Mark Cuban Says Bring Back The Fifties Live Commercial

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says the future of television advertising is in its past. He says bring back the live commercial so the viewer (nor the advertiser) will know what to expect until it happens. Calling them Reality Commercials, Cuban claims implementing such a thing would not be a technical challeng or a creatyive one but it would entail a whole lot more work. He cites a couple of examples which does get the mind thinking. After all, a commercial riffing unexpectedly off what the viewer just watched would be far more interesting and integrated than a canned spot. And, oh, the potential for screw ups....that alone would keep a fair amount of people watching.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television, Trends and Culture



Life And Death of Magazines Discussed

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There's an interesting conversation going on in the Adrants forum about the recent death of several magazines and the effect the Internet is having on the magazine industry. Some feel the physical nature of the magazine and the impracticality of the laptop making its way into the bathroom or to the beach will keep magazines alive. Others feel the connected teen has no need for paper nor the patience to way for what can be had instantaneously online. Visit the forum here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-06    
Topic: Magazine, Trends and Culture



Corporate Cluelessness Causes Conundrums

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Writing on his weblog, Advertising Ourselves to Death, Todd Copelzitz celebrates the cluelessness of agency execs and media companies when it comes to understanding digital media. Copelvitz takes a look at the Pathfinder debacle - the old on and the new - and the genral cluelessness of elder creatives struggling to understand this thing called new media.

Citing an article written by Aaron Baar called Teaching As Old(er) Creative New Tricks, Copelvitz calls out some gems such as 54 year old Carmichael Lynch Chairman Jack Supple's regular meetings with his web designers (rather than just jumping into the new tech himself) to stay current with new media. From the same article, it appears 54 year old Jeff Goodby at least grasps the concept of jumping in with b oth feet saying, "I used to think you could noodle something out on a pad and have someone else execute it on a computer. But now I believe you have to understand technology just to know what's possible."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-06    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Trends and Culture



Boomers Boom, Gen X/Y Flat, Over 50 the New Black

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It looks like all those twenty-something hipster agency creatives might have a tough time identifying with their client's target audiences over the next ten years. Remember those people we called Yuppies? Or baby Boomers? Well, that audience, which owned the 80's with their yellow ties and Wall Street aspirations is about to boot advertising's fave demographic, 18-49, to also-ran status.

Results released yesterday from Survey Sampling International review of Census data notes 78 million baby boomers will turn 50 over the next ten years increasing the size of the 50+ demo from 89.3 million in 2006 to 111.3 million in 2016, a 25 percent increase. In contrast, the 18-49 demo, while still larger overall, will see a measly one percent increase in size from 135.1 million in 2006 to 135.9 million in 2016.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-06    
Topic: Research, Trends and Culture



Consumer Created Content The New 34DDD

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Hearing Joe Jaffe talk about the three C's of consumer created content with Pete Blackshaw and Jackie Huba on his Across the Sound podcast, we were reminded of having once said to a male co-worker in front of a female co-worker in reference to something completely business-related and without regard to the the female co-worker's very curvaceous figure, "three D's are better than one." Needless to say, awkward smirks and giggles followed. Thankfully, that wasn't the case after listening to this week's Across the Sound podcast which discussed the many aspects of consumer created content, consumer generated media, citizen's media or whatever label you want to place on the trend.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-29-06    
Topic: Consumer Created, Podcast, Trends and Culture, Weblogs



Forum Fights Federal Fat

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Boozhy points to a new campaign from Brazil for Forum Jeans which is letting its feelings towards the country's government be known in the form of ads that depict models beating the crap out of government officials. We could probably use some of that type advertising in America too. Diesel?

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Outdoor, Trends and Culture



United Church of Christ Launches 'Rejected' Campaign, Attacks ABC

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Continuing its "God is Still Speaking" Campaign, the United Church of Christ (congregational) has launched a continuation of its campaign with a spot called Rejected that highlights the church's open acceptance of all lifestyles. This campaign also calls attention to the Church's dissatisfaction with ABC for rejecting its past ads and the network's seeming bias towards right-wing religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Pat Robertson and its exclusion of mainline religious voices. The campiagn points to a petition letter that will be sent to ABC asking the network to reconsider its stance on religious content and advertising. And, yes, they are advertising right here on Adrants.

by Steve Hall    Mar-27-06    
Topic: Online, Television, Trends and Culture



CBS and Yahoo Bring '60 Minutes' to Web

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In a deal with Yahoo, CBS will, this fall, make available 60 Minutes video for free, presumably ad-supported. Content will be available on Yahoo's news, sports and entertainment sites as well as a dedicated microsite. CBS says the move is an attempt to bring quality news to younger people.

Following each Sunday broadcast of the news magazine, the microsite will be updated with two news packages. One package will expand on a segment featured that week on the television broadcast of 60 Minutes. The second will be based on a topical news theme for that particular week. Both offerings will include previously un-aired 60 Minutes video footage, as well as interactive elements such as maps, a reporter's notebook, blogs and photo galleries.

by Steve Hall    Mar-23-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Television, Trends and Culture



Self-Referential Church Ads Remove Stuffy Stigma With Humor

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Adrants reader John Brock sent us this amusing radio commercial, created as a joke by church member Mike McKenzie, for Birmingham, AL St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The spot mirrors the tone and style of those monster truck "Suuuundaaaaaaay" commercials replacing the the usual auto-speak with church-speak. While it's not an official commercial for the church, it has been heard by church leadership who may decide to air it. There's also an airline version of the spot.

Church is stuffy. Life used to be stuffy. The two went hand in hand beautifully. Today, life isn't stuffy but church remains so. Just as the United Church of Christ, one of the most liberal mainstream churches, did with its "we accept all" gay-themed spot, the Episcopal Church, Catholic church without the pope and circumstance, could surely use some self-referential humor to attract jaded, modern Americans through the doors on Sunday.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-06    
Topic: Good, Radio, Trends and Culture



Gatorade Highlights Underdog Mexican Football Player

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Amid the legal wranglings between Coke and Pepsi over the Powerade/Gatorade calorie thing, life goes on in the form of a new Gatorade commercial featuring Rolando Cantu, a Mexican who some said would never make in in the NFL. Well, he did and he's now playing for the Arizona Cardinals. It's the usual "underdog makes good" story but that's what sports fans like. The work was created by two-time Ad Age Multicultural Agency of the Year Dieste Harmel & Partners in Dallas.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Trends and Culture







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