Tell me how to nail cheap two-star accommodations in NY the day before Advertising Week, and I'll call you a liar and tell you how you - yes, you - can survive in a youth hostel during a business trip.
Because after (reeeeally) bad planning on my part, that's where I ended up.
At the end of yesterday's Saving Darfur session, which ran a half hour over time, I wandered the streets of New York in desperate pursuit of the 1 Subway line.
After accidentally interrupting the filming of a movie called "Fighting," I located this crucial urban vein, hopped on and trekked to my hotel.
Priceline.com has this cool option where you can "name your price!" on a hotel. The setback is, if they find you a place at "your price!", you're married to it - no refunds, no takebacks. [Ed. Someday we'll elevate ourselves from the slums and hire and executive travel planner who will hunt down and torture Paris Hilton until she orders Hilton Management to put us up at the Waldorf Astoria for $50 a night.]
So it was with surprise, some chagrin and a sudden craving for croissants that I discovered my hotel, attractively dubbed West End Studios, was not a hotel at all but a youth hostel.
The world spun. I'd gone from from Underdressed Amongst Ad Execs to Overdressed to Kill. Flippin' amazing.
The Effie Awards, that fine upstanding institution that hands out awards to creators of ads that actually perform as opposed to just look good, has open the call for entries for its 40th annual show. So find your work that actually accomplished something and head over the The Effies site and enter.
For your pre-Advertising Week enjoyment, check out these super cheesy ads from the Washington DC Ad Club which is having its own advertising week and is running the most idiotic commercials to promote it. The really sad thing about this is that there are actual ads from actual companies that are as bad or worse than these airing on TV and the creators think they're actually good. Anyway, more pointlessness to amuse you on a Friday afternoon.
Combining the theme of masturbation with the ever-unavoidable flashturbation, Deutsch has erected (I know, so fuckin' lame) Adsturbation, a site on which you can pump yourself up (again...so lame...sorry) while listening to your client, creative director, account guy and supposed-to-be-hot-but-not intern heap praise on you in the form of wacky platitudes. Combine that with the introductory copy "You work in advertising. It's Advertising Week. What better time to pleasure yourself with superlative praise. Why? Because it feels good...There are a few people who'd like to stroke your ego in private," and you've got what amounts to either a witty take on our ego-driven, attention-whoring, self-esteem-challenged industry or a tired, lame, over done joke a fifth grader thinks is funny and can't stop telling over and over and over until you want to scream "shit the fuck up" but you don't because, you know, you're supposed to be the role model. So which is it? You decide.
- Aquent is hosting a webcast on September 27th entitled "Getting it all Together: Best Practices in Planning for Coordinated Print and Web Initiatives." which will examine how to make print and online work together better.
- The recently formed Association for Downloadable Media (ADM) will hold its first in-person meeting at the Podcasting & New Media Expo in Ontario, CA. The meeting will be held at 7:30 a.m. PDT on Friday, September 28, 2007 in Ballroom A.
- A new eMarketer report examines the value of social media and whether or not the hype meets with the reality.
- Website uptime monitoring company has gotten cute with its homepage turning it into a modified 404 page.
Yes, my friends, it's that time of year again. Now in its fourth year, Advertising Week, the advertising industry's ego-fest that shames all others, makes its debut Monday, September, 24. As if you don't already get enough of it on a daily basis, the week offers you the opportunity to wallow in the business even more and celebrate the earth shattering "power of advertising and its impact on business, social issues, politics, music, and media through panels, events and discussions with top CEOs, CMOs, industry heavy weights and influencers including Martha Stewart, Academy Award winning actress and activist Mira Sorvino, Grammy Award Winning rapper Ludacris, Grammy Award winning producer Emilio Estefan, Emmy Award Winning producer Michael Davies, Today Show correspondent & former NFL player, Tiki Barber, Founder of Craig's List, Craig Newmark, as well as live performances by Gym Class Heroes, Panic! at the Disco, Chaka Khan, comedians Lewis Black and Susie Essman."
The Trunk Monkey has returned. Sadly, he's not as funny as he once was.
- The Creative Weblogging Network has launched a self-service shop to help advertisers choose from its 130 blogs.
- Seems Washington DC doesn't want to miss out on the fun and has launched its own Advertising Week to be held September 17-21.
- More smelly ads can be found in the Los Angeles Times.
- Not that anyone heard of it in the first place but the creators of Bullet Proof Baby want us to know the site was part of a promotion for the movie Shoot 'Em Up.
We need another award show like we need another email newsletter from MediaPost. Oh wait. Sorry. We used that one already. But wait. Read further. Maybe we do need another award show because the really good stuff...the stuff that should win awards but always gets killed by the client...needs its own platform on which to seek praise.
Enter The Speckies. Yup. An award show for great work that got killed, canceled, spat on, trashed and otherwise suffered the indignity of pompous, know-it-all clients who crapped on it just to feed their ego-driven power trip. So here's your chance to slap down those pontificating morons and show the industry your true, unfiltered talent. Or something like that.
- EVB has put together MLS Represents for Adidas. Each MLS U.S. soccer team has been paired with 13 originally created anthems which can also be turned into music videos by fans.
- Seemingly to protect its brand, China Airlines, following the crash of one of its planes, concealed the plane's logo by painting over it.
- All those Diet Pepsi Max yawning sounds are now conveniently available on Wake Up People. Oddly, if you stuck the word "white" in there, you'd instantly have Daniel Carver's catchphrase.
- On September 18, the PSFK Conference Series will hit LA. Held at the Pacific Design Center, the conference will examine innovation and change in the areas of creative, media, marketing and advertising.
George Parker, the source of choice for getting anything Julie-oriented spun right, has eloquently informed us that Roehm's lawsuit against Wal-Mart was just thrown out of court by a judge in Michigan because she didn't file in Arkansas.
Thank gad it's over. Hopefully. In other news, isn't that picture at left awesome? It's part of what happens when you've got an illustrious career in advertising under your belt: spare time. And, cupped like so in creative hands, that can be dangerous.