Calvin Klein still not getting it - sex does not sell, but they do try.

In an effort to break all possible taboos CK depicts a female model engaging in what looks like tossing a male models salad - or assmunching if you prefer - on a huge billboard at Lafayette street NYC. A shot of the (yawn) risque poster can be seen in all it's glory here at Metroblogging NYC **Update link corrected. Or go to researcher instead.

The CK admen and women might have missed the news that Sex does not sell according to Headlightvisions report conducted on CKS (presumed) target - the youth market. The D-Code 'offers insight into the driving themes that lie behind current and emerging youth trends' report 'discovered' that sexually explicit images in advertising doesn't brand anything (du'h! File under "obvious"), and bores the young creative consumers that CK want to attract. Hat tip to researcher who's not in the target market. ;)


Thou Shalt Not Shill: Advertising's New Religion

Advertisings new religion David Lubars, BBDO's new creative director is featured in a meaty interview over at New York magazine.


Lots of nipple clamps please - we're radio!

Pirate Radio (Canada) shows us how much fun you can have with radio. Or is that tells us? Claymore told me, that I do know, tips hat.


Et Tu Brewtus? Rainer has a spokesbear for their beer.

Jim Hanas adcritic elert reminds us about that funny story last month about a bear who passed out drunk on beer. The funniest bit of the story was that while the bear drank maybe three dozen cans of yummy Rainer brew, he rejected all the Busch cans after trying just one.

An ad waiting to happen isn't it? Well, it just did, testimonials don't get any better than this.


Mark Wnek predicts suits as we know them, are dead.

Mark Wnek - from Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper fame in London - tells the story of a dying breed in the Independant: The days of schmoozing are over. So, farewell, to the men in suits are on the run.

Adland is up in arms. That is to say, not the whole of adland, but the suits who run it. They're cross that their clients are bringing in procurement specialists to squeeze fees.

I've been aware of something brewing for a while, if only anecdotally, via conversations with my besuited friends. Sooner or later in the conversation comes the glance down, the rueful head-shake, the fiddling with the triple-layered silk of the Lanvin tie, the fingers through the Trevor Sorbie-ed hair, and the plaintive: "You know, it isn't like the old days. Bloody clients are squeezing the life out of us. My margins are lower than a snake's belly in a wheel rut."

Now, suddenly - unprecedentedly - the suits have "gone official" with moves at the Institute for Practitioners of Advertising (IPA), adland's debating chamber, aimed at agreeing a "rate card" - a single rate of fees for all UK ad agencies - as a bulwark against the procurement specialists' inroads.

Ladbrokes would offer shorter odds on hyenas going vegan than ad-agency suits uniting over anything other than the desirability of dancing on each others' graves, so this procurement thing must have struck a very raw nerve. Why so? Well, I think any suit with half a brain (that covers most of them) can see the fat end of the iceberg coming.


Serta - Counting Sheep - Sheep Dog (2004) 0:30 (USA)

Watch out the sheep dog is here!


Babes in the Biz's top story for this week was related to Advertising Week in NYC.

Choice bit from the post:


Blackspot billboard ad rejected - by Nike?

Looks like Adbusters Blackspot announcement september 16 spoke to soon when they announced: "Tomorrow, our "Rethink the Cool" billboard goes up near Nike headquarters." Now they reveal why this never happened - the billboard was rejected, by Nike.


Advertising Good, Ad Week Bad

Two stories but a few mails apart in one in-box... I gather the industry is good for the city but massive celebration ain't.

first off, from Creativity:

As part of Advertising Week, the Advertising Tax Coalition -- a collection of trade organizations -- has unveiled a study that projects the ad industry will bring $151 billion into New York City's economy this year. So next year we want two Advertising Weeks, or we'll just up and move the whole operation to Knoxville.

And then Ad Age on Ad Week:
Organizers Will Have to Cover $300,000 Shortfall

NEW YORK ( -- Advertising Week in New York City now expects to suffer a financial loss of about $300,000, according to the American Association of Advertising Agencies, which has to pick up the tab. See full story at -- Bradley Johnson.


Volvo for life documentary with 'Shark-girl' and Greta the jockey

After the success with their mystery of Dalarö concoction, Volvo has launched another movie site. Fuel Europe called upon documentary maker Lance Bangs to film people using the new Volvo models.