Google adsense beta testing ads in RSS feeds

All thee who read the interview with yours truly in Unleash the power of RSS by Rok Hrastnik might have gathered that I don't fancy the idea of RSS-feeds full of ads much.
I might be the only person on the planet who doesn't like ads in my RSS, since so many are now trying to employ them. Don't get me wrong, I do understand the financial reasons why sites with many RSS subscribers are trying to support their costs of offering said feed by text-ads in the feed. I just feel this online ad-supported revenue model is a bit like an arms race, the ads become more intrusive and everywhere, the adfiltering software becomes better at filtering things out, and people turn to alternative ways - RSS over email for example - to get the content they are after without the ads.

This weeks big news is that Longhorn Blog is testing Google textads in the RSS feed, a new toy in beta by google. Ironically Pentdego blog got his google ad-account closed last October for doing the exact same thing. So will Google ads in the RSS feeds become a success? Only time will tell.


UK election posters then and now

With the UK general election less than a week away there's a election special at Creative Club, with a select bunch of political ads. Remember the 1996 "New Labour New Danger"? Brilliant visually then and some who are disappointed in Blair after the Iraq-lies may say, pretty spot on as well. Take a trip down political poster memory lane at the creative club where you can see all other political party ads or indeed any current advertising campaigns if you're a member.


Melania Trump is the sultry voice that sexes up aflac duck

Melania Trump's biggest commercial gig to date is her starring role in an upcoming Aflac commercial. The ad, called "Experiment" features her purring out the words "Aflac" instead of Gilbert Gottfried usual squeal due to the intervention of a mad scientist who messed with the ducks voice. This crazy ad-story apparantly, is designed to lend that duck som sex appeal. Sex appeal? It's a a duck people!
"We want to give Aflac some sex appeal; that’s what the commercial is all about" said the billionaire bride.


Donny Deutsch beach shots gets Jeison Rodriguez fired and then hired.

Way back in Feb Gareth Kay posted some leaked glamor-shots of Donny Deutsch, comparing him to David Brent from The Office. "Well an email is spreading like wildfire featuring various shots of your friend and mine, Donny Deutsch."

This email, and other like it is getting the sender in trouble - actually it got him fired. Art Director Jeison Rodriguez got the boot for emailing the bikini-shot AdFreak reports.
Now, one may wonder many things after seeing this, for one why in the hell would Donny keep giving his Art Directors pictures of himself that make him look a total twat since they keep ending up being circulated? Or...maybe this is all part of a viral campaign to get people to watch his craptracular show?
Jeison Rodriguez isn't hurting at all though, after getting fired for emailing around said images he simply went on to email more images and got job offers from places where balls and a high degree of assholeness are required traits. None of these offers panned out though, but Jeison is happy with his freelance gig while he waits for the right steady gig to come along.


Viagra gets rough with Virgin - forces them to pull ad

Aaah, too many pun possibilities here, pun-overload!

Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R has ticked off Pfizer and Viagra by using their familiar little blue bill shape as a visual in an ad poster for Virgin airlines. In their poster, the pill is inscribed with "Virgin" and the copy reads: "Virgin Upper Class Suite. The biggest, firmest, longest bed in business."

Pfizer didn't see the funny in that and complained saying the diamond shape is trademarked and these Virgin posters are infringing on Pfizer's intellectual property. Virgin has agreed to remove the posters within the next few days. Another Virgin poster they'll no longer run reads: "We're bigger than BA in the bedroom department".

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MTV / Converse - Gavin McInnes (2005) 0:35 (USA)

MTV / Converse - Gavin McInnes (2005) 0:35 (USA)

"What are you going to do with a model in Milan?"


French AIDS campaign has a sting.

The French AIDS prevention and information org, has come up with another scary poster campaign to remind people of the dangers of AIDS.

Their last campaign used dying super heroes, and the campaign back in 2002 starred a Dick-head (literally.)

Dick says: "Condoms are like a good bath, when you are inside, you don't want to get out"

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Naomi Cambell acts up in ad for Tesco

In a TV advert that premiered Monday night Naomi Cambell parodies her own angry reputation for Tesco's brand Cherokee clothing. In the ad Naomi is seen arriving at a hotel and madly beating down those starbursts that reveal how inexpensive her outfit really his, until she throws a real hissyfit and wrestles a starburst to the floor. The ad ends with her being led away by the local police and the strapline "Design by Cherokee. Price by Tesco".

The next ad, a 10-second "tail-ad" that follows the first in a block of commercials, shows Naomi loosing it at an anger management meeting when more starbursts appear to ruin her day.


Swedish Young Creatives team chosen for Cannes competition

Last night the first half of the Young Creatives Sweden competition was completed and the winners were given their prizes at a party/ceremony held at Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm. The winning team is John Bergdahl & Karin Frisell who will travel to Cannes this summer and compete in young creatives down there. This is the second time John Bergdahl gets to compete in the Young Creatives down in Cannes, though last year he was teamed with Richard Hallberg.

The brief was to bring in research money for the Childcenter at Astrid Lindgrens Sjukhus, the target was new parents and grandparents, the media dictated was a Newspaper ad and a banner-ad.
One team went all out and off-brief, Samuel Åkesson and Tomas Manovsky, and actually raised money for the cause - for their efforts they got a honorable mention and a special YC diploma.


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