Is it subliminal advertising or ad creep?

The Observer reports on subliminal tactics being taken up by tobacco firms.

Internal marketing plans, drawn up by the company last year and obtained by The Observer, show that Philip Morris offered financial incentives to managers
to fill their bars with furniture bearing the Marlboro logo or place its branded ashtrays and vending machines in areas where smoking is allowed.

It's Dough Time

R. Lee Ermey (host of The History Channel's "Mail Call" and actor in a bunch of nifty films such as "Apocalypse Now", "Saving Silverman", and most famously as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket") has a blooper reel of sorts at Sideshow Collectibles, the company that makes his action figures.


American Chemistry vs. Oxy Petroleum

Things are disappearing all over Badland, but at least the pet dog didn't go anywhere.


Greenpeace points finger at Ford

An ad that ran on Wednesday for Greenpeace in UK newspapers takes a well aimed stab at Ford.

With gas-guzzling 4x4s, the Kyoto Agreement (or lack thereof), reducing carbon emissions etc. are all hot-topics in the national press at the moment.

Activists Greenpeace make excellent use of their (donated) space to raise their point about the damage of "fashion" versus environmental issues.

Using the famous, iconic Model T Ford attracts the reader's eye, and the expansive use of white space, helps focus the reader on the key points.

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Marks and Spencer go Twiggy

Sixties supermodel Twiggy has hit out at fat people - after replacing Amy Davis, a size-16 model, as the new face and body of Marks and Spencer.

The 56-year-old said there was no excuse for being obese and accused people of 'horrendous' over-eating.

Yet she also admitted there was too much pressure on young girls to be as skinny as she was when she found fame as a 16-year-old in the 1960s.


APA's Top 50 British ads

The Advertising Producers' Association has released this year's list of the Top 50 British ads of the last 12 months. The themes this year show a trend moving away from humor and moving more towards fantasy.

The APA chairman, Steve Davies, said the results marked a shift away from humorous ads, such as Virgin's "Idle Thumbs" campaign, which featured among last year's winners.

"This year's results certainly indicate that there is some movement away from humour, which was in danger of nearing saturation point," he said,

"It would seem that the latest trend is more about taking consumers into a fantasy world. It's a healthy demonstration of how advertising continually evolves."

Ads were judged by leading advertising creatives, directors and members of production and post-production companies.

Read on to see the list...


AdCorp Inc - A short film

The Moviefone Short Film Festival will host the national online debut of AdCorp Inc, a new short-length comedy film, starring Andy Dick, and directed by Marshall Cook. The film spoofs the creative process of advertising agencies and takes a look at what might have happened behind closed doors when coming up with the name for Bed, Bath & Beyond.

In the archive on the site there are also some other short films spoofing infomercials and other ad related stuff. This is the first annual Moviefone(R) Short Film Festival (sponsored by Mercury Milan), an online festival and competition that showcases the best in short film programming from novice to accomplished filmmakers from around the world.


"What if "for IKEA PS 2006... or a what the h...?

A new internet campaign for the IKEA PS 2006 collection launched today with clips on the web tracked by the viral chart. The movie called Roadrage was shot by Måns Nilsson and Valdemar Westesson in Malmö... Now, it might just be me, but what does the "what if.." idea have to do with anything? I'll see your "what if" and raise you a "wtf was that about?"

Those interested may de-construct the funny* film here.

what the...?

* subjective, humor is, as we all know.


Who wants to be an ad-blog editor?

Craigslist has a job opening: Ad Industry WebBlog Seeks Intelligent and Witty Blog-Master.
"Newly launched Blog about the Advertising Industry is seeking a full-time Blog-Master. The ideal candidate possesses exemplary interpersonal and communication skills (especially written), and is actively involved in the Advertising Industry. We are looking for someone with editorial experience, who can be a smart, funny writer to set the tone of the Blog. You should be familiar with all aspects of creating and managing a Blog, including how to fully integrate Audio and Video into the Blog. "

Which blog is it you might wonder? Do we really need yet another adblog? And does one get paid? Newly launched and all. Hmmmm. All gossip signs point to this being the brainchild of Jeremy Wright from who's busy building a clone of the other big blog-media networks (Gawker Inc Weblogs Inc). Do we need more blog-networks? I didn't get the memo.
I reckon that at some point selling oneself on being "a blog on X or Y", instead of the more concise selling point "advertising media reporting" or "latest gadget gossip" is gonna bite people in the ass.


Friends of Juan Wage Campaign to Win Favorite Advertising Icon

With his white hat, gentle smile and ever-present mule Conchita, Juan Valdez, the iconic Colombian coffee grower and front man for the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, along with his supporters are waging a campaign to get Juan elected "Favorite Icon" in the second annual Advertising Week 2005 poll.

Friends of Juan are betting that their mustached man and his mule will trump a trio of animated elves, a battery-operated bunny and a handful of dancing raisins, earning him a spot on Madison Avenue's Advertising Walk of Fame, which currently features last year's inaugural "Favorite Icon" poll winner, the M&Ms characters.

Until September 23, Juan supporters can visit to cast their vote and enter for a chance to win $2500 cash toward a trip to "drink up" New York City, courtesy of the Fantasy Weekend on Juan Sweepstakes.