Statistical Fodder for Your Next Creative Brief!

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- The Economist takes No.1 in AdweekMedia's Annual Hot List, up from No. 10 last year -- the biggest jump on a list otherwise dominated by women's lifestyle titles.

- 33 percent of iPhone users are cheating on Steve Jobs with other handset makers.

- Advertising affects prescriptions more than science does. Hrm. *Checks medicine cabinet* Yeah.

- The Apple brand makes the biggest impact on global consumers. (Yawn.) Those most in need of brand refurbishing were Microsoft and the United States. Mommy, why does the world hate us?

- More than 90 percent of email is spam. By the way, the term "spam" was coined 15 years and 2 days ago.

- Kids love social networks. O RLY? Thanks for the insight, champs.

- Joffrey's, a coffee hub that launched a "beta" tasting program for bloggers, has released survey results on coffee trends in the blogosphere. More on that.

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Clorox Uses Music Mix to Bring Melody to Schools

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Here's a taste of the stuff on The Blue Sky Project, a promotional CD created by DDB, SF for Clorox. Some of the tracks were in Clorox ads, then extended to beef up the album.

50 percent of the price goes to Music in Schools Today (MuST), which brings music programs to low-income neighborhoods.

I was gonna say it would be hard to associate Clorox with any kind of music, mostly because I can smell bleach wafting out of the kitchen and there is nothing musical about it.

But The Blue Sky Project is calm and unpretentious -- an okay fit for the (slowly evolving?) household brand. I'm happy the agency avoided the temptation of using electronica or hip-hop. Getting people to listen isn't hard, as long as you avoid being something you're not.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Good, Promotions



April Fools Around the 'Net: From Handhelds to Email, Everybody Wants to Fuck with You

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- Qualcomm announced the Handsolo today. It's waterproof, battery-free and has unlimited expandable memory. Also, you can wank off with it.

- Gmail Custom Time, which lets users send up to 10 emails to the past per year, debuted today. Wouldn't it be neat to get a drunken rant from Future You?

- Seriously, you should get paid to whore for friends on Facebook. Because come on. Two thousand friends? That's a few dozen impressions at least.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Spoofs



That's a Saturn, All Right.

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If you watch any TV at all, you've probably seen that Saturn ad where a bunch of people go "That's a Saturn...?" and then "That's a Saturn?" and then (with contempt!) "That's not a Saturn!" followed by the admiring "That's a Saturn, all right!"

This campaign tack was taken to encourage new buyers to see Saturn with fresh eyes. But apparently the ad can also be used to reaffirm old beliefs.

Oops.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Television



Smooth-Talkin' Beetle Flatters Model into Frenzy ... and Vice-Versa

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Meet Max, the classic '64 Volkswagen Beetle and star of VW's new campaign. In it, Max is a German talk show host who interviews people like Heidi Klum and David Hasselhoff of Baywatch.

He's not the tough-truths type. Check out the Heidi Klum interview. If Heidi and Max each had a phallus, they'd both be bent double.

Nice shoes though, Heidi. The soles matched Max's hood after that "German engineering is so sexy!" line you gave him.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Aquafina Pins Piniella for Daily Words of Wisdom

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If the bobblehead starts talking to you, squeeze the wheel and look straight ahead. It's probably just an Aquafina promotion.

To celebrate its snappy new designation as "Official Water of Major League Baseball" (sorry, there's an official water?), Aquafina has launched Lou's Daily Affirmations, featuring Lou Piniella.

Put together by Tribal DDB Dallas, yesterday's affirmation was "Life is always more interesting with a bat in your hands."

No need to tell me twice. The pinata might need convincing though.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Sponsorship



T-Mobile Asks Engadget Mobile to Stop Using Magenta

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In yet another display of corporate legal idiocy, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom sent a letter to Weblogs, Inc.'s Engadget Mobile asking them to stop using the color magenta in their logo. The letter states T-Mobile uses the color magenta in its logo and, as a result, people might somehow become confused as to what T-Mobile does and what Engadget Mobile does.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Policy, Strange



Because We All Need a Little Gay in Our Day

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If you love Daily Candy but can't get it to jive with your Y chromosome, maybe it's time to subscribe to Gay List Daily.

The email list is "dedicated to making the trendy, gay individual even more trendy and gay." Now serving the nation -- but mainly Dallas, LA, Chicago and Atlanta. (Did we mention they're dying for advertising?!)

To get cozy with our slightly gayer side -- but mainly to find more new stuff to make fun of -- we registered for the email list today. The "thank you!" page graced our eager eyes with a pink cowboy (and oh, how we squealed!). It was almost too sassy to stand.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online



Gorgeous Hair Comes with Responsibilities. Yeah, Well, So Does Branding.

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Watch some catty females try outdoing each other with violent voluminous hair-flips.

Cheesy as hell, but in a way that could have sparked many a feel-good spoof. (You know, like the Herbal Essences ads.)

Produced by Identity for JWT, NY and Sunsilk, the ad aired last year and was followed by that horrific diva thing we hate so much. Too bad. It could have been the beginning of a beautiful gimmick.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television, Video



Because Wouldn't It Be Awesome if Alkies Had a Holiday?

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One more reason to join AdGabber: Hearing about Proposition 3-17, Guinness' (childish?) attempt to turn alkie shenanigans into a legit holiday, well before St. Patrick's Day.

Failing that, you could always hit your nearest college town and go hashing every week.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online










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