Chrysler Bites Back At Ad Age Over Ask Dr. Z Campaign

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Chrysler is mad as hell at Advertising Age and isn't going to take it any longer. Reacting to a story by Jean Halliday on Chrysler's Ask Dr. Z campaign in which she pretty much trashes the campaign saying it didn't do much for the automaker, Jason Vines wrote an article on the company's The Firehouse press blog entitled "Truth Takes A Halliday." In the article, Jason lays out data which contradicts Halliday's article and claims the campaign is doing just fine. Since, in the inimitable wisdom of Vines who publicly promoted the blog when it launched but limited it only to "known and established media organizations," we can't link to the story so we'll just reprint it in its entirety here until Jason asks us to remove it. You'd think he'd want more than just press to see this good stuff. And Jason, we're not anonymous. Just click the About link above.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Research



Social Networking White Paper Promotes Social Networking Site

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Cliff Kurtman, who has spent the last year closely following the social networking scene and segment giant MySpace has recently published a mini white paper, "Marketing to the MySpace Generation & The Economics of Social Networking," which examines MySpace's success path and the success of Kurtzman's own social networking entity, MyCityRocks. What? You thought white papers weren't thinly veiled promotions?

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-06    
Topic: Online, Research



In-Game Ad Ratings System Announced

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In-game advertising company IGA Worldwide and Interpret LLC have announced an in-game ad ratings system using Interpret's Gameasure. Gameasure will provide advertisers such game title, demographics, reach, frequency, duration and deoth of engagement metrics for all of IGA's video games. Ideally, it will best what Nielsen is trying to do for television now and actually provide real ad viewership and interaction data.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online, Research, Tools



Ad Network Perceptions Surveyed, Booze Gets Fruity

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- Online marketing publication Adotas has launched a survey on the industry's perception of ad networks from both the advertiser and publisher perspective. You can take the survey here.

- Eatmail's Emily loves this new Mother-created ad for Diego's fruit flavored booze. We don't feel the love.

- Not that we ever knew there was such a thing as a tricked out, gigantic, Hummer-like street legal pick up called the CXT but you can trick one out yourself at International's CXT site created by Magnetik and Fathom Communications.

- Well if this Lynx ad isn't bluntly phallic, we promise never to post another gratuitous image on this site.

- Exactly what kind of excitement do you think is running high after seeing this San Diego Zee ad?

- Advergirl, again, delves into the idiocy of corporate marketing and the continuing consumer unfriendly practices companies foist upon us to protect their own dying business models

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-06    
Topic: Commercials, Research



Everyone Lies When It Comes to Porn

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George Simpson, as only George Simpson can, in a piece called The Sun Sets On Naked Women, debunks a recent Nielsen//NetRatings study on the porn surfing habits of the British and calls everyone a liar. The study claims "only" four in ten British men look at porn and Britain's kids only look at porn by mistake "while looking for something else online."

Commenting on the unlikely honesty of teenagers, George writes, "Anyone who has a teenager under his or her roof already knows that teens are the most accomplished liars in the world - and that expecting them to say anything other than that they stumbled across ComeOnMyFace.com while looking up the capital of Botswana was idiotic to begin with." Classic. And very true.

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-06    
Topic: Research



People Don't Care if Your Marketing is 'Green'

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If your planning on playing the green card (not the immigration one) in our marketing, you might not want to bother. A recent study from Landor Associates finds 58 percent of people don't give a crap about environmentally friendly practices such as recycling, social responsibility or the use of natural and organic ingredients. The study only surveyed 510 people over 18, hardly a representative sample of the country, but indicative of America's environmentally lazy attitude. The only ting that will force people to give a crap about this is to force every town in America to deal with their own wast rather than ship it off to some far away "transfer station." Oh wait. We tried that.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-06    
Topic: Research



Celebrity Endorsement Not Important to Young Adults. So They Say

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You guys over at celebu-obsessive BBDO might want to read up on a bit of new research from college marketing experts Alloy Media + Marketing which just released a study that found adults age 18-30 place far more emphasis on a brand's social responsibility than its use of celebrity endorsers. Of course any survey that queries people on the importance of not-for-profit causes, community activism and environmental friendliness as compared to the importance of celebrity endorsement is bound to skew results in favor of the "right" answer.

The trouble with this survey is that it measured perception and intent, not actual behavior and the opening of a wallet. A better and more valuable test of what influences a person's actions after being exposed to a brand's message would be to compare purchase behavior of various brands with said brand's use of celebrity endorsers, socially conscious practices and the brands reliance on it's "image." Of course, these sorts of studies have been done many times before but are usually proprietary in nature because it involves a brand divulging sales figures, etc. Point being, studies that measure action versus intent and far more relevant.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Research



Intel Sings, AdWeek Offends, Adidas Dreams, Video Grows

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- In China, Intel employees get branded every morning with during their ritual exercises and this song.

- One Adrants readers thinks a recent Ad Week headline "Mazda N.A. Imports Marketing Exec" describing the movement of one of its employees from Japan to America is offensive. We think it's quite catchy ourselves.

- Here's a few outtakes of those kids in the Adidas World Cup 2006 Impossible Dream ads.

- If the U.S. Senate approves a constitutional amendment to prohibit flag-burning, Commercial Alert is urging U.S. Senators to define commercializing the flag as a form of desecration of the flag.

- WebAdvantage.net has released a study which queried marketers on their use of online video. Thirty percent are experienced in the medium but 63 percent of those 30 are concerned with keeping people involved with the ad.

by Steve Hall    Jun-30-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Policy, Research



Sea-Doos, Experiential Markets, Nokia Blogs, Cement Speeds

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- AdFreak says two out of the three Sea-Doo films are pretty good. We'll take thier word for it since, like many bloated sites, it wouldn't load well for us. Then again, that could just be our crappy Internet connection. And if you're wondering what Eric Roberts is doing these days. Here's your answer.

- Jack Morton has published a white paper which finds experiential marketing to be more likely to "increase understanding, lead to action and inspire advocacy."

- Nokia is running a blog-based campaign in Toronto and Vancouver to promote its new 6682 phone. The company has promised to send bloggers the phone for free if they qualify (age, blog size, location, etc.)

- An Iowa construction company which is building the Iowa Speeday is promoting the track by outfitting ten of the company's cement trucks with Iowa Speedway decals.

- Crispin Porter + Bogusky's VW Configurator, which was developed in part by IQ Interactive, took home a Cyber Lions Grand Prix.

- It's in French so we're not sure what it's all about but we do know it's for Coke BlaK. We've also seen the hippy-dippy floral/bubble theme before. Yup, we have and it was for Coke's M5 project.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Online, Outdoor, Research, Weblogs



Study of Marcom Programs Reveals Obvious: Most Suck

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Because sometimes a press release actually offers usable information, "A new survey on the state of integrated marketing communications, released by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), reveals that 67 percent of marketers develop integrated marketing programs across most or all of their brands, but only 33 percent say they are very happy with their efforts. The findings, based on responses from more than 85 major advertisers, were released today at the ANA's first annual Masters of Integrated Marketing Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City." Now that we know what we already knew, we can move on.

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Research








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