Civic group uses international figures to promote good behavior on roads

Nonprofit group Muevete por Tu Ciudad is promoting civic-minded behavior in Mexico City using the likes of bin Laden, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and George Bush. The advertising campaign aims to "jolt the city's jaded commuters, police and public-transit drivers into courteous behavior."

Advertising firm Kastner & Partners in Mexico suggested using famous and infamous international figures, donating its design services and using free images in the public domain to craft the ads.

On one street-level billboard, the image of Saddam warns passers-by, "You can generate chaos: Don't you double park." Mother Teresa yells out, "Don't give bribes to the devil!"

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Should chief executives be in thier ads?

The Sunday Herald asked "Should chief execs feature in their own ads?" They printed two opposing points of view...well supposedly, at least.

Both the "pro" (written by Campbell Laird, founder of brand consultancy Three Brand Design), as well as the "con" (written by Tina Korup, managing director of edoMidas Leadership Development), laud the use of Richard Branson for Virgin as an effective use of a chief executive in an advert.

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Jeep's new print ads tout clean running

The latest print effort for Jeep out of BBDO Detroit for the Jeep Liberty CRD. Touted as their cleanest-running diesel ever.

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Clim + print ads get graphic

Print ads for a French heating, air-conditioning retailer. Ice cold igloos and other frozen things tell you how cool this is.

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Family Guy "Stewie" Branded Desktop Application

Fox Home Video and AdTools have released a screenmate communicator to promote the release of "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story". This branded desktop application (BDA) includes songs, sounds, video clips, a trivia game and Stewie himself appearing both inside the application interface, and wandering free on the user's desktop. An innovative soundboard lets the user assemble and send customized Stewie messages to their friends.

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How to Build a Breakaway Brand

Fortune Magazine has a special feature section on branding in their October 31st issue. The article takes a look at ten companies "who took good brands and made them much, much better". Brands include Google, Sierra Mist, DeWalt, LeapFrog, and Subway.

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W&K hope to emulate success of "Grr" and "Cog"

Two new spots for Honda by Wieden & Kennedy London are in production. Rumor has it that they cost over £3m.

One of the ads, "Impossible Dream" was written and art directed by Sean Thompson and Chris Groom. Directed by Ivan Zacharias at Stink, the spot shows a driver "who finds himself in control of a series of vehicles that transform into each other, growing in size as they do so. What starts out as a tiny car morphs into a boat and eventually turns into a hot-air balloon."

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Milk's new spots spoof steroid use in baseball

New "Got Milk?" advertisements spoof major league baseball's steroid abuse scandal. The commercials have been airing in California during the baseball playoff games. The spots show actors as baseballers and managers in similar situations s as occurred during the steroid scandal, like being interviewed by reporters about their "Pouring" (the made up slang for drinking milk) and even one that's pretty close to what happened with Jose Conseco (a player says that he poured for his buddies and when they say otherwise, they're lying).

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Neil French leaving WPP

This morning, Adage.com reports that Neil French, WPP Group worldwide creative director, is leaving the holding company. The news comes on the heels of the ihaveanidea.org's "Night with Neil French" where he made some derogatory comments about women in advertising.

It was immediately unclear whether he has been forced to resign or left on his own. According to online accounts of the speech, he ranted against women in the profession, saying they're more concerned with their role as childbearers than working long hours on behalf of clients.

He was reported to have said, "Women don't make it to the top because they don't deserve to. They're crap."
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Newsweek on the New Ad Age

Newsweek reports on the rise of viral advertising.

The interactive ad industry has gained momentum in tandem with increased high-speed broadband Internet access making it easier for more people to watch online video. Broadband users now make up 42 percent of the U.S. population, up from 36 percent in January 2005, according to a September report by Nielson/NetRatings. And Internet ad revenues are following suit. For the first half of 2005, they were up 26 percent from last year, reports the Interactive Advertising Bureau in New York.

The Web still snags a much smaller percentage than print of total measured U.S. advertising revenues (5.3 percent for the Web versus 23 percent for newspapers and 8.6 percent for broadcast network TV in 2005) according to the Jack Myers Business Report. But newspaper growth has been relatively stagnant, while the Internet and other interactive media continue to have double-digit increases. And this revenue shift is expected to continue. At a September 2005 Advertising Week event, David Verklin, the CEO of Aegis Group's Carat Americas, predicted that over the next three years, advertisers will shift $40 billion collectively out of their TV budgets and into new, digital media.

With online advertising so ubiquitous, it takes more than a clever idea to get consumers' attention. Increasingly, they want to get something in return for their time. Hence, the boom in online and mobile media contests and sweepstakes which are incorporated into various ad categories from streaming video to website banners.

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