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Lebanese Women Ponder American Culture

"Is that her leg or her arm?"

"I don't know. It's hard to tell with American women."

"Yea, with all that flesh showing, anyone could mistake an arm for a leg."

"Wait, is that her crotch or her hip?"

"Hard to tell with the positions these American girls like to put themselves in."

"Why do American women always have their legs spread open?"

"Well, they do have a lot of sex in America, you know. They have this thing called porn. Heard of it?"

"You mean American women's Olympic volleyball?"

"Well not exactly but it's kind of similar."

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Adidas, Visa, Tide Launch New Ad Campaigns

Amy Corr's Out to Launch column this week features new ad campaigns from Tide who will "spend massive amounts of ad dollars", from Visa reaching for the "New Affluent", from Adidas whose agency 180/TBWA uses some nifty trick photography to bring together past a present medal winners and from Bigfoot Interactive who has launched an email campaign for clients explaining the benefits of adding sender company names to address books so future mailings won't be labeled spam.

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Pax TV Reality Show Watches Contestants Quit Smoking

On Sunday, October 3 at 10PM, we can get sick pleasure from viewing the excruciating pain ten people go through as they are featured in the Pax reality series Cold Turkey while trying to quit smoking. Of course, they are lured to the show under false pretenses just to make it more interesting. A.J Benza will host. We dare a cigarette company to sponsor their show.

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Tylenol Markets Cool Caplets With Snow Bunnies

We're ashamed that we missed it when it happened but not so ashamed realizing the New York Times is just covering it now.

In early August a bunch of young women in furry ski gear handed out packages of Tylenol Cool Caplets which have a minty, cooling taste and is being marketed more like gum than aspirin. Tylenol hired Deutsch and Faith Popcorn to help make this happen. The "Tylenol Cool Caps Girls" also distributed the product in Miami Beach wearing far less than fur coats making us wish we hadn't missed that event either. We really need to get out of suburbia more often. If anyone has pictures, please send.

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Behavioral Targeting Reaches Prospects Earlier Than Search in Buying Cycle

A new eMarketer white paper by Debra Aho Williamson examines how behavioral targeting works, how it relates to search engine marketing and how marketers can make it work to their benefit. Also noted is behavioral targeting's ability to touch the consumer in a targeted manner earlier in the buying cycle than search engine marketing can as it requires no input from the consumer.

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Video Games Threaten Television Viewership, Console Gaming Ripe For Marketers

Not that we didn't see this coming but another study citing the growth of gaming is giving network execs serious ulcers. A Ziff-Davis study claims 54.5 million U.S. households play console video games (overtaking the 52.3 million PC gamers), 26 percent say their television viewing has decreased and 20 percent say they expect their television viewing to decrease further. Additionally, mobile (cell phone) gaming has increased to 16.3 million households up from 8.1 million a year ago.

While growth continues, Starcom Play VP Director PJ MacGregor, whom we contacted for this story, thinks the focus of gaming marketers is in the wrong area, "The reality is that most of the people that are paying attention to the gaming space are thinking about it in a very limited manner. Just as there is more to internet marketing than "banners" and keywords, there is more to gaming related marketing than "advergaming" and "product placement". Those two terms should be removed from the vernacular."

MacGregor says the much-hyped in-game integration is but a small piece of the pie saying, "Marketing alliances that include co-marketing, co-op advertising, packaging, new products, retail tie-ins, promotions etc. are going to be an increasingly popular route for marketers to take when it comes to leveraging the gaming universe."

MacGregor sees the space moving away from boxed gaming to connected consoles. "More and more gamers are moving towards connected play - this isn't going to slow down. Because this space is "connected" advertisers will be able to get in and out quickly - no 6-12 month leads that we experience with the boxed products. The ad units or ad experience opportunities are limitless - downloadables, additional levels, tournaments, full-motion video ads - like broadband video online, promotions etc."

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

No Wait, Cable Really Won Summer Ratings

Like a bunch of kids pushing and shoving each other while debating who just won the afternoon bike race, Turner Chief Research Officer Jack Wakshlag is shoving CBS (who, oddly, declared Summer over a couple weeks ago) and the Syndicated Network Television Association around claiming cable the real winner in Summer ratings. Wakshlag made a presentation yesterday showing prime time ratings for the nets, prior to the Olympics, down 6 percent for adults 18-49. He then went on to state NBC Olympic coverage has pushed PUT levels up rather than steal from cable. After that, it gets far too confusing for us to make sense of or even care so it you want more on this, read the MediaPost article for the full scoop.

by Steve Hall    Aug-26-04    

Corvette Ad Pulled Because Imbeciles Can't Dream

Earlier, we leaked some pre-production footage of the new Corvette commercial directed by Guy Ritchie set to air during the Olympics. Well, it has aired and the safety kooks, again, just can't take a joke and caused the ad to be pulled.

The ad called, "A Boy's Dream" (dream...get it? dream), shows an underage boy doing what any boy would do when imagining himself behind the wheel of a Corvette: racing around like crazy. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (who invents these group?) President Judith Stone signed a letter sent by several other "safety groups" to GM Chairman Rick Wagoner and said, "We're delighted that they did the right thing." What right thing? Telling people it's not OK to dream, imagine or have fantasies? And why does every spineless corporation now bend to the whim of every lame ass, extremist complaint? UPDATE: Here's the spot. Watch it and judge for yourself.

by Steve Hall    Aug-25-04    

'Jane' Insures Ad Views With Camera Phone Promotion

As a way to increase ad viewership/readership/recall, Jane Magazine has launched a promotion urging readers to use their camera phone to take pictures of ads in the magazine, send them to Jane and win stuff by doing so. Speaking the language of their readers, Jane hopes to leverage 20-something's increasing use of the cell phone for a multitude of purposes. Jane will also be able to report back to advertisers how many took pics of the ads and sent them in offering a metric of reader involvement which magazines pride themselves upon.

Perhaps another use of this promotion would be to ask readers to edit the ads before they send them in allowing for either hilarious spoofs or, if appropriately prompted, newly created versions of the ads that might lend insight into future creative development.

by Steve Hall    Aug-25-04    

Hispanic Lad Mag to Launch This Fall

In October Hispanic men will will get a lad mag all their own called Hombre and published by independent Hombre Publishing Group.

With Hispanic poulation growing to 40 million and Hispanic men 22-39 bringing in an average personal income of $65,000, it only makes sense to create an ad medium to reach this group. Hombre will launch as a bi-monthly with a rate base of 100,000 and move to a monthly frequency in 2005. Hispanic celebrities Jimmy Smits, Roselyn Sanchez and Oscar de la Hoya will all be part of the launch issue. GM, Sony and Samsung will be among the premier advertisers giving the first issue an ad/edit ratio of 25/75.

by Steve Hall    Aug-25-04    

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