- While some attribute recent visitor loss at MySpace and Facebook to seasonality, others, including members themselves, attribute it to the increased level of intrusive advertising on the sites. It's off to Second Life we go.Watch out residents.
- Cynopsis reports TBS and MySpace have partnered for an online comedy competition called The Stand Up or Sit Down Comedy Challenge which invites amateur comics to submit videoes. The winner will appear in a George Lopez-hosted special on TBS November 18.
- The girls over at street wear brand Married to the Mob don't like the apparent girlishness of the new man and are slapping "Men Are the New Women" stickers on the backs of unsuspecting guys.
- The Weinstein Company is placing a Truth ad is its DVD release, the first being Clerks II.
- Somehow this whacked YouTube video is supposed to promote The Filter, an iTunes add on which automatically creates playlists based on what you listen to.
- With the tagline, "A World Without Science is a World Without Discovery," InterSpectacular has created four new promotional commercials for Discovery's Science Channel.
- Datran Media and the Ad Council have launched a public service advertisement email campaign across the U.S. on behalf of the Environmental Defense's Fight Global Warming campaign.
- Blah, blah, blah....a Dove Beauty spoof.
Fans of YouTube may not have to worry about their baby getting sucked up into the Google void and corporatized because now we have PhilTube. Some dude named Phil has created a YouTube look alike and has videos up that poke fun at popular videos such as the Star Wars Kid and LonelyGirl15. Of course, this isn't the next YouTube at all. It's the creation of Phil McIntyre to parody YouTube, poke fun at social media and to promote PGM Artists, his company that represents production companies to agencies and media companies.
If you didn't know who Phil McIntyre or PGM were, you'd have to do a bit of digging to see what PhilTube is all about but as promotions go, we applaud it. There's no fist bumping here - although, perhaps PhilTube should spoof the Agency.com video - and the content is amusing enough. We're told Hart+Larsson is behind he creative on this one.
Looks like it's a good month for men and their menstrual issues. Catch Up Lady points us to Men with Cramps, a site about male cramping which has "directly or indirectly influenced all the most important events in our history." Sufferers are invited to participate in a study with the MacInnes and Porritt Institute which houses the illustrious Dr. Fardel. One participant confides that male cramps "Is like a tiny man playing a triangle in my stomach."
In a culture where anything new is instantly old, anything cool is instantly uncool and any new ad campaign is ripe for spoofing, gossip blog Jossip has taken on the important task of converting the Gap's recent (Red) campaign into something a bit more fun. While it's wonderful the Gap is handing over 50 percent of (Red) profits to AIDS in Africa, it's much more amusing that Kate Moss has Recove(Red) and the Bush Coldn't Be Bother(Red)
Warning! Warning! Attention, accuracy police. Attention those who expect only boring, serious news here on Adrants and nothing to actually lighten up the day. This is not, repeat, not a real ad for the Apple iPod Shuffle. Neither is this. These are the fake machinations of some Flickr person having fun with their cleavage and panties for the amusement of others, you included. So just look. Enjoy. And don't over analyze.
Ben Schwartz at Rejected Jokes put together a short called Cheating in which an irate husband, prepared to throw open a closet door and beat the libido out of his wife's secret lover, is strangely pacified when handed an enormous Whopper-looking thing by the King himself. The ad's just perfectly off-color, but who can seriously have a hot and steamy affair with a guy who carries a King mask in his backpack? -Contributed by Angela Natividad
In a hilarious bit of satire, George Simpson tells the ad industry we should be very careful what we wish for when it comes to supporting minority-owned media as we knee jerk react to having our asses plucked like a chicken. George goes on to tell us minority groups have staged protests in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Detroit in reaction to ad agencies over reaction and subsequent purchase of every last bit of minority-owned media's inventory. Reportedly, commercial minutes on minority-owned television stations has risen to 49 minutes leaving only 2 minutes for actual programming.
Protesters are reacting angrily as the same over reaction seems to be occuring in monority-owned print as well. One protester is said to have said, "The News is like reading one of those fat fall preview issues of fashion magazines where you have to flip through a hundred pages of ads before you even find the table of contents. It took me over an hour to find the editorial page yesterday."
As agencies hurriedly ran to prevent their asses being plucked like a chicken in response to the New York City Council knocking on their door, media departments got very busy. One agency exec said. "We ran, alright, straight to our media departments--and bought up every pod, flight, column inch and pixel of minority-oriented inventory"
In a piece entitled, "I am Woman. Hear me Blubber," Copyranter is having fun with the Jane Magazine campaign - currently running on Adrants among other sites - and offers up to potential copy to add to the campaign. From "She's a Genius. She's an Idiot" to "She's Zen. She's A Ten" to "She's a Virgin. She's a Slut" there's plenty of suggestion to keep this campiagn going for years. Check out more copy here.
If Al Qaeda and Hezbollah were up against each other in an election, these two spots from "here again, gone tomorrow only to return the next day and then leave once more only to return one last time" magazine Radar, would likely be what we might expect to see.
Crispin Porter + Bogusky AD: "Dude, since everyone's been talking about those crash ads we did for the Jetta, wouldn't it be cool if we made an ad for the Passat where two chicks were talking about the ads while driving together and then...get this....and then...they get in a crash!?" Alex: "Yea, dude. Go with it. That rocks." Oh, and along the lines of spoofing ads, a second one has a bunch of guys riding in a Passat station wagon (as if a bunch of guys would ever be caught dead in that Soccer Mom ride) talking about one of those four hour erection ads before they get in a crash.