And the giant gets even bigger. Google has acquired DoubleClick. With this acquisition, Google obtains something it didn't have before: entry into the world of display advertising, the ad serving that goes along with that and the close relationships Double Click has with advertisers, publishers and agencies. That one phone call ad buy gets ever closer. Along with the deal, Google gets affiliate marketing company Performics, which DoubleClick recently acquired, further boosting Google's own recent launch of a CPA service.
We clicked. We waited. We clicked. We waited. We saw the guy scream. We clicked. We waited. We saw the tree. We clicked. We waited. We waited. We waited. We...oh just go experience it for yourself. Really. Trust us. You'll love it. Compliments of Weiden + Kennedy for Electronic Arts' Burnout Dominator. Obviously Firefox 2.0 doesn't like this site. Oh wait. It's supposed to do nothing. Right?
Dressing properly pays off. USAToday.com's recent face lift has increased registrations by 380 percent.
- CBS has created an online distribution network for its programming. Outlets include AOL, Joost, Bebo, MSN Video, TV.com, Comcast, Brightcove, SlingMedia, Netvibes, Veoh. Programming will include with a 90/10 revenue split to CBS.
- BudTV ain't cookin'. Traffic has dropped 40 percent since its launch in February.
- Elana Centor sat down with Fallon copywriter Paula Maki Biondich to discuss her work on the latest Holiday Inn commercial in which bloggers and WiFi are celebrated. That squeak at the end? No idea.
- Verizon has jumped on the Adwalker train and is using the "human TVs" to promote its FiOS service.
With the help of Sugartown Creative, Penthouse Magazine releases My Pleasure Pet, an online gaming experience that brings Subservient Chicken back to its pulpy webcam roots. Sugartown co-president and creative director Fritz Westenberger also makes his directorial debut shooting the game's footage of Heather Vandeven, the Penthouse Pet of the Year.
Unfortunately there are no widgets for this one, although we thought that would be the next natural step. The object of the game is to keep the luscious Heather appeased by asking her to perform certain tasks; her unhappiness could create undesirable consequences (like her complete disinterest in your existence).
You know what would be awesome? A subservient creative department douchebag.
If you worry that Axe's Boost Shower Gel isn't sufficient enough aid to help you hook up, Axe's Boost Your ESP (Extra Sexual Perception) provides an opportunity to order campy-ass love guru Swami Mack's ESP book. Act now while supplies last.
Once upon a time Axe was fairly witty. With Boost Your ESP they've trespassed into Bruce Campbell territory, and nobody is allowed to do that. Walking the line of camp and sex is delicate work, like knitting lattices.
Blastro drinks the Flavor of Love Charm School Kool-Aid, joining forces with VH1 to promote the show that ladyfies hoodrats one coarse hair at a time. Charm school commandments, a quiz and Flavorette dress-up widgets are included. Thankfully, they don't talk.
- This never happens. Incumbent MediaCom has retained the $128 million Staples media account after a multi-shop review.
- CondiNet's teen site Flip has launched a $25,000 sweepstakes to all teens who join the site between now and May 31. The money is offered to be used towards college tuition.
- Creative showcase site Newcreatives has given it's site a new look and changed the way it features submitted creative.
If Youtube is the ultimate archive of self-exploitative human behaviour and ads are major persuaders in societal instruction, then it's only natural that at the crossroads we find Life Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.
This is TLC's feeble dip into the somehow unexhausted world of CGM. And guess what you win if your life lesson is the best? A chance for your ad to air on TLC, and ... wait for it ... $10,000. Yeah, that's the going rate for anybody whose exhibitionist camp gets an accolade from a big brand. (Observe examples 1, 2, 3.)
At this point we have little hope that video-whoring will go away anytime soon. That reality TV fad? Still going strong. Who'd have guessed there'd be a market for seeing anybody, not just celebrities, get gritty on camera?
Okay, aside from MTV.
Fresh Creation tips us to yet another bit of salacious ad fun. If you've got time to waste and want to stare it thong-clad Sloggi models while making your own billboard with the Sloggi Billboard Director, have at it. Famous for their banned billboards and propensity to show as much ass as often as possible, the lingerie maker is now letting everyone in on the fun having. After all, why should art directors and photographers be the only ons to stare at ass all day long?
Because apparently even grown women who aren't named Mariah Carey have fantasies about being princesses, Caress gives the longing a chance to star in their own fairy tales.
The website, meant perhaps for yoga mamas still squeezing their own toes into kids' ballerina flats, includes capabilities for creating Prince Charming as well as Harlequin Romance-style videos about ingenues who turn combative burlies into relationship trophies. Don't forget to catch the one about the career chick who learns there's more to life than business. (Whether that lesson leads back to true love or soap remains a mystery.)
In a previous life we may have lounged around concocting princesses while swathing ourselves in fragrant sodium laureth sulfate, but frankly we don't have to. We already know we're the best princess of all. Vera Wang said so when they tried this same approach.