... It's become such a common occurance that I'm actually suprised nobody has written some sort of portal or firefox plugin to hunt down the media-space auctions only at Ebay. Any plugin writing wizards feel up to the task? ;)
Netsummary.dk shares this really bizarre self promotion stunt. Garry Turner sent this in to "One Step Beyond" producer Claire Mandile in the hopes of being featured on the show. We reckon he has a good chance, what do you think?
In Amsterdam 180 has launched their latest Adidas global football ad campaign titled "Impossible Field". It features a mix of players, if course the usual suspect Beckham but also Ballack, Raúl, Defoe, Kaká and Saviola. The campaign will run in all media, posters TV and the web. The TV commercial first aired during the halftime of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, so Europe has already seen it, while the global roll-out wil be heppening in the weeks to come. In the ad the only solid "ground" the players can use is the white lines, everything else is a black void so if you fall of the line you fall off the field!
There are naming agencies out there who check your new name against every conceivable slang or foreign language so that you can avoid stepping in it and choose embarrassing names like the Probe car.
Seems Kellogg's forgot to call them when they began stocking the shelves in the UK with their chocolaty crunchy cereal Coco Rocks. Drug users and those in the know have been snickering at the name ever since the launch earlier this year as Coco Rocks means "dark brown crack cocaine" to them. Oh dear!
Though as any parent will tell you the sugary cereals do seem to have the same addiction rate as crack among kids, buy them once and they never return to sugar-free cereal - so perhaps it's simply truth in advertising after all. ;)
This week was a banner week in the UK for banning radio ads that have helium related themes.
One radio ad was for MasterCard. It featured a man singing over the phone in a high-pitched voice to his girlfriend and followed their "priceless" campaign. There were two complaints.
The other spot was for Travelocity, a part of the "Alan Whicker" Traveling Gnome campaign. In the ad the gnome is enjoying a ride in a helium balloon, and he says "speaking of helium it's the perfect stuff to help me tell you all about Travelocity in a short commercial." There was one complaint.
Do you hear the celebrities saying, "I'm not dead yet"? I sure do. (And no I don't see dead people.) And the ad agencies are happy to keep them from getting on the put on the cart.
The latest advertisement in this growing trend is chock-a-block full of famous dead folk. Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R have created a new commercial for Virgin Trains which brings characters (and dead actors) from old movies and places them among modern folk riding Virgin's new speedy trains.
The brief was to "make people forget how grim train travel has often been in recent years. Instead, inspire them with a bit of good old-fashioned romance."