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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



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



This Southern Comfort Ad Makes Us Long For A Fat Guy in A Speedo

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It's hard to follow up on a classic. And Southern Comfort's original Whatever's Comfortable ad, Beach, was, indeed, a classic. Wieden + Kennedy miraculously made a paunchy guy walking down the beach in a Speedo actually look cool.

That ad was followed by Shampoo and Karate and now we have Dance. Dance is all about a guy "dancing like the entire internet isn't watching." And we really shouldn't bother watching because, well, it's boring beyond belief and carries none of the original panache.

Sadly, it appears the campaign is now being dialed in which is a shame given the potential the original presented.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Mobile Marketing to Generate $400 Billion in Sales by 2015

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Mobile marketing. We've been talking about it for years, right? And debating when it will arrive. Or the fact that it already has. To keep the debate churning, we've got a boatload of stats -- and and infographic as well -- to keep you knee deep in the debate over whether or not mobile has finally arrived.

In 2011, mobile marketing became a $14 billion industry. By 2015, retailers and marketers will spend $19.8 billion on mobile marketing, up from $6.7 billion in 2012.In 2016, that number will hit $22 billion.

By the end of 2013, 15% of all online retail sales will have been made through mobile devices with mobile commerce hitting $39 billion.

Check out the inforgraphic below for more mobile stats.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-13    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Research



Alec Baldwin's Paparazzi Punching Spree Turned Into Campaign For MSNBC Talk Show

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For some Friday Frivolity, we have this spoof campaign which touts Alec Baldwin's upcoming MSNBC talk show. PJ Media columnist Ed Driscoll took it upon himself to create a campaign that makes great use of Baldwin's recent run in with a photographer. Hilarious stuff.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs



This Girl's Dress is So Tight She Has to Phone Her Friend For Help

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Awkward dressing room moments. We've all had them. Well, all of you have. We never have. Except for that one time we walked in on a girl with boobs bigger than her head who was fruitlessly trying to stuff them into a bikini top. She just smiled and did the hand bra thing. We smiled too. For a very, very long time.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-13    
Topic: Racy, Video



WTF? Jean-Claude Van Damme Fronts New GoDaddy Campaign!

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When we last wrote about GoDaddy, it was to report they had taken a new direction with several Deutsch-created commercials that, while they didn't completely leave behind the salaciously prurient approach to marketing, they did, at least, focus on the substance behind the service.

This week, the brand is taking another step away from it formerly sexed-up, raunchy and, let's be honest, childish ways (hmm...perhaps they finally took our advice) with an ad featuring none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yea, you read that right. The B-movie legend can be seen in "The Baker" which debuted during last night's NFL season opener on NBC.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-13    
Topic: Brands



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