TremorMedia, ContentWatch Rain on Inappropriate Content's Parade

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Many people have derided the "blind network" practice in online advertising which, in a nutshell, gives an advertiser little or no control over where their ads appear. That's why you see Disney ads on porn sites and other similar non-sequitors.

Many people have lamented the occasional "odd" contextual ad placement which offers up placements such as ads for turpentine next to articles about teens who drank the stuff to terminate her pregnancy.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Tools



Self-Lovin' Scents, Twitter Marketing Help, Designer Laptops, Knowledge Hustlers

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- A whiff of Hugo Boss Femme may put you in a self-adulating, decidedly Diddy state of mind.

- Twitter marketing toolbox. *twirls finger*

- Contemplating facial hair? Upload your likeness here. For Schick -- which may actually lose customers that may have otherwise grown mustaches out before realizing they looked like Super Mario. (And not in an awesome, sliding-through-the-magic-pipe kinda way.)

- Bob Knorpp contemplates the legal saga of the Bratz. Complete with at least three hooker jokes.

- This HP Mini 1000 is brought to you by Vivienne Tam. We find them semi-sassy.

- Hey Facebook, "your dreams of avarice are fucked."

- Just another world record-breaking stunt.

- Cab driver advertises MBA credentials to customers. One good thing you can say about this economy: it makes everyone a marketer.



The Cobalt: A Cred-Bereft Ugly that Can't Be Painted Over

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Snake Plissken, who sent us this lead, called the hip-hop-inspired Chevy Cobalt Labs subsite "an identity crisis in website form."

After surveying the features -- Tricked or Trashed (think Hot-or-Not), Mod Street (where you can visually vandalize your own Cobalt) and Track Challenge (where you can race other site visitors) -- we're inclined to agree.

We also wonder why Honda never tried anything similar with the rice-rocket Civic crowd. Unlike the Cobalt, which is stretching the limits of our imagination with this Pimp My Ride crap, that was a car kids liked to play with.

by Angela Natividad    Dec- 8-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online



DC Snowboard Ads: Now Infused with Kitsch!

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They're versatile! They're powerful! They have beards and many adjectives!

Lean back while this Al Borland-looking dude and his tanned-but-silent sidekick sell you a snowboard for all seasons. Look familiar? They should! Your host is Billy Mays, high king of insomnia-enabling infomercials, and his snowboarding homie is Iikka Backstrom.

"Enjoy the ride more!" with DC's new line of snowboards and boots. More infomercial riffs here.

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Ben & Jerry Cows Seduce Rudolph with Chunky Monkey

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Ben & Jerry's Caring Dairy releases a sing-along Christmas Cowal. Like Love Actually's "Christmas is All Around," it's campy in a way that forces you to watch.

Diggin' the banjo action in the background.

By Cake/London. Download track here. Proceeds from the effort go to the RSPCA.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Make Way for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra

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YouTube's seeking entries for the world's first collaborative online orchestra. Entrants chosen will contribute to a piece by composer Tan Dun. Still braver souls will be invited to Carnegie for a more formal project.

Submissions are welcome 'til January 28. No word on if the iPhone ocarina counts as an instrument, but I'm sure somebody's gonna give it a go.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Online



Tango Urges Public to 'Make the Can Fist'

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British drink maker Tango is under threat but they aren't going down without a fight. They've launched a Save Tango campaign. From car jacking to underage labor to phone sex to...um...junkyard dancing Tango is screaming, "up yours manufacturers of smoothies and vitamin drinks, you will not squeeze Tango out of the market!"

Complete with a blog, videos, games, a Tangometer and even a petition to the Prime Minister, Tango isn't going to give up easily. Join the resistance. Make the Can Fist.

Created by BBH, the campaign has a good time poking fun at the "namby-pamby PC brigade," otherwise known as all those so-called "healthy" drinks that have become so prevalent.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



'Heavy-Handed Wife... I'm Dumping You!'

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"You've carried my manhood for too long."

Brentter drew our roving gaze to this amusing ad about the fictional Akira, who runs Tokyo's go-to break-up service: No Sad Big Smile.

Experience a uniquely eventful day in the life -- then, after laughing (or at least smirking) your ass off, hit up NoSadBigSmile.com to check out the Adidas Originals Safety Collection. (Not clear on the logic behind the label ... unless the shirt dude's wearing is bullet-proof.)

Fresh fare by TBWA\London and production company Taiyokikau. Diggin' the song? That's because it's gorgeosity. It's Perro Amor Explota by Bersuit Vergarabat.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Television



Would You Buy Brad Pitt's Chewed Gum?

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That question is rhetorical.

Brazilian actor Caua Raymond is auctioning off a hunk of chewed Trident that he kept in his mouth, just for the fans, for exactly 15 minutes.

Video below! Hope you speak Portuguese. Diggin' how Raymond has a dude with a tray and a glass receptacle, hanging around for moments like this one.

For reasons I sure don't understand, the vid is the most-viewed on YouTube Brazil today (280,743 views and counting). The "winner" of this spit-saturated dream-pebble gets to meet Raymond in a ceremony, where the money raised from the auction will be donated to charity.

So Trident, I guess that highlarious mastication movie just didn't work out for you...?

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Online, Promotions, Strange



Amsterdam Agencies Pay Audiovisual Tribute to MTV

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Oh, MTV.

Over the years it's taught us how babies are made, why the Holocaust was not very nice and where those sassy red tennis shoes really come from. Most importantly, it helped bring Britney back and has kept Russell Brand knee-deep in pharma specifically for our viewing pleasure.

Given what we owe MTV for this elegant yet candid upbringing, it's only natural that someone try paying a little back. And who better than Amsterdam, baby?!

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 4-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Trends and Culture, Video







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