press clippings about Adland


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Press can be quoting us, using us as reference, or simply interviewing us. Adland was founded Åsk Dabitch Wäppling back in 1996. It began as a passion project, collecting recent ad campaigns, pairing up badland ads and as an outlet to adrant on recent happenings in the ad industry. As it grew, with a discussion mailing list and much mail generated daily, it became a database-driven website collecting great (and not so great) ads serving many caustic comments and editorials on the advertising industry. Some called it a blog, but we do not. The site has been used as resource or quoted by the New York Times (USA), Adweek (USA), Marketing Mag (Canada), the Library of Congress, Spiegel (DE), CNN Money (USA), Media Guardian (UK), Resumé (SE), Adformatie (NL), Campaign magazine (UK), Creativity (USA), Svenska Dagbladet (SE), Dagens Industri (SE), Brand Equity (IN), Børsen (DK) and many many more.
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"Called ads sexist - was chided for porn distrubution"

2011-03-01Metro Sweden picked up on our ban from Google. Here's a machine translation of the article.

The Swedish advertising blog has been banned by Google Adsense, Dagens Media. This is because Google believes that her post is too daring.
- Well, apparently Google believes we serve our readers porn. I can not help but laugh, says Åsk Wäppling, the founder behind the site, to Dagens Media.
She has posted a picture of lingerie from Sloggis advertising campaign. This has been on the blog for about seven years and she has complained that the advertising is sexist, but Google thought the picture was too daring.


Dagens media: Ad blog banned by google - is accused of spreading pornography

What a deliciously clickable headline that is. Dagens Media notes that Adland has been banned by Google, for having nudity on the site. Specifically for a Sloggi ad from 2004 campaign as Googles mail states here. We find this to be hilarious right now, especially after we posted about big brands like Interflora still advertising on Kissie's homophobic hate-speech Nazi promoting blog because she apologized. Sorta. Moral of the story: hate speech okay, writing about sexist ads and depicting them, not okay.


Give homeless banners a site to be on, and help the real world homeless in Stockholm.

Well, we can't have any google ads since we're apparently porn-peddlers anyway, which has put Google adsense in the "more trouble than they're worth" category. So we're banner-less now, and as you all know, I'm a softie at heart, so I decided to turn over our banner-spots to hemlösa banners (Homeless banners). It's a banner campaign created by Stockholms Stadsmission, and it hopes to inspire both large and small websites to help give homeless a roof over their heads.


Adland banned from google adsense, thanks to Sloggi.

You know that I've hated the Sloggi ass campaign with a passion, now it seems I have another reason to hate Sloggi. I just found this sweet message from Google adsense:


While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may exist on other pages of your website.


Hat tip from AdAge

Seems we were the first ones to notice that groupon pulled their super bowl ads.



So.. You might have wondered what has been going on here these past two weeks. Long story short, hell. ;)

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to move out of the servers we were on, and into something else, in less than 12 hours. Thanks to Rackspace Cloud servers, and in particular twitter rackspace guru/god @rjamestaylor , we did manage a superfast move and stayed up! However, I wasn't up to speed o the whole cloud server thing, and dayjobs were hogging most of my time, so a few kinks that prevented new postings weren't fixed, until just now.

Sorry about that, I'm gonna make it up to you by posting so much stuff now.

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Dabitch interviewed in Design Weak

Design Weak, created by Plan B Studio have an interview with yours truly here in their ongoing great women series. I'm just on the heels of Carolyn Davidson, and have decided to let this go to my head 'cuz there's no beer nor chocolate in the house so this is the only high I'll get today. ;)

So, if you ever wanted to know more about who hosts this place, click on over, as I talk a lot and there's a bit of TMI in one of the answers.


Yes, I just changed the entire sites look right under your nose

Hello all, especially all adgrunts currently logged in (Hi
, grant.lovering, Stink, HowieSPM etc). Shocking, isn't it? I felt that I should show you what we're doing here, not 100% done yet but pretty much there, and some folks might be thinking that I'm just picking my nose all week, since there's few new posts, but his is what's going on. So now you know. The theme has been change to fit with the input received. Also, we've added ... *gasp*.... banner ads. Did you know that it's against Googles terms of service to ask anyone to click them to support the site? Yeah, totally is. So I'm not gonna ask that. But I think you can guess why I've made banner ads space..... right? ;)

Anyway. Back to work. Pour on the praise, hate and random suggestions pony-wishes in the comments here. Cheers.


Backtagging the archives. (Wanna help?)

Hey. If you're wondering why I'm a bit quiet recently it's because I'm busy backtagging the archive. the community tags / folksonomies that are on each film, that every logged in adgrunt can contribute to needed some populating when it came to those ancient films from way-back-when. Lots of films don't have any tags, and I set out to fix that.

What am I tagging? Stuff we see in the ad that won't show up in the searches: that is not the brand name nor the product category, or the credits, as all of this is already typed out in other fields and needs no repeating - only stuff we see. Like wedding, dog, anthropomorphic, explosion, stunt, fire, kiss.... and so on.

Here's what the Volkswagen Jetta ad looks like, see the tab that reads "tags"? As a logged in user, you can add your tags to the ad, and contribute to the alternative way of finding commercials here on adland.

Just one of the things that logged in users can do, which anonymous can not.


Greetings RSS reading mates: Did you know that YOU can upload your work here?

Aaaah, RSS, the ease of reading news the way you want it. Pretty clever ain't it? Just a heads up to RSS readers that might not notice what's going on, on the site - you can upload your work here, and when you think about it, you really should. It'll add to your google-juice fame, after all.

Lets show off some examples, shall we? See Saatchi Tel Aviv has a page, and on it you'll find their work like the retro yummy pelephone musix ad where everything has speakers. The Perlorian brothers page is looking awesome, as usual. Agencies like King, GSDM Idea City and Shalmor Avnon Amichay-YR Interactive have pages and upload their new work when it arrives. Individuals at agencies upload their work, for example Greg Smith, to show off what they've worked on. Production places, directors and sound design folk add their things like Bent Image Labs, Anonymous Content, Suspect. Directors add their reels, like David Edwards. Now, why don't you?

Oh, and if you're getting into the twitter habit we're @adland on twitter.