Open source miracle horse-birth advert.

The Register has found a very strange Japanese ad for Open Source software, actress Norika Fujiwara promotes StarSuite - Sun Microsystems' Japanese Office knock off. In one ad, Norika is so stunned by the $18 StarSuite price tag she falls over and gives birth to a foal - the idea is "anything can happen".

"We convey a concept of our $18 strategy as surprising and moving in the ad," said Nori Matsuda, the president and CEO of SourceNext. "The ad basically says, 'Anything can happen.'"

view the ad here.
Hat tip to Marla on adlist.


Trivia-chain game - win a 20-pack of JewelBoxings.

Another chance to show off your adgrunt skills, impress everyone with your ad trivia and win a 20-pack of Jewelboxings!

Ask a question about advertising that contains the answer to the previous question. Simple as that.

One Jewelboxing 20pack of Kings to the winnah!

We'll start the thread with two entries as an example. Have at it!

Ready? Lets go - Here's how to do this:


How to get a lion

Well, you buy one on eBay of course! what the heck?!

This fearsome fellow is a rare limited edition collectible cast in shiny gold-coloured metal. A half lion stuck on a movie reel, it's a great conversation piece and a tasteful ornament for any decor. Near mint condition. One owner.

>>>> eBay link


Best Euro 2004 adverts

Are you suffering from football withdrawal symptoms like me? Do you have nightmares about Angelos Charisteas head, Sweden-Holland penalty shootouts or when Beckham forgot to bend it?
Well, don't despair, I have the cure right here for you - The Creative Clubs best adverts of Euro 2004, in association with the IPA you can now enjoy your favorite footie commercials one final time. Most of these ads ran pan-European except of course the strictly British brands like Carling.

windows media only.


Veer:Ideas Adland + "Metafilterati"

OK, I'll admit it. We just love the word "MetaFilterati". And "kibitzing". And plain old being Adcritic's snarky overseas cousin.


Skin/Theme update - no more Kulture + new feeds!

I'm sorry to say that 28 Kulture users, 102 KultureBlue users, 19 KultureGrey users, 33 KultureOrange users and 14 KultureSB users are going to be dissapointed.... It's becoming a major hassle to keep track of all the little code updates and things I do in so many skins/themes, so I decided to give up on our old skin from 2001 - Kulture and all it's color variations. :/

Kulture, thanks for all these years you served us well - I really liked it myself. *takes hat off and has a silent minute*

update: Another fun toy - we now have three feeds, the commercial archive only, the adnews only and the old one that contains the whole enchilada. The "quicktime rules" box to the right carries button-links for each feed.


Pony - Pony Family - Print campaign (2004)

Another brand new fresh Pony campaign, created by fred & farid at Goodby Silverstein in San Francisco. Introducing - the Pony Family.

This campaign - like the previous one - will also run in 120 countries.


The Advertising Show - Brian Steinberg, Wall Street Journal

Hear Brian Steinberg, advertising columnist for The Wall Street Journal, share what the networks learned after the TV upfronts and the rise of branded entertainment. Brian is a veteran media business reporter who has written for Dow Jones Newswires, The New York Times and Spy Magazine. Brian’s freelance articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Weekend, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Weekly.


Bloody Volvo driver campaign - posters don't show car

Down under a campaign for Volvo has been playing with the aussies sterotypes of Volvo drivers, turning them on it's head. Many people thought when the campaign broke last year that the whole idea was a mistake - how can you seriously run a campaign with the line "Bloody Volvo driver" and hope to attract customers with it?
But Steve Blyth, the managing director of Volvo Car Australia has the numbers to back up the success of the campaign. "This latest data confirms what our pre-campaign researched predicted. For the Volvo brand to move forward in Australia, we had to attack the brand's image as well as correct the wrong image of Volvo drivers."


Chiquita Bananas that taste like apple?

The things brand managers do in order to disrupt their product categories, generate novelty amongst consumers and increase market share:

"CINCINNATI -- Bananas flavored with the hint of another fruit could help Chiquita International Brands Inc. become the Starbucks of the produce world, the company's leader says, envisioning a larger, creamier or sweeter banana".

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