Forbes money mag wants ads for free.

You've been a poor starving artist all through your mucho expensive education and portfolio schools on top of that, selling pints of bodily fluids to afford your markers, pantone books, and leatherclad portfolios. Surely you don't expect to get paid now do you? No nonono, that's not how it works, not in the business where you pay to get to be one of the 12 working at w+k, and most dogyears of unpaid internships/placement actually lasts a dogs year, you know better than that by now you low ranking t-shirt clad creative.


Are you smart enough to win some free book smarts?

Chad Rea and Anthony Burril have just launched their trilogy Now it's your turn to make the follow-up book, The Truth About Advertising. The top three lines, chosen by Chad, will get a set of booksmarts123 books for the Xmas stocking.

To enter to win, just read on - winners will be drawn the 19th and sent off the 20th of December, it'll reach your stocking just in time for jingle day.


Smirnoff and the bottle, sans bottle.

You know that your advertising campaign has arrived if it's spoofed, copied and enters pop culture. Or, if you can make an ad in the campaign that does the exact opposite of what is expected and the audience gets it, because they know the joke by now. The long running Smirnoff campaign has reached this coveted make-fun-of-itself status.

Smirnoff has always played on being the wicked spirit, as you can see in this ad from 1968 (above), it's been the vodka a little more daring for centuries.


Interactive Agencies Join Maven

Maven Networks is announcing the addition of several interactive agencies to its Maven Agency Partner Program including, iEntertainment and Tribal. These agencies will use the Maven platform to drive their innovative broadband video marketing campaigns.


Starbucks scary Santa - watch out for the man clad in red.

Starbucks is trying to not get into the jolly spirit too much, they have created a film complete with a miracle, and an evil santa at The red


Wally "Famous"Amos on The Advertising Show

Hear Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies, share the history of his humble cookie beginnings with a Hollywood storefront on Sunset Boulevard to his now publicly owned company. Known as "The face that launched a thousand chips," Wally's most recent venture is Uncle Wally's cookie company which has become the #1 branded in-store bakery muffin and one of the top muffin manufacturers in the U.S. Wally Amos is not only the father of the gourmet cookie industry but an avid public speaker, author and literacy advocate. Wally has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, appeared in various network sitcoms and acted as spokesman for Hush Puppies, United Airlines and the California Egg Board. He is host and teacher of 50 adult basic learning programs on PBS, and has authored four books. Before Famous Amos, Wally was an agent for the William Morris agency representing The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Simon & Garfunkel. You can tune in Saturday 8-10 p.m. CET (2-4 p.m. EST) to for the live webcast. Or check out the commercial free archives.


Dog Judo is gonna getcha - woof!

Virgin Mobile is out with a new series of cooky clips, called Dog Judo. The campaign for christmas camera phones stretches from posters to the web, James Kydd, brand director for Virgin Mobile, said: "Our Christmas camera phone print campaign is all about taking snapshots during humorously named, unmissable events - from 'Nuns on Ice' to 'Topless Trampolining'. When we saw the animated characters created by 12foot6, a 'Dog Judo' event fitted perfectly with both the camera phone campaign and our brand's renowned sense of humour. So we agreed to sponsor a funny new web-exclusive animation series from 12foot6."


Grafica Happy Holidays acct win!

My favorite part of December is not the copious amounts of Glögg, the embarrasing Xmas parties scandals, nor the crowds in every shopping street around the world - but the wacky seasons greetings from every ad agency out there.
Gráfica Group has made a mockumentary of their recent account win -- they got the "Happy Holidays" account and did a great job at rekindling the happy spirit of the holidays. Complete with a gratutious boob shot, naturally. ;)


Octogenarian fixerupper

They've been saying for years that as the population ages, we're bound to see more products targetting the seniors market. But power tools to 80-something Russian grandmothers?


New York Observer - FedEx placed in Jeopardy!

All-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings ended his 74-game, $2.52 million winning streak when he asked the question "What Is FedEx?" But that was just the beginning for BBDO, the company's agency of record.