Curiously Strong Mint Gets Curiously Weird Website

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Altoids has revamped their website converting the whole thing into some sort of Vaudeville (?) show. There's even a contortionist game that lets you drag a guy around the screen until he's all tangled up. While we know the kids like all this entertainment, we just like to go to the store and buy Altoids.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Online



Napster Offers Free, Ad-Supported Music

One would suppose the chance to listen to any music of one's choice for free might be a good thing. It certainly was (and still is) in the world of file sharing but the granddaddy of it all, Napster, is now offering free, ad-supported music. Yup. On the music service's site, 15 second video ads will be shown before listeners hear their selected tune. Up to five plays of 2 million songs can be heard for free. Then, the song can either be purchased for 99 cents of the visitor can subscribe to Napster's subscription service.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Online



Philips Bodygroom Adds An Inch to Manhood

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Philips/Norelco is marketing its new Bodygroom razor by focusing on what all men want: a bigger dick. Yes, following what the porn industry has known for years, the company is promoting the razor's ability to add an "optical inch" to one's manhood by making the trimming of that area simple, painless and rewarding size-wise. Forget five bladed razors. Gillette's beat that one to death. Now, it's all about removing body hair from hard to reach places and catering to men's obsession with size. Hey, woman want cleavage enhancing bras. Men ought to have a similar weapon at their disposal as well.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange



Search Engine Marketing Gets Song Parody

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Madeleine Begun Kane has created song parody lyrics for a tune called Webmaster's SEO Lament which should be sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. If you work in search engine marketing, you'll find this amusing.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Online



AccuQuote Wants to Know How to make Better Ads

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In reaction to a recent Burst media study that concluded the web to be the primary resource for information among the affluent, life insurance company AccuQuote, on their new weblog, wants to know what makes a good online life insurance ad. Not that AccuQuote uses them, but we'd recommend any life insurance advertiser to ditch pop ups and spasmodically flashing ad banners as a start. We'd also recommend creating banners that have price quote capability built in. So help a brand that honestly wants to know how to better its advertising. Visit AccuQuote and tell them what they need to do.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Weblogs



'Animal' Relaunches, Snark Immediately Follows

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Animal Magazine, the yardstick by which all New York culture is measured, has re-launched its website blog-style. Already, Animal's got high-jacked Facebook pictures of Moby hanging with a bunch of college hotties, a nod to Chelsea's apparent fixation with the male appendage and one of New York's finest mouthing off as only the finest can.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Online, Trends and Culture, Weblogs



Senator Kennedy Whakamoles Cape Wind Project

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No doubt there are a multitude of political angles to Cape Wind's desire to place a bunch of giant windmills off the coast of Cape Cod the generate energy but this video from Greenpeace showing Senator Ted Kennedy paying whakamole with the windmills because they might alter the pristine view he has from his Hyannis mansion is, well, just funny. Apparently, Kennedy has buried an amendment into a Coast Guard bill that, if approved, would kill the Cape Wind project.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Viral



iTunes to Carry Graphic Ads

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Ad Age is reporting iTunes will ad small graphic ads to iTunes in the lower left hand corner of the screen. The ads will appear when a person listens to a podcast using iTunes. It's unclear yet whether the ads will appear when people are viewing paid content such as ABC's $1.99 downloads. What is clear is the lower left hand area of iTunes will soon become ignored territory.

Oh, and by the way, Ad Age, that auto page reload thing is cheating and a sad attempt at increasing pageviews.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Desktop, Online



Behavioral Targeting Whoops Contextual's Ass

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A recent behavioral targeting vs. contextual targeting study on an Internet advertising campaign for Panasonic found behavioral targeting identified and reached 50.3 percent more imminent buyers of Panasonic plasma TV's than contextual targeting. The study, by Next Century Media using Insight Express across 1,146 respondents, also found the cost to reach each potential buyer was 50 percent less than contextual targeting.

When considering a plasma TV purchase, people on the receiving end of the behavioral targeted ads showed a 67.6 percent higher preference for the Panasonic brand than those reached by contextual targeting. The study also showed a 168.9 percent advantage for behavioral targeting over run of network in terms of increasing the likelihood of buying the Panasonic brand.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Online, Research



John Malkovich Excorcizes Naomi Campbell For Pirelli

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As we mentioned back in January, Pirelli would be releasing a BMW Films-style long form commercial. Well, it's out. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring John Malkovich and Naomi Campbell, it's got everything you'd expect from a Hollywood-created long form commercial: pretentiousness, overly dark and moody lighting, slowly mounting tension, credits that roll almost as long as the film itself and even humor. In the film, Malkovich must excorcize demon Naomi Campbell out of a suffering car that has tires that won't stop squealing and just aren't up to the job of controlling the car's devilish powers.

If you can keep yourself from laughing while Malkovich throws water at the devil-car while screaming "the power of Christ compels you" Exorcist-style only to have the car nonchalantly cast the holy water off with its windshield wipers, you'll appreciate the final scene in which Malkovich solves the cars problems by...well...just watch it. The entire film, whether it sells any tires or not, supports and aligns perfectly with the Pirelli tagline, "Power is nothing without control." You can view the film here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Opinion








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