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PSP furniture

6 students from Design Products, Industrial Design Engineering and Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art have designed a landscape of concept furniture derived from the statue-like forms of people sitting, standing or leaning against walls engaged in playing the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The furniture is designed for use specifically when playing the PSP, and can be tried out during the exhibition.

See images and more at psprca.com.

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Sorrell gets critical of competitors

The Media Bulletin reports that during a conference in Barcelona, Sir Martin Sorrell bashed rival advertising networks, saying they behave in an 'irrational' and 'desperate' way in their attempts to win new business.

The WPP chief executive mentioned British rival Aegis Group and Havas as two companies that had guaranteed media rates to their clients -- meaning that the agencies' fees could be eaten in to if the guaranteed rate can not be secured.

"It is the act of an irrational competitor. It is a little bit disturbing. It is driven by people in the mid-market who are a bit worried about what the consolidators are doing," Sorrell said in the Financial Times.

"IPG is a wounded animal and it lashes out. I do not think there is much in the way of cost control in terms of hiring people. You do not give people three-year guarantees to move unless you are pretty desperate," Sorrell said.

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Sony graffiti for PSP handheld

The Wooster Collective points out some chalk drawings that have appeared in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco for the Sony PSP handheld. The guerilla campaign of the chalk drawings and posters show cartoony kids playing with oversized PSPs. But there is no Sony or PSP logo. No website to visit. Just the illustrations. See images here.

Reactions aren't happy: HongFire Forum calls it "Sony's coming to vandalize your neighborhood!

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Round 74590 in the battle between Miller Lite and Bud Light

Yes, folks, they are at it again. Tuesday Miller issued a press release after Anheuser-Busch contacted several cable television networks to request that they cease running new Miller ads pointing out that, despite a change in Bud Light, Miller Lite still has more taste.

Some cable networks did in fact pull the ads until Miller can verify the claims (10 out of about 32).

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New Ambien CR ad epitomizes pharmaceutical company malevolence

You've GOT to read the article on Adweek about this new ad hawking Ambien CR sleeping pills...

According to Adweek, the ads contain a seven-day free trial coupon, but fail to mention any side effects, which happen to include memory loss and addiction!

Better yet, the ads violate four out of fifteen "guiding principles" agreed upon by some association of pharmaceutical advertisers.

The principles, you see, don't go into effect until 2006, and the drug maker seems to want to stimulate trial (and addiction, perhaps?) before 2006, when, coincidentally, they lose patent protection on their original Ambien.

Very funny stuff, indeed!

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A german, a prostitute and a tagline.

Be warned: Below is an obscene joke, that makes fun of other nationalities and assumes that prostitutes actually can enjoy being victimized.

But it does have an advertising angle, so I thought: WTF? and posted it. Now please don't scroll down, unless you're not easily offended.

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Lodger equalityzone.org viral animations

Equalityzone.org is a flash site dedicated to stats about women, news about women and promoting equality for men and women worldwide. There are lots of interesting fact nuggets hiding on the site which sadly, I can't link directly to since the whole thing is a one-url only flash-package, but dive into the different countries to find trivia you never knew. Try new zealand for example. :)

Lodger, the finnish posse with a history of creating cheeky animations like I love death where old men harass young women as both the opening scene and punchline, have created four films for Equalityzone.

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Songs for sale

The Houston Chronicle has an interesting article that shows the move in the music industry towards the belief that selling out is OK. The article starts off with the changes of Paul McCartney, who went from suing Michael Jackson for licensing "Revolution" to Nike in 1985 to this year appearing in a national TV ad for Fidelity Investments with one of his songs as a music track as well as a song in a Lexus ad (who also happens to be sponsoring his current tour.)

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