Bob Garfield is over at Cannes having a great time but, at that same time, realizing its days as an industry event are numbered. Of course, no one over there on an all expenses paid trip wants to talk about that. All they want to talk about are cool TV spots. Bob thinks the Guinness Noitulove" ad should win the Grand Prix. That's that ad that follows three guys moving backwards in time from barstools to per-historic water's edge ending with "Good things come to those who wait." We'd agree. It's good. Bob does mention Carlton Draught's Big Ad which we think is just a bit more fun and, perhaps because of its inside joke-filled attitude, more of a favorite for us. Anyway, none of this matters. "Regular" people...you know, those people called "consumers"...don't have a clue what Cannes is nor would they if they knew what it was. It's all just one big self-congratulatory slap on the back. A waste of time. However, we can't wait until the Adrants T&E budget can afford to send us.
Step inside a creative directors brain and hear him ramble about the upcoming Cannes Festival. It's truly amazing how the average creative director thinks.
We'd like to offer an apology to Bob Garfield. In a piece we wrote yesterday about a CoBrandiT video that featured footage of Bob doing an interview with CoBrandiT that included outtakes shot prior to the actual interview, we mis-stated Bob knew he was in on the joke when, in fact, he was not. He had made some comments, in jest, while defining word of mouth prior to the beginning of the actual interview. Bob says CoBrandiT used those comments without his knowledge and he thought those shooting the video worked for WOMMA and not for CoBrandiT. We respectfully apologize. Though, we still think the video was hilarious. Rather than incur further wrath, CoBrandiT has taken the video down and placed an apology in its place. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
To call attention to the upcoming Word of Mouth Marketing event June 20-21 at the Hilton San Fransisco, coBrandiT, independently and without association with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association, has mixed an old interview of Bob Garfield with some new comments he made about word of mouth marketing. The result is a humorous collection of babble. By the way, Bob was in on the joke just so you all don't think we're trashin' here.
UPDATE: The video has been removed. WOMMA was none too pleased. CoBrandit accommodated.
UPDATE II: See our ever so apologetic apology to Bob Garfield here,
- You can catch live coverage of the VCU Adcenter Executive management Training for Creative Directors here.
- Media Magazine has announced its call for entries for its third annual Creative Media Awards.If you're into media, this is your award show.
- Britney Spears has trademarked the name of her baby Sean Preston, apparently for a future line of clothing.
Not very good, but here's a new commercial for a very cool, new product, Slingbox.
- Atlanta's WestWayne created an experiential marketing event for the Southwest Toyota Distributors to promote Scion with a visual arts fest.
- The NBA wants for female fans and has launched an ad campaign directed at them along with a branded line of clothing.
- Hot show Grey's Anatomy has advertisers slathering and one, fashion retailer New York & Co. has signed series stars Elle Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey to appear in their fall campaign.
The self congratulation festival known as Advertising Week is upon us again. New York's Madison Avenue has been festooned with banners featuring famous advertising icons from Tony the Tiger to Juan Valdez to the Geico Gecko. The banners celebrate the brands as favorites voted by the public at last year's Advertising Week. During this year's event, the public will, once again, have a chance to vote for their favorites. We sit on pins and needles awaiting the outcome.
With a bit of sleuthing, Ad Age has learned killed-by-blog, women-are-crap, families-are-for-sissies Neil French will launched a new - as if we need another - global award show for print advertising. Apparently, he seems to have softened his viewpoint on women because he's (gasp!) working with a woman, London International Awards Owner and President Barbara Levy, to develop the awards. Due to some URL and business registration information dug up by Ad Age, the name of the awards may be World Press Awards which, oddly, makes it sound like a public relations award show. And yes, as we read the Ad Age article, they're still doing that ad impression increasing, automatic page reload cheating thing. For shame.
Anyway, newspapers and magazine are likely very happy an entity has been created to celebrate their, shall we say, not so healthy industries. No date has been set for the show but Ad Age says a call for entries is expected around September.
- Shaun Irving is traveling across Spain in a truck he converted into a giant camera. He's taking pictures for a project with *S,C,P,F, a WPP agency. The images will be displayed at the PHotoEspana photographic festival in June.
- The 47th international Clio Awards announced three ads selected as its 2006 Hall of Fame inductees: "Bear" for John West, from Leo Burnett, London; "Whassup?" on behalf of Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser brand, from DDB Worldwide, Chicago; and "Turkey (High Dive)" and "China (Tree)" for FOX Sports Network, by Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York.
- It seems sex does sex for Unilever's Axe. Axe deodorant is now the leading brand in the category.
- OnRequest Images has released a new product which can measure the impact imagery has on brand equity.
- Adverblog doesn't like the new Lonely Planet advergame and thinks it's too similar to the previously released Virgin "Exercise Your Muscle" game.
On the same day of the One Show Festival, this weird site called The Juan Show was launched that asks people to send in their ads for consideration by June 1st. Winners will be announced June 15. The URL is registered to Austin agency GSD&M and a call to the agency confirms the site is, in fact, a parody of the One Show. Just something to poke fun at the whole award show thing. On the site, there's a number you can call to leave a message for Juan. There's video reviews of ads by Juan. There's even a Cafe Press store full of hats, t-shirts and other stuff. Winners get a Gold Toothpick Award. We love it.
The Word of Mouth Marketing Association is hosting a two-day word of Mouth Basic Training conference in San Francisco June 20-21 at the San Francisco Hilton. The conference will feature keynotes from Microsoft's Robert Scoble and author Shel Israel. The conference aims to educate attendees on how to use word of mouth in marketing programs. Sessions will cover best practices, case studies, research, social networks, measurement, blogging and how to launch a word of mouth campaign.
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