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Budweiser Debuts Caffeinated Beer

Back in the day before Red Bull and all of its imitators, we always wished there was a beer that would do more than put us to sleep. We even double fisted coffee and beer from time to time to combat the overwhelming urge to pass out. Now, a brewer has finally heeded our call and added drugs...uh...caffeine to beer. Budweiser is rolling out BE beer which contains caffeine, guarana and ginsing. Now, those who choose to get drunk on beer can now do it wide awake while experiencing caffeine-induced heart palpitations.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-04    

America Loves Its 'Desperate Housewives'

A series about four housewives in the suburbs didn't sound so exciting initially but after Sunday's series premiers of ABC's Desperate Housewives, it seems there's a lot of people who want a peek into America's Suburbia. The premiere, watched by 21.3 million, was ABC's best in eight years and the highest rated new series of the season.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-04    

Chanel Pays Nicole Kidman $12 Million to Appear in Ad Campaign

Getting paid $12 million to star in a two hour Hollywood movie is common. Not so common is a $12 million pay check to appear in a two minute ad.

Chanel No. 5 is paying Nicole Kidman a rumored $12 million to appear in the company's Australian ad campaign wearing $42 million worth of jewelry all to promote a tiny little bottle of perfume. Baz Luhrmann, who directed Kidman in Moulin Rouge, directed the three day shoot. Two minutes - $12 million. Just let that sink in for a few.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-04    

Adrants Billboards: European Mitsubishi Ad Overly Sexist

  • adland comments on the sexual overtones of a pan-European ad campaign for the Mitsubishi Colt that has a woman driving the car underwater and being ogled by submarine men.
  • This month marks 10th anniversary of the advertising banner. Way back in October of 1994, HotWired sold the first ad banners to AT&T, Sprint, Volvo and others.
  • Following an agency performance review this Summer, Intel has placed its $300 million global ad account into review. Incumbents Euro RSCG and MPG will be invited to participate. Decision is expeted by mid-2005.
  • Donal Trump is in talks with NBC for a primetime drama series tentatively title The Towers that would be set in New York's Trump Tower.
  • Sure to raise a few eyebrows, Showtime is producing a show called The Cell which follows the lives of terrorists as they plot to attack America. Who thinks this stuff up?
by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-04    

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    

Adrants Welcomes New Advertisers

Business is booming here at Adrants and we want to make sure you know who's paying our rent. HP has been with us a long time and now they are offering a $700 rebate on a new Designjet printer and a chance to win a digital camera. AzoogleAds has joined us to tell you about their kick ass online advertising services for advertisers and publishers. Aquent has a bunch of ad industry videos for you to view that feature industry vets sharing their war stories and telling you how you can improve your marketing and creative services. BrainMass Professional is a company you really need to check out. They provide all the kinds of research and market/competitive/trend analysis quickly and painlessly to make you smart for your client or boss.

DVDmarketer.com has joined Adrants to explain its DVD marketing program that allows marketers to place DVD content in front of 42 million Amazon shoppers. OK, enough self congratulation. Back to the news.

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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