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Mr. Lowery goes to Washington.

73 years ago, Congress and the Department Of Justice issued a temporary consent decree to force songwriters to let big companies use their songs without negotiation.

73 years later, that temporary decree is not only still in place, but major broadcasters and webcasters met today to try to uh, influence Congress and the Department Of Justice to keep that consent in place. This decree, by the way, allows a federal judge to randomly decide what a reasonable rate is for a song. It wouldn't surprise me if the rate hasn’t changed in 73 years either.

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Radio 538's new poster campaign nods to porn as women lick hot dogs

Sexist ad of the week is this gem from Radio 538 in the Netherlands and photographed by William Rutten. Fun trivia: "Rutten" means "rotten" in Swedish.

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Stop churning out the Selfie hashtag idea: it's not original and was never any good.

Listen up, brands and social media people, there's one idea so over-used in advertising today that it has its own tumblr Badland site. You see, Your Selfie Idea is Not Original, and that selfie idea is trotted out at least once a day in the ad-world, and no matter what brand signs off on it, the campaign is rubbish. Well, apart from that Samsung underwater selfie stunt, because that was a pretty cool product benefit demonstration.

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The Beancast: Lubricated but loquacious

A Global BeanCast collected in LUBRICATED BUT LOQUACIOUS, which was recorded in the middle of the night for us in Sweden and Faris Yakob, (Genius Steals), who is in London.

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It's blacker than black, it's Vantablack

Back in 2004 we declared I'm wearing black until I find something darker, and now there's something darker. Finally. We're needing to mix up the wardrobe.

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The nymwars are over : Google Plus doesn't need your real name

Google have announced their "real name" policy on Google plus today, and clarified that they no longer require your real name to be publicly seen on Google Plus. In fact you can use any name you want. The Nymwars are over!

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AirBnB rebrand is bollocks. AirBnB revamps their logo for (ahem) a sexier image.

AirBnB launched a new design today, complete with a new logo. The "Bélo" logo, which it's called internally, is an upper-case A, but people are already snickering about it looking like labia or a scrotum. To make matters worse (funnier?) AirBnB invite you to draw your own symbol with the design toolkit. Let the lewd illustration competition begin. The tagline? "Belong Anywhere." Twitter is tittering about the logo and cracking jokes all day long, Buzzfeed got to make yet another list, and everyone is sending twitpics of the logo around.

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