'O.C.' Star Does Subway Commercial Prior to Fame


Before becoming ultra, sultry-hot Summer Roberts on FOX's The O.C., Rachel Bilson did time smiling in Subway commercials. We know this isn't earth shattering news or anything so we offer it for the posterity archives when future generations look back and utter a collective, "Television commercials? Wasn't that when people thought they could actually get other people to buy stuff they didn't need or want? How silly." See more pictures here.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials

Google to Become Stalker

The Media Drop reports Google has acquired (hired the execs of) Dodgeball, a company that enables cell phone users to have a text message sent to their phone when their friends are nearby. Now, not only will Google know your every online move, they will potentially know your physical location anywhere in the world enabling them to port their online contextual ad model to an offline, geotextual, SMS ad model. there's no stopping these guys.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless

KFC Talks With Mouth Full, Human Race Loses Sense of Humor


Ignoring the "don't talk with your mouth full" childhood rule, KFC is running a commercial to promote its Zinger Chicken Salads in the UK showing call center workers singing with their mouths full. Although meant as humor, the ad has garnered 1,040 complaints from people claiming the ad would cause - hold your breath - bad manners. It's the second highest number of complaints ever received for and ad. And, this, just for talking with a full mouth. Clearly, this is a sign the human race has officially lost its sense of humor

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Commercials

Pope Boosts Beer Brand


Attending to very important things during his first 100 days in his new gig, Pope Benedict XVI, has, apparently given his approval, though while still Cardinal, of German brewer Stuttgart's beer. Pictures have emerged showing then-Cardinal Ratzinger enjoying Stuttgart beer. Now that he is Pope, sales have skyrocketed. In response to this, the brewery, last weekend, sent a truck, filled with 185 gallons of its beer, to the Pop in Rome.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Promotions

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Penthouse Cleans Up, Eliminates Dial-A-Slut Ads


Giving itself a nip and tuck, Penthouse, with its July issue, has decided to eliminate the cheesy, back of the book sex ads. Explaining the move, Penthouse Media Group CEO Marc Bell told the New York Post, "Traditional advertisers just didn't want to advertise with that in the back of the book. " Yes, Marc. Good call. It is a bit difficult to concentrate on, oh, say, a car ad when distracted by all those hot dial-a-slut ads. Editorially, the magazine is going all laddie book, adding sports, music and gadget columnists. Oh, for those pre-landing strip, saline-free, mag between the mattress and the box spring days of old.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Magazine

Army Takes Recruitment Holiday Over Methods, Launches Campaign

Although it says it's not in reaction to recent accusations of over aggressive recruitment methods used by its recruiters, the Army will suspend recruitment on May 20 to have a nationwide training day, teaching recruiters the right and wrong ways to convince people to enlist. With recruitment shortfalls and not-so-attractive Iraq war, the Army has stepped up efforts and will launch an ad campaign this Summer in hopes recruitment efforts improve.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Campaigns

Real Estate Agent Poses in Bikini on Billboard


Long Beach real estate agent Wendy Heath decided it was time to spice up her real estate advertising so she's running a billboard on which she appears, wearing a bikini, with her dog, who asks in a thought bubble, "Got Milk?" "Got Real Estate?"

While Heath loves the board, her real estate company, First Team, predictably, does not. First Team Manager Rich Rector was not pleased. "It is absolutely not something that First Team can be a party too. It is totally unprofessional. Would you look at this billboard, and ask, 'Is this the person you would want to represent you in the biggest purchase of your life?" Come on, Rich, live a little.

by Steve Hall    May-12-05    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange