Captain Duplication

Superheros are popular in ads. But this set of badlanders for Walt Disney World and Prudential Financial share the idea that Mom and Dad are superheros. And yes, they are dressed in the appropriate garb for superhero greatness. Read on to see the idea twins.


Toshiba print ad raises questions- (2006) Print (USA)

If I wasn't in advertising, I don't think what's stopping me would have been this Toshiba ad. The other day I came across it and it left me perplexed. But from the look on the model's face, it doesn't seem like I'm the only one. Perhaps you adgrunts can help shed some light on the situation. Is he standing outside a prison? (note the bars on the window) What's with the tool belt?

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Dolce & Gabbana gay kiss ad not banned

At least eightynine people complained about the gay kiss in the Dolce & Gabbana advert which super adgrunts can see here. However, this is not a good enough reason to ban it, says the ASA :
"We did not consider that a kiss between two men automatically made an ad unacceptable for broadcast or that the kiss was in itself grounds for imposing a stricter timing restriction," it said in its ruling.



SETH SUTEL, from THE ASSOCIATED PRESS admits about the superbowl: "Let’s be honest: For some of us, it’s all about the commercials"


Linkupdates - Sony PSP and Lowe's Red Brick Road

Yeah cause some people never bother to come here now that they've discovered the ease of RSS.... Here's some linkie updates. ;) (I tease because I love.)

#1 caffeinegoddess' post Frank Lowe names agency Red Brick Road has the addition in the comments that it ain't the first Red Brick Road. The first one, is a marketing company in... Kansas! I'm not making this shit up. Hat tip to AdFreak (battle of the ad blog contenders, nudge nudge)

#2 Sony PSP might be a little creepy in it's adcreep, caffeinegoddess found that they even brand peoples hands - but we might forgive them because the PSP chandelier at the V&A Museum is seriously cool as hell.


Beer woes solved, maybe, with new ad campaigns

Throughout the beer industry, fears of wine and spirits are running high. To that effect, over the last six months Anheuser Busch has been lobbying the beer industry for a publicity and marketing campaign to halt the popularity of wine and distilled spirits.

AB has come up with a campaign to do just that and try to re-ignite the purchasing of beer. There is an ad ready to roll, created three months ago by DDB Chicago, for the Super Bowl directed by Iain Mackenzie. AB is trying to get approval from industry groups to air the spot during the fourth quarter. The possible Super Bowl spot is titled "Slainte," (reference to a Gaelic toast), which shows people around the globe enjoying and making toasts with beer. The commercial will direct people to, created by Cannonball, St. Louis. The site attempts to position beer in the same way wine or spirits are percieved, with food-pairing suggestions, recipes using beer and "beertails", suggested ways to mix beer.


Your Future Of Marketing? On Flickr.

IF! is running a Flickr photo-pool where we're inviting marketing professionals to submit their ideas about the Future Of Marketing. Guys at Anomaly and Modernista have already been leaving their images.

Alex Bogusky will use some of these images in his opening speech at the Future Marketing Summit in New York.

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Worst ad placement 2006 - Gas company ad near Auschwitz

Seeing this I caught myself exclaiming "No effing way!" (Yeah, I even said "effing", sadly), but it seems to be the real deal, with real consequences and even a real apology from the paper where this mishap happened. I hereby nominate this to the worst ad placement of 2006.

E.ON extoiling their gas delivery skills, next to an article on Auschwitz. (Yes effing way!)
See the ad for yourself at Social Design Notes. "E.ON provides today for the gas of tomorrow!"

You can't make this stuff up. via Stay Free.


The millions of million pixel scams

I will not link your million pixel scam
I will not link them
Dabitch, I am

I will not link them here or there
I will not link them anywhere
I will not link the million pixel car
I will not link the million pixel bar

I will not link the million pixel room
I will not link your million pixel doom
Startup copycats, sitting on the pillion pixel tomb
Lagging behind, hoping for a million pixel boom

I would not link them, even when the pixels Alex&Trump mock
I would not link them, even the superbowl pixel schlock
I will not link your million pixel scam
I do not like your million pixel scam
Dabitch, I am

Million pixel scam
Million pixel scam
I won't link your Million pixel scam.


Words & Pictures do a Badlander

This week at Words & Pictures, Jamie and Graham find themselves pitching the "Grrr" ad for Tide.

ps, you see what they did for New years eve? Yup that's right, they worked overtime.