An ad campaign created by an Indian agency for Ford has come under fire for its creative approach. Three ads, which tout the brand's Indian-made Ford Figo, feature cartoon characatures of women (and men) bound and gagged in the vehicle's trunk.
Ford has issued an apology which, in part, reads, "We deeply regret the publishing of posters that were distasteful and contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within WPP Group. These were never intended for paid publication and should never have been created, let alone uploaded to the internet. This was the result of individuals acting without proper oversight and appropriate actions have been taken within the agency."
Consumers are bombarded with more commercial messaging than ever before from countless sources, but it's also easier than ever to tune ads out. People fast-forward past multimillion-dollar commercials or subscribe to web-based, commercial-free TV platforms like Netflix. They view more content on the web than ever, but online ads have become virtually invisible to them.
New advertising concepts like native monetization are revitalizing online advertising. Connections between brands and potential customers are more effectively fostered when they add value to the user experience, rather than distract or interrupt. While traditional contextual targeting looks at the entire page (an increasingly noisy signal), native monetization can be relevant to the micro-context: the section, the paragraph, even the sentence. This is native monetization at its most effective - and often it's just a humble link.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Chief Executive Officers hired Chief Marketing Officers to make sure all their ads looked pretty and their television commercials were shot by really cool Hollywood directors. And maybe they hoped for a few sales leads as well, but that was asking a lot.
Flash forward to today, and CEOs are demanding much more from their CMOs. Both because they need to, and because the tools and services available to a CMO make it possible.
So while Advertising Age is critiquing the $1.6 million commercials that ran during the Oscars last night, we thought we'd take a look at something a bit less expensive and a bit more inventive -- the real-time newsjacking that occurred last night during the broadcast.
Newsjacking refers to the practice of capitalizing on the popularity of a news story to amplify your sales and marketing success. The term was popularized in David Meerman Scott's book Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage.
Check out the full list here in an article we wrote for HubSpot.
Honestly, we're surprised we haven't been flooded by agencies, metrics companies, social media pundits and research firms shamelessly latching on to Monday's Burger King Twitter hack for a little bit of publicity. But one company jumped on the trendlet. Social media monitoring company Synthesio cobbled together a few stats from Monday's shenanigans.
- Burger King gained 30,000 new Twitter followers (which everyone seems to be cheering)
- There were over 450,000 tweets on the topic
- There was a 300 percent increase in Burger King-related conversation
But here's the thing. Where's the stat that says Burger King Realized an X% increase in Whopper sales on Tuesday?
Web designer Frank Jonen, who did web design work for Fitness SF, claims he wasn't paid properly so he hijacked his client's site replacing it with a damning message telling Fitness SF customers the company doesn't pay its bills.
This might be the perfect example as to why no brand should completely hand the keys to its website over to a third party without retaining at least enough control to access the site and correct situations like this. Alas, not everyone knows how to manage a website. And besides, if Fitness SF hasn't paid its bill then this is probably what they deserve. We just hope Jonen requested payment several times through normal channels before resorting to this method.
Below is the full text of the website message.
Well this is pretty interesting. On January 24, Target had a live fashion show which involved models reading tweets from people while holding products from Target's Everyday Collection. To participate, people could tweet their witty commentary with the hashtag #everydayshow and the models would stut thr runway and read the tweets. You can see a highlight reel below.
Back in July, LA Art Center College of Design student Andrew Kim proposed a redesign of Microsoft branding. His idea, encapsulated on this website, went viral and Microsoft took notice. And hired him.
Yes. Microsoft has hired Andrew Kim. Of the news, Kim wrote, "I'll be designing for Microsoft as of summer. I promise that I'll make the my greatest work ever while I'm there."
- The new American Airlines logo is great and all but could people really see it from the ground?
- The One Club's Annual Creative Hall of Fame event that is taking place in NYC this coming Tuesday night. This year, Advertising Legends Steve Hayden, Martin Puris, Jim Riswold and John Webster are being honored for their lifetime of achievements in the industry.
- BBDO New York has, for the sixth time, placed number one on The Directory Big Won, a directory of most awarded agencies
As you may have read, a Perth teenager, reportedly Matt Corby, posted a picture (which was Liked 100,000 times before disappearing) of a footlong sub with a tape measure on it showing the sub just 11 inches long. Predictably, an epic firestorm ensued on social media. And some responses by Subway don't seem quite as genuine as they should.
Subway Australia responded (post that begins with "Who LIKES the sound of free avo on their sub?!") to the swirling tempest in a teacup by saying, "With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, "SUBWAY FOOTLONG" is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length."
On its Facebook pages around the world, Subway is responding but many of its comments are simple deflections and reiterations of the fact the sub is simply called a footlong but that baking processes can affect actual length