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Slipknot in the ring with Coq Roq

The metal band Slipknot are threatening a lawsuit over the latest Burger King ads - sending this C&D style letter to Burger King headquarters and Crispin Porter and Bogusky which the Smoking Gun shares with us.

B.K Lawyers posse in turn notes that many bands "wear masks and/or make-up to accomplish a mask-like effect, including but not limited to the bands KISS, Gwar, Insane Clown Posse, Mushroomhead, Mudvayne, Marilyn Manson, Los Straitjackets, and the Spits."

I'm wondering if this was just a smart move by Slipknot to get them some more press attention, and the BK campaign.. and... Wow, I'm way too cynical... But maybe CP&B people leaked the document to the Smoking Gun because god knows it'll be all over the web in an instant now. Hat tip to Researcher who was up earlier than me this morning. ;)

Børsen - We are in Denmark's Financial Times

While playing the NameGame where Lunds was seeking a nice new moniker various tradepress took notice of the unusual way of going about it.
Børsen wrote: "The agency has started a name competition on the weblog Adland, found on the adress www.ad-rag.com , and which is one of the worlds largest and most visited advertising weblogs and cyber-"room" for advertising chats and industry gossip."
A little furter in they quote Susan Hjorlev Lund who says: "We don't think that our current name reflects all our skills and competence. We are an international agency with international clients and co-workers, so it's natural to us to announce this competition over the world wide web. We chose Adland because they have over 50.000 visitors a day."

Ad agency web sites reviewed

The Independent published Stefano Hatfield's reviews of 12 UK advertising agency web sites. The commentary includes "geek report" on usability, design, etc, "obligatory platitude", and "excruciating moment".

The agencies reviewed include:
JWT, AMV BBDO, RKCR/Y&R, Ogilvy&Mather, TBWA London, Saatchi & Saatchi, Euro RSCG, St Luke's, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Clemmow Hornby Inge, McCann-Erickson, and Cake Media.

Here are a couple of the Obligatory Platitudes:
Ogilvy & Mather: "It's all about big ideas. Intelligent ideas. Ideas that spring from a deep understanding of consumer needs and behaviour."
Clemmow Hornby Inge: "The best way to get a big idea is to get a lot of ideas."
Euro RSCG: "The power of one".
St. Luke's: "The easiest way to lead people is to climb to the top of a hill. See what direction they are moving in already and then jump in front of them."

Overall, it looks like BBH's site was found to be the quickest, simplest, and easiest to understand, with the least amount of BS.

Also related, Mother London, BBDO, and Lowe Bull have recently redesigned their agency sites. There's a bit on the Lowe Bull redesign here.

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