Considering this Julie Roehm/Walmart saga is getting 9/11-style coverage we're not going to dive much into it at this very moment but you have to admit all this lychee martini-parsing, who-slept-with-who, who-paid-for-dinner crap brings back vivid memories of slut rumours and peer ostracization on the quad. AdScam rants beautifully on the latest goings-on in the made-for-TV drama. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Lots of liaisons happen around holiday time. The Rumpus Room, Young Guns and some other noob-oriented groups get together for Make a Big Noise, a competition to promote fair trade worldwide. Anyone under 30 can enter.
Here is the requisite MySpace. We like Rumpus Room, we like Young Guns and we like their concept but the MySpace sucks. We're sure they know that though. Considering fair trade and all that good stuff are causes now embraced by the tech-savvy, super-trendy, organic smoothie-sipping post-Google crowd, we look forward to seeing what kind of entries slip out of the woodwork. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
- If you love to bitch about the importance of Cannes-winning creativity versus creativity that actually sells stuff, you might like this Effie webcast tomorrow featuring Carl Johnson of Anomaly, Chuck McBride of TBWA\Chiat\Day, Greg Stern of Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and Paul Woolmington of Naked Communications.
- In case you missed it, here's (1, 2) those Chrysler ads that slipped out "by mistake" and was then "pulled" by the automaker.
- While crapping all over recent campaigns he feels are really bad such as Charmin, Pepto-Bismol, Mucinex and ExxonMobil, Scott G says the ad industry should simply stop hiring people who create these ads.
- Deep Focus has done some extensive work for HBO's Rome that pits two protagonist characters, Atia and Servilia against each other with dueling online sites in a celebrity smack down of sorts.
If you're wondering why so many marketers are talking about word of mouth marketing it's because, according to the Word of mouth Marketing Association, it works. In fact, it, seemingly, works so well, the organization is having another conference on the topic covering word-of-mouth, viral, buzz and blog marketing. On December 12 and 13 at the organization's Word of Mouth Marketing Summit 2 held in Washington, DC, marketers can learn from other marketers who've done successful words of mouth marketing campaigns, learn why today's trend toward consumer control is ripe for word of mouth, listen to Mentos' Pete Healy talk about his company's successful leveraging of the Mentos/Diet Coke viral wave and hear AOL's Ted Leonis talk about AOL's initiatives in this area.
As Grey's Anatomy's Meredith always says, "Seriously." Seriously, if you wonder why companies are successful without spending a boatload of money on TV, word of mouth can play a significant role. Get more info here.
The Art Directors Club, in heir promotional piece for the organization's 86th Annual Call for Entries, has acknowledged the state of our world and the tumultuous and precarious position in which today's ad industry finds itself. Created by TBWA\Chiat\Day New York (why do they have to use that forward slash instead of the other one everyone else uses making the typing od thier name a pain in the ass?) the poster portrays hurricanes, tsunamis, energy shortages, bird flu, pedophilia, rogue nations with nukes, political and religious tensions, big box retailers, and numerous other worrisome plagues that afflict the world and out industry.
In the creation of the poster, the agency got all voodoo-like and researched the history of Armageddon, medieval times and other apocalyptic events for inspiration. It shows. We like. In a most blunt and concise fashion, it truly sums up the insanity of our current commercial culture.
- Tonight from 6P - 9P at Flute in New York City, interactive advertising publication adotas will host its monthly media mixer where you can hobnob with others like yourselves.
- The next Future Marketing Summit will be held March 5, 2007 at the ADC Gallery in New York. Founded by Strawberry Frog, the summit will focus on integration and how it relates to the design, entertainment, technology and delivery aspects of marketing.
- The Silly Girl takes a look at the recent PS3 and Wii launches, provides and analysis and tells us why Wii came out on top.
Adrants reader Dresden directs our attention to the super-classy Draft FCB congrats ad to all the winners from last summer's Cannes ad festival.
Dresden wryly notes, "Perhaps they should be the first to receive the 'Neal French Award' for non-creative, derivative, tacky work trying to pass as advertising..."
Ooh, that burns going down. Bottoms up to Draft. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
- Will Video for Food thinks a recent youTube featured video, One World, by MadV is part of a paid promotion for the supposed launch of his upcoming television show.
- Ad Agency North has drafted an extensive white paper on the rise of consumer control over media and advertising and how marketers can shift their efforts to better coincide with this new flow of information.
- The Web Marketing Association has announced its fifth annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Awards. The IAC Awards are an industry-based advertising award competition for online advertising. The Competition Web site is located at www.iacaward.org and the deadline for entry is January 31, 2007.
- Hmm, that was short. Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. fame has left AOL, the company that purchased Weblogs Inc. just over a year ago.
- Burger King has pissed off Spain with ads for its Double-Cheese Bacon XXL death burger because the ad runs counter to the country's recent efforts to lim down its society.
If you're not yet sick of us writing about ad:tech, we're going to make you even sicker by pointing you to 183 more images of what's really important about ad:tech: the parties. Ariel Waldmen of Shake Well Before Use lugged around a big ass professional camera that put our lame but cool little Casio Exilm to shame. Here's the album where you can see Datran bar dancers, vamping hotties, people who like to lift up co-workers, bartenders who wish more people were at the party, fools who take pictures of people taking pictures of them and human flesh expressing itself on the dance floor.
While we didn't make it to Lindsay Mure's AdFemme party, a first for the organization, we did peruse a photo album of her ad:tech event which 150 or so attended. The party featured Emily Mure & Band whom we assume is Linday's sister. It looked like a good time and we hope she forgives us for calling her gorgeous.
Yesterday's Advertising Industry Diversity Job Fair and Leadership Conference held at NYU's Kimmel Center had 300 conference attendees and 500 job fair attendees. In on of the panel discussions Deutsch Art Director Carlos Fernandez put things in perspective when he informed the audience advertising ranks 356 on a list of 357 or so industries ranked by diversity and comically wondered if industry number 357 involved wearing sheets. Although he didn't quite mean it literally, Draft/FCB EVP Director of Integrated Marketing Larry Evans spoke about the industry's chemistry and how those considering joining the industry must learn the ropes or risk having "the white cells spit you out."
The conference opened up a much needed dialog on diversity in advertising, a touchy subject no mater how you slice it or camouflage it. There were many fascinatingly eager students in attendance and several experienced industry insiders willing to answer attendees questions and offer advice on how to crack the ad industry. It was encouraging to see the throngs of students who took the rare opportunity to speak face to face with successful advertising people who very willingly answered the endless list of questions asked. Business cards were handed to students. Interviews were set up and, hopefully, jobs will ensue.
We were pleased to be part of this event and to enable the conversation. We hope to host more conferences on the topic in the future as well as, perhaps, in different cities across the country.