- Walmart's doing the blog thing again. Hopefully they'll get it right this time.
- PETA might not like this crazy road kill lady but we do. Except for those nasty teeth of hers.
- Cynopsis Digital reports, "NBC Universal added another platform for its download-to-own content - SanDisk's flash memory aided Fanfare service scheduled to launch in January. Fanfare is yet another PC to TV device that simplifies the transfer of content by allowing video to be downloaded to a USB drive then walked over to the TV."
- OMMA has announced its 2007 Agency of the Year Awards and has crowned Mediaedge:cia's MEC Interaction top honors.
Deep Focus, which gave us Big Love Land, an informative interview with Mr. T, and embeddable Flight of the Conchords (the cats at left), has just been named an Agency of the Year, courtesy of MediaPost's OMMA.
Read all about it here.
Honors include Best Use of Social Media, for which Deep Focus won the Bronze.
Congrats, guys! Don't let it get to your head and start launching crap CGM campaigns.
At first, we were going to trash this campaign for Quebec's Crea Awards (formerly known as Gala des Coqs D'Or) created by Montreal agency Bos for several reasons. First, unless you live in Quebec, you've likely never heard of the Crea Awards (or its former incarnation). Second, as one of the creatives featured in the campaign, unless you create work that appears in this market, you'll never be in the running anyway. Third, highlighting the fact the world's creative leaders (excusing DDB Canada's Alan Russell) such as Alex Bogusky, Oliver Altmann, Pablo Del Campo or Tony Granger haven't won a Crea is like saying U2 never won some local music competition. It's meaningless.
Every year around this time the schadenfreude-fueled emails start pouring in from those who revel in the unfortunate (or fortunate) positions in which co-workers (or they themselves) sometimes find themselves at the annual holiday party.
Over the years we've had a director of broadcast at Crispin Porter + Bogusky reveal his ass crack and an Arnold staffer pole dance.
ad:tech has announced its call for entries for its 2008 Awards Show which will take place during ad:tech San Francisco April 15-17. The awards focus on the best online work from affiliate programs to email to branding to mobile to social media to word of mouth to search engine marketing to ecommerce and, yes, even to the banner. Also part of the show will be a people's choice award and industry achievement awards. Entries are due January 18 so get yourself over to the entry form and sign up your best work.
- Former Arnold Creative Director David Register has announced he will be opening a creative advertising school in Boston in early 2008.
- The 2008 One Show has opened its call for entries. The deadline for entering the 2008 One Show, One Show Interactive, and One Show Design awards is January 31, 2008. The online entry system is now live and accepting submissions.
- An Italian ad for Red Bull in which a fourth wise man shows up with a case of
beer (sorry, we were thinking of Red Stripe) of the stuff for baby Jesus has angered Italian Priests.
- Followinig RJ Reynolds pulling its Camel advertising for 2008, six attorneys general have filed a law suit against the tobacco company for violating the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement which prohibits the use of cartoons, certain brand-name merchandise and related promotions in cigarette advertising.
- Landor Associates has named Russ Meyer Chief Strategy Officer. Hmm. And we thought he made sexploitation films in the seventies featuring gigantically-breasted models.
Remember that one time we thought a serial killer was out to get us, but the threat turned out to be a customizable online promotion for Showtime's Dexter?
That promotion just won Best use of Viral Marketing at the BIMAs this year. Put together by Ralph & Co., London, it generated 300,000 unique Dexter emails and over 750,000 pageviews.
See the UK campaign, Ice Truck, or the US campaign, Slice of Life TV.
Gotta love a viral campaign that makes your friends feel like they're the targets of an unhinged, virtually un-catchable sociopath. We know it gave us a happy rise.
Come on, ad:tech! Oracle's Openworld has them. Why not you guys? Oh yes, you have beautifully branded San Francisco's Moscone Center stairs with the likes of DoubleClick but branded escalator handrails are where it's at now. Stairs or so...well, passe. While branded escalator handrails have been around for a while overseas, Aap Global, creator of the medium, tells us this is the first stateside installation.
So get on the phone to DoubleClick and get them to cough up some more sponsorship dollars for some cool looking handrails for the upcoming show in April. Are you gonna let old school Oracle have all the glory? Say it isn't so.
If for no other reason than to prove those who work in the ad industry know how to party, DM Confidential has an extensive photo album of the ad:tech Money Makers Party held at Pacha in New York City a couple weeks ago. We wrote about it all here but all the pictures sucked. We really need to hire a real photographer with a real camera rather than our little Casio Exilm for these events.
Actually, it's not that our camera is bad. It's just that people think you're some sort of freak if you walk up to them and ask to take their picture if you have a tiny little camera as opposed to 20 pounds of photography equipment hanging around your neck. Which is why we didn't have a lot of great shots of the event. That and we were drinking, dancing and talking (shouting) with friends on the dance floor while Rob Base did his thing.
Anyway, we missed a few good shots and it just wouldn't be fair not to share them.
- All those fake ads on Craigslist have now made their way into book form with the publication of Johnna Gattinella's book, My Year on Craigslist.
- Advertising for Peanuts lays down the law when it comes to consumer-generated content: not everyone wants to interact with your product.
- Marketers now spend one billion on what, previously was free: ord of mouth marketing.
- A Heroes fanboy created some mock Vespa ads using images of the Claire Bennet and Ando Masahashi characters.