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PlanetOut awards

Today, PlanetOut Inc. named the winners of their gay media advertising award. PlanetOut Inc. is a global online media company serving the gay and lesbian market. Their awards, in conjunction with Gay.com, go to companies showing innovation and excellence in advertising within the gay and lesbian community. And the winners are:

* Best Gay and Lesbian Interactive Campaign: General Motors, Saturn by GM Planworks
* Best Branding Campaign: NIVEA FOR MEN by RDA International
* Best Rich Media Campaign: Wrigley, Eclipse by OMD Chicago and San Francisco-based EVB
* Automotive Industry Category Leadership Award: Scion by ATTIK San Francisco
* Best DTC Creative Execution: Glaxo Smith Kline, Paxil by Beyond Interactive
* Best Overall DTC Campaign: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sustiva and Reyataz by mOne Worldwide

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Baby Bob is really Baby Babette?

Skip tips us to the scariest thing about that creepy talking Baby Bob...

You know what's creepier than Baby Bob? Finding out that Baby Bob is a baby girl.
From the Daily Star: "Baby Bob is portrayed by L’Wren Scoggins, who will turn 1 in April, said her great-grandmother, Jane Sherman. This is L’Wren’s first acting job, and she seems to be successful, as people have expressed shock when the baby’s gender is revealed."

We predict baby-Oscars in the future for baby L’Wren.

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Blackspot sneaker ads banned yet again

Blackspots advertising campaign seems to be centered around getting banned, something that happens a lot to AdBusters ads actually, they have more than ten years of experience in getting ads refused from big networks. It's the reasons for not airing the ads that really crack us up though, the 15 second animated ads were rejected by the fux at FOX and the empty MTV because, as FOX put it, they are "too jumpy".

Who knew, jumpy is now too risque, and that's even without any breasts or nipples involved. Does FOX think the fuzzy animation has some strange hypnotic powers beyond advertisings usual persuasion?
Maybe they think it's like that video in the Japanese horror flick "Ringu" and it has special powers...... Read more to see the "jumpy" animation.

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Interview with Paul Lavoie of Taxi

Paul Lavoire speaks out to ihavenaidea.org.

Lavoie: There’s definitely an inherent risk to what we do. You can do all the research in the world and it can all still fail. When you are a creative there’s also personal risk. You’re bringing an idea from your soul and mind and it can feel like an attack when people don’t like it. You have to be thick-skinned and confident, but you also have to deal with risk and deal with fear.

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Florida Consumers Demand FTC look into Splenda's deceptive advertising.

Many people are being mislead by the deceptive advertising campaign conducted by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Nutritionals, which makes the artificial sweetener Splenda (see rjberens previous post What's the truth about Splenda?).
By using the word "sugar" and the phrase "made from sugar" continuously in its advertisements, McNeil is attempting to confuse consumers into believing that Splenda is in some way natural. The Florida Consumer Action Network won't take it anymore and have demanded that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission examine the deceptive advertising campaign for Splenda.
"Splenda is produced through a chemical process that involves chlorination and phosgene gas, a major industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides," said Bill Newton, executive director of FCAN. "That's not a process anyone would think of when they think 'natural.'"
Adding to consumers' confusion, some high-profile public figures have been deceived by Splenda's marketing campaign. For example, Florida's own Dr.Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet, commented during an online forum that "Splenda is natural."
"If J&J's misleading advertising campaign has hoodwinked a highly-educated cardiologist like Dr. Agatston into believing that Splenda is natural, then how can consumers be reasonably expected to figure out the truth?" Newton asked. "J&J shouldn't be allowed to fool the experts or consumers with misleading claims," Newton said.

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How About A Nice Brown Shirt With Those Chinos. (Hoax)

No stranger to getting under the skins of the decency police, Abercrombie & Fitch might once again be in hot water thanks to a new poster campaign spotted in San Francisco. Smells like a fake. But in these days of corporate black ops,is it?

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Survey on viral advertising

MarketingSherpa are conducting a survey that probably will interest you folks, it's about Viral advertising, do you do it? If so how? And how much do you spend doing it?
Go to their survey here and answer a few questions, and the results from the survey will become a special (free!) report on viral marketing.
Plus, if you've conducted a viral campaign, you can also submit the campaign to be included in their upcoming Viral Ad Showcase so everyone can see the glory of your strategy and creative! ;)

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Delta vs. Volkswagen

Karma, karma, karma chameleon.

Superadgrunts, click read more to watch two commercials, one concept.

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