Memphis Thunderstorm FAA Video Makes Perfect FedEx Commercial

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John Brock sent us this video someone made of FedEx planes making their way around thunder clouds as they, and the thunderstorm, head into Memphis. It's hilarious, really, but amazing as well to think that activity is just every day normal life to plane pilots and airport flight control staff. Brock thinks FedEx should turn this into a commercial. We couldn't agree more.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Consumer Created, Good



GE Expects Commercial-Skipping DVR Users to Pause And Watch

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Someone else is going to have to explain the point of this too me because after viewing the site, I just don't see the point. We should be making it easier for people to consume advertising, not more difficult. BBDO has created this thing called the One Second Theater that is embedded in the last second of it's Dancin' Elephant commercial and can be viewed by moving forward one frame at a time.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials



Nike McFly Sneaker Activist Interviewed On Spacecadetz Myspace Blog

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In February of this year, a blog called Spacecadetz launched. The purpose of the blog is to highlight some of the best MySpace content from profiles to videos to new features to events. Currently, the blog has an interview with Al Cabino, the man behind a petition that asks Nike to bring back McFlys, the sneakers featured in the Michael J. Fox movie Back to the Future II. Cabino, who's coined the term "sneaker activism" doesn't want to wait until 2015, the year rumor has it Nike will, perhaps, introduce McFlys to the public. Cabino wants the kicks now and has launched a vigorous campaign to get Nike's attention.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Viral, Weblogs



Ford Boldly Moves Where No One Will Care

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Thanks to Jalopnick and the blog's Flicker photo, we can wallow in the aimlessness of the new Ford "Bold Moves" ad campaign. We've already whined about the stupidity of the new tagline so we're too taired to care about the ads. You can see them here and tell us what you think.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Ford Falls Prey to Brand Blather Disease

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Ford, which is sponsoring the singer's summer tour, has aligned itself with Kelly Clarkson and is using her new song, Go, in a JWT Detroit-created :60. The campaign marks the switch from the company's old tagline. "Built for the road ahead" to the new and relatively meaningless tagline, "Bold moves."

There ought to be a rule for taglines. They ought to actually mean something and not be so bland they can be slapped on any brand interchangeably. "Bold moves"? I mean WTF? Are we talking about Bold detergent moving stains out of a shirt? OK, maybe Ford is makming some bold moves here but this tagline is about as descriptive as Intel's lame switch to "Leap Ahead" which sounds like some descriptor for a kangaroo daylight savings time convention. Seems Ford and JWT caught the boardroom brand blather disease.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Television



'People Ready' Microsoft Ad Gets Reality Treatment

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Angered as we are with the blandness of Microsoft advertising and its recent mean-nothing positioning of itself as "people ready" and its knack for portrating fake companies and fake people in its ads, Copyranter decided to edit the ad a bit and bring some reality to the models standing in for real people in the ad. See the full sized ad here.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Spoofs



Best Buy Fearful of People Dressed Like Its Employees

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Improv Everywhere, a New York City group that likes to have "organized fun" recently gathered together eighty people, all dressed like Best Buy employees and entered, at 15 second intervals, the Best Buy on 23rd Street. The purpose of the "mission" and all of the group's missions was simply to create an event that would make for good story telling. As you read the mission here, you'll begin to realize different reactions people had and how a group of harmless people dressed alike can raise unwarranted alarm. What does this have to do with advertising? Not much but it is interesting to see how a big brand can can be so fearful of a bunch of people who happen to be dressed like the brand's employees.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Strange



AccuQuote Wants to Know How to make Better Ads

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In reaction to a recent Burst media study that concluded the web to be the primary resource for information among the affluent, life insurance company AccuQuote, on their new weblog, wants to know what makes a good online life insurance ad. Not that AccuQuote uses them, but we'd recommend any life insurance advertiser to ditch pop ups and spasmodically flashing ad banners as a start. We'd also recommend creating banners that have price quote capability built in. So help a brand that honestly wants to know how to better its advertising.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Weblogs



McJob Followed By McMegaBurger

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Following its recent "Not bad for a McJob" campaign, McDonald's UK, to coincide with this Summer's World Cup, will introduce, for a limited time, the new Bigger Big Mac which will be 40 percent bigger than the current Big Mac. The current Big Mac already has 560 calories and more fat than you'd ever want to consume. But hey, as we've always said, no one's forcing the food down anyone's throat so if a big ass burger works from a marketing angle, go for it.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Brands



Branded Entertainment Increases, Measurement Difficult

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A recent Association of National Advertisers survey found 66 percent of advertisers involve themselves in some form of branded entertainment. Eighty percent use television as the channel through which to launch branded entertainment initiatives and 76 percent plan to include those initiative in their upfront dealings with broadcasters.

While marketers acknowledge impact on sales is of great importance and are measuring their efforts, 62 percent say it is not easy to do and 87 percent say existing measurement tools can't do the job. Sixty two percent say the money to fund branded entertainment initiatives comes from television budgets, up from 52 percent last year and more (35 percent) are funding initiatives incrementally, up from 18 percent last year. More than half (60 percent) do not rely on their agencies for branded entertainment and initiate projects themselves.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Brands, Product Placement, Research, Television










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