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Viagra gets rough with Virgin - forces them to pull ad

Aaah, too many pun possibilities here, pun-overload!

Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R has ticked off Pfizer and Viagra by using their familiar little blue bill shape as a visual in an ad poster for Virgin airlines. In their poster, the pill is inscribed with "Virgin" and the copy reads: "Virgin Upper Class Suite. The biggest, firmest, longest bed in business."

Pfizer didn't see the funny in that and complained saying the diamond shape is trademarked and these Virgin posters are infringing on Pfizer's intellectual property. Virgin has agreed to remove the posters within the next few days. Another Virgin poster they'll no longer run reads: "We're bigger than BA in the bedroom department".

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Naomi Cambell acts up in ad for Tesco

In a TV advert that premiered Monday night Naomi Cambell parodies her own angry reputation for Tesco's brand Cherokee clothing. In the ad Naomi is seen arriving at a hotel and madly beating down those starbursts that reveal how inexpensive her outfit really his, until she throws a real hissyfit and wrestles a starburst to the floor. The ad ends with her being led away by the local police and the strapline "Design by Cherokee. Price by Tesco".

The next ad, a 10-second "tail-ad" that follows the first in a block of commercials, shows Naomi loosing it at an anger management meeting when more starbursts appear to ruin her day.


Swedish Young Creatives team chosen for Cannes competition

Last night the first half of the Young Creatives Sweden competition was completed and the winners were given their prizes at a party/ceremony held at Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm. The winning team is John Bergdahl & Karin Frisell who will travel to Cannes this summer and compete in young creatives down there. This is the second time John Bergdahl gets to compete in the Young Creatives down in Cannes, though last year he was teamed with Richard Hallberg.

The brief was to bring in research money for the Childcenter at Astrid Lindgrens Sjukhus, the target was new parents and grandparents, the media dictated was a Newspaper ad and a banner-ad.
One team went all out and off-brief, Samuel Åkesson and Tomas Manovsky, and actually raised money for the cause - for their efforts they got a honorable mention and a special YC diploma.


Lee and Dan say: we've been up to no good again

We've had a bit of election fever and made some Party Election Broadcast spoofs. The ads were commissioned by Channel 4 News' Independents' Fund and will be broadcast within Channel 4 News as the last item for the next three nights.


Mince Mary advert the most complained about ad last year.

The UK advertising watchdog Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced our favorite toplist on Tuesday by releasing their annual report. Top honor goes to an ad shilling mince meat pies, which became the most complained about advert in the UK last year.


Is CNN spamming a blog near you?

Is CNN spamming your blog?
Comment Spam isn't just for the Viagra salesmen anymore as CNN seems to have sunk to their level. Nick Lewis InfoBlog lays out some pretty hefty evidence of CNN spamming on blogs.

This week, CNN broke ground as the first news network to attempt a viral marketing campaign in the blogosphere. Operatives from CNN targeted an unknown number of mid-to-high level bloggers to receive guerrilla comment spam. In total, 10 of these spams have been varified so far; all of them appear on blog posts that focus on CNN. Perhaps the most shocking find is that CNN may have left malicious keywords at least three blogs with the intent of using google's keyword stuffing detectors to censor them.

In other words, Nick Lewis is not only accusing CNN of spamming, but also of keyword stuffing, that oh-so passe practice which went out of style years ago when the search engines caught onto it, and even malicious keyword stuffing that could knock these blogs down from their top spots on google. That's not just spam-nasty, that's sabotage nasty.

Catch 22 comment on Lewis' page: "So haven't you started a buzz about cnn by posting this?". Ouch. We're damned all the way around these days. ;)

Via Metafilter, where the word astroturfing now has officially evolved into Ashleeturfing, due to that earlier Ashlee Simpson incident.


G.A.P launches F.A.T

Forth & Towne is the name of Gap Inc.'s new store concept aimed at women over 35 who don't want to shop at their Banana Republic and aren't ready for Old Navy yet.
Businessweek reports:

Forth & Towne -- Gap's first new chain in a decade -- aims to appeal to boomer women, who grew up with Gap, but with whom the store "lost touch," said Paul Pressler, president and chief executive


Photoshop contest makes a Coca Cola Logo on the moon, again.

Worth1000 has had yet another fun photoshopping game , called Corporate Takeover 5, where the idea was to find new places for corporate sponsorships logos. And boy did they!

Among the funny ideas is the McCow, The genetically modified 7up limes.
AT&T buys the moon (brilliant!), and the old Coke logo on the moon idea. That is, if Starbucks don't beat them both to it.

One of the first gags the New York Post Post House pulled on their tabloid-like homepage was the ad-on-the-moon idea, which was recently done when CunningStunts PR stunt was to hoax the Sun newspaper into believing they had projected J-Lo's butt on the moon.

Back in 2004 we reported on Alexander Lavrynov's idea of putting billboads in space, Ads in space (revisited)