NYC hanging up on public-telephone advertising.

The New York Post says that New York city has called for and end to public-telephone advertising. Fed up residents have complained about living in a cacophony of advertising messages and asked the city to curb the commercial clutter problem. Why install thousands of phone booths that are never used, since they rarely work, and most people have a cell phone anyway? Because the ad space makes money.

One city official said the new restrictions were needed because phones were being installed just for advertising, not because there was a need for people to make phone calls.

"It's become entirely an advertising market. There was no telecommunications rationale," the official said.


Link lust and busts.

Having a Bridal shower? Celebrating your new silicon? Finally getting rid of the training bra? These paper bras make great invitations. Designed by Caroline Armijo they just might outsell the Wonderbra. Hat tip to tlevitz.

Porn for mac lovers. Yep, there's apple erotica desktop images here. Think topless. Link obviously not really safe for work but it is Saturday so..... No naked men. Sorry.


The world votes for US president

If you (as a non US citizen) could vote in the US election, what would you vote for? That's what GlobalVote wants to find out.

The crazy creative agency/team also known as Benrik have set up the site and promises: the result will be communicated to the US media 48 hours before the real vote and will no doubt swing it!. So vote, all you non US people, go on.

Update; Never heard of the Benrik folks before? Get aquainted by reading their Fonk for thoughts over at blogfonk.

Poke London and Cow PR had a hand in creating this toy as well.


Christina Aguilera's naughty nurse ad canned

Aguilera's naughty nurse ad shelved says the Ireland online.

Sandy Summers, executive director of the Center For Nursing Advocacy said: "This ad simultaneously exploits the 'naughty nurse' and the battleaxe/Nurse Ratched stereotypes, setting the nurse up both as an available sex object and a mock-malevolent authority figure, rather than a competent professional."

While technically not a ban a withdrawn ad fits in this topic. Hat tip to Claymore. Wanna see the ad? Read more.


British (un)creativity?

"Why our agencies go to the ends of the earth in search of creativity?"

Until quite recently, five of the UK's biggest ad agencies had creative supremos who hailed from the ends of the earth: Dave Alberts at Grey; Matthew Bull at Lowe; Matt Eastwood at M&C Saatchi; Tony Granger at Saatchi & Saatchi (S&S) and Malcolm Poynton at Ogilvy. Alberts and Eastwood are Australians and Poynton's a Kiwi , while Bull and Granger come from South Africa. Why is it that an incredibly high percentage of Britain's leading ad agencies feel the need to go halfway around the world to find creative management?



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Bud gets caffeinated

Anheuser-Busch is launching a caffeine-infused version of Budweiser, called Be, which also contains guarana and ginseng with a sweet/tart fruity aroma and sweeter taste than the regular Bud.

Anheuser-Busch's decision to roll out Be reflects the fact that consumers face a growing spectrum of drinking choices, said Bob Lachky, vice president, brand management, and director, global brand creative, at the domestic brewing unit.

Years ago, people defined their drinking through a particular brand, such as Budweiser, or a type of drink, such as wine, he said.

Now, they decide to drink a Budweiser or some wine depending on their mood, the drinking occasion - such as a date - or the time of day, Lachky said. "It's more about individuality and wanting something different and not conforming."

The new drink will help rejuvenate the Budweiser brand, McGauley said.
"It just adds a tremendous amount of contemporary adult attitude to the Budweiser name as well," he said. "It's bringing some very key consumer elements that young adult consumers are looking for under the Budweiser badge and name."


An open letter to the advertising industry

At the Daytona Beach Journal, C. A. Bridges goes on a right rant about advertising. It's all our fault - us adgrunts - that he has so much to hate. Couldn't be a clients persistent insistence now could it? Please print and show to anyone you know who thinks the traps he mentions actually work.

A free gift that requires me to pay anything, for any reason, is - and this will shock many of you -- not a free gift. "Free" does not mean "free with purchase" or "free with postage and handling" or "free with rebate." "Free" means you give it to me and I don't have to do anything after that. Let me know if I'm going too fast, here.

CommercialCloset shut down by the AFA

The , a great resource which aims to collect and gather feedback on all sorts of ads depicting gay people was in a geek word DDoS:ed by members of AFA last week.
The American Family Association is boycotting P&G due to a print ad for Downy Wrinkle Releaser that showed two men in bed together. Nevermind that the ad ran once only and four years ago, in a Gay magazine in Toronto, Canada. The AFA made it their pet project, see their site and boycott Procter and Gamble page. The link to the commercial closet in that elert was clicked on 1.5 million times an hour Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, bringing the site down like a denial of service attack would, even though this was done by individuals and not some hackware. When service returned on Friday the Commercial Closet had to dubious pleasure of receiving thousands of hate emails from fans of the AFA who quote the bible backwards.
Commercial closet donations are the only thing keeping the non-profit ad collectors afloat and if you wish to even out the struggle so that this massive resource of commercials from all over the world can keep on trucking - more bandwidth, better servers - you should donate a few bucks.
Poor procter and gamble, when they're not accused of promoting Satan with their Man in the Moon logo, they're scoffed at by agency creatives all over the world. ;)
Shame that a third party resource had to feel the heat - though a shady marketeer might be thinking "wow, 1.5 million hits an hour!? How do I get my product on this mailinglist? Can I advertise there?" You know who you are, stop it right now.

More at WorldnetDaily "Dobson: Boycott Procter & Gamble".


Admen in Spaaaaace!

Richard Branson, president of the Virgin Group, said today he hopes to begin carrying space tourists on sub-orbital flights in just three years. His new company, Virgin Galatic, is already selling tickets- apparently even one to Trevor Beattie, CD at TBWA/London.

Initial flights aboard a Rutan-designed spacecraft capable of carrying five passengers will run around $190,000. Trevor Beattie, a well-known advertising personality in Britain, has already booked a flight.

"I think anyone who had the chance to go would want to go," he said today. "Well, I've got the chance to go because of my profession and because of Richard."

Also ad-related, 7up announced a promotional contest for next year to give away at least one free ticket- currently of a value of $190,000.