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Sports teams spend their time contemplating the best way to kick the ass of their opponents. And yet when a national tragedy strikes, the organizations that compete with each other are the ones showing their support.
But it wasn't just Chicago. The Montreal Canadiens, perhaps Boston's biggest and longest running sports rivalry, held a moment of silence for The Boston Bruins.
Dove and Ogilvy Toronto have stopped trolling art directors/designers, and returned to the original idea of changing women's minds on how they see themselves - quite literally this time. Gil Zamora is a forensic sketch artist, a skill whereby he can make a portrait based on someones description. Women describe themselves to Gil, and later a complete stranger describes the same woman. When these ladies see the portraits of how they see themselves vs how other people see them it's a revelation.
Eva's cleavage was revealed in 1994 for Wonderbra, and was recently voted the most iconic ad image of all time. The ad myth has it that this billboard caused several car accidents too, just like the Anna Nicole H&M lingerie ads did in Norway a year prior, but like most press myths this is most likely hype. This billboard was right outside my advertising school in Vauxhall (above D&AD) at the time, and the only one us students weren't trying to deface to make it better.
The headline "You're Not Alone" coupled with a stark image of a woman covering her face, as if in despair, clearly parodies the usual PSA look. The subline "Millions of people love the Big Mac" and the toll-free number make it clear it's for McDonald's, and not some stress caused depression. These ads appeared all over Boston subway system last week, amused people were sharing photos of them on social media, and somewhere a creative team was likely high-fiving each other as this is the type of thing that does well in awards. But.... everyone I know has a big but... the ad was not approved of by McDonald's.. What what! Ghosts ads in the USA, say it ain't so?
It's time for finals and partying all night, it's time for giving 110% always. It's college time and thus time for Red bull, apparently. Students stroll into campus in the morning to find air dropped crates of Red Bull to help them survive. Praise the Red Bull saviors, or you know the student brand manager who is making an exra buck by dragging crates of this stuff around. Remember when students were saving Louis Vitton? And Yale law students didn't seem to realize that they were being pawns in a guerilla advertising scheme? If that's true, then I guess everyone will seriously believe that these crates were air dropped into campus.
The other day, Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank house. This should not be news in and of itself, but here's why it is.
The Anne Frank House posted the above message on thier Facebook Page.
I love this. Absolutely love it. Not because it proves something about Bieber. No, I love it because it proves the people calling themselves Personal Brands™ are extolling the virtues of being shallow and fake.
Once upon a time, before the marketing charlatans* got their buzzword hands on our vernacular, there were well-established words and phrases used to define decent behavior. Words like common sense, civility, etiquette and the like.
Adage wonders if "folks" are just having a laugh or sharing some harsh truths about the industry. The correct answer is BOTH mate.
The hashtag, which was fueled by the blog Adland, caught on like wildfire today in the span of just a few hours, with hundreds of tweets by ad people eager to poke some fun at themselves and blow off some steam. Makes sense; ad folks usually tend to have a good sense of humor. But many people were expressing that the missives didn't feel like mere jokes and rang a bit too close to home.
Below is the storify collection of as many as I managed to grab, if you both laugh and wipe away tears, it's all good.
There's been a lot of talk about the silly condiments spanking the people as revenge campaign all over the interwebz. No doubt you've seen it. We've posted about it, too. We've had questions for Milan advertising agency Alch1m1a.
Questions that no one else has asked. So we will be the first:
Question: did this shit even run, since it's nowhere to be found on your website?
Question: (which comes from a hat tip): Since Kami Tora is a very prominent manga/hentai artist, did it ever cross your mind to I don't know, maybe not make it so obvious you traced the image (minus nut sack) of the same dude gettin' his butt spanked?
Well well, this is pretty neat as our smirk graces the Economic Times India's "Brand Equity" on Wednesday morning. It's a look at the ad archives like ourselves and BestadsonTV. We shared a few back and fourth emails with the journalist Shephali Bhatt pondering how we collect these ads, and what we do they they turn out to be scam ads or ghost ads.
How do you normally deal with controversies?
I pour gasoline on them and get marshmallows.
Jonah Peretti founder of Buzzfeed has been riding the viral wave ever since his stunt email exchange with Nike in 2001. Buzzfeed is the viral headquarters if you will, where imgur gifs, tumblr jokes and reddit best photo threads are repackaged with smart headlines, cleaned up with snarkier comments and sent out into the world with big yellow "WTF" buttons on them. A machine of memes, with an editorial staff skilled at making them who will sell this ability to the highest bidder, like Virgin Mobile and other brands targeting the younger demographic.
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