Clear Channel to Write Copy For Advertisers

Hoping to alleviate listener tune out due to crappy radio ads, Clear Channel is taking its recent announcement to improve the radio experience by reducing hourly spot loads further and offering expanded creative services for advertisers. Called, Creative Resources Group, the unit of ten copywriters, producers, and other creative experts will aid marketers in creating better radio ads. Either that or Clear Channel created ads with further the notion that the company's vast station ownership has created homogeneous programming sameness.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

Three Enter Ring For Vonage This Week

Vonage will hear presentations from three agencies this week for its $50 million account. Exchanging punches for the right to spread the word about Vonage's incredibly low, voice over IP phone rates (yes, we use Vonage here at Adrants and love it) are Boston's Arnold, New York's Lowe (with Seattle's aQuantive Avenue A/Razorfish) and New York's Carat. Mullen withdrew and Starcom didn't make the cut.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

Subaru Choose DDB, Press Release Proves Quotes Are Interchangeable

After what was surely a grueling battle between Omnicom, Interpublic and WPP, Subaru has chosen Omnicon's DDB Worldwide to handle its advertising account. Confirming the world is run by babbling PR people attaching names to meaningless, recycled quotes or that marketing VP's really are as vapid as they sound, Subaru EVP Fred Adcock (ad? cock? We'll leave that one to you readers to comment on) said, "As we continue to innovate and expand our product lineup in the U.S. market, we need to communicate the Subaru brand promise in a way that is relevant, memorable and differentiated in the marketplace."

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

Gawker Media Launches Three Male-Focused Sites

Gawker Media, publisher of Gawker, Defamer and Fleshbot, has launched three new site it refers to as the "testosterone trio." Finally, some guy sites Adrants can play with. Jalopnik is a car site, Kotaku is a video game site and Screehead is described as a site the covers "funny shit." Published by Nick Denton, the sites are sure to see quick success as did previous launches. See his announcement here.

In addition to the launches, Gawker Media has signed a deal with Audi to be the exclusive, site integration sponsor of the Jalopnik site.

Along with ad banners, the Audi logo is embedded within the Jalopnik site and site graphics.

Denton describes the topic matter of the sites as serving the needs of advertisers. "The motivation for rolling out these sites now is very much about advertiser and audience demand," said Nick Denton, the publisher of Gawker Media. "Right now, we don't have enough inventory for people who are trying to reach young males. The idea was to come up with sites that would interest them - around here, we say that Screenhead is a site built for men who are too lazy to watch TV."

We describe the sites as "rockin', guy-focused sites that won't offend women."

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

Adrants Billboards: Mastercard Offers Hello Kitty Branded Debit Card

  • Mastercard is following the Hello Kitty crowd as they grow up by offering a Hello Kitty branded debit card. While not as cuddly as the actual Hello Kitty, it's sure make Mastercard some nice coin.
  • Indicating there are still Americans who care about politics, Nielsen released figures showing 62.5 million tuned in for the Bush/Kerry debate last Thursday night.
  • Weblog search engine Technorati is now running contextual keyword ads syndicated through GetFound.
  • Making ad banners more effective for the advertiser and more flexible for the user, Pointroll is offering tools such as email reminders, bookmarks and calendar download features allowing users to send themselves reminders to check out the advertiser later.
by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04    

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-04