Time Sheets Suck

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Well, it's definitely not Numa Numa but, then again, time sheets are not that fun. These two German singers from Datebeat stopped by some German agency to do their rendition of "Time Reports."

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-06    
Topic: Good, Strange



Bud Light Creates Zagar, Transplanted Tribal Dude

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Bud Light has created this Aborigine-like guy called Zagar and featured him on his own website and blog written by his "roommate," Steve. Videos on the site follow the the Crocodile Dundee-like, fish-out-of-water antics that come with cultural transplantation. Some of its funny. Some of its lame. The site has all the usual wallpapers, AIM icons and downloads and there's also a Flickr page and the very bloggy blog written by Steve which has all the required bloggy blog bells and whistles. So far, there are three posts that point to the three videos on the site. One wonders how long Bud Light will go to the expense of creating videos to foster blog content given that they are TV commercial quality.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Strange, Weblogs



The Battle: Ad Agencies Versus SEO Firms

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Tribble Ad Agency which isn't really an ad agency but rather a search engine marketing firm or an agency that offers SEO or a just parody site designed to crap on the current state of the ad agency business has caused a debate between ad agency types and search engine marketing folks who are jockeying for position as to who's best suited to handle a company's online marketing. We think the SEO guys are a little bit more right than the ad agency guys.

In announcing their launch last month, Tribble had this to say, "Tribble Ad Agency has opened it's doors and launched our blog to consume companies' ad budgets and deliver next to nothing by way of online ROI. We promise to build your website all in flash so it never ranks in the search engines. We also like to use image navigation with complex DHTML menus that are unspiderable and employ random 'keywords'." And it goes on deliciously from there.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Oral Fixation Takes Over Ad Industry

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I really wasn't going to comment on this ad but after reporting mouth-shaped urinals were removed from a McDonald's in the Netherlands because they were seen as perversely sexual by a visiting American, I just wonder what that person would think of this girl's open mouth, ready to receive objects that, apparently, need oral attention. Aside from all that, the not so smart thought of opening a bottle with one's mouth and the fact this just looks like a mock up some art director wished actually ran somewhere, it's not a bad ad.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-06    
Topic: Opinion, Point of Purchase, Strange



Politically Correct, Sexually Closeted Attitude Causes Urinal Removal

Leave it to the politically correct, sexually squeamish mind of an American to become so offended by those red-lipped, mouth-shaped urinals in a Netherlands McDonald's, the person's complaints caused the owner to remove them. Yes, we Americans are, for the most part, an oversensitive bunch so caught up in our fervent desire not to do anything that might remotely cause bad vibes for a person or a particular group of people, we read negativity into almost everything. The designer of the toilets, Meike van Schijndel, said the toilets were designed to be cartoonish and not represent a woman's mouth. Of course, way back in 2004 when they first appeared at New York's JFK airport, we didn't know how to react either.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Strange, Trends and Culture



Agency Offers Internship to Best Head Butt Subtitle Writer

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Quickly capitalizing on that whole World Cup head butt thing, Belgian communications agency Mortierbrigade has created a site where people can subtitle the video of what Materazzi said to Zidane prior to the head butt. The agency will offer a copywriting internship to the person who they think writes the best subs.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-06    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Nude Trampolinist Promotes Wedding Contest Movie

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When Adrants reader John Brock sent us a link to something about nudes bouncing on a trampoline, our interest was piqued. Unfortunately, that piqued interest was short lived. Rather than the expected trampolining woman with big breasts bouncing uncontrollably, we get a guy'sbig bouncing belly. It's all to promote a movie called Confetti which is about UK comedians and three couples who somehow compete to win a bridal magazine contest for "Most Original Wedding of the Year."

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange



eefoof Monetizes, Bouncing Breasts Sell Candy

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- A site with a strange name, eefoof, has launched and it's like YouTube except it's set up from the start with a revenue model to make money for both the site and the content uploader.

- If candy and top heavy Japanese girls bouncing their breasts in a bikini while shouting something that sounds a lot like "jerk off" is your thing, then this spot is for you.

- Here's some stunning news that actually needed a survey to convey it: According to Quepasa Market Intelligence, Hispanics prefer to read labels in Spanish. Who knew? (no link)

- These are really stupid in that good sort of way. They promote Kellog's Crunchy Nut, were created by JWT London and directed by The Perlorian Brothers.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Strange Opel Click-to-Call Campaign Generates 300,000 Calls

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While this click to call promotion for the Opel Astra Twin Top is Dutch, we're told it's good and when we visited it seemed to be so if in a very weird way. Somehow the car is being promoted by having people blown into the sky by a jet airplane and then landing on a billboard. Oh, and there's this weird scientist dude who mumbles into a phone and holds up a sign. Yes, it all has to to with the Estara-powered click to call feature but we'll leave it to our Dutch speaking friend over at Adland to explain further. At least we think she speaks dutch or whatever language this is in because, clearly, we are just a clueless, lazy American who can't get off his ass to learn a second langauge.

Anyway, if you want to check out the campaign, go here, enter your first name, last name and your telephone number. The campaign has generated 300,000 calls from 15 countries so we suppose "successful" would be a good label to give this campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Viral



Dude Sets Up Fake Site. Sells Ads on Animals, Beaches, Hookers

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Fed up with seeing advertising everywhere, Dutch design student Raoul Balai set up a fake agency which offers advertising on animals, in churches, in the middle of songs, on beaches and, yes, on the bodies of hookers. Using images of animals at the Amsterdam Soo, Balai photoshopped ads onto the animals as well as onto the horizon of a beach, the windows of churches and onto the bodies of random lingerie-clad women. Balai explained his effort saying, "I was getting sick and tired of advertising everywhere. But I don't want to preach, and I thought satire would work better." It did until the Amsterdam Zoo caught wing of Balai's work and had its lawyers slap Balai with a defamation suit. Yes, it's official again. No one in the entire world has has even the smallest sense of humor anymore.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-06    
Topic: Strange










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