On a boring drive, we once snapped some shots of billboards in the middle of nowhere and called the series Advertising in the Middle of Nowhere. You can see some of what we caught here, here and here.
Today, we have a new submission from somewhere in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire. If you can spot some outdoor oddity in the middle of nowhere, feel free to send it in and we'll feature it here.
TruckAds, a company that, well, puts ads on the side of trucks recently received a letter from th City of Austin making the company aware of its prohibition of mobile billboards and the fact that, after June 16, it'll be a crime to place one on a vehicle and drive it around.
The prohibition has been in place since June 16, 2008 but June 16 of this year is the final date a mobile billboard can exist in the city. Needless to say, TruckAds isn't happy and is labeling the city's move a limitation of free speech.
We can see both points of view. Advertising, in most cases, should be afforded the same principles of free speech as described in the Constitution. Yes, we've mostly banned cigarette advertising and heavily regulated other forms. But outright bans are limited.
Yet, who really wants a landscape littered with advertising? Already New York and Las Vegas, among others, have become one giant advertisement. Do we want that everywhere?
And besides, Austin's weird. And they like to keep it weird. So this ban...well, it just seems normal for the city.
If you think President Obama is "an illegal alien from Kenya who is hellbent on replacing every church in America with a mosque, ending capitalism, destroying freedom, and generally, pushing for the collapse of the country'" then you'll love Billboards Against Obama, an organization that allows you to create a custom message that can be submitted to appear on a billboard.
- There's method in the Magner's.
- New York Senator Eric Adams says "Stop the Sag" in hopes youth will collectively pull up their pants.
- Adland says, "Really now, a user generated campaign for a political party? Yeah, that'll end well. Actually, it just might - it's being overseen by Saatchi & Saatchi after all."
- Pepsi has partnered with Eva Longoria Parker to direct and produce a documentary based on the most inspiring stories posted on YO SUMO, a site which will highlight the contributions Latinos have made to the United States.
- Blogging for shrimp lovers. Yes, it's as strange as it sounds. Even stranger knowing Taco Bell is behind it.
Hey we love lingerie as much as the next ad blog but we never really thought of it as jewelry. Of course that's irrelevant because any way you think of lingerie is always a good way. So even if a brand wanted to tout it's lingerie as, oh, say, Live Bait, we'd be down with that as well.
If you've been to Chicago, you've seen the Chicago River which winds through the city. There's bridges, tour boats and lots of scenic views. And the water gets turned green each year for St. Patrick's day. This year, Leo Burnett added a twist by placing a giant plastic McDonald's Shamrock Shake cup alongside the river. The installation made it appear as if the contents of the cup had spilled into the river.
Believing the Cheltenham Race has more drama than the whole of Hollywood combined, online betting site Paddy Power erected a Hollywood-sized sign of their own for the event. See it all unfold here.
Anyone who's ever been to the hospital, a doctor's office or any other location where nurses are present are fully aware of the fact most nurses do not fit the sexy stereotype often attributed to them. In fact, most nurses are just as pedestrian as the rest of us. Which is why a recent bus back campaign has English nurses in a snit.
A bus company is pimping its Royal Hospital route using the headline, "Ooooh matron!" accompanied by an image of a woman wearing a nurses outfit easily classified as less utilitarian. Nurses aren't taking kindly to the campaign but the Diamond Bus company is refusing to removed the posters from its vehicles calling the campaign "bright and positive."
If you're a woman living in Colorado and have breasts bigger than a B cup, it appears your state is pulling the welcome mat out from under your feet. And if you are of a certain pulchritude which prevents you from even seeing your feet, you better look for a new place to live.
Once again, there are complaints over a sign featuring cleavage. This time it's for a coffee shop called Perky Cups (witty, huh?) which employs female servers who wear bikinis while working.
AdFreak has the story.
Not sure Reno wants to be Vegas but they're making an effort to get those who live in San Francisco to check the place out with a new campaign. On Monday, March 1st, the city and its surrounding areas will meet the new Reno Tahoe USA when three billboards go up f
Reno's new mascot, the Mortar-inspired Big Horn Sheep, will be introduced.Supposedly, he will deliver deliver "whimsical sarcasm, random commentary, and delightful deals" from the North via Facebook and Twitter.
Ooo...we just can't wait. Check out all the creative here.