Adidas Pulls $10M iAd Campaign After Three Rejections


According to the Business Insider, seemingly sick of Steve Jobs' control issues, Adidas has canceled a $10 million iAd campaign after its submitted campaign was rejected three times. It's not a first, however. In August, Chanel walked away after too much meddling by Apple with its creative.

Adidas isn't commenting and neither is Apple other than to say it believes Adidas will still advertise on the platform.

But Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is commenting and she thinks Apple's going to be in trouble with it's strict stance on iAd acceptance. In an interview with Reuters, she said, "That's going to fall apart for them. Advertisers are not going to have that type of control over them. Apple wants total control over those ads."

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless

Poo Promoted, Milkaholic Settled, Kindle Pool Spoofed


- Is the New York Jets situation with Ines Sainz just another publicity stunt?

- Need to hype a stupid app that analyzes your poop? Take a shot of a chick with her tights down taking a dump in a stall. Yea. That'll do it.

- The Lindsay Lohan Milkaholic law suit thing has ended in settlement.

- Brooklyn creative agency Big Spaceship is out with new work for Microsoft. Called Always Beautiful, the "interactive music experience that uses the history of the web as a personal paintbrush" touts IE9.

- Counter-culture princess Charlyne Yi has shed her hair and dismissed food to raise awareness for OxFam America.

- For the Born HIV Free campaign and the Global Fund, YouTube is launching a campaign from Johannes Leonardo that will position 20 teams of campaign envoys at Manhattan intersections, holding signs with HIV facts that urge people to "free future generations from HIV by 2015."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-10    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity, Mobile/Wireless, Policy, Spoofs

Hottest NFL Cheerleaders Kick Justin Bieber Off ChaCha Chart


It's Friday. It's almost the weekend. And we're getting a late start today. So we think this little news item from one of our favorite PR professionals is perfect to share. It's light. It's fun. And it's involves hot cheerleaders. Without further ado, here's what we were sent:

'In case you think ChaCha is only about text messages: On, the Justin Bieber Topic page usually gets 1,200 page views a day and has remained in the #1 spot for a very long time. Nikki Minaj has recently taken the leading spot, applying pressure to the Bieb's in a very close battle for #1.

But, yesterday, Justin got spanked by 20 of the hottest NFL cheerleaders who collected 16,000+ page views.

I send this as a fun fact, not so you can ask me how to get in touch with that Redskins cheerleader (although if in your other reporting you find out, DO let me know.)"

Thanks, George. We'll do out best investigative journalism on that for you.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Mobile/Wireless, Racy, Social

Philips Humors, Boobs Augmented, Interactive Gets Intimate


- Philips has released a romantic comedy called Nigel & Victoria. The first three episodes are on YouTube.

- Ladies with iPhones, want bigger boobs? Check out the iAugment app from Dr. Kinsley. Upload your photo and then choose your implant size to see what you'll look like.

- The Lingerie Football League is coming to MTV2.

- Intimate Interactive is now following us on Twitter. Intimate Interactive? Seriously? Is that like an interactive agency for lingerie clients?

- Well here's an interesting way to sell cars.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Mobile/Wireless, Racy, Strange, Tools, Video

Google Now Selling Ads on Maps


After a six month test in Australia, Google has opened up a new ad platform on its Maps product. Brands can place a logo on their locations within the application. The logos will replace the standard grey logos which already appear in the product.

The program is rolling out initially with four advertisers according to Advertising Age. Bank of America, Target, Public Storage and HSBC have signed on for the beta period. Soon, all. businesses will be able to claim their space on Maps.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 2-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Online

Patrizia Pepe's Oddity, Old Spice's Voice Mail Generator


- And for some really screwed up fashion advertising, look no further than Patrizia Pepe's Fall/Winter campaign.

- Can't get enough Old Spice? Check out the Old Spice Voice Mail Generator.

- If you're a fan of the MINI and you just can't get enough of their commercials, well, now there's an app for that.

- PSFK is out with its Future of Health report. It will be used together with a brief presented to teams of creatives to develop a new UNICEF design.

- Here's the story behind that Paul Arden New Directors Showcase presentation in Cannes.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Research

Pepsi Loot Offers Free Music in Exchange for Restaurant Visit


When you sit back and think about it for a minute, marketing is simply bribery in different clothing. Brand X offers consumer Y something in exchange for consumer Y's action be it purchase, use or measurable affinity.

Now, we're not saying Pepsi is bribing people with its new iPhone app, Pepsi Loot (iTunes link), but it is offering people loot in the form of free songs in exchange for a visit to a restaurant that serves Pepsi. And the participating restaurants can make offers through Pepsi Loot, such as a free Pepsi with purchase of an entrée.

The app is Foursquare-powered and takes on the form of a map which shows Pop Spots or locations that sell Pepsi. In addition to nabbing free music, videos from the contributing bands (Neon Trees, Tamar Kaprelian, Semi Precious Weapons and others) can be viewed on the Pepsi Loot YouTube channel.

People like music. People like free music even more. People like Pepsi. People like to go to restaurants. What's not to love? Oh right. The fact this will only work for those who own an iPhone. Then again, who doesn't? And does anyone care? It certainly doesn't seem so when you take a look at where all the mobile marketing money is going.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 2-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Social

In Case You Didn't Know, Teens Prefer Texting to Communicate


It's not like we didn't already know this but once in a while it's nice to have a study in the back pocket to whip out when that crusty old client or agency head refuses to believe what you're telling them.

This study, from mobile company ChaCha, informs...wait for it...teens prefer text as their primary means of communication. In a recent survey of 1,500 teens and young adults, 67.53 percent of respondents mentioned mobile text as their favorite way to communicate. That preference far surpassed all other modes of communication such as mobile voice (9.22 percent) and Facebook (8.84 percent).

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by Steve Hall    May-11-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Research

New Ad Format Promotes Tweetie's Twitter iPhone App


As you may have heard, Twitter bought Tweetie, an iPhone app for Twitter. It's a great app. Our favorite. On a recent Tweetie upgrade, one of the improvements listed was "a surprise." Well, the surprise is an ad promoting the fact Tweetie will be Twitter For iPhone.

The promotion takes the form on an on-screen ad that appears when the page is pulled down to reload new tweets. The first time the ad appears, slot machine wheels appear and spin along with the message "play again." The second time the ad appears, a banner hangs for a few seconds with the message, "Coming Soon! Tweetie will be Twitter For iPhone. (Look for the next app update)"

Apart from the initial annoyance and what-the-fuckness of having a tweetstream attacked by an overlay ad, the ad format isn't a bad one. It's not overly annoying and, as a benefit to the advertiser, is front and center in terms of its ability to command attention.

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless

Red Tettmer Gives Us Valentine's Day Sexting


As we sit here, stranded and lonely, on a miserably cold and rainy day in a Doubletree hotel in Tampa, we'll take any form of excitement and warmth we can get. So when we saw this Valentine's Day sexting thing from Red Tettmer, we jumped at the chance for human interaction. Sadly, Red Tettmer doesn't care how stranded and lonely we are. Our texts to the nimble-fingered Red tettmer hottie went unanswered. What's a person stuck in a hotel room to do?

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless

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