homage to a better ad?

Us adgrunts loooooove ads. Us adgrunts know adhistory. Us adgrunts are sometimes waaay up our own butts with self referential ads. Yes, we're wankers.

I mean really kids, look at this. A wee bit too much of an in-joke you think? Maybe. Perhaps. A tad uninspired? Maybe. Perhaps. Or maybe it's just a homage to a better ad?

(read more to see a QT clip and double page spread..)

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Randall Cosco gets Adbusters shown on CNN

Vancouver based photographer Randell Cosco has burned a few bridges and flags in his life, but he wasn't quite prepared for the hoopla his image that currently graces the front and back cover of adbusters would cause. A congressman held said magazine up on CNN and threatened to ask President Bush to sue Cosco. The flag was printed across the front and back of the magazine, with the words "You're either with us, or against us."

Click the read more link for more.

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Nokia: Mobile users are OK with receiving SpaSMS

Now that the "emailmarketing" phase has putered out as companies discover that the flooding of mailboxes wih useless and untargeted salespitches simply agitate people, Nokia paid to have some reseach done on if people would mind receiving marketing messages on their phones via SMS (SpaSMS). Suprise suprise - some people even said they'd like to receive messages!

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Fallon fires everyone!

And this sparks a flurry of activity guessing what that memo looked like. How do you tell your agency that twenty people and your entire creative force has to go? And how on earth are they planning on running an agency without any creatives? The Fallon Memo's speculate.......

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Vardag offers application forms

Everyone is streamlining their operations. Staff is cut. Fallon in NYC fired all creatives (20 people from the agency) except their CD whom we assume, will have to do all the work now. Vardag a swedish agency that for once is not located in Stockholm, has come up with an unusual way of shortcutting the ordering of ads process.

Read more to see their "applications for personal art by mail form" form.

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Nike Just - Basketball - (2002) :15 (USA)

Nike Just - Basketball - (2002) :15 (USA)

This :15 spot was shot in NYC's famous West 4th Street basketball court.

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Nike Just - Skateboarding - (2002) :15 (USA)

Nike Just - Skateboarding - (2002) :15 (USA)

This spot is :15, but it's just as powerful as the :60.

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Nike "Just" - (2002) :30 (USA)

Nike "Just" - (2002) :30 (USA)

John Hegarty believes that advertising is about reduction.

He's right of course.

The proof is in the production. Just look at Nike's new Just campaign where their famous tagline is reduced to one word.

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Volkswagen Turbo One - "I think he means" - (2002) :30 (USA)

Volkswagen Turbo One - "I think he means" - (2002) :30 (USA)

How do you advertise the following selling points:

1) The piston stroke is longer than the cylinder board.
2) With Volkswagen's enhanced turbo, this long stroke design is coupled with a compact combustion chamber for good mid-range RPM power.

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Peeping Tomfoolery -- OR -- Close Encounters of the Ad Kind

All the big companies are doin' it: that is, sending glorified voyeurs into people's homes to analyze their interaction with various consumer products. Apparently, since traditional focus groups just aren't cutting it anymore, big brands have found the need to go a few steps further by invading the personal lives of willing guinea pig people.

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