French Online Gambling Site Pokes Fun At JFK Assasination

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We're pretty sure some people are going to have their panties in a bunch over this one. While we're all for humor and making light of serious topics, there are some things that are sacred. In advertising, it's never a good idea to touch on topics like Hitler or 9/11.

Or the JFK assassination. But French online betting site, PMU, seems to have no problem sharing an alternative scenario of the fateful day in Dealey Plaza back in 1963.

Is the ad funny? Sort of. Has it been long enough to poke fun? That's an individual decision. Is it ever a good idea to poke fun at tragedy? Not usually but, then again, humor has a funny way of making certain things OK. What do you think?

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials



This Grandmother Gives New Meaning to 'Drag and Drop'

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In this kitschy but hilarious ad for Russian telecommunications company, Beeline, we are reminded of the digital divide that sometimes occurs between generations. Russian ad agency Red Pepper has created a recruitment ad of sorts for Beeline that illustrates how difficult it can be talking to your grandparents about certain topics.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Strange



How Not to Ask For Money in China

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Ever traveled abroad and found yourself in a sticky situation cause by a language barrier? The guy in this Societe Generale commercial does. And it's kind of funny. But not if it actually happened in real life. Societe Generale is a financial institution with presence in 76 countries that makes it easy for travelers and students studying abroad to exchange money.

The work was created by Paris-based Fred & Farid

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Commercials



Michael J. Fox Reprises 'Back to the Future' For GE Campaign

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BBDO New York has unveiled a new GE commercial, part of the brands "Brilliant Machines" campaign, which takes on a Back to the Future theme and is voiced by Michael J. Fox. It would appear the agency and the brand are sticking with their movie-themed approach which kicked off earlier this year with a Matrix-themed commercial featuring Hugo Weaving. Hmm, what's next, a Terminator-themed ad featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger?

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



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Apple to Nearly Double In-House Marketing Design Team

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According to Advertising Age, Apple will nearly double it in-house design team by adding 200-300 new designers. The addition aims to give Apple more control over its creative product. A source inside Apple told Ad Age the group has traditionally been kept small because Steve Jobs wanted Apple to be a product company, not a marketing company.

The increase dovetails with a recent Association of National Advertisers study which found marketers with in-house ad shops increased to 58% from 42% five years ago.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-13    
Topic: Brands









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