Fend Off Agency Pitches From Agency Giving A Pitch

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Here's a fun time waster for marketers sick of the daily pitches they receive from agencies. With old school-style gaming technique, you can annihilate those incessant pitches as the enter your office and disturb your day. There's nothing more to it. Well, except for that mini-skirted flight attendant who welcomes you to Moosylvania's world. And yes, it's all just another agency pitch.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-07    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Good, Strange



Billboard Purism, Calgary Promotes Gwangyang, AOL Buys Tacoda

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- Christiania Spirits is hosting a billboard competition. Finalists will be judged on the company's guiding principles known as Purism. OK then.

- A recent ad in the Economist promoting South Korea's Gwangyang as a business center used the Calgary skyline to do so.

- AOL has plans to acquire behavioral ad network Tacoda. The company will use Tacoda's targeting capabilities to improve its advertising offering.

- On the eve of Saatchi's new red pigtail guy commercial, Improv Everywhere is staging a faux protest claiming the ads unfairly represent red heads.

- AdFreak says Microsoft's new Live Derby 2007 game which promotes Live Search doesn't do much more than prove Microsoft is uncool and is still good at crashing.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Magazine, Online, Outdoor, Strange



Girls With Mops. Only in Japan

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Girls. Plaid pleated school girl skirts. Knee socks. Mops. Yes, that last one is correct. Only in Japan do you find these wonderfully odd combinations. Apparently, it's to promote a television drama called Life. All this courtesy of Flickr user antjeverena.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



Hey. Third World Adolescents Need Porn, Too

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The OLPC, an organization devoted to bringing open source laptops to children in Third World countries for less than $200 a pop, have discovered an awkward residual outcome in their well-meaning scheme.

The News Agency of Nigeria has reported some kids at an Abuja primary school "have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials."

Oops. The OLPC has since reported they'll be including porn filters in the newer models of the otherwise-durable computers.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-07    
Topic: Bad, Cause, Packaging, Policy, Strange



Nokia N95 Makes Computers Bite, Scratch and Otherwise Maim Owners

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It may not be as cute as the iPhone, but the Nokia N95 - and its ad campaigns - might just be cleverer.

The premise behind jealouscomputers.com is that the N95, which boasts music, GPS, camera, and video cam all in one (okay, really ugly) phone, may spark the jealousy of lesser-seeming technologies - like your laptop, for example. And along with footage of tech gone awry are flight attendant-type videos about protecting yourself from dangerous hardware, as well as camouflage tactics for the N95.

You might want to try the latter, even if you don't have a laptop raring to bite you. (Seriously. Look at it.)

by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Packaging, Promotions, Strange



Even Rugby Players Love Each Other in Paris

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Leveraging for the billionth time Paris' position atop the cities of love list, the Regional Tourism Committee of Paris in London has launched a campaign for the Rugby World cup that proves even rugby players feel the love. Of course any game that requires fully grown men to forcefully embrace and thrust themselves into each other must certainly have something to do with love. The only thing missing from this campaign is a Snickers bar.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



Those Foreign Lyrics Sure Are Catchy

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They say music is the universal language. It moves us similarly no matter what language we speak. It breaks down cultural barriers caused by language and political differences. This family, enjoying a nice car ride, has been infected by a catchy tune on the radio that's appealing to both mom and dad as well as the kids. Give it a listen. But, catchy as the tune is, you would be well advised to listen with headphones on or the volume down.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Folgers Sponsors Coffee-Induced Heart Attacks

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We just can't get enough of this stuff! We love it when computers are left to do the work of humans because, well, computers are dumb and dumb nets dumb no matter how much the things try not to be dumb. Ah yes, our favorite whipping boy, contextual advertising, has risen his ugly head once again in a ad for Folger's coffee directly next to an article about hoe coffee could trigger the first heart attack in some people.

Oddly this story is dated August 15th so either there's some time travel going on here, this thing is a year old or it just came up in a Yahoo News search. No matter. It's still fun to witness idiocy in action.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Worst



Krystal Food Mashup Nets Chicken Popsicles

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They might taste good. They might even contain a bit of chicken. But, these batter-encrusted, popsicle-like Chik'N Stik'Ns are, well, gross. Not to be deterred from the fact chicken isn't usually served up like ice cream on a stick, Krystal is promoting their new creation by bribing...uh...giving away two music downloads for each order of Chik'N Stik'N purchased. Next, chocolate covered chicken-filled candy bars.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-07    
Topic: Strange



Denver Ad Club Launches Self-Esteem Fueled Award Show

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Well what do you know. Alex Bogusky Moves to Boulder and Denver launches a new ad club. And that's not all. Properly following America's march toward self esteem-fueled mediocraty where there are no winners and loser only proud participants, the New Denver Ad Club has kicked off an awards competition in which there are no golds, no silvers, no bronzes, no categories and no Cannes-like category shifting to please judges' whimsy.

The only thing the 50 winners get is a slot in the Denver50 show book and a party at which much alcohol will be served. Entries are due August 10 although how one submits is a mystery given the Denver50 site doesn't exist yet. Entries are limited to creatives living in Colorado when the idea was developed and must have appeared in media between January 1, 2006 and August 10, 2007.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-17-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Strange










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