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.


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?


Lowe kicks out the planners - to live with the punters.

Lowe London have started something called lowe Groundwork, a sceme where 24 planners will be sent to live, shop and breathe with the punters.

Every fortnight, two Lowe planners will be 'relocated' to live in one of the areas that have the most typical population of a distinctive consumer types, from single mothers in council flats to families of four living in suburban semis, inner-city Asian families and wealthy countryfolk in rural areas.


Honda vs. Mercedes

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Captain Dabitch and the entire crew, we would like to welcome you aboard Adland Airlines flight 007, non-stop service to Badland. My name is Robblink and I'm your chief flight attendant. At this time, make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position. Also make sure your seat belt is correctly fastened. Thank you.

Click here to view the Honda commercial.
Click here to view the Mercedes commercial.


Clear Channel Communications refuses anti-war ads

The group called "Project Billboard" booked their ad space way back in December of last year, on a Billboard at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Broadway and 45th Street in NYC. Now Clear Channel Communications - one of the largest Media Companies in the US (and the world) - has nixed the ad and will not run it next month as previously planned. has more. The Project Billboard group are accusing Clear Channel for breach of contract and are expected to file a suit today in Manhattan federal court. Read more to see the offending posters.

Hat tip to Michael modern times film @ adlist.