Via Work That Matters we found Travis Boyles Craigslist ad: I DO ANYTHING (30307). He starts out in the low digits, and along the way, one learns the value of good copywriting.
Things I Will Do For $5:
Stare at you for 5 minutes
Give a hug to the person of your choosing
Call you on the phone and seem genuinely interested for 10 minutes
Draw your face on a balloon
Sing Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" from memory to the best of my ability
6 minutes of copywriting
This morning, Rackspace sent out a mass-email to all their customers, with an embarrasing gaffe right in the opening line.....
Dear [FIRST NAME],
We know that for some people, Super Bowl Sunday is a big day! Whether you are watching the game with friends and family, your business may truly depend on it. If Super Bowl XLV affects your online business between now and Sunday, February 6th, The Rackspace Cloud Team would like to help you through that traffic spike!
Oh Boy! Don''t you feel special [FIRST NAME]? Rackspace is speaking directly to you [FIRST NAME]! Oh my. Lets try that again shall we? How can Rackspace save face? Lets try an adlib mail!
Dear [spammed customers]
Over here you only get your face on a stamp if you're the Queen or similar. Similarly, in China stamps usually feature people who have developed something scientifically groundbreaking, but this year one of the 10 influential people who will be featured on national stamps issued by China Post is an ad exec - none other than Bartle Bogle Hegarty's managing director, Christine Ng.
Christine Ng is the first and only ad exec to be featured on a such a stamp. There are reports coming from BBH London, of John screaming "That's not fair! Where's my stamp?". ;)
A person who works at PBS opened the mail yesterday and found this letter from 5 year old Noah, with 1 dollar in it as well where little PBS-fan Noah asks for PBS to make a show called Super Heroes to the rescue. Within hours, PBS made pbskids.org/superheroestotherescue splash page for Noah.
Dear Noah: Thank you for your dollar. We are glad you love PBS KIDS so much! The good news is we have two super hero to the rescue shows that we think you will enjoy, Super Why! and WordGirl. Love, PBS KIDS
Wow, I want to see the look on that 5 year olds kids face when he finds a splash page dedicated to him on PBS. Take note corporate entities this is how you create brand loyalty, PBS has it. It doesn't hurt that by posting that letter on Reddit too, the PBS worker now has the entire internet going aaaaw. Well played PBS, well played. For all we know the letter could be written by the intern and that dollar bill was rejected by the vending machine down the hall. ;)
Just rolled out some cookie dough and sliced into rectangles to bake. I made one big batch of royal icing in white then had a little bowl where I mixed colors one at a time as I went. I used an edible marker to write the chip numbers on once the icing was set.
Damn, I wish I was her client.
Hello, and welcome back to 2003 when mystery Ebay auctions for mint condition copywriters, Carrie's colon, human super bowl ad space and yes, even super bowl ads were all the rage as a way in going viral. Someone is selling Banksy's true identity on Ebay in a bold retro move that has already gotten a bid of US $999,999.00! I don't see why the bidder can't just read the Daily Mail, or CBC news, it's probably beneath such a rich fella, but these papers claim Banksy is a middle-class Bristol man named Robin Gunningham.
Not sure what to make of this one. Either Bansky has been hanging around Ebay on his downtime for years, buying trinkets between sock puppet accounts to get great feedback and look legit, waiting for this moment and we are all now watching the greatest Bansky piece of all time... Or someone out there is trying to blackmail the real Banksy. Both options would make a decent TV-movie, brb I gotta go write some screenplays.
Forget sending out a tired old paper CV, these days you have to do better than that, a fact that web developer http://www.daveberzack.com/ takes to heart as he raps his resumé in this youtube video.
"All I wanna do is write a plan and architect,
Implement the project and make you money!"
Now they can see your keys, your junk and...the 4th Amendment thanks to the metallic print on your 4thamendmentwear-underwear.
Designer-inventors Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin wanted to solve the problem with ugly bike-helmets, and six years ago they had an idea. Six million kronor in research and development later, their idea is ready to go on sale as Hövding helmets. How do you make a non-ugly helmet? Easy, you don't put one on your head, the Hövding helmet is an air bag for your head. The simplest solution is usually the right one, check out the slow-motion crash scenes in the news reportage below (starting at 0:42) to see the helmet in action.
Grey Stockholm moved their entire agency to Facebook, and a bunch of people applauded while others called it daft. That's all old now that Argentine agency Kamchatka has moved their entire site to twitter.
This site is integrally developed using Twitter's standard functionality. To view its content it's not necessary to have an account. To browse through it you must explore the different tweets following each section's @kchtk_section.
Sure enough, when you have new twitter, the tweet with names at the first account, @kchtk_e works as a menu allowing the right hand side to show the tweets from @kchtk_WhatWeAre, @kchtk_Clients , @kchtk_Cases and so on. It's not using twitter as much as using twitters new layout. Here's a bunch of twitter accounts that will never respond to you, because that would mess with their layout.
Johnny Selman has challenged himself to design a poster a day at bbcx365.com, each poster is a reaction to a headline seen on the BBC news website, so Johnny updates his bbcx365 website everyday, come rain, come snow, come bland news headlines.
And he's not just doing it for his own pleasure, or to keep his designskills on his toes, he's got higher aspirations as seen on the about page.
I will light a fire that spreads beyond your fences and into your house. I will set ablaze your dormant minds. I will turn your preconceptions to smoldering ash. I am the arsonist that will wake you the fuck up.
The credit card for any self respecting designer, art director or fun loving copywriter is finally here: The Pantone Credit Card.
Style. It's not what you do. It's how you do it.
Whether you're buying groceries, paying the drycleaner or getting Sparky groomed for the dog show, now you can do it in style, with the new PANTONE Visa® Platinum Rewards Card.
Are you a Dynamic Firecracker? Or more of a Spiritual Lavender? The PANTONE Visa Platinum Rewards Card comes in five exciting hues, selected from the PANTONE Fashion Color Report for Spring 2011. One of these colorful cards is bound to express your Inner Shopper!
PANTONE 14-0941 Beeswax Warm, Sincere, Generous
MS Magazine dresses down Axe's latest ad, where the "Snake Peel" bodywash is apparently good for scrubbing away the skank, such as "the geriatric, the bedridden, the lazy eye, the girl that has way more muscles than you, which is sexy only until she has you pinned down and she’s asking you to call her Frank …". Yep, you'll find them all mentioned, plus two bouncy ladies always dressed in either bikini or hotpants on the fixers show, the URL written in the above ad. This concept is now as tired as the judges in California are of Lindsay Lohan.
It's Einstürzende Neubauten's 30th birthday! To celebrate, we've dusted off the famous Hornbach campaign from 2005, where Blixa reads the catalogue. It won two German Art Director’s Club Gold awards and a Cannes Lion to whistles and applause, even Paul Arden adored them:
"Those films are uncommercials. And a great example of what’s possible"
Narrowdesign presents: the digital agencies of the future... by loading their websites in an iPhone and getting stuck on the first page asking for Flash. Some agencies have a designed page, asking you to get flash, some even have a wee mobile page that shows you sparse info, like the locations said agency available, but the vast majority of hip ad agency sites simply have the tiny blue "plugin missing" symbol and nothing else.
Aw, that's kinda sad. Quick, if your agency is on there, grab the chance to redesign the whole thing!
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