Trivia chain Game won!

The trivia-chain-game is up - the last questions answer was Jim Blandings the ad exec that Cary Grant played in the film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948).
Looks like adgrunt Alex managed to stump everyone here with that question - and that makes him the king of superb ad trivia and the lucky winner of a 20-pack of those ever-sexy Jewelboxings!

Give him a big hand folks, and Alex, promise to make something nice with your jewelboxings and show us, right?


AIDS campaign in France uses superheroes

TBWA in Paris has created a new anti-AIDS campaign where none other than the indestructible superheroes Superman and Wonderwoman suffer from the virus.
See the French press release here: AIDES fait appel à Superman pour contrer le virus du sida cet été !
Read more to see the posters.


Non Smoking Generations new campaign - all lies.

A non smoking generation in Sweden has an interesting tactic in their latest poster campaign - each headline is a big fat lie.
"Cigarette filters contain mouse droppings" reads one poster, "Girls smoke more than boys because they're stupid" reads another.
Ann-Therese Enarsson from non-smoking generation explains the idea: "The tobacco companies lie all the time, they've lied about everything from the content of cigarettes, and denied that any health problems are caused by them, now we use the same tactic. We are lying 'til our face turns blue, but the quotes are so outrageous I don't think there is any risk they'll be taken as true. The idea is that people should visit our homepage and find the truth."


Beantown Campaign Half-Baked?

Weekly Dig's Colin Kingsbury ain't too impressed with the "Celebrate Boston '04" campaign going on in anticipation of the upcoming Democratic Democratic Convention.


OMFG! - a little abbreviation deviation

Maybe I've been exposed to too much e-speak, IM/texting lingo, and net/chat/BB abbreviations and acronyms, but when I received my first "free to professionals" issue of the Official Meeting Facilities Guide with my morning tower of biz junk mail, I ... well, let's just say that my reaction was probably the polar opposite of what they were hoping for.

Read more to see if you see what I see...


Nike in court battle for plagiarizing cartoon stickman.

Zhu Zhiqiang has taken Nike to court for infringing the copyright of his animation flash character the stickman. No ruling has been announced by the court yet.

A Beijing court confirms it has held a hearing on the case, in which on-line animator Zhu Zhiqiang alleged that the "Stickman" image used in a Nike's global marketing campaign bore too strong a resemblance to "Little Match Man," his well known flash character. reported Friday.
Zhu is seeking two million yuan, or some 240,000 US dollars, in compensation from the company and a subsidiary in Suzhou, of east China's Jiangsu Province.


The Advertising Show - Grant O'Neal with Bank of America

Hear Grant O’Neal, senior vice president of brand strategy and enterprise advertising at Bank of America, share brand strategy techniques and how to capitalize the most on sponsorship and event marketing such as Bank of America's involvement with Major League Baseball and the U.S. Olympic Team. O'Neal helped launch the NationsBank brand in 1992, which became Bank of America in 1999 and then merged with Fleet-Boston in 2004, creating the nation's largest retail banking franchise.


Chevy Colorado- Carrier - (2003) 0:60 (USA)

Chevy Colorado- Carrier - (2003) 0:60 (USA)

You don't mess with this truck.


The can that really looks like a can.

I wonder if Michael Mason who invented the portable can that really looks like a can did it just for the incredible pun-possibilities?


AOL Keyword: free ad mention for AOL

There is something in advertising that has been bothering me for ten years. On movie posters, in TV commercials, even in newspaper articles, everywhere there is always a rather large "small print" that states the AOL keyword for whatever is advertised or written about.

Am I the only one who feels this is like giving up a chunk of your own adspace to AOL? In the case of newspapers reporting on some website , declaring the URL of that website makes sense, but then they also print the magic words "AOL Keyword", and AOL gets mentioned more often than Dubya Bush.
Talk about clever branding. "I know" they must have said to themselves, "lets invent a browser without a location bar, and force people to mention our brand name all the time, even in their own ads!"

Pepsi spends a million dollars on a commercial, and happily throws a few seconds of it away on a lousy "AOL keyword" super. With so many people not on AOL - and the dawn of a AOL browser that actually has a location bar, isn't it time to cut them off the free advertising ride?