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Hosted by someone named DABiTCH, this is a good place to get an insider's view of the ad business, warts and all. The site was down yesterday, but it offers links to articles, news, book excerpts and some very funny U.S. Bud Light radio ads. Be sure to check out the section called badland, which lists examples of ads that are remarkably similar to each other.
New spots in the outstanding "This Is SportsCenter" campaign are making their debut on your computer rather than your tv set.
Where can I find these nuggets of advertising brilliance, you say?
Ahhh, yes. Follow me young grasshoppers....
According to ESPN.com, they will debut a new spot every Friday during June. They can be viewed with RealPlayer or Quicktime, and modified to suit the speed of your internet connection.
The entire archive of spots is available if you join ESPN Insider -- $39.95/year or $4.95/month, with a free 30 day trial.
...or perhaps they can...
What do Radio Shack, Popular Mechanics, LEGO and Pizza Hut all have in common?
Well, via a brilliant move through the Russian arm of Space Station Alpha, they're the first four companies to exploit, err... take advantage of the commercial opportunities of shooting television ads in outer space.
"Lights... Camera... ASTEROID!!!"
So unless you're a space case, you wanna read more...
In Barbara Lippert's Critique on adweek this week she cites that "Who let the Dogs out" was performed by the Baja men.
"Dogs," by the Baja Men, was a monster hit a couple of years back."
Proving once and for all that time moves faster in New York Adworld and no-one will remember your name.
This hoax - hoaxter? - gets her very own categoy at yahoo. Winner of the mass-manipulation award goes to..well whomever it was that created what is now called "the first major scandal in blogging communities".
Adweek online has just declared:
"CHICAGO -- Energizer has tapped lead agency TBWAChiatDay to handle the $100 million rebranding of its main brand following a creative shootout with DDB Chicago, sources said." Agency officials referred calls to the client, who kept going on and on and on and on....
Adweek online continues unabated:
"The move consolidates the St. Louis battery maker's business at TBWACD in Playa del Rey, Calif., which had the Energizer business all to itself until last year when DDB was added to the roster to handle the $50 million e2 battery rollout.
"....from the comfort of your own home."The News Journal Online tells us about a video game that allows players to re-enact World Trade Organization riots. Players earn points by busting a plate glass window, punching out a police officer in riot gear or attacking innocent bystanders.
...and Steve Jobs is going to pop a brain vein over this one.
Source: MacNN - New York Times sports writer Mike Wise's coverage of the weekend's Western Conference Finals Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers contained mention of a just-completed mural near the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. However, the mural was attributed to the wrong company.
To taste this delicious marvel of journalistic intelligence, or lack thereof, read more...
March 2001 was a bad month for creativity in Slovakia. The national creative award Zlaty klinec (Golden Nail) was a big disappointment for many creatives and agency executives. The reason: too many ads awarded that noone would seriously call creative.
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