Leslie has stumbled upon a campaign of spoof ads for Diebold that are pretty amusing. Rand Careaga made these spoofs, starting with the lovely Stalin image and quote. After two days of ideabusting Rand is pretty much done, but you might have more ideas? Tlevitz has already suggested some copy corrections; I'd take my red pen to the word 'can' in "We can deliver the vote." And add Ohio between The and Vote ... in crude red handlettering.. If this was your brief, and you had to follow Bernbachian rules of speaking the truth, what would you do?
Citybank may have been a tad too honest when they wrote thier latest pamphlets. Usually there's some alphanumeric goobidygook printed at the bottom, but not on this one. "CON-ALL-10/04". Finally, some truth in advertising. WendellWit has the scan of the mishap
The Pot Noodle brand is misbehaving online again, further building on the recent above-the-line advertising campaign.
glue London have developed a brand new site ‘ naturalnoodling.com’ which has been added to the ‘noodle web’ – the interlinking collection of homemade-looking microsites reinforcing Pot Noodle’s ‘irresistibly trashy’ characteristics online.
The main focus of the site is the 'Car Park Kernoodling game' – a groundbreaking interactive video piece developed by glue’s recently launched interactive film division SuperGlue, where players assume the role of a first time ‘Natural Noodler'.
You can watch a dodgy (but fairly amusing if you like flattening things) video at Hank-makes-it-flat, of Hank flattening some poor innocent scooters. Behind that horrible wallpaper and bad-skill HTML exterior it's all a pitch for Motorola razor phones, put on the web with the help of Digital Oxygen Ltd London. The amatuerish style of the website might remind you of the RubberBurner story (interview and clips here) which spread all over the web back in 2000, however in that case it was a little less obvious they were actually selling jeans. Also, they were funnier.
DIYdemocracy.org has got links to help people get better informed, discussion boards to voice opinions, a vote predictor that shows the current (projected) electoral vote count and downloadable posters so people can take part in a little do-it-yourself democracy.
Banner ads turn ten years old. They've evolved, become flashy, carry sound, blink worse than the blink tag ever did and given birth to far more discreet things called TextAds.
So what did the first banner look like? Appropriately enough it was a future-predicting ad from AT&T in their "you will" campaign from 1994, according to the website that collects old banners and celebrates the tenth anniversary 10jahreonlinewerbung.
Otto gives more info about this banner in the comments;
For the record: the "Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE?" ad was created for Modem Media/AT&T by TANGENT Design/Communications of Westport, CT.
Copy Writer: Joe McCambley, Creative Director, Modem Media
Graphic Design: Craig Kanarick, Associate, TANGENT Design (pre-razorfish)
Executive Producer & Art Director: Otto Timmons, VP, TANGENT Design
Brent Hood, CEO, TANGENT Design
Research Intern, Tangent Design (I will have to track his name down)
The Client, AT&T (a great guy and ditto on tracking the name down)
Although we had the most popular ad on Hotwired (according to Brian and Matt...) there were at least five or six other banner ads that launched at the same time and they too should get credit for being "first". I can remember Club Med, AT&T, ZIMA. Last but not least, O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator, GNN, started accepting paid advertising at the same time (one banner ad on the home page, as I recall).
Care to see the commercials that go with it? Robblink gathered them together - knock yourselves out.
Now is the time for a mint condition copywriter to be auctioned off, she even comes with accessories! The alfapet board game (this is an untranslatable Swedish copywriter joke) a citybike and a cool guitar! Ingenious strategic mind included, and an Art Director sidekick can be arranged.
STAGED PROTEST FOR MORE FREE TIME FAILS WHEN NO ONE SHOWS UP.
Chicago, IL - Slothmore Institute, a national organization supplying responsibility shirkers with excuses to stay home and the tools to negate the need to ever leave the couch, announced last month that its members would execute a large scale work no-show and sit-in.
The protest was scheduled to occur last week around the very immobile Picasso sculpture in downtown Chicago. The movement, or lack thereof, wanted to forward the cause of not having to work, to demand more home delivery of food, and argue that Chicagos garbage collectors be required to remove the trash from the garbage cans under members sinks. The organization can claim a 50% success rate, as members across the greater metro, failed to show up for work that monday, but also failed to show up for the protest.