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Bad Guerilla is twice as annoying as bad ads

CTA Tattler tells of their encounter with a blue faced US cellular walking ad-man where his blue face and annoying habit to yap loudly on a mobile phone while in transit is paid off with "Talk Until You're Blue in the Face, with U.S. Cellular." written on his backpack. Apart from the terrible pun, how annoying isn't it when people yap loudly on a mobile phone on the buses and trains? U.S. Cellular went out to highlight the worst thing about mobile phones with their dumb guerrilla stunt, and agitated people all around their messenger in the trains.


Two hard nuts to crack, or three.

Triple badlander - for those who can't count. Google's prime number billboard versus BMG's trade poster.


Jessica Simpson and Miss Piggy in Super Bowl XL Commercial

Yet again, Pizza Hut is bringing together Jessica Simpson and the Muppets for their Super Bowl XL advertisement this year.

Apparently Miss Piggy and Miss Simpson will be dressed alike. Perhaps now that Jessica Simpson is single they will have her try to win over Kermits affections.


Nude models squirting yogurt as ad event fined for obscenity.

A dairy advertising exec genius was just fined for "staging an obscene event" in Seoul, South Korea myway news reports.

To sell his yogurt he had three nude women caked in flower, and onlookers could squirt the yogurt-stuff all over them until they had washed the flower off.

The court said the performance "was obscene as the event's main purpose was commercial and it went beyond the point necessary to promote the product."


Dumb eBay "advertising" auction of the week

For a while there we wouldn't touch eBay auction crap with a ten foot T-square since it was such a cheap ploy to get attention, but now there are so many of them, some dumber than others, that I reckon we could do a post a week with it. Don't you?

This week, some clever moron is trying to sell "the right to put whatever you want in my msn messenger nickname". Wow!

Msn Advertising Space - Website Advertising Space auction

Of course, this violates Ebays terms of service but that usually doesn't kick into deletion gear until after the bid has generated lots of posts (and free "ads" for ebay) all around the web.


AT&T's most expensive campaign ever their biggest flop

AT&T has rolled out the biggest ad campaign in the history of AT&T and SBC Communications. The national campaign with the slogan "Your world. Delivered." is expected to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The ad campaign which pits the telco against cable operators who already sell telephone services debuted on TV on New Year's Eve and may prove to be the first mistake they made.
See sarcastically headlined Oh boy! Now at last AT&T offers blogging flickr photos and venom posted in blogs - the poster which reads "Blogging delivered" is causing laughing fits all over the web. AT&T can kiss my RSS says horsepigcow who also has a photo of an AT&T printad which reads "Your delivered". Yeah "Your delivered" not You're. Eff knows what it's supposed to mean. Perhaps AT&T can explain?
I guess the "blogging delivered" one - apart from piggybacking on current hype - is meant to mean that they deliver the net to you, therefore they deliver the blogging you do to you. I want to see "Spam delivered" and "Viruses delivered" posters now, while they're at it, taking credit for shit they don't do.


Battle of the Ad Blogs update - the noise

Aw shucks. Some people are a little dissapointed that they weren't nominated to the Battle of the Ad Blogs 2006, and we're sorry that not everyone could make it onto the nominee list or if we simply missed a fantastic new blog out there. See, we started with the blogs listed in the ad links , two hundred odd, and suggestions from an invited group of hardcore adgrunts. We then went about voting ourselves for the ones that should be in the final nominations, as 200 odd blogs would be a wee bit too much. Just a tad, aye?

How we will collect the contenders for the battle next year remains to be seen, we're already discussing an open submissions form and then a vote, but if you want to keep yourselves in the searchlight here, make sure your blog is submitted to the adlinks.

Read more - linkfest inside. We've sorted out anchors so that it's easier to link directly to each category in the battle.


Mike Hilburger wins the Gold Mobius award

The 2006 Mobius awards aren't online yet, but we do know who the gold winner is, it's Mike Hilburger, with "seatbelts" and you can view it here.