Publicis Macedonia, Vision Firm Show Love For Same Stock Photo

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We've had fun over the years enjoying the pitfalls of stock photography and the seeming inability of those using it to, when warranted, sign for exclusive use. So it is with great pleasure we bring you yet another stock photography goof courtesy of Publicis Macedonia...or BlueStepStudio which had a hand in developing the Publicis site...or Ultralase, the laser eye treatment company that used the same photo.

Yesterday, we were tipped to the striking resemblance (um, identical match) of a model used in an Ultralase ad found on an AOL UK page and another used as the background image of the Publicis Macedonia homepage. Yup, there she is. Looming large, peering out from behind a frame created by her fingers akin to a film director framing a shot.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-18-07    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Online, Opinion, Strange



Arnold Continues Stripper Fixation With New York Pravda Party

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Perhaps taking a cue from Arnold's Boston office holiday party last year during which stripper antics were performed on a pole in Creative Director Pete Favat's office, Arnold New York management hired five strippers for its New York office party held at Pravda reports Agency Spy reports.

It seems the ladies stripped down to nothing but pasties and thongs leaving employees, Agency Spy reports, "shocked and horrified" with female employees "alienated" and male employees "guilty." While a full on strip show might not be the best entertainment of an office holiday party, pictures of the event make it all look like a harmless, burlesque-like show. In fact, the one lone female caught observing the so-called strip tease is smiling. Yes, smiling. Hardly indicative of "shock and horror." OK, so it's only one picture and to be fair, hardly indicative of the entire evening.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Racy



Squealing Elf Delivers Gift-O-Lator's Cheer

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Well here's a cute agency holiday card and it's perfect for those who just don't know what to buy for themselves or for their significant others.

Called Gift-O-Lator 1.03, the site, complete with happy elf lets you choose whether you want your gift to be masculine or feminine, work-related or play-related, thrifty or expensive and geekish or jock-like. It's amusing enough to use if only to cause your cube mate to pop their head over the divider wondering where the hell that mousy succession of "yeas" is coming from.

The card comes courtesy of Cleveland Ohio's Liggett Stashower.

by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Agencies



Animation, Exercise, Rodents, Charity Theme Holiday Messages

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Here it comes... Here it comes... Here it comes... No, not Dove's Onslaught. The ad industry onslaught of holiday cards. We know there will be many more but for now we have a few to share.

First up is Damashek Consulting which went green with its wildlife and environmentally focused approach that actually involves selling holiday-themed art created by artist Diane Grappasonno. All proceeds from the 200 signed prints will be donated to the World WildLife Fund. Nice. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Good, Online



Gnomes. Yeah, Become a Gnome, Too

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Nothing says jackpot like a slew of copycats. So if (like us) you wondered about the success of the Elf Yourself campaign by OfficeMax, look no further than this moody spoof by Dunder Mifflin.

DM also built a website called Gnome Yourself, which features characters from The Office.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Spoofs



Hangman: It's Never a Bad Time for a Cautionary Tale

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Here's the story of little Pipkin Puddyfoot, the boy who was allergic to electricity, brought to us by Hangman Studios.

For Christmas, Pipkin gets a visit from a special guest, who gives him a special gift, which enables him to fool with all the electronics he likes, which leads to a most maudlin little lesson.

Gee, thanks, Hangman. (We're not sure what we were expecting, considering the last time they contacted us they gave us this.)

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online



Facebook Affiliated, House Decorated, Brazil Mapped, Intel Reviewed

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- Ad Lab has a piece on how you can make money with your Facebook profile by adding an affiliate banner.

- TBS has a sneak peak of it's Funniest Commercials of the Year 2007 which will air December 26 at 9PM.

- Look! Look! You can decorate a house! You can play music! You can send it to a friend! Yes! Yes! It's an agency Christmas...uh...Holiday card!

- In Brazil, LIVE launched Google Maps with a Google map pin-shaped hot air balloon and tracked its flight on a map.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials



Hal Riney Shits on Adrants For the Holidays

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This is too funny. Our friends over at Hal Riney like us so much they sent us some holiday cheer in the form of a nice, warm, well presented...uh...pile of shit delivered by a squatting Caganer which translates from Catalan to English as "pooper."

Yes, that's right, Hall Riney took a dump on Adrants. Which, after years and years of our shitting on the ad industry, is probably the most appropriate gift we'll ever receive. We humbly accept the warm holiday gift and wish Hal Riney and the entire ad industry a warm, well presented holiday greeting of their own.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange



Some Holiday Cards Actually Wish People A Merry Christmas

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You've got to love a Christmas card which doesn't pretend to be a politically correct "holiday card" featuring the caricature of a sexy, buxom, bikini-clad, bubble-headed blond that comes from a company run by a woman. Yes, the very beautiful (yup, we did just say that) Buffy McCoy Kelly who heads TattooProjects has no problem latching on to a stereotype and using sex to sell. OK, so it's just a holiday card but we like it. And we like Buffy too.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Specialty



iStudio Do-Not-Want Ads Provide Chance to Unload Tasteless Holiday Offerings

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There's a streak of sadism in this year's holiday efforts (observe 1 and 2). We blame it on the hell CGM has wreaked on our psyches.

To illustrate this devolution in goodwill, last year iStudio was all about helping people on their holiday consumer journeys. This year, loud and clear, they DO NOT WANT to deal with you. Or your crappy gifts!

The "greeting" lets voyeurs sift through a bunch of weird shit the agency's been sent. If you like something (we kind of dug the zodiac thong), highlight it in red and send the agency a note about why you deserve it.

Flippin' awesome.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online








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