Bad Party Planning Makes For So-So Wednesday Night

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Somehow the schedule of parties on Monday night at ad:tech San Francisco didn't make it very easy to slide from one to another with ease. Following the exhibit hall closing at six, prior to which a few booths were serving a random beer or two, unlike former shows when Tribal Fusion would serve the whole hall, the ad:tech opening party began in a big room adjacent to the Moscone center exhibit hall. Crowds of 2,000 or more swarmed the food tables where one could find mini-burgers, all kinds of pasta - which was very good, finger food and cookies. The bar was open for the first hour or two and served pretty much anything anyone could want. Oddly, when they decided to convert to a cash bar, they minimized bar service down to a quarter length of the bar but left all the former bartenders standing there twiddling their thumbs with nothing to do but point people to the end of the bar where beer and wine were being served. In fact, the human bar mannequins wouldn't even serve ad:tech chair Susan Bratton a glass of water.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Girls Go Wild, ad:tech Parties Flourish

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Just as we finished commenting on the amped up exhibit floor booth attractions and the lack of booth babes, no sooner did they show up en masse, roaming the hall, promoting the hydramedia/Girls Gone Wild Bash taking place at The Rouge in San Francisco beginning at 8:30. So if girls gone wild are your thing, get your wet t-shirt on and head over to the party.

If for some reason that's not your thing, there's always the x+1 hosted after party at The Cellar beginning at 10 PM. Or, if you want to skip both those parties as well as the "official" ad:tech after party at Moscone, you can head over to the Outrider/Offermatica Bay Cruise. The ship sets sail at 6PM. Do we detect some sort of water theme here?

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Lack of Booth Babes Yields Improved Booth Attractions

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With the larger Moscone center venue this year for the San Francisco ad:tech show, there seemed to be a bigger collection of booth attractions and we don't mean booth babes. Everything from games, to performances to drawings to back massages to women dressed like the numeral eight were everywhere inside the Moscone center. Those women dressed like the number eight were promoting 888.com, the self proclaimed "World's No. 1 Online Casino & Poker Room," which was hosting some sort of drawing. Monday afternoon, there was also a marshmallow eating contest and a blackjack game. See more here. Of course, we have no problems with booth babes and this, in no way, advocates their retirement.

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-06    
Topic: Industry Events



First Ten Years of Internet Growth Nothing Compared to Second

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As a prelude to the first ad:tech keynote given by Sequoia Capital Partner Mark Kvamme, ad:tech chair Susan Bratton welcomed a packed room of attendess to ad:tech San Francisco 2006 and told the audience there would be 9,000 attendees to this years show, breaking all former ad:tech attendence records. In addition, she mentioned there would be 300 exhibitors, 200 speakers and 55 sessions, more than any prior conference. Noting the conference's tenth tyear anniversary, Bratton, calling the show the "biggest, deepest and widest" to date, told the audience ad:tech would be expanding its conference series to Sydney, Hamburg and Paris this year and, in 2007, to Mumbai, Dubai among others.

Following her introduction, Bratton introduced Kvamme who quickly followed the ten year theme Bratton had begun by telling the audience the next ten years will see growth in the Internet space that will make the first ten years seem trivial. Noting all media expcept the Internet is declining in use, Kvamme pointed out the disparity between adspend and consumption comparing television to the Internet. Thirty two percent of people are reached by TV and 38 percent of ad dollars are allocated to TV. In contrast, the Internet reached 32 percent of people but only receives five percent of ad dollars. With TV CPMs hovering around $64 and $10 to $30 for the Internet, Kvamme sees huge growth potential for Internet advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-26-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Trends and Culture



Outrider, Offermatica Host Bay Cruise

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For those attending ad:tech in San Francisco, search marketing firm Outrider and web optimization company Offermatica are hosting a Bay Cruise Wednesday night, April 26 from :6:30P to 10P. It will be aboard the San Francisco Spirit and feature cocktails, dinner, jazz and more. ad:tech attendees can register to be considered for the Evening Bay Cruise or the Outrider/Offermatica VIP Room by visiting www.outrider.com/VIP.

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Impromtu Cheeseburgers And Beer Make A Better Trade Show

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Sometimes the best part of going to an industry trade show is the unexpected get togethers that occur. I knew 360i Director of Strategic Planning David Berkowitz would be at the ad:tech San Francisco show but I didn't expect to run into him on the corner of 4th and Howard after leaving the exhibit hall heading back to the hotel. He was on his way to meet a few folks prior to catching a ball game. So we both headed over to some burger bar where he was meeting the others.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-06    
Topic: Industry Events



ad:tech Exhibitors Gear Up For 9,000 Attendees

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Tuesday evening before the storm known as ad:tech San Francisco hit, ad:tech hosted a party for all the exhibitors who have been hard at work planning for the event, putting their booths together and generally making sure all expected 9,000 attendees have something worthwhile to see as they saunter through the exhibit hall. the event was held in the center of the exhibit hall in an area dubbed the "experclick cafe." Beer, wine and munchies were served while ad:tech VP Don Knox graciously welcomed the exhibitors are revved them up for the next two days of action.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-06    
Topic: Industry Events



ad:tech San Francisco 2006 Is Big, Really Big

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This year marks a major expansion for ad:tech San Francisco as well as an overall expansion of ad:tech shows across the globe. Upon entering the Moscone Center, one word comes to mind: bigger. Because it's being held in the cavernous Moscone Center, this just might be the first ad:tech conference where one isn't forced through a chute like a cow on the way to the milking parlor.

The exhibit hall is large with very high ceilings making for a spacious feeling unlike the somewhat claustrophobic venue in previous years. The large registration area leads one to believe the process of getting one's badge will proceed quickly. After you register and head down the stairs or elevator to the exhibit hall, make sure you turn around and look back up the stairs and marvel at the stair mural DoubleClick has created.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-06    
Topic: Industry Events



Bad Prescription Drug Ads to Receive Award

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On April 26th, the Boston-based Prescription Access Litigation Project will present four Bitter Pill Awards to pharmaceutical companies that have engaged in outrageous advertising tactics to over-market their product to consumers. The Bitter Pill Awards were created to call attention to the many problems caused by direct-to-consumer advertising conducted by the drug industry.

by Steve Hall    Apr-21-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Industry Events



Blind Love Blossoms Between Tribeca And Advertising Week

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If you follow George Parker's line of thinking that the marriage of Madison Avenue and Hollywood is sort of like that Britney Spears/ Kevin Federline train wreck the gossip media can't seem trash enough, you'll likely think Advertising Week 2006's partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival is equally dumb. The two have come together in a partnership through which each entity hopes to glom off the other whatever remaining originality is left. What the two don't understand is there are no similarities. Advertising is all about selling shit. Movie making is all about entertaining. Or, at least, that's the way it should be. Unfortunately, the two just want to increase each other's celebu-status rather than concentrating on what each should be doing separately and better.

by Steve Hall    Apr-20-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Sponsorship










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