned into what appears to be a full fledged business offering from mobile ad network AdZookie. The company plans to turn houses into gigantic billboards by painted a brand's message on them. As payment to the homeowner, AdZookie will pay the homeowner's mortgage each month for as long as the house remains painted with the message.

Yes. This is what it's come to. What we used to joke about a few years ago, is now the norm. Did any of you skiers ever imagine an ad anywhere on the mountain's premises? Shoppers, did you ever imagine interactive ads would be projected on the floor of your local mall? Did anyone ever think a crowd of strangers would suddenly break out in choreographed dance in public places? Or that when you placed your hand on the handrail of an escalator, it would be emblazoned with an ad?

Yes, this is what it's come to. Advertising is everywhere. And it's only going to get worse (better?)

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Outdoor



Digital Video Ad Spend to Increase 22 Percent

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A new IAB study conducted by Advertiser Perceptions, An Inside Look at Demand-Side Perceptions of Digital Video Advertising, found 69 percent of marketers and 55 percent of agencies plan to increase their digital video advertising with 22 percent growth predicted in the next 12 months. Those surveyed project they will spend 17 percent of their total online display advertising budget on digital video advertising in the next 12 months.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Research



Video Trick Lands Your Finger on Hot Chick

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Fashion label Wolf & Harrison is out with some video trickery that asks the viewer to point at specific models in a line up and then count various numbers to and from that position. Of course, it's all mathematical trickery and no matter which person you start pointing at or in which direction you decide to count, you always end up pointing at the hot chick.

The marketing ramifications of this are stunning and we've made a new discovery today. And it will change the way this business creates advertising for years to come. The big discovery? Sex sells. Every single time.

Or something like that.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Video



The Naked Truth of Sex Trafficking Revealed

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Calling attention to a certain form of tourism in Ukraine that the country isn't all too pleased is popular within its borders, non-profit group Femen has launched Do You Want Me, a website on which visitors can dig into the seedy side of the country's sex trade.

The site aims to call attention to the notion paying for sex creates a form of slavery. Similar efforts to fight the proliferation of the sex trade have been done by Amnesty International (here, here and here), by Stop the Traffik in London, by The Salvation Army in South Africa and by the Helen Bamber Foundation.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Cause, Online, Racy



Bids Hit Half Million For 'Nothing' on eBay

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Quite possiblely (or not) a holdover from April Fool's day, a man has place nothing (literally) for sale on eBay and the current bid for scooping up that nothing is $500,600. At this time, there are 51 bids so far for this spectacular collection of nothing.

This is not the first time nothing has been placed for sale on eBay. There are plenty of examples. Of course, most these bids are pulled and it is likely this one will as well.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Strange



IAB Gets Stiff With Compliance Guidelines

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Said to enhance buyer control over ad placement and context, the Interactive Advertising Bureau announced the launch of the Ad Network & Exchange Quality Assurance Certification Program consisting of compliance guidelines, procedures and a certification program. Companies that undergo training, conduct an internal audit and assign a compliance officer to maintain the IAB's Quality Assurance Guidelines will receive a compliance seal from the IAB. The seal, which can be placed on the company's website and marketing materials, certifies that the company is adhering fully to the only industry established criteria as outlined by the QAG, finalized in June 2010.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Online, Policy



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