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Adland gossip, in Campaign and about Trackback

Does anyone out there still have Campaign from the week of July 8 lying around? Look under the piles of paper, water bottles and mildew-covered coffee cups..... See, the folks over at WK London's blog say that we were mentioned in there along with Adscam and Kevin Roberts site saatchikevin, which sounds like fun - but we'd like to read it, and perhaps stick in our ever-growing scrap book, so, anyone got a scan out there?

Also, Trackback (and comment) SPAM isn't a new phenomenon but it is a growing one, sadly. While blacklists slowed things down or generally messed things up I'm now trying a new approach as we are fortunate enough not to have had any crap-flooding here yet (knock-on-wood). Any trackbacked article is checked by a script after the fact, and if it can't find a link to the Adland article that it has trackbacked it deletes the trackback. This is why we now have a little grey notice right under the trackback link, if you TB to us without linking to us you'll be mistaken for those Viagra salespeople by our unbribeable bot.

 

"Nazis stole my idea!" (for VW logo)

Nikolai Borg, 86 years old, retired ad agency owner and graphic designer has filed suit against VW claiming that the Nazis stole his logo. Almost 60 years later Mr Borg will finally meet VW in court next month to settle the score. From the Telegraph

Mr Borg claims that his involvement with VW began in June 1939 - six years after Adolf Hitler met Ferdinand Porsche to discuss his idea for a "people's car" that could carry five people, cruise at up to 62mph, return 33 mpg and cost only 1,000 Reichmarks.
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Ryan Air ad bombs

The ad with Winston Churchill showing the "victory" sign and the headline "London Fights Back" which first ran last Friday, a week after the London bombings, pulled in 192 complaints to the ASA by the end of the day. This must be some kind of record. No stranger to controversy, Ryanair has had two ads banned by the ASA back in 2001, as they were a bit naughty. One read: "Blow me! These fares are hard to swallow", and another "Satisfaction guaranteed", the ads promoted Valentines day prices.

The speecbubble reads: "We shall fly them to the beaches, we shall fly them to the hills, we shall fly them to London!"

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Crazy Frog the Movie!

Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide - there are plans on making more annoying crazy frog films - including a TV series and perhaps a feature film! Yikes!
SVD Sweden that has interviewed the creator behind the animation (not the sound) Erik Wernquist at Kaktus film, where ideas for the frog run rampant. They've already made him a pop-star that kicked Coldplay off the top spot of the charts, The Crazy frog song sold in 150 000 copies only in it's first week of release in the UK.

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Corus Entertainment Inc. Gets $19.4M Advertising Sales Boost

Both television and radio advertising sales proved to be a big financial win for Corus Entertainment Inc. to the amount of CAN $19.4 million dollars.

Advertising sales boost Corus Q3 profit to $19.4M

Strong growth in radio and television advertising boosted Corus Entertainment Inc.'s third-quarter profit to $19.4 million, the company reported Thursday.

The earnings, which amounted to 45 cents a share, compared with a loss of $51.2 million or $1.20 a share for the same period a year ago, when Corus took a write-down of $85 million on the value of its film library.

The results beat the average estimate of 41 cents a share by analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.

Radio advertising sales were strong at a time when Canadians are listening to the radio less.

An example of the power of advertising.

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Is non-traditional media going mainstream?

From streakers to tattoos to crop circles, it seems in recent years there's been a big increase in using what was once considered non-mainstream art in advertising. Sometimes it's the whole concept. Sometimes it's the just media.

Recently Time had graffiti artist Cope2 create an outdoor ad for the magazine in Soho. (above)

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Viral BMW spot

Ouch!
That's what you think when you see this viral ad of a runner jogging through the woods. If you want to know why just have a look here (QT mpeg).

The provocative commercial plays with a shock effect to promote the principle of BMW tyres that never stop you from going on, even in case of a flat. The claim says "Continues where others stop" and exactly that's what you see in the commercial. It seems to be for Germany only as the copy is in German. No wonder. Germany is BMW land.

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Dodge banner ad so 1999

Last week, the NYTimes reported that before a deal was inked for Lee Iacocca, the retired Chrysler chairman, to pitch cars in ads for Dodge for their employee pricing for everyone (following on the footsteps of General Motors), the 3 ads had already been shot. A bid odd. The ads also feature Jason Alexander. A deal must have been reached as I saw one of the ads last night.

Anyway, today I saw this banner ad:

I had to shrink the size down a bit to make it fit for AdLand, which makes it look a bit better. So here's a snippet at actual size:

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