'Smashing' Compiles Collection of Snazzy 404 Pages

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Speaking of 404 pages, check out Smashing Magazine's compilation of error message remixes.

You're probably thinking, "Sitting around revising a 404 page is inexplicably geeky and lame." Fair enough. But honestly, we wouldn't mind getting lost if we could find an easter egg once in awhile. The people that bother redesigning error messages are probably the same species that lifted us out of the MS-DOS, type-in-command days.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Good, Online



Contextual Fuckery Delivers Life Insurance Courtesy of Dead Soldiers

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Yesterday, seven soldiers died in Iraq. Not that this is the sort of news Adrants reports but it's nice to step outside our mostly meaningless business from time to time and digest something that actually has meaning and truly affects people in ways that make advertising comparably irrelevant. Oh, and if seven soldiers dying in Iraq weren't bad enough, courtesy of contextual advertising's unfailing fuckery, this CNN news story was accompanied by an ad for life insurance with the headline, "If you died today, who would fund your family's future?" Well, for the families of the seven who died, it's a bit late to buy life insurance but hey, there's plenty of time for the rest of the military to bulk up on insurance. So I guess it's a perfectly placed ad after all.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Online, Worst



Deutsch Jacks Off, Squirts Out Adsturbation

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Combining the theme of masturbation with the ever-unavoidable flashturbation, Deutsch has erected (I know, so fuckin' lame) Adsturbation, a site on which you can pump yourself up (again...so lame...sorry) while listening to your client, creative director, account guy and supposed-to-be-hot-but-not intern heap praise on you in the form of wacky platitudes. Combine that with the introductory copy "You work in advertising. It's Advertising Week. What better time to pleasure yourself with superlative praise. Why? Because it feels good...There are a few people who'd like to stroke your ego in private," and you've got what amounts to either a witty take on our ego-driven, attention-whoring, self-esteem-challenged industry or a tired, lame, over done joke a fifth grader thinks is funny and can't stop telling over and over and over until you want to scream "shit the fuck up" but you don't because, you know, you're supposed to be the role model. So which is it? You decide.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Online



Avnet Crashes Second Life in Time to Help Clean Up

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There's nothing like popping in late to a party that's dying down. Avnet has finally made it to Second Life, and it's erected a huge virtual museum to celebrate almost 100 years of its company and technological history in general.

See real museum here.

Good thing they had a back-up plan. Is a museum still a museum if no one is around to visit it?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Online



Wait a Sec - Wendy's is into Sports Now?!

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Wendy's and Takkle have launched a contest called My Wendy's High School Heisman Moment. High school kids (not 40-somethings seeking to relive that one awesome touchdown) upload their Heisman moments onto the Takkle website.

The first 250 to submit get a $10 gift card for Wendy's. Two grand prize winners get a trip to NYC for Heisman weekend in December, and a whoppin' $250 Wendy's gift card.

That's a whole lot of square-shaped patties. Hey, what happened to the dude with the zany wig?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions



In Case You Need Another Widget - or Word Ending in 'Tail' in Your Life...

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Here's a business proposition that pairs all the verbal BS floating around with all the web 2.0 BS floating around. We give you HitTail Live, a new widget that embeds itself in the ads running on your site, then shows search hits in real-time that are driving traffic to you.

HitTail itself analyzes search terms people use to get to your site, then populates suggestions for things you can write about. Look at it as the long way around to finally getting Google Analytics, which kind of does the same thing, except you have to infer the suggestions part yourself.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Online



Hey, Kid. Want Some Manpower Candy?

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We got the coolest spam today. Check it out here.

For those too lazy or too distrusting to click, it says:

"Hey, can you make love more that 10 minutes? Yes, you can with our 'manpower candies.' All love enhancers (and many other meds) at one online store!"

We're not really sure what manpower candies are. They sound like a cross between our favourite peppermint treat and Power Thirst. We looked them up on our handy-dandy internets and only found more questions than answers.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange



method: Pretty Cleaning Products for Hipsters Against Dirty

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We really dig method, a company that took it upon itself to develop cleaning products that are non-toxic, easy on the eyes and gentle on the senses.

But probably the biggest reason why we like them is they can push that manifesto in a trendy, almost sexy way.

We recently got an email blast from method under the subject line, "(still) cleans like a mother." Ha-ha, right? We are over this hipster crap. Then we opened it up and saw this.

And we're like, that picture is cute. That copy is clever. Wait, our kids lick tile? (Indeed, they do.) But wow, a method cleaning product does look really good with any decor.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions



Microsoft Cuckolds the Search Beast with Games of Chicken

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Because Microsoft can't drive users to its search engine by merit (recall the Ms. Dewey effort), it's been dangling bait over internet users with various mind games and search-oriented word puzzles.

One such game is Chicktionary, where you try to build as many words as you can with a given set of scrambled letters. Once you engage an ad banner, you're driven to Live Search Club, where your engagement with the game is counted as ongoing use of Live Search.

This is how: each time you use the scrambled letters to make a word, successful words are counted as queries in the search engine, which then brings you its definition.

This and similar games have brought inordinately good tidings to the Microsoft search camp.

Clever.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-11-07    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



Evian Brand-Builds by Linking Between Purity and Bare Skin

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We're not really sure what purity has to do with wearing your underpants in the Alps, but apparently there's a connection.

Evian is proof that all good marketers own a thesaurus. Note connections between purity and innocence (free-wheeling nakedness); note connections between balance and the the meditation posture. If it helps sell water...

We love ourselves some naked. And if bare flesh says something about luxury drinking water, then by all means, bare all.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-11-07    
Topic: Brands, Online








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