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Contagious Media Showdown competition

Showdown contagius media showdown is sortof a viral award, except it doesn't suck. Entries may not be paid work, like those virals advertising a commercial product, or promoted with bots, text ads or seeded at seeding places, like Kontraband. The work has to spread on merit alone, and on the Showdown Ranking page you can see what is rising to the top.

Webhead injokes like the magazine Blogebrity is neck to neck with the apple + blogger switch AutoBlogger.net. AutoBlogger integrates seamlessly into your journaling software, allowing a busy writer to do things that other internet nerds only dream about. Go out on dates. Take an extended vacation. Turn off your computer for a few hours and spend a lazy weekend just sipping lemonade in your back yard. Followed by Crying While Eating

What he's eating:
Double-chocolate milano cookies

What he's crying about:
Sex will never be that good again


Go down the list, you're bound to find something that amuses you. Or not. The Grand Prize in this competition is 2000 US Dollars.
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Getting fired for using the wrong brand.

Man fired for drinking the 'wrong' beer. Ross Hopkins, former supervisor at the Budweiser distributorship American Eagle claims he was fired for drinking the wrong beer after work. He was fired after the son-in-law of the distributorship owner saw him drinking Coors in a Greeley bar.
The court filing does not directly challenge Hopkins' claim that he was fired, at least in part, for drinking Coors in public.
Not the first time something like this happened, mind you.

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Resumé reports on Hardly Legal, quoting adgrunts

Hardly Legal the CP&B stunt to gain more fame for the Young Guns awards had a mixed reception here at Adland, to put it mildly. What's fun is that the adgrunts comments have been read and noted by the Swedish tradepress. Wehey!

"Comments on the site Ad-rag point out that CP&B have done the fake-porn idea before, for both Mini and Virgin Mobile."

 

Adult Swim's unique approach to bumper ads

Back in September 2001, Cartoon Network (owned by Time Warner) started Adult Swim as a Sunday night program block. It has since expanded into a six night block from 11pm to 6am. When they began, ads were totally inappropriate for their audience (they have a warning that goes up every hour that viewers should be over the age fo 14) for things like diapers, kids toys and other advertisers that would normally be seen during Cartoon Network's regular programming.

Filled with adult cartoons like Futurama, Family Guy, Harvey Birdman - Attorney at Law, SeaLab 2021 and good dose of anime, Adult Swim has taken over the ratings for their time block for basic cable with the highly coveted 18-34 year old male audience. Ads now reflect this older demo.

But even more interestingly is how Adult Swim uses their bumpers to incorporate advertisements.

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Mad Dogs mad sale.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen is closing down, sadly, but this means that for the right price you can get a Mad Injection of hip creative people who used to work there. Oh yeah! If that fancy little web-page complete with a nice Mad portfolio doesn't convince you to buy, perhaps an auction on eBay will? For a mere ten million US dollars you can Buy an award-winning advertising agency - office supplies AND creative staff.

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"Poison" thought to be an advertising slogan

Reuters reports that a Taiwanese man died and four others were poisoned after drinking Bullwild energy drink labelled "I am poisonous. Please do not drink."

Some of the victims thought the warning was a new advertising slogan. Police suspect someone laced the drinks with cyanide and now Paolyta Co., who manufactures the drink has ordered a recall for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Kill Posh Asa Bailey Viral movie

Back in march viral advertisings enfant terrible Mr Asa Bailey, famous from the ogilvy hijack, was auctioning off a sure-fire viral idea on Ebay and spewing releases about it in hopes offinding a bidder. I never bothered to write about the auction, but Researcher.se in Sweden did, my guess was that if anyone would buy the idea it would probably be Goldenpalace.com - the guys who bid on anything inane on ebay as their sole marketing strategy. Who else would bid on a poor Posh Spice imitator getting run over by a car? Or as the ebay auction read: …Victoria is then unfortunately hit by a London buss. .

Well, whaddyaknow I was right, the viral has now been sponsored by Goldenpalace.com. You can see the fake security-came footage here in the film called Kill Posh Asa Bailey Viral, where Asa Baileys name is as loud and large as the "clients" name Golden Palace's, because you know, being a viral advertising marketer means you have to get your name as well as your clients out there. Right.

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Fred & Farid heart Marcel = true!

Curious when I read yesterdays news I had to go and ask them, "So boys, what's this about you starting a new shop?"

Fred&Farid "We're launching a new international creative agency, based in Paris. The name of the agency is "Marcel". It belongs to the Publicis Group, but is totally independent in its functioning. We will be the Presidents of the agency, and will report to Maurice Levy. This agency is an "integrated agency" treating all media (advertising, design, web design, direct marketing...)"

The name Marcel is very symbolic as Publicis' founder was Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. Read on for the story of where they've been, what they've done and where they are going with this new agency.

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