The Ad Industry Needs Pull Its Head Out of its Ass and Grow a Pair

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As follow up to a post he wrote on his blog about the good old days of advertising, George Parker followed up writing, "Apart from a stroll down memory lane and reminisces about great bars and restaurants, many of which no longer exist, the big question raised was, was the work better, and did we have more fun doing it? Yes, I think the work was better, and I know that will raise a shitstorm from young fucktards who think creating stuff for digital, viral, WOM, CGC, and whatever else is flavor of the month is harder and requires a greater range of skills. To which I answer, you are probably right, but that's not the fucking point."

Parker continues, "It's still all about ideas and great content... Not fucking execution. There seems to be a great deal of confusion on this. Do it on the back of an envelope (or better yet, a cocktail napkin) before you spend fucking hours tarting it up in Photoshop and Illustrator, or whatever you create incredibly finished layouts in these days. If it doesn't work on the cocktail napkin, it certainly wont work on your 42 inch monitor. So, order another drink and start over."

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-09    
Topic: Opinion



Chase Recalls World Trade Center Tribute

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Bill Green of Make the Logo Bigger and the new Adverve podcast took a look at a new commercial from Chase and was reminded of the World Trade Center tribute. The one where they had the blue lights shining up into the sky from the former location of the towers. We have to say, it does recall that imagery for us a bit as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Ralph Lauren Has the Skinny on Fashion Advertising

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We'd like to offer praise to Ralph Lauren. Recently they created an amazing ad featuring model Filippa Hamilton. She's really skinny and all...which is really cool cuz, ya know, that's who fashion brands design for. In Ralph Lauren's world, everyone's a size zero and all women have waists smaller than their heads.

Seriously. This is one of the best ads in the fashion space right now. We've never seen anything like it. It captures perfectly the Ralph Lauren brand and does a razor sharp job of targeting the brand's likely prospects. Sales will, no doubt, skyrocket as a result of this ad.

Kudos, Ralph Lauren. We really can't understand why anyone would actually complain about this ad. This approach is radical. This is cutting edge. This is award winning. You should be very proud of yourself, Ralph. And don't listen to those nasty detractors. They're just messing with the picture perfect world in which we marketing types love to live.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Opinion



Adrants Upstaged by AgencySpy and George Parker

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This video explaining who caused the demise of Enfatico is absolutely hilarious. But we have just one question. Who pays for this stuff? Who gathers together 30-40 actors and creates a well-produced video just to endlessly pummel an agency which was doomed from the start?

Whatever the answer to that question may be, George Parker (who relentlessly pummeled Enfactico) and AgencySpy (who relentlessly pummeled Enfactico) get top mention in the video. Adrants? The blog that's supposed to be the king of wise-ass little shit-style snark? Not a mention.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-09    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Weblogs



Mad Men Gives Sixties A Branded Makeover

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The following is a guest editorial by Tom Parrette is Director of Verbal Branding at Addis Creson on AMC's Mad Men as it relates to the reality of the sixties.

I'll admit it upfront, so diehard fans of AMC's Mad Men are forewarned: I'm one of the few people who's not completely infatuated with the show. But as someone who does branding for a living, I'm intrigued by how it reconstructs the ethos of an era using brands and pop cultural references.

It seems like Mad Men is based on a simple conceit: an ad agency, which delivers manufactured views of the world to a mass market, is presented to us through the same lens. The show is itself an advertisement for the early 60s, where looks and labels surpass world events in terms of significance. The show's producer David Chase, quoted in The New York Times the month Mad Men debuted, described it this way: "Here was... a story about advertising in the 1960s, and was looking at recent American history through that prism."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-24-09    
Topic: Opinion



Effies Call, Bourbon Quizes, Hocky Moms Fight

- Entry materials for the 2010 Effie Awards are now available on www.effie.org. The On-Time Effie entry deadline is October 14, with the last chance to enter set for November 4.

- On September 23 at the Yale Club of New York, MediaPost will host its Creative Media Awards.

- 72andSunny is out with an online and offline campaign for the newest 2K Sports video game, NHL 2K10 featuring three hockey moms who take out their aggressions, and take on NHL pros, with their favorite party game, NHL 2K10.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-09    
Topic: Games, Industry Events, Opinion



More Mad Men Mockery Misfires

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Wanna watch the world's worst Mad Men promo/spoof? Well, here it is courtesy of Landline TV. We have no idea what they're trying to accomplish with this :60 riff on the AMC series but one thing's clear. It's bad. Really bad.

Can we just leave Mad Men alone and stop obsessing over it. Perhaps enjoy it rather than continuously mock it as if we, the ad industry, are the only people who enjoy the show?

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-09    
Topic: Cable, Opinion, Worst



Yawn. Groceries Sold With Stop Motion

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OK. What's up with the whole stop motion thing? Sure, it can net cool results but why go to all that trouble when you can just film a commercial regularly and save a lot of money in the process? After all, everyone in advertising is lazy right? And clients are always bitching about how much everything costs.

Oh wait, they're creative too. Sadly, they're derivative as well. Which...is why we get the same thing over and over and over again.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



ad:tech Chicago: Weighing Hearts and Brands on Ancient Scales

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ad:tech Chicago's "Love for Sale -- How Great Creative Seduces Its Target" session was broken into two discernably useful parts: statistics on online dating, and seduction as a metaphor for marketing.

We'll begin at the beginning.

The Online Dating Crowd

Accompanied by Liz Ross of Digitas US, Fusion Idea Lab's Matt Brennock regaled us with both statistics and close-to-home anecdotes -- the kind that's fueled many a romantic comedy.

I heard one guy say the pair had great chemistry, and he commended them for "[opening] the kimono" the way they did. Given the topic matter, and Brennock's zeal for reminding us (first once, then twice, then...) that men really do just wanna get laid, the geisha metaphor was oddly appropriate.

Some stats:


  • The average online dater is 42 years old.

  • Match.com remains tops, with 3.4 million uniques/month, but people increasingly drift away from these big-box dating sites and into more niche fare: j-date, veggiedate, Christian singles. (AdAge blogger Kelly Eidson seized this opportunity to send me a link to STD Match, a dating site targeted to people living with sexually transmitted diseases. There are also -- as if you didn't know -- ethnicity-specific sites.)

    If the world wasn't our oyster before, the marvelous advances of the internet, coupled with mankind's enterprising creative spirit, have ensured it certainly is now. There's a match worth blogging.

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Losing Fuel, Teddy's dead legs and Mad Women

- Fuel loses fuel.

- MCD gives those hardworking kids a day off in the city.

- Well, that didn't take long. Long live Teddy's dead legs.

- Fake WWF campaign lands just in time for 9/11!

- Where the white women at?

by Bill Green    Sep- 1-09    
Topic: Cause, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Political, Specialty










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