Piracy's looking pretty good these days, and a handful of popular artists have done what they can to demonstrate they don't support the act of suing music fans that also happen to be flagrant file-sharers.
Radiohead gave away In Rainbows online in '07 on a pay-as-you-wish basis, followed by Saul Williams, whose Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust gave you the option of paying a $5 support donation. Just recently, Del the Funky Homosapien opted to give Funk Man out at no charge, jokingly dubbing it his "stimulus package."
Mullen Chief Creative Officer Edward Boches, with ten round, blow-by-blow coverage, pits two great marketing forces, Lee Clow against Gary Vaynerchuk, against one another in a battle of the past versus the future. Examining each contender's claim to fame, approach to marketing, book publishing efforts, awards, Google juice, Twitter followers and other qualities, the fight ends in a draw.
Regarding Twitter follwers, Boches writes, "Lee Clow: Zero. Lee Clow's Beard, 19. He's a legend; he doesn't need Twitter. Gary Vaynerchuk: 540,000. You can argue who cares, but round nine goes to Gary."
Regarding quotability, Boches writes, "Lee Clow: "We're not in the advertising business, we're in the media arts business. We're using all forms of media to tell a brand story-and the media is everything a brand does." Huh? Gary Vaynerchuk: "People are always talking about what you're doing now... To me, it's not what you're doing now, it's about where you're going." Round ten goes to Gary."
So which will it be? Good old-fashioned, time-tested advertising or this new-fangled social media shit?
UK moms reportedly have their panties all in a bunch because of an over-the-counter morning after pill*, Levonelle One Step, that positions itself as "The One."
See ad here. It kinda reminded us of the French AIDS ones except less raunchy -- although there were a few Kodak moments, like when the condom splits over the heads of the sleeping couple, and grinning sperm fly out like a harmless school of fish.
The tagline is simply "Levonelle One Step. The One" -- which some huffy parents argue "trivialises a very important issue" (pregnancy).
- Stop soot (by Underground Advertising of San Francisco).
- Big reveal on YouTube HD Camera Trick (kinda neat if you're an optical illusions kinda chap, plus lots of YouTube users got called out). The original video was an effort for Samsung.
- Create your own ville courtesy of Johnsonville, the creators of their own ... sausage.
- When to delete a nasty blog comment.
- Pretty paper dioramas.
- Who'd've guessed: "you guys shoulndt even put something about the barbies... they are NOT earth friendly.."
In the latest episode of "The Scoop," Ben & Jerry's sends its taste experts to Copenhagen to find a new ice cream flavour.
Watching two middle-aged men nibble salty licorice and marzipan-infused pastry isn't the funnest thing we've ever done. (Though the brief science lesson on Phish Food made a play at being instructive.) And possibly because the banquette was uninspired and the Danes apparently unoriginal (suggested new flavours of ice cream: "chocolate?" "vanilla?" "caramel...?"), Ben & Jerry's wrapped the video by asking viewers to Do the World a Flavour: turn in your own suggestions for new ice cream mashups at benjerry.com.
Raisanen Creative does its part for the German economy: bringing much-needed international awareness to Scho-Ka-Kola, a chocolate energy product whose campy packaging has begged for spoofage for years without relief.
The mockumentary is particularly good if you happen to enjoy watching square-rimmed spectacle wearers make douchebag noises.
Just in time to ride the hype, Crispin Porter + Bogusky launch this geektastic Burger King spot* with a Star Trek spin.
Antonio Federici Gelato just busted out with a print ad campaign where nuns and priests get a little more intimate than the Holy Spirit is comfortable with. Short but sizzling taglines include "submit to temptation" and "kiss temptation" (see variant).
But the UK's Advertising Standards Authority -- which has shafted campaigns for lesser blasphemies -- has apparently never indulged in the sensual magic that defines gelato. The watchdog is investigating the ads now, but that's pretty much a formality: according to the Committee of Advertising Practice, "linking sex or sexualised images with religion may cause particular offence" and "portraying nuns in a sexual manner is inappropriate."
Last week Current.tv launched the first-ever TwitteRFP. That is, it's on the hunt for agencies. And instead of soliciting RFPs the old-fashioned way, it was all, "Post that ish on Twitter."
What's cool about this method is it put both large and small agencies on an equal playing field: that incessant stream-of-consciousness noisebox where we blow 3-4 of our good working hours per day.
"Buy some food that's prepared near the street!"
Just one of the things you can look forward to when you visit Cleveland, according to this hastily made tourist video spoof -- which, incidentally, is generating hundreds of thousands more views than the official Cleveland plug.
Darryl Ohrt at Brand Flakes for Breakfast also points out the video's second in organic results when you search "cleveland, tourism" on Google.