The Ad Council just hopped aboard the online clue train and started its own e-newsletter, the Ad Council Creative.
It's pretty neat, actually. What it will do is showcase creative from ad agencies that donated time and effort to building campaigns for the Ad Council. The first three on the list include an eco campaign by DraftFCB, a child abuse campaign by Ogilvy & Mather, and a domestic violence series by McCann Erickson.
We'll probably be subscribing to keep ourselves updated on the wacky hijinks of cause advertising (there are many!).
- Pfizer has pulled its long-ish running commercial featuring Jarvik heart inventor Robert Jarvik because he was portrayed as a doctor when, in fact, he's not.
- HBO is at it again with quirky videos promoting their shows. These new BBDO-created videos show two stories twice with second ending the more daring one, representative of stories you might see on HBO.
Neither do we. But this one -- for CAO Cigars -- has subtitles and guys that could be samurais in down season. That is, if you go by the clothes and otherwise fail to observe that they bitch about smoking all day and sleep sitting up.
The spot has something to do with CAO guys fighting a smoking ban so they can attend Chicago's Big Smoke in April.
Whenever you're finished trying to laugh at that, see Hitler Gets Banned for some quality subtitled commercial appropriation.
Perhaps it's application fatigue. Perhaps it's incessant friend request. Perhaps it's social media overload but according to Hitwise, traffic to Facebook is down 27 percent for the week ending February 23 from a high during the holidays.
Hitwise acknowledges this could be a seasonal trend citing traffic increases during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks due to a significant portion of Facebook's users (40 percent 18-24) being out of school and having more time to use the site.
- Freakishly weird Jack in the Box has a new website, Make Jack a Sandwich, which AdFreak's David Kiefaber says, "revels in the kind of exaggerated 1970s sleaze I've only seen a thousand times before."
- Copyranter tells us that Gene Simmons tape was just a publicity stunt. Hmm. We never saw that coming.
- Make the Logo Bigger tells us this MasterCard should have run during the 80th Academy Awards as opposed to the dreck that did.
- It's One Show Week!! Yes. From May 5-9, The One Club will host its One Show, One Show Interactive and One Show Design events
Based on the premise that people are more likely to do good deeds after watching a banana cry, UK-based ActionAid gives us the WhoPays? Campaign. Register for the loyalty card, which could help good producers fight exploitation, after which you can "digitally dress yourself up as something tasty."
Which is all we wanted, really.
To drive us into the arms of BankWest (Australia), some kittens sang us a song. It was weird and they were scary (like furry robot gremlins), but they spelled our names and everything.
The campaign was put together by Host and Glue Society. Its purpose is to associate banking with happiness. (Guess that depends on why you're at the bank, though.)
Ever wonder what Bob Garfield's really like? Newsgroper sorted it out. Check out Garfield's true mausoleum of unfiltered thoughts and opinions.
Via Make the Logo Bigger, who found it at home base for that naughtiest of ad men, George Parker. (Because we're kind of like a knitting circle.)
UK-based National Pig Association surveys say consumers would pay more to keep high-quality British pig farming in business. Currently, farmers lose about 20 pounds ($39.09) per pig.
The elegant solution: "Stand By Your Ham," an objectively painful pop appropriation. Stay safe and Read the lyrics instead.
Sensory molestation aside, will the song save British farmers from losing their livelihoods? (It sure as hell won't save pigs.)
See ponderous print ad too.
It's a high-cholesterol take on Apple's design-makes-the-man ethos.
This was part of an in-office Christmas promo for the employees of Shackleton Direct. Packages included a CD, manual and "iKnife." The site somehow generated 400,000 visits across Latin internet audiences and 100,000 YouTube views, says Shackleton.
In exchange for serving as muse, the team sent an iHam package to Steve Jobs. Awww.