classesUSA Uses Bawd, Bullshit to Hype Higher Ed

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Perhaps inspired by the tacky and totally arbitrary banners that once characterized the ads for Lower My Bills, classesUSA is circulating a series of ads to drive high school grads to get vocational degrees online.

And what better way to do it than with tattoos and a line of dancing girls in catsuits?

Granted, the spots -- which make exactly zero sense -- caught our attention. But would you trust your higher education with these people? It all reeks of the plaid suits and seedy tipped hats of the prototypical car salesman.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-19-07    
Topic: Bad, Online



Lucky Brand Jeans Offers 50 Percent Off Horror of Black Friday

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So Lucky Brand Jeans, the company that traversed the States this past summer with its Denim Highway flower power bus, brings us Friday the 23rd, a Friday the 13th-style promotion complete with movie trailer that hypes its buy-one-get-one-free sale which, despite the title runs from November 18 to December 1. Of course, offering a sale on the biggest shopping day of the year is the entire point. Nothing's usually on sale that day because everyone is primed to spend ridiculous sums of money on pointless purchases anyway.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-19-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions



Google Slams PayPerPost, Vendors Reviewed, Victoria's Sneak Secret

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- Ha, ha, ha! Serves the company right. Google is penalizing paid editorial ad company PayPerPost by removing the PageRanks of blogger who use the system. Won't be long before bloggers bail on the system leaving PayPerPost with nothing but a lot of unsold inventory and a pool of red ink. Give it up guys. The ad model was dead from the moment it was conceived.

- If you're wondering if that vendor you are considering working with is any good, you might want to check out Agency Vendors, a site on which people in the ad industry who have worked with various vendors can post reviews for the rest of the industry to check out.

- If you ever wondered what happened to the Fatty Turkey from Fatty Turkey Brand Whole Frozen Turkeys, you can get the story here. Hey, it's advertising trivia. Great conversation starter fodder for that next cocktail party you go to.

- Here's a sneak peek at the 12th Annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which occurred last night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood but won'r air on TV until December 4.

by Steve Hall    Nov-19-07    
Topic: Online, Television, Tools



Here's Something That Involves Mobile Phones, Horny Pigs and Germans

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This microsite is for Debitel AG and it was built by Robert & Horst. We've deduced it has something to do with getting a new mobile number every 30 seconds. Maybe.

The million-dollar question is, why does the lei'd pig get laid until she's red-faced after a disembodied voice says "Hello"? That really puzzles the shit out of us.

Update: Adrants reader Angela from Germany has kindly elaborated. The text reads, "Every thirty seconds a cheap number." But the expression used for "cheap number" also means "quickie," which is why the pigs get down and dirty after 30 seconds go by.

Thanks, Angela.

O_O

by Angela Natividad    Nov-18-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Strange



LG's 'Life's Good' Selects 20 Would-Be Ad-Making Finalists

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The LG Life's Good UGC contest is coming to a close and out of almost 920 entries in toto, prime meat has been whittled to 20.

Each won a Chocolate phone, or a portable DVD player if they happen to be living in Canada. A winner among them hasn't yet been chosen by viewers.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-18-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video



Google Refuses to Accept Cheney Impeachment Ad

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Flying in the face of its own ad acceptance history, Google has refused to accept an ad from the Northeast Impeachment Coalition and YaliesForImpeachement.org which calls for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney. Writing on Daily Kos, Ralph Lopez reports Google explained its denial of the ad in an email which read, in part,"At this time, Google policy does not permit ad text that advocates against an individual, group, or organization. In addition, this policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that advocate against a group protected by law."

Directly conflicting with that statement are ads currently running on Google that do, in fact, relate to the impeachment of Cheney along with ads that call for the impeachment of President Bush, anti-Bush t-shirts and other ads that run counter to the statement regarding Google's policy against accepting ads which "advocate against a group protected by law."

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-07    
Topic: Cause, Online, Opinion, Policy



Student Track Stars Win Wendy's Promo for Heisman Moment

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Remember that Wendy's/Takkle promo called My Wendy's High School Heisman Moment?

We just heard word that the contest is over. Winners include Lauren Phipps of St. Louis, MO and Briggs Orsbon of Convoy, OH. In exchange for their willingness to bare their moment of glory, they'll be going to NYC for Heisman Weekend this December.

If we'd known that playing sports in high school could lead to this kind of exhibitionist glory, we'd have been playing strip tennis for YouTube instead of spending our afternoons making drinks at Starbucks. Oh, well. R is for Regret.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Video



Instead of Buying Gap Gear, Improve Your Vocab for Charity

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An ad-supported page called Free Rice, sent to us by Jamie from Virginia Tech, improves your vocabulary and donates 10 grains of rice to the hungry at the same time. Free Rice is the sister site of Poverty.

So far Adrants has managed to get 30 grains of rice donated. We would've had more by now, but who would have guessed "hardtack" meant "biscuit" and not "thug"? Come on.

And we're not even going to try guessing for "collywobbles."

by Angela Natividad    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Cause, Games, Online



Led by MTV, Virtual Beauties Get the Lewd Eye

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MTV, Ford Models and Elizabeth Arden are conducting a cattle call for the best-looking avatar. You can enter from the virtual world for The Hills, a TV show.

It was probably stupid to think even the virtual world would be exempt from aesthetic groping by the "culture makers." But hey, at least it's a lot easier -- and maybe less morally constricting? -- to get work done to meet the standard. Whatever it is.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Strange



Courtesy of Dell, Celebrities Beg Your Friends For Christmas Presents

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What do you do if you're a celebrity with a pretty good past but not quite tops on the the A list...or even close to it? Well, if you're Burt Reynolds, Ice T, Vivica Fox, Estelle Harris or Brooke Burke, you hook up with Dell for its holiday ad campaign. On a website called Yours is Here, people can choose which celebrity video they'd like to send to their friends. The videos urge the friend to contribute to a fund which the person can then use to buy their Dell product of choice. Hmm. Nothing like using celebrities to do your holiday begging. Back in the day, you just bugged your mom or your dad. Or Santa until you started to get weirded out sitting on some old dude's lap.

Now there's websites. Paypal. Out of work celebrities. The Jumbotron. Social marketing. Isn't life so much grander now that in those dark days when there were just three TV channels and everyone walked to school...which was five miles away....in the snow...up hill...with no iPod to pass the time?

by Steve Hall    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Online










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