Creative Director Searches For Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet

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Former Y&R CD James Othmer will publish a new book in September entitled ADLAND: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet. Othmer describes the book as "a semi-memoir about the past present and future of advertising."

Since it's Cannes week, Othmer agreed to share a Cannes-related passage from the book. It's the first line from his chapter about Cannes 2008:

"The future of advertising is hunched over in the center of Boulevard de la Croisette outside a tiny yet unthinkably crowded cafe on the French Riviera at 4:18 AM, hands on tanned yet wobbly knees, uncertain whether she will succumb to the excesses her industry has bestowed upon her and puke, call it a night and stumble back to her overpriced, mega-agency-sponsored hotel room, or gather her wits, her stomach and her constitution and rally to take her skills to another, more exciting place where the party is just getting started."

Yup, things haven't changed much at all. The future of advertising is clear: awards, company-funded trips to exotic locales and lots and lots of alcohol.

by Steve Hall    Jun-24-09    
Topic: Publishing



Jayson Stark Autograph Tells Doting Dads They're 'Worth the Wait'

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Under the premise that a signed copy of Worth the Wait is the perfect gift for Father's Day, Pennsylvania-based retailer The Frame Game sent out an email blast inviting subscribers to a book signing for ESPN's Jayson Stark, who wrote the aforementioned title.

Any mention of being Worth the Wait brings to mind Christian promise rings and WWJD wristbands, but the book is actually a collection of stories about the 2008 Phillies, as illustrated by an image of Stark clutching a ball with a bronze batter, mid-swing, behind him.

We can appreciate the call to pause, but the illustration's about as bamboozling as the title: at first glance, it looks uncomfortably like Stark's about to get clocked from behind.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-09    
Topic: Events, Promotions, Publishing



Gawker Media Acquires BooodCopy. No, Really. It's True!

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Yesterday, we mentioned Gawker Media announced the acquisition of the blog BloodCopy. We also mentioned it had to be a joke. Well, it is and it isn't. The long-running blog is part of a Campfire-created campaign for HBO's True Blood. Since it's inception, BloodCopy has kept in-story, increasing its fanbase of vampire culture lovers and show fans.

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by Steve Hall    May-27-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Promotions, Publishing, Strange, Weblogs



Curation v. Scraping, Oprah Over Twitter, Financial Fortune Smiles on Facebook

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- One man's curation is another man's scraping: more on the ongoing drama between pubs that report and 'net-based pubs that aggregate.

- Oprah over Twitter? Guess that means ... absolutely nothing, now that we think about it.

- Stats on motivations of Twitter users. Features graph intros like "A Large Following Doesn't Equate with Intelligence" and "Mixed Feelings about Reciprocity."

- Perspective on your perspectives on Swine Flu.

- Facebook has plen'y of cash, and expects interactive advertising rev to boost sales 70%, COO Sheryl Sandberg ballsily proclaims.

- Stolichnaya is the premier sponsor of Babelgum, which will air exclusive live concert footage from artists like Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics and Kaiser Chefs; as well as "Bananaz," a film about the Gorillaz.

- Aerocles deconstructs Dominos' approach to social media.

- Saw the Loud n' Clear infomercial on TV last night. This is why we love America. Hold 'til 1:27 for when Enthusiastic Geriatric shouts, "Bingo!" It don't get any better than that.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Opinion, Publishing, Social, Sponsorship



Heineken Lady Cider, Visa Superfreaks, Edible Business Cards

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- Amsterdam's Pink & Poodle takes women on for Heineken cider brand Jillz.

- Sayonara to Enfatico (and about bloody time).

- LA Times positions Southland ad as news story. (Via).

- D*Face gives The Queen a facelift.

- Seeking greener pastures on the down-low? One headhunter's business card is edible.

- One prepaid mobile's bailout plan.

- Reason #4320984309384 why we can't visit mom and dad after Cannes.

- Visa Debit does Superfreak. We don't know why, but Morgan Freeman doesn't sound sold either.



Blurb Makes Book Publishing Easy For Creatives

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The intrepid and ever-present Jolie O'Dell discovers how Blurb allows designers, with or without design software expertise, to create stunning books of all shapes and sizes. Watch and learn.

By the way, Adrants publisher Steve Hall is involved with Blurb and Ammo Marketing on a project called Killed Ideas. We seek the best creative which, sadly, didn't get to see the light of day for various reasons.

by Steve Hall    Mar-20-09    
Topic: Publishing, Tools



ATTIK Out With NoiseFive

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It's round five. ATTIK, as it did four times before, is out with the fifth version of its "experimental design book," NoiseFive. The book chronicles the history of the agency from its humble beginnings in Huddersfield England to its expansion across multiple continents, the previous four Noise books and, the purpose of the books, an explosive orgasm of design.

Coca-Cola VP of Design David Butler described the book saying, "NoiseFive makes you think. What would happen if the world's biggest brands were all design-driven? The scale of impact on business and culture could be incredible. With NoiseFive, I am reminded of ATTIK's relentless focus on innovation and look forward to the future we're designing together."

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-09    
Topic: Agencies, Publishing



Killed Ideas to Give Your Creative Masterpiece New Life

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OK so you've landed the perfect client for whom you've been jonesing for years. They're about to launch a new product line and have a huge marketing budget to support the launch. (OK, just pretend the economy doesn't suck and they actually do have huge marketing budget.)

You concept the most amazing idea you've ever concepted and present it to them. During the presentation they praise it. They love it. They fawn all over it. They pontificate about how it will introduce a sea change within their industry and how it will skyrocket the company to greatness. Everyone fist bumps each other at the end of the meeting and the client promise to call with final approval the next morning.

Then...

The call comes...

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Massad Hits Its Readers Where They Like It

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To generate buzz for Netherlands-based S&M rag Massad, agency New Message enlisted dour-faced porn star Sofia Valentine to wander fetish parties and brand ass, The Story of O-style.

The so-called "spankvertising whip" -- an apt expression if I ever heard one -- looks suspiciously like a cricket bat but leaves pert white derrieres branded with "Massad, the SM Magazine."

Short and to the point. Sort of like pain. See it in action.



New Book to Solve Ad Industry's Ills

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Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Euro RSCG Chicago Steffan Postaer is out with a new book entitled The Happy Soul Industry about Vernon Night, CEO of "LA's hippest advertising agency." Night, who's in the midst of an ugly divorce, has a new client, God.

In this "hip-hop age of internet porn and reality TV" world where no one cares about Heaven and no one has time for goodness, God needs a really good ad agency to get things back on track.

Hey, if an ad agency can solve God's problem's, this little recession thing ought to be but a swatted fly on the ass of Martin Sorrell.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-09    
Topic: Agencies, Publishing








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