Classic Badlander: X wants YOU - *points*

Because I am in a smartarse mood today, I'd just like to point out that Uncle Sam's "wants you" recruitment poster is totally a badlander as "Lord Kitchener Wants You" was the UK's call to personal action already back in 1914.

The "pointing at the viewer" guilt trip of the Lord Kitchener poster can be seen echoed in many more posters that came after it. Examples; Smokey the bear, Soviet Union poster by Dmitry Moor, 1941. A United States, World War I poster in Yiddish: "Your Old New Land must have you! Join the Jewish regiment". A British World War I recruiting poster with John Bull asking "Who's Absent? Is it YOU?" in 1915. A Reichswehr recruitment poster by Julius Ussy Engelhard, 1919. "You too must join Reichswehr". And so on. You, dear punter, are wanted as canon-fodder,

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Free wi-fi networks used as ad-space, yeah we've seen this media-idea before.

See, we already Badlanded it once in "wi-fi idea ripe for picking at least twice." Yes, it's the name-your-wifi-something-to-advertise-something idea, and as predicted this is now so mature that the wifi itself is a media.

The Coffee company nudged customers to try a muffin, or "buy another coffee already" with their execution (top image) in 2008, while GermanWings led people via their free wifi (named after offers) to pages with those offers (also in 2008).

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Brand banners on pirate sites: whose fault is it anyway?

Earlier today I was alerted to the post where The Trichordist found Mini Cooper and Ford advertising on a pirate site called Neil Young Exploited by Ford, Cooper Mini, Target, State Farm, Adobe, Alaska Air, ATT, Boy Scouts, DIRECTV, LG, Princess Cruises, HP, Westin, Charmin, RapidShare. I shared the link of the screenshot on twitter, and was soon chit-chatting away with an ad-man (I'll use this word since I don't know his title) about the difficulty of finding a "clean" network to advertise on.

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The Condescending Corporate Brand Page on facebook

The Condescending Corporate Brand Page is the best thing to happen to facebook since.. yeah, I'll just leave that there, shall I? Encapsulating exactly how bland, boring and annoying a corporate brand page usually is, it mocks everyone. Adland likes it, or rather Adland liked this particular picture because it is anything but bland. I couldn't get so meta that one page liked another, that shit makes me dizzy.

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Google advertises Nexus 7 on Google Search page

The most coveted blank white space in the world has just shown an ad, the Google Search Page. When you pop over to Google to search something you'll find that a small blue line allows for a sleek Nexus 7 to pop up in a sweet animation-move to grab your attention while you're trying to figure out what the heck you were looking for. No other ad has ever been shown in this space, as far as we have found, and the move raises eyebrows. Will this space be available to buy for other brands in the future, or is it reserved for Google-products only? .. or is the playground open of all brands out there?

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World discovers clothing outlet in Ahmedabad named "HITLER", is shocked.

We already found one bad name of the day back in March, the eatery "Hitler's Cross" in India with the tagline "From Small Bites to Mega Joys". Now a HITLER fashion store is in the news, thanks to it's ill-considered name "Hitler". Now everyone and their auntie are reporting on this shop.

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Snapfish: make a real HP printed book from all of your facebook photos (and some of your friends pics too)

HP have built an app called Snapfish which is a very sleek and clever way of making your most popular facebook photos into one lovely bound real-life book. Hit up socialpicsbook.com to see it in action.

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Gabriel Mena Joins Dark Light Pictures as Director of Development

Dark Light Pictures has appointed Gabriel Mena to the newly-created post of Director of Development. Mena, who has a background in film and TV development, will lead a new effort to grow Dark Light’s roster of directors, with an emphasis on building a cadre of young filmmakers. Mena will also direct a marketing effort in support of the new talent.
According to Dark Light Pictures executive producer Vince Arcaro, the company is seeking to diversify and leverage the strong reputation it enjoys for identifying quality talent. “We are very proud of the directors we have, but like any successful company we want to continue to grow and reinvent ourselves, especially in this ever evolving media landscape,” he observed.

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Crate&Barrel - Friendsgiving - (2012) :30 (USA)

Crate&Barrel - Friendsgiving - (2012) :30 (USA)

"New&Tradition" - dear lord these text-snippets couldn't get more predictable if they tried.

 

RPA Promotes J Barbush to Creative Social Media Director

Santa Monica, Calif., August 27, 2012 – RPA, the largest advertising agency headquartered in Los Angeles, and the third-largest independent agency in the country, announces the promotion of J Barbush, previously V

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