A New York Times story screams, "An Ad Engine to Put 'Mad Men' Out of business. it's a story about PlaceLocal, a program that creates an ad simply from a person entering the name and address. Then PlaceLocal spreads its tentacles and gathers images, video, hours of operation, phone number, blog commentary on the business and other information. Once that information is gathered, an ad magically appears, Yes, it's true. And it's impressive. But it's not going to put Mad Men out of business.
This sort of service is perfect for the local baker or car dealer or restaurant or any other small business that can't afford to pay for an agency or even a freelancer. Of course, it won't be long before agencies use this service for their pown clients, pass the work of as their own and then charge 20 times the actual cost.
Hmm. This really isn't a bad thing. Small business can make decent ads on their own. And lazy agencies can use it to up their revenue. What's not to love?
No stranger to racy ads, Southwest has dubbed a new PETA ad "too sexy" for its in-flight magazine, Spirit. Pimping a vegan diet, the ad shows a security scan of a woman in her underwear with the words, "Be Proud of Your Body Scan: Go Vegan."
Southwest Airlines Senior Account manager Diane Ciaglia told PETA the ad is "too provocative to run in our publication."
Countering Southwest, PETA Senior VP Dan Mathews said, "Our ad is less sensational than many of Southwest's own promotions. The airline may have canned it because the company is based in Dallas, the heart of the beef belt."
PETA may have a point when it claims Southwest might be talking out of both sides of its mouth. One need only take a look at Hostesses in Hotpants and Don't #$*!% Me Over.
OK. So let's get this straight. Maybe we're in a bad mood or something but what's up with the outpouring of love for Nike's new "epic" three minute commercial featuring a who's who of world famous soccer players? Oh it's well shot and meticulously produced (maybe even epically so) but it's as if Nike wants us to believe wins and losses effect the very fiber and economic health of a nation.
OK so we could swear we had written about this new work from Craftsman before but, alas, a site search turns up nothing. Launched two weeks ago, Craftsman Labs is out with a music video created entirely from the sound of its tools.
Cap Gun's Alex Fendrich directed and the arrangement was done by musician, composer and producer Kutiman. It brings back memories of that not so real Home Depot commercial by Benni Benassi and a bunch of bootylicious babes. Sadly, Craftsman employs no booty babes in its creation but the work is far more impressive.
So the 2011Ford Fiesta is almost here. How is Ford touting the vehicle? A couple of different ways. It's being compared to a Lamborghini and it's being hyped as an escape vehicle from zombies. OK, then.
At first blush, one might respond to those two approaches with "Seriously?" and "Well, that's relevant!" But, as we find out...cool and the Lamborghini is, it can't beat the turning radius of the Fiesta nor does it have side mirror turn signals or key-less entry or a trunk you can actually fit stuff in. You know, the important stuff. Though if cost weren't an issue, we're pretty sure people would go with the Lamborghini. Thankfully for Ford, price is always an issue.
Using a photo from former Ringling Brothers elephant trainer Sam Haddock, PETA ran an ad in this week's edition of PR News urging public relations agencies to stay away. The photo in the ad shows a baby elephant at Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation training center with ropes around its legs and body. The headline reads, "Represent Ringling: Lose your reputation." And copy reads, "No amount of PR can make beating babies sound good."
The campaign aims to call attention to the alleged mistreatment of elephants by Ringling Brothers trainers.
Of the campaign, PETA EVP Tracey Reiman said, "Ringling Bros. is a public relations nightmare waiting to happen. There's not a PR team in the world that is slick enough to sell the beating of baby elephants, the whipping of tigers, and the use of chains, bullhooks, and electric prods on animals - all for the sake of a few cheap tricks."
So...whose up for the challenge?
Last week when we reported the launch of a new Eastpak campaign, one commercial eluded us. Most likely because it;s the kind your not likely to see on TV. Which, of course, means it's the very one you do want to see. So here you go.
Little person. Seductively sultry and sexy Asian hottie. Anti-war message. Yea, that's it
Because as soon as you stop thinking about football you start thinking about women again. It's true. Axe says so.
It's that simple.
And we're not even going to get into the whole women as on-demand play things thing.
Because they are.
In the fantasy-addled minds of most men.
Everyone loves sex, right? But, damn, it can get you into so much trouble sometimes. We've all heard the Tiger Woods story. And we all know Nike is standing by its man. It seems, Nike will stand behind any man who loves sex, no matter who they have it with or how many people they choose to do it with.
French footballer Franck Ribery, who Nike is very much in bed with, may face three years in prison and a fine of up to £40,000 for sleeping with the, at the time, underage teen call girl Zahia Dehar.
- Though many hate it, we kinda like the new United Airlines/Contenental logo.
- The One Club will be host its Second Annual Creative Week in New York City from May 10 to May 16, 2010.
- Hey we like this promotional video for the Seattle International Film Festival.
- Here's the latest from ESPN' s World Cup "One Game Changes Everything" campaign promoting the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
- Never date a Flyers fan even if she shaves her mustache.
- A long diatribe in Ad Age on the topic that bad work costs more than good.