Chrysler Bites Back At Ad Age Over Ask Dr. Z Campaign

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Chrysler is mad as hell at Advertising Age and isn't going to take it any longer. Reacting to a story by Jean Halliday on Chrysler's Ask Dr. Z campaign in which she pretty much trashes the campaign saying it didn't do much for the automaker, Jason Vines wrote an article on the company's The Firehouse press blog entitled "Truth Takes A Halliday." In the article, Jason lays out data which contradicts Halliday's article and claims the campaign is doing just fine. Since, in the inimitable wisdom of Vines who publicly promoted the blog when it launched but limited it only to "known and established media organizations," we can't link to the story so we'll just reprint it in its entirety here until Jason asks us to remove it. You'd think he'd want more than just press to see this good stuff. And Jason, we're not anonymous. Just click the About link above.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Research



Smirnoff Gets Preppy In Long Form Video

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Here's a long form music video ad of sorts for Smirnoff that, if you ever lived any part of the preppy life, you will find very funny. A crew of prepped out New England wigger rappers delivers the whole Cape Cod, Pearl necklace, south wing veranda, Top Siders, alligator pants, sweater over the shoulder, collar up thing in full Preppy Handbook style.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Ad Mashup Leaves Creative Brief, Client Behind

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Advertising for Peanuts has launched Ad Mashup, a site where Art Directors can throw the creative brief and the client out the window, mashup various ads into their own personal works of art and share the results with the rest of the ad community. This is a great site to play around with while listening to your traffic manager drone on about what's due when knowing full well nothing will ever be delivered on time.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Spoofs, Weblogs



Exxon's PR Agency Possibly Behind Spoof of Al Gore's Film

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Like everyone else, it's Al Gore's turn to be spoofed on YouTube. While Exxon and its PR firm, Washington-based DCI Group, deny having anything to to with it, the creator of Al Gore's Penguin Army, a video that spoofs Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, 29-year-old "Toutsmith" was found by the Wall Street Journal to be using an email address that tracked back to DCI Group. He would not tell the Journal who he was or why he made the video. Oh now let's see. Al's movie slams oil companies. Exxon in an oil company. Nah. There's no connection there.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Good, Spoofs, Video



Grandma, Granddaughter Talk About Big Dicks

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If you take the least likely people expected to utter a slew of dirty language, old ladies and young girls, and fill their mouths with a full-on stream of dick talk as if it were an everyday conversation, well, the outcome is funny. Call it the bathroom humor factor or stick it in the fart joke category but it's still funny. It never tires. Oh, and if it matters, it's all to promote the Reservoir Dogs game. There's second one with f-word-filled gun play.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-06    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Good, Online



Agency.com Gets Fist-Bump Love In Subway Pitch Video Spoof

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Coudal Partners has delivered its own Agency.com fist-bump this week with a spoof of the interactive shop's Subway Pitch video. If Agency.com wanted attention, it's certainly getting it. Though we suspect they'd rather be getting attention from Subway than from other agencies tearing their efforts to shreds and creating spoofs.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Spoofs



Chickens Aren't Horny, Teenagers Are

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This outdoor board for Gold'n Plump Chicken carryies one of the most straight forward, un-hipsterized messages we've seen in a long time.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



New Video Share Site Launches With Revenue Model

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While the business model comes off sounding a bit like it's leaching off the success of other video sharing sites, new video sharing site, Filxya, splits ad revenue 50/50 with anyone who uploads videos and has a Google AdSense account. The videos are not hosted on Flixya, saving them a ton of money, but appear on the site using the embed code from other video sharing sites like Google Video, YouTube, Daily Motion and other sharing sites. Flixya then surrounds the videos with Google AdSense Ads. Basically, the site is a giant aggregator of content and advertising which uses other site's content and resources to make money for itself and it's users. But, hey, that's not a bad thing. That's just making use of existing content distribution methods.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Hadrian's Wall Helps Save Agency.com With Pitch Game

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Hmm. It seems Agency.com might have been better off using this Super Pitch game created by Hadrian's Wall for their client Magnecote. The game takes all the work out of creating a super-hip YouTube video and boils the whole thing down to a few clicks. The object of the game is to win the advertising account of one of three fictional clients; rafts magazine CozyNook, cardboard box manufacturer Blumsfeld Floomer or "nihilist, anti-fashion" brand Überboff. Witty commentary and industry insiderism accompany the game.

Players choose a team from eight agency types, including planner "The Brit," creative director "40 Going On 16," and president "Linda From New York." The team builds their presentation using tools organized into six categories. Then the player conducts the pitch. Nodding or frowning clients offer a progress report. A final score either wins the new business, or doesn't. We say give this one a whirl and see if you all can come up with a better pitch than Agency.com did.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Good, Online



Electrolux Vacuum Saves Man's Life

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This is either really, really bad or really, really good although we're inclined to go with the former rather than the latter. A commercial sent to us by FishNChimps and created by Lowe Shanghai shows the power of Electrolux vacuums by using one to save a guy from a suicide attempt. The effect are a bit cheesy but, hey, this isn't the kind of commercial you see everyday which, that alone, gives it a leg up.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange










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