Hell Pizza billboard under review

New Zealand's Hell Pizza chain is getting some backlash from its billboards around Auckland and Wellington which feature George Bush.

Outdoor Advertising New Zealand is reviewing who is behind the boards and whether the Advertising Standards Authority needs to become involved.
Hell's media manager, Matthew Blomfield, says they expected to cause a bit of a stir. He says it is meant to provoke discussion and be a little edgy, instead of bland, boring advertising.
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Venables, Bell & Partners use outdoor with a murderous twist

An outdoor execution for Court TV by Venables, Bell & Partners. Clever work with the cleaver there guys. I like it!

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Shutterspeed makes shutterbugs make films

Something about great cameras seems to inspire photographers to make films. Films shot with their still cameras. Yep.

Right now there's a short film by Patryk Rebisz called "between you and me" shot entirely with his Canon EOS 20D available on his website.

Patryk probably hasn't seen the award winning commercial Nikon F5 Granny on Pier back in 1997, which was also shot with the Nikon still camera alone in order to show off how fast that shutter speed is - but you can. Funny how the idea god works isn't it? In one film it's the selling point of the camera, in the other it's just a technique to tell a story with.

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No cover up for Incognito Clothing.

The latest from team Hawairish (one part Hawaiian, one part Irish) uses sex ed to reach teens for a local clothing retailer.

We know what teens think. One wrong move could end their life as they know it. Whether it be a parental embarrassment, dating the wrong person, being seen on the wrong side of the lunchroom or wearing the wrong fashion. Everything is so dramatic.
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Michelob & Music - free mp3s?!?!?

Michelob is giving away free mp3s on their ultramix site until September. They change the tracks you can get every 2 weeks or something, so check it NOW (so you can maximize the downloading of the most music). You can make playlists on the site, and then download the playlist. They also have this auto-mix function so you can just download a playlist they’ve made for different types of workouts. Technology is really crazy! Anyway, it’s great music to workout to, and hey, what makes it better, they’re free!!

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AIDS awareness campaign from ALDO and YouthAIDS

ALDO Shoes and YouthAIDS have created a global campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight AIDS. The ads feature big Hollywood stars, including: Ashley Judd, Christina Aguilera, Salma Hayek, Cindy Crawford, Penélope Cruz, LL Cool J, Elijah Wood and Josh Lucas.

For $5 they are selling these Empowerment tags, with words from the campaign which plays off the "Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil." They also feature the typical engraved ribbon. 100% of the profits will go to YouthAIDS.

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Southern Exposure

What does an ad agency in the Northwest know about the South?
It seems, plenty.

Click here to view a funny viral ad.

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Casino websites paints cows as moo-ving billboards

The caramel coloured chateau casino on the web so good at getting press for nothing has apparently run out of morons.... Sorry foreheads, boobs and other limbs, as they are now painting their domain name on cows in Florida.
As usual the mainstream press that can't bother researching anything these days are hailing their old shit as something groundbreaking and new regurgitating everything straight from the palaces press release.

Just to give you an idea of how old exactly this painting on cows thing is, lets take a trip down moo-memory lane shall we? (read more pals, all the fun begins after the jump)

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Yellow Pages and Target split image concepts

Starting in the spring of 2004 Peterson Milla Hooks, an ad agency in Minneapolis, created a "Wants Needs" campaign that used split images. In Novemeber of 2004, AMV BBDO in London created a campaign for the Yellow Pages using the same technique for ads on the Underground.

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Another ad agency starts blogging

Digital Bulletin reports that HHCL/Red Cell has launched a new blog-like site "aimed at planners and advertising creatives to give insight into issues affecting their work, from contemporary culture to business and marketing issues."

BigShinyThing was actually launched in February, but is now just getting press? Sort of strange. Maybe they weren't sure how it would take off so they waited a while until they had more to show or were certain that they would be able to keep it up.

It definitely seems like blogs are the new trend for advertising agencies. Only a few years ago there were just a handful of ad agency blogs like Influx Insights by Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and Coudal Partners (which goes back as far as 1999). Even as recently as October of last year, only 10 agency blogs made it Bill_Bernbucks' list of advertising related blogs.

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