Tell me how to nail cheap two-star accommodations in NY the day before Advertising Week, and I'll call you a liar and tell you how you - yes, you - can survive in a youth hostel during a business trip.
Because after (reeeeally) bad planning on my part, that's where I ended up.
At the end of yesterday's Saving Darfur session, which ran a half hour over time, I wandered the streets of New York in desperate pursuit of the 1 Subway line.
After accidentally interrupting the filming of a movie called "Fighting," I located this crucial urban vein, hopped on and trekked to my hotel.
Priceline.com has this cool option where you can "name your price!" on a hotel. The setback is, if they find you a place at "your price!", you're married to it - no refunds, no takebacks. [Ed. Someday we'll elevate ourselves from the slums and hire and executive travel planner who will hunt down and torture Paris Hilton until she orders Hilton Management to put us up at the Waldorf Astoria for $50 a night.]
So it was with surprise, some chagrin and a sudden craving for croissants that I discovered my hotel, attractively dubbed West End Studios, was not a hotel at all but a youth hostel.
The world spun. I'd gone from from Underdressed Amongst Ad Execs to Overdressed to Kill. Flippin' amazing.
Before we even comment on these video supplements to the Nissan Rogue campaign which broke on Heroes last night, we truly hope its real. Not in the sense that it was passed off as something that came from the brand but didn't because it did. Nissan is all good with transparency here. Rather, we hope the stunts filmed in the videos are genuinely real and not altered with post production foolery.
Borrowing a bit from the Rayban Never Hide videos and the Axe Girlfriend comes this video campaign for Nissan's Rogue from TBWA\Tequila in LA. In the videos, the "Maze Master" shows us his skills with a marble maze game. In the first video, Maze Master and friend perform stunts with a marble just the Axe video did with quarters and the Never Hide videos did with sunglasses.
Think Facebook is worth $10 billion? It will prove worth that and more if Microsoft decides to take a 5 percent stake in the company for $300 million to $500 million.
Word of Microsoft's intentions has also got Google sniffing back up the ass of everybody's favourite social network. Not bad pickin's considering Facebook is expected to suck in $150 in revenue this year, of which $30 million will be profit.
Talk about fiat value. Here's to Facebook, which isn't so much "connecting" people as it is printing its own scrilla-scratch-dough.
We'd never have guessed that espresso, electronics and easy listening were a match made in heaven, but that's probably why we're not Starbucks or Apple. Observe chummy Schultz and Jobs at left.
To promote the fresh-formed relationship between two masters of addiction, Starbucks baristas will be giving away 1.5 million "Song of the day" cards per day between October 2 and November 7, totaling 50 million free songs.
The cards can be redeemed on iTunes.
And to make its musical fare more compatible with iTunes users who may not have an iPod or Mac on them in-store, Starbucks will also start selling "digital release" cards that enable you to download albums online.
While some will recognize The Odd Couple theme music in this new RPA-created Honda Civic Hybrid commercial and others won't, the message is crystal clear. There are clean people in this world and there are environmentally unconcious slobs. In the case of the two men in this commercial, one cares about the environment and one doesn't.
Throughout the spot, the former picks up the latter's trash as the go through their days, weeks and months commuting to work along the same path. It aligns very nicely with Honda's be good to the environment message and will likely appeal to those who do actually care and properly make fun of those who don't. All while selling a car. Nifty.
We do love the smell of recycling in the morning. An Adrants reader drew our attention to this new effort by Pepsi, where you can enter a friend's information to feed the appetite of a steamy, stalkery coquette who likes to video blog. It seems an awful lot like the stalker campaign by Axe.
The Pepsi one is a little cleverer about integrating personal details, but both end the same way: with a cheesy personalized tattoo. Observe Pepsi and Axe variations for our invented victim Eric. No, we're not super creative, but hey, neither are these guys.
< ominous tone > The 'net sees all... < / ominous tone >
We would never have guessed the ending for this racy German spot for Sensodyne, brought to our attention by CMM News. If P. Diddy's Unforgivable ended this way, we would have loved and not (completely!) hated it.
Key takeaway: Don't mess with somebody who's got sensitive teeth.
Rumor has it that our favourite soul-snatcher, Google - in tangent with a few other telecoms - plans to slide a proprietary broadband cable under the Pacific.
A Google representative points out that more infrastructure for the internet is better for users overall.
Fucking fantastic. Google: transmitting data across an ocean near you.
ichameleon group -- the cats notably responsible for the human Subservient Chicken, better known as Trevor the Mentos Intern -- have sent us their latest oeuvre: Guinness Hands.
Watch a pair of hands do zany things to zany music. It's very old-school Nickelodeon, and it kind of reminded us of Elle MacPherson's Drummer Girl, except without the whole lingerie aspect.
If you get really sucked in, you can actually use the keyboard to teach a pair of hands new gestures in your own film. Cute. Will it push beers? Who knows.
Mainly, we're happy because the agency didn't get high on its Mentos intern success and try replicating that across the board. You know, like 42 or Fuel.
Advertising is one of those exceptions where you don't want to see much recycling.
According to a press release, the Dairy Queen hasn't given its site a much-needed overhaul since the mid-'90s. Agency space150 was commissioned to bring it up to date.
Strangely, it still looks like it's from the mid-'90s. Seriously - DQ-topia?
We liked the billboard, though. When you click on it, you get to see old photos and Dairy Queen TV spots. Learning a brand's history is always neat.
Here's a funny coincidence: A company's inception always seems to take place during a time when no colored photographs were available.