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Art is not advertising. Except when it is.

So eight years ago(that long ago) Prada put up a fake store in Marfa, Texas, except it wasn't really a store, it was a so-called art piece. The art piece generated a lot of publicity. For Prada. Which then in turn became an ad. How meta.

Funny thing is, it is now generating a bunch of controversy because meta or not, it is now considered by the State of Texas to be an ad.

A recent article by the New York Times:

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Grumpy cat is Friskies new spokescat, and wins Lifetime achievement award. Still not happy.

Grumpy Cat has an endorsement deal, Nestle Purina PetCare has announced that the famous feline will lend her grumpy face to a Friskies brand of cat food.

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Virgin Mobile wants you to NOT BLINK and listen to their message

Don't blink. Don't blink. Oh hell, blink as much as you want to because it gets pretty funny when you do. As Virgin continues to brainwash you with their campaign message their latest idea is a hypnotic. The message is read by countless variations of scenes and people, and every time you blink, the scene changes. There's an angry eagle. A couple arguing at a restaurant. A lanky Swedish actor combing his hair in a bleakly colored bathroom.

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Ad Chat - Anne-Cécile Tauleigne ECD at JWT Paris

It's ad chat time! We're pleased to have a chat with Anne-Cécile Tauleigne, who recently joined JWT Paris as Executive Creative Director. The JWT offices have been beautifully restyled by Mathieu Lehanneur, you should stop by if you have the chance. Previously Anne-Cécile has been CD at Saatchi & Saatchi+Duke in Paris, and CD at BETC EURO RSCG.

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Barcelona's Custom EFX Enters the U.S. Ad Market

Barcelona’s top design, animation, VFX and post shop to apply its award-winning aesthetic to U.S. ads, film and TV marketing, games and more.

LOS ANGELES—Custom EFX, one of Europe’s top boutique providers of visual effects, animation and post-production services, has opened a studio in Los Angeles. A rising star that has worked with agencies across Europe, South America and Asia for such brands as BMW, Nescafe, Samsung, Coca Cola and Ikea, the Barcelona-based studio is aiming to repeat that success in U.S. while targeting work in advertising, film, television, gaming and digital media.

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Glock tweets prayers for victims of attack at Washington Navy Yard.

We've discussed this before, there are certain times that Brands Should Not Tweet. A good rule of thumb is, if a tragic event or natural disaster is not directly impacting or involving the brand (such as their head office, their factory, their founding city), it's probably best to keep mum. While nobody really disagrees with the 'thoughts and prayers' sentiment, a brand of snack chips praying doesn't look like empathy as much as "look at me".

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Twitter allows verified accounts to filter out non-verified replies - creating a giant circle-jerk.

As the joke went as soon as Twitter's IPO was announced... there goes the neighborhood. With shareholders to answer to, Twitter will have to make money somehow, and this usually means ads in your stream - if not paid accounts.

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Dunkin Donuts puts Vine on TV with first Vined commercial

American might run on Dunkin', and we suspect, so does the sugar-high social media mavens who are doing the brands Vine. Animating cups of coffee playing football - quite reminiscent of the Bud Bowl that only ran for years as actual Super bowl ads - in a 5-second game, two hot coffees score a goal. Since they already shot this Vineamation (that's a real word as of right now), they decided to put it on TV.

On the Monday night Football show on ESPN this vine is running as 'sponsored by' 5-second billboards.

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