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Israel Fights 'Stigma Virus,' Ad Spend to Hit $518 Billion in 2013

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- Israel wants to combat The Stigma Virus, a sort of reaction to the AIDS virus.

- How do you brew? Partnering with Boston-based strategic planning agency Blitz Media and its client, Breville USA, Struck created a :30 spot that features a colorful cast of characters that capture a particular style of coffee - bold, mild, intense, smooth, strong and light.

- ZenithOptimedia's latest forecast predicts global ad expenditure will grow 4.1% in 2013, reaching $518 billion by the end of the year.

- Talking cookies tout HGTV shows. Love It or List It. Property Brothers.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Agencies, Research, Video



How to Create Content For Each Stage of the Buying Cycle

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While content marketing may be the buzzword dujour, there's some credence to the notion. After all, people need the right information at the right time when they are researching and deciding what to buy.

In this Yesler whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, you will find out how to map your content to the needs and roles of your prospects as they move through the purchasing cycle. In the whitepaper, you will learn:

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Research



Creative Teams Offers Thirty Day Free Trial

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Overly Sexy Wrong Creative

While we've seen all sorts of "get hired" ploys from out of work creatives over the years, this one from two recent Miami Ad School grads, Jason Burke and in Soo Kim made us laugh. It follows the tried and true infomercial approach to things and humorously promises "ultra high speed ideation, multi-brief capability, innovative thinking, compelling copy, awesome art work and incredible work ethic."

Check them out here.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Video



Jimmy Fallon to Crowdsource Ford Super Bowl Ad on Twitter

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Ford has signed a deal with Jimmy Fallon to help the brand create a :60 for Lincoln that will air during the Super Bowl. Fallon, with his 7 million Twitter followers as opposed to Ford's 172,000 and Lincoln's non-existent 750, will head up a crowdsourcing strategy that urges fans to help Fallon create the ad.

Fallon will direct followers to Steer the Script, a site that explains the promotion. Beginning December 5 with a tweet from Fallon who will pen the beginnings of a script for the :60, followers can reply with their suggestions.

Somehow miraculously a workable script will emerge from what will certainly be a cacophony of idiotic tweets from people who have no idea how to artfully craft a TV script, let alone a coherent 140 character tweet.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Social, Super Bowl 2013



Surfing Santas Celebrate Aussie Christmas

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The celebration of Christmas is usually filled with images of snow falling, sleigh rides, reindeers and all manner of winter wonderland. And while some Australians pine for that, grocery chain ALDI, with help from BMF. wants Australians to realize what they have right in their own backyard; sun fun and, yes, Surfing Santas.

Of the work, BMF ECD Carlos Alija said, "A lot of Australians think the European Christmas is special, more magical. But trust us. The grass is not greener. It's actually buried under an inch of ice. Australians have the best Christmas in the world and we wanted to celebrate that by creating a new icon: the Surfing Santa".

And, hence, we have surfing santas. Have a look.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Commercials



The Most Amazing Mattress Ads You Will Ever See

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That was an easy headline to write. Why? Ask yourself. When was the last time you saw an ad for a mattress that you actually remember. Go on. Think for a minute. Right. Nada, Zip. Nothing.

Now watch these two ads from LA-based Arcana Academy for Sealy. See? The most amazing mattress you have ever seen, right?

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



OneSpot Marries Benefits of Content Marketing With Reach of Advertising

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A couple weeks ago , I was briefed on a new company called OneSpot. Headed by venture capitalist and former head of interactive at the Houston Chronicle, Matt Cohen, the new company transforms existing content into ads that look more like content than ads.

After the briefing, I said the offering was "the perfect marriage of content marketing with the power and infrastructure of advertising." Yes, I really said that and yes, that quote is front and center on the OneSpot website which launches today.

Recently, so much has been written about content marketing which, as part of inbound marketing, is all about making sure the right information is in the right place when people come looking for it. But, people don't always know what to look for and they don't always know which available products and services could benefit them. Hence, the need for outbound marketing.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Brands, Social, Tools



CLIO Awards Announce 2013 Jury Chairmen, New Media Types

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The CLIO Awards has selected nine ad industry professionals to serve as jury chairs for the 2013 awards program. It also announced a number of new and updated media types to mirror the latest changes in an ever-evolving industry.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Industry Events



Denver Pizza Chain Slaps Down Silly Trends

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With trendy fast food options exploding, what's a pizza shop that just, well, makes pizza supposed to do? Poke fun at everyone else, of course. And that's just what Denver-based Anthony's Pizza & Pasta did.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Quiznos Gets Weird For National Cookie Day

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As only Quiznos can, the brand is out with two hilarious promotional videos touting its December 4th National Cookie Day promotion which promises a free oven-toasted cookie with any purchase. With help from Kansas City-based Barkley, the brand has released two videos; one which features a delightfully cheesy boy-band rendition of the promotion's tune and another with an over the top heavy metal rendition.

Along with the video, the campaign also includes online ads with a Quiznos Finer, social media elements and paid placements on BuzzFeed.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns



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