Combining the theme of masturbation with the ever-unavoidable flashturbation, Deutsch has erected (I know, so fuckin' lame) Adsturbation, a site on which you can pump yourself up (again...so lame...sorry) while listening to your client, creative director, account guy and supposed-to-be-hot-but-not intern heap praise on you in the form of wacky platitudes. Combine that with the introductory copy "You work in advertising. It's Advertising Week. What better time to pleasure yourself with superlative praise. Why? Because it feels good...There are a few people who'd like to stroke your ego in private," and you've got what amounts to either a witty take on our ego-driven, attention-whoring, self-esteem-challenged industry or a tired, lame, over done joke a fifth grader thinks is funny and can't stop telling over and over and over until you want to scream "shit the fuck up" but you don't because, you know, you're supposed to be the role model. So which is it? You decide.
Those working in the Ridgefield Park, NJ office of South Korean agency Cheil, which handles the Samsung account here, are probably feeling like Big Brother inhabitants right now after the agency installed 360 degree security cameras to monitor the office 24/7. Those surfing porn sites, spending too much time on Facebook or going to the bathroom too often for a quickie might find themselves the star in the agency's video archive.
Not that there'd necessarily be anything good to see but one has to wonder just how long it will take for some of this stuff will find its way to YouTube. Anyway, if you think time sheets are bad, be happy you don't have a camera over your head capturing every time you adjust your balls or tighten your bra strap.
- DraftFCB...in need of anything good these days...has landed the $200 million 2010 U.S. Census campaign. We can only imagine the creativity that'll come out of this one.
- This is over a year old. Don't know how we missed it. Although, knowing us, we didn't miss it and have simply forgotten we covered it. Anyway, watch Will Video For Food's Kevin Nalty take on the role of viral video broker and lampoon the early days of big brands misunderstanding YouTube.
- Copyranter has what he's been told is the CP+B script for Al Gore's not-yet-released Climate Project commercial.
- Uh Oh. Not good. Cynopsis reports, "Online job seeking site Monster.com suffered a security breach potentially exposing the confidential information of 1.5 million users then waited 5 days to report it."
- Gap ads featuring John Mayer and Lucy Liu get facials scars, mastectomy, respectively.
- Copyranter wishes Diesel would return to its usual form of advertising which made no sense and was sick.
- We love it when agency execs are escorted to the door by security.
- Advertising Age reports AT&T has placed its $3.4 billion media buying and planning account into review. A consultant is involved and incumbent agencies have been invited to pitch.
Writing on Advertising Age's Small Agency Diary, Doug Zanger shares a story of a client meeting that didn't go so well. If you've worked in advertising for even just a year, you've experienced plenty of these nightmares and the idiots that fuel them. The story Zanger shares doesn't actually sound as bad as some we've experienced or, perhaps you have. We'd love to hear your horror stories and so would Zanger.
Because Small Agency Diary is published by Advertising Age which, one assumes, has deep pockets, they're offering prizes for the best horror stories so you might want to share your story over there. All we can offer at this point in a used iPod and a ream of white paper. So you decide.
- Simba reports worldwide yellow pages revenue increased 2.8 percent to $31,62 billion in 2006. While a slight decline is anticipated for 2007, 2008 is predicted to see another increase. Who knew people still used yellow pages?
- As if you hadn't heard, DDB Chicago President Dana Anderson has left the building citing the need to spend more time with her daughter before she heads to college next year.
- That forward thinking company, Nielsen has gone all social networking on out asses with its Hey! Nielsen.
- Sometime you want to appreciate a commercial simply for what it is. Other times, you want to analyze to death all aspects of it and all the work that went into creating it. If you're interested in the latter, Sony's got a behind the scenes video covering the making of its recent Blu-Ray commercial.
- David Pitlyuk has a nice summary of the history of online video advertising and where he thinks it's going.
George Parker, the source of choice for getting anything Julie-oriented spun right, has eloquently informed us that Roehm's lawsuit against Wal-Mart was just thrown out of court by a judge in Michigan because she didn't file in Arkansas.
Thank gad it's over. Hopefully. In other news, isn't that picture at left awesome? It's part of what happens when you've got an illustrious career in advertising under your belt: spare time. And, cupped like so in creative hands, that can be dangerous.
The DraftFCB rumor mill is at it again. It seems several sources claim the much troubled DraftFCB may split leaving, well, Draft and FCB. That's all we know for now.
OK, so here's a new one. And there's rarely anything new at all about an agency website but we think JWT Australia has done it. How? They made their site a womb. Yes, a womb. As in wheere baies grow. It's a conceptual oddity but, strangely, it works for us. Or, maybe it's just gross. We can't tell. Oh wait, yes we can. The "baby" picks his nose. Eew. Give it a look and let us know what you think.
While most of us are celebrating the fact it's Friday, DraftFCB CFO Bob Oates may not be so happy. We're told he's been fired by Howard Draft today and rumors indicate it's because he didn't think very highly of top management's spending habits. It's another chapter in the agency's bloodbath following the loss of the Verizon account which resulted in anywhere between 50 and 150 layoffs depending upon who you talk to. Not to mention the ongoing post-merger after effects.