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  • Monday Morning Stir
    -Hot Wheels created a Darth Vader car and brought it to Comic-Con to promote the brand’s new Star Wars-themed character cars (video above). link -Amazon aims to turn casual viewing into a shopping opportunity with new Video Shorts site. link -How Specsavers turned Suarez’s World Cup bite into a viral ad. link -Apple’s Beats acquisition receives approval from […]
  • Advertising Jobs: JWT INSIDE, TBWA\Chiat\Day, JWALK
    This week, JWT INSIDE is hiring a copywriter, while TBWA\Chiat\Day needs a project manager. JWALK is seeking an office manager, and Gyro is on the hunt for a senior account executive. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Copywriter JWT INSIDE (New York, NY) Project Manager TBWA\Chiat\Day (New Yo […]
  • Friday Odds and Ends
    -Paris Hilton pretends to eat some fries and tries desperately to prove that she’s still relevant in this 72andSunny spot for Carl’s Jr. (which we call Hardee’s). - A recently departed Saatchi & Saatchi LA CD might just be the guy behind ”Brutha Ray.” -Cisco Systems named MRM//McCann its global demand generation AOR. -Google bought streaming service Twit […]
  • Most Popular Posts from the Past 7 Days
    McDonald’s Has 18 Months to Rebrand…or Else Venables Bell and Reebok Serve Up a Side of Bacon Staffing Changes at R\GA New York Two TBWA Staffing Updates TBWA\MAL Spreads the Love for Apple President\CEO Out at Y&R Canada WK+NY Taps Fred Armisen in Latest for Heineken New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media. […]
  • Thinking Small with Nike Free and Publicis Uruguay
    The folks at Nike know that good things often come in small(er) packages. This spot from Publicis Impetu, Uruguay shows how travel-friendly and flexible the Nike Free 5.0 shoe really is by using a little hands-on DIY craftsmanship to showcase a smaller, greener box that for those “most flexible shoe ever” kicks. If pod hotels can inspire endless trend storie […]
  • Surf’s Up for Samsung and 72andSunny
    They had us at that cover of “Absolute Beginners.” But check out the rest of this spot, entitled “Every Day is Day One” from 72andSunny Amsterdam and Samsung. Directed by Mark Malloy, this ode to all things surfing stars an even mix of seasoned pros like Kelly Slater and new surfers facing the waves for the very first time. Created to promote Samsung’s spons […]
  • Agencies Enter Legal Battle Over Campaign Credits
    Earlier this week, your AgencySpy found itself in the middle of what could become a legal battle between two independent shops. It all started when we noticed a spot for a company called VidAngel on our sister site Ads of the World. The post itself originally gave top creative credit to Ackermania Creative, the online video marketing wing of Ackerman Bros. E […]
  • Check Out GS&P’s New Reception Area
    Here’s a quick “I Spy” view of the newly refurbished reception area at Goodby’s San Francisco office via Director of Talent Zach Canfield and one of our anonymous tipsters. For the record, we like it (not that anyone cares). And the subjects of those paintings seem to like it as well. We’ve also always had a soft spot for labs, black or otherwise. Look at th […]
  • Dulcolax, McCann Health Make 2014′s ‘Crappiest’ Ad to Date
    At first glance, this spot looks like a scene from The BoxTrolls with the titular characters sitting around a rabbit hole or a spot where a friendly campfire used to be. Note the tagline “Only you can set them free”. Yes, this is a Dulcolax ad and those guys are poops looking for a way out of some lucky soul’s small intestine. McCann Health in Shanghai are t […]
  • Stefan Sagmeister to Creatives: ‘No F*ckhead, You Are Not a Storyteller’
    We knew that someone would eventually call the idea of advertisers as “storytellers” bullsh*t…and that someone was Stefan Sagmeister of design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. He made his comments at the recent CAMP Festival in Calgary, where the theme this year was–you guessed it–storytelling. In an uncharacteristically irascible interview for FITC, the organis […]

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  • Twitter Asks Adland to Look Beyond Its Walls -- and Away From Facebook
    When Twitter presents its earnings on Tuesday to Wall Street for the third time as a public company, it may be a long chat.The company had a busy second quarter. It shed, then reshuffled, several top executives; it bought a fleet of ad-tech companies; and it intensely watched a World Cup. Twitter has also been prepping new metrics for investors that it belie […]
  • Construction Industry Markets to Build Younger Workforce
    Continue reading at AdAge.com […]
  • Ad Age Elevates Zmuda; Taps Event-Content Editor
    Ad Age is pleased to announce the following personnel moves: Natalie Zmuda has been promoted to deputy managing editor of Ad Age. Natalie joined Ad Age as a reporter in 2008 after five years covering retail and fashion at Cond Nast. At Ad Age, she has covered retail and beverages, adding oversight of CMO strategy coverage in 2011. For the past two years, Nat […]
  • Virtual Reality: Advertising's Next Big Thing?
    You're on a wooden plank. Pivoting, you find yourself on the precipice of a deep pit. Taking unsteady steps, you cross with your arms outstretched for balance. You teeter to the end, exhaling in reliefand are told to about-face and plunge in.None of this is real, a clearly evident fact. Motion sensors are strapped to your ankles and $39,000 black goggle […]
  • Clinique Sees Hope in a Fresh Start
    Performance Claims have served Este Lauder Cos. well in recent years, helping it beat competitors with often eye-popping numbers, such as the 12% organic sales growth reported in its fiscal third quarter.But in a move controversial even within the company, its aging Clinique brand is stepping away from that approach. Its #StartBetter digital and social-media […]
  • Levi's Ruins the Fun by Trying Too Hard
    I've been a Levi's guy for the majority of my adult life -- always despite the advertising, never because of it.That tradition continues with the latest campaign from the storied denim company.It seems that upon winning the account, FCB was tasked with putting some distance between Levi's and its previous "Go Forth" campaign from Wie […]
  • Small Agency of the Year, Culture, Silver: Safari Sundays
    Some agencies decorate their walls with client paraphernalia and take their staffers on outings to events like trade shows.Safari Sundays prefers scratch-and-sniff banana wallpaper and parties with burlesque dancers from famous New York club The Box. It's not only a scene set for 20-something hipster designers: The shop, in all its quirkiness, has lured […]
  • Small Agency of the Year, 1-10 Employees, Gold: Odysseus Arms
    Named after the Greek tale, Odysseus Arms is the brainchild of agency veterans Libby Brockhoff and Franklin Tipton, who, above all else, consider themselves storytellers.Founded in 2011, the agency has worked on campaigns for BuzzFeed, OUYA, Pen International and recently helped launch YouTube's national campaign alongside agency Co:Collective. In just […]
  • Small Agency Digital Campaign of the Year, Silver: Concept Farm
    When ESPNW, the network's brand for women who love sports, wanted to connect with its target across digital media, it turned to Concept Farm, the New York-based agency that helped with the rollout of ESPNW in 2010. For the digital effort, Concept Farm -- which also won Small Agency of the Year, Silver, for the Northeast -- created "98 Days to Shine […]
  • Small Agency B-to-B Campaign of the Year, Silver: Godfrey Q
    Weaving a compelling message around the promise of minimizing IT downtime is a challenging task to say the least. Yet San Francisco ad agency Godfrey Q rose to the occasion in a big way with "Run, Business, Run!"At the core of the campaign are four videos, each featuring a professionally dressed man running on a treadmill. As he runs, the man is co […]

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  • Fox Sports Digital Partners With Sporting News Media
    Fox Sports Digital and Sporting News Media are teaming up in a bid to take a bigger slice of the online audience. The two companies said Monday that they would partner under the name, Fox Sports Digital—Sporting News Media, to share both content and traffic, and are projected to reach an audience of 55 million fans monthly. Sites that fall the new banner inc […]
  • This 344-Year-Old Company Is on Mobile Marketing's Cutting Edge
    Hudson's Bay Co., a pioneering North American business that was founded in 1670, is blazing trails in mobile marketing. Two of the Toronto-based company's retail chains, Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay, are getting on board the smartphone-triggered beacons trend with a test program rolling out today in 10 stores. While Hudson's Bay Co. […]
  • Will Ronda Rousey Be the Face of the UFC’s Next Major Sponsorship Deal?
    The next big athletic endorser is not a jock. It’s “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, the outspoken UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion, who’s the crossover sports celebrity of the moment.  In less than two years, Rousey has exploded into the biggest star in the formerly all-male UFC. She’s scored a national endorsement deal with Xyience Xenergy, supporting roles in Ento […]
  • CPG Marketers Are Going Digital With Loyalty Programs
    Not long ago, packaged-goods brands were accused of being slow movers in digital. Now, that reputation is changing as more marketers enlist social media and mobile to link loyalty programs with real-world data. While big-name brands like Coca-Cola and Kraft invest in building up their own programs, a new crop of smaller marketers—including Post Foods—are pig […]
  • New Head of Ogilvy New York Will 'Aggressively' Invest in Digital
    Specs Name Lou Aversano Age 47 New gig Chief executive officer, Ogilvy & Mather, New York Old gig Chief operating officer, Ogilvy & Mather, New York   Photo: Alfred Maskeroni So how did you get into advertising? My dad worked on Wall Street; growing up I worked on Wall Street every summer and that’s what I wanted to do. I was a Boston University fina […]
  • Hey Brah, Here Are 12 Heady Ways You Can Ingest Your Ganja
    Remember when buying pot meant scoring a dime bag in Washington Square Park? Well, good news: There are now 23 states where it’s legal to go weed shopping—like, in a store. Turns out, there’s a whole lot of stuff that can be made from THC, too (most of it “medicine,” to stay on the right side of state restrictions.) Bummer that Adweek doesn’t happen to be in […]
  • Meet Legal Weed's First Billionaire
    If Americans get their cash from an ATM and their Snickers bars from a vending machine, then why not automated cannabis distribution as well? In 2010, California entrepreneur Vincent Mehdizadeh received a U.S. patent for his “biometric dispensing marijuana machine.” His company, Medbox, has since gone public—and made Mehdizadeh the legal weed industry’s firs […]
  • Who Will Become the Starbucks of Pot?
    During a typical Fourth of July weekend, 1500 Esperanza St., a whitewashed deco warehouse in the Boyle Heights district of East Los Angeles, is deserted. But this year, a line snakes down the broken sidewalk out front and wraps around the bend of Union Pacific Avenue, as 4,000 people suffer the searing heat for an event called the California Heritage Market. […]
  • Inside Homer Simpson's Gigantic Head at Comic-Con
    The inside of Homer Simpson’s head is filled with colorful drawings of the characters from the show named after his family, a giant video screen covering the top interior of his skull—which is about 20 feet in diameter—a brain (presumably to scale) about the size of an ottoman, and two dozen gaping Simpsons-loving fans staring up at the computer-generated my […]
  • 5 Comic-Con Brand Partnerships That Make Actual Sense
    There are plenty of brand activations at Comic Con, but quite a few of them just seem desperate. "Who can we get to help pay for this?" many clearly ask themselves—fair enough, it's hellishly expensive out here—but the easiest choice is not always the right one. Accordingly, we found a few folks who have it figured out. From pizza to local bar […]

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  • TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen
    Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into an interactive screen. The small, white hand-sized device runs any Android app and projects up to an 854 x 480 pixel, 80-inch image on any wall. At 150 lumens, it lights up any room, and ships with a special styl […]
  • Study: Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Lead to False Memories
    A lack of sleep may cause you to develop memories of events that never actually happened, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine. Stephen Frenda, who helped lead the study, explains he wanted to look specifically at how sleep loss affects people's recollections of detailed events. […]
  • Virgin America Files for U.S. IPO
    Virgin America, the U.S. airline partly owned by billionaire Richard Branson, has filed for an initial public offering in the U.S. The company hasn't revealed how much it plans to raise by going public yet, though its has previously said it plans to raise $115 million See also: Report: Virgin America and JetBlue Are the Best Airlines in the U.S. Paperwo […]
  • Apple Buys Streaming Talk Radio and Podcast Startup Swell
    Apple's recent acquisitive mood continued with the purchase of Swell, a start-up that runs a popular personalized talk radio and podcast app. The deal, first reported by Re/code, comes in around $30 million. The company had raised $7.2 million in venture funding. See also: 14 Podcasts to Help You Forget About Your Crummy Commute The app, which had been […]
  • A Really, Really Excited Dog Faints After Reuniting With Owner
    Nothing can match the love of a devoted dog. This cute pup was overwhelmed with joy after seeing her owner for the first time in two years — so excited, in fact, that she briefly passed out like a teenager seeing the Beatles in the '60s. Don't worry, though; the dog's owner, Rebecca Ehalt, says that the dog was checked out by a vet and is comp […]
  • Zillow Buying Trulia for $3.5 Billion
    The online real estate market moved toward consolidation Monday morning as Zillow announced it was buying Trulia for $3.5 billion. In a statement announcing the all-stock transaction, Zillow said Trulia would maintain its distinct identity. Trulia CEO Pete Flint will remain chief executive of that company, but report to Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff See also: 5 […]
  • Vine Star Shawn Mendes Reached No. 1 on iTunes in Just 37 Minutes
    "Let’s get this bad boy to No. 1," Vine star Shawn Mendes told nearly 26,000 fans who were watching his live stream commemorating the release of his first EP on Sunday night Smiling at the camera in a small studio in Dallas, the 15-year-old urged the viewers to tweet "#ShawnToNumber1," and within 37 minutes of making the EP available on i […]
  • Hackers Turn ATM Into Awesome 'Doom' Player
    SYDNEY — It's not every day people get excited over an ATM being hacked. That's because the offenders don't normally smash it up to put the legendary game Doom inside. One ingenious Australian lad, who goes by the moniker Aussie50 or Ed Jones, posted a video on YouTube showing off his wicked gaming machine. He gave credit to his partner in cri […]
  • MH17 Black Boxes Reveal 'Missile Explosion' Caused Crash in Ukraine
    Black box data from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 indicates that the plane crashed as a result of a "missile explosion," Ukraine defense officials said on Monday Pro-Russian rebels, who were early on scene after the crash and closely guarded the site, turned over the black boxes to Malaysian authorities last week in the eastern Ukrainian city of Done […]
  • Want to Attend 'The Giver' Premiere? Weinstein Gamifies the Guest List
    Sameness. It's the bland plan citizens in The Giver novel and upcoming film adaptation abide by, but it's also a word you could use to describe movie premieres. They're all alike Like Jonas in the colorless tale, however, the Weinstein Company wants fans to experience more, feel more, when it comes to The Giver premiere in New York City. The f […]

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  • Interactive ad: Skol: Soundspot
    Skol launches music startup. This new project uses technology to tag music in places. Soundspot, created by F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi for the Brazilian beer brand Skol, gives people the power to define places with music. It enables discovering, sharing and creating sound identities for locations. Users simply drop a song on a specific place on the map an […]
  • Interactive ad: DPPD Missing Persons Unit: Blind Date
    OneWG, Brazil has created dating profiles of missing people throughout Brazil. When one of these profiles is selected the user is informed that, that person was missing and asked to contact the DPPD Missing Persons Unit if they had any information about them.Category: Public interestClient: DPPD Missing Persons UnitAgency: OneWG, BrazilCreative Director: Gab […]
  • Interactive ad: Arrels Foundation: Homelessfonts
    Homelessfonts is an Arrels Foundation initiative which consists of creating a collection of typefaces based on the handwriting of homeless. The idea behind these typefaces is for people and brands to use them in their announcements. All profits are intended to help the 1400 people supported by the Arrels Foundation. Agency: The Cyranos McCann, Barcelona.Cate […]
  • Interactive ad: Toyota: Jungle Wakudoki
    Dentsu Aegis Network has launched Toyota's first completely digitally-led campaign, Wakudoki, across eight Asia-Pacific markets - India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam to cultivate a youth fan base for Toyota. Featuring popular Japanese dance group World Order, the first installment of the campaign - a dance […]
  • Interactive ad: Google: Google UK Impact Challenge
    Google has released an integrated campaign, including an online spot, online media and website, for the Google UK Impact Challenge. Hundreds of applications from charities were received and a shortlist of 10 finalists are now guaranteed to receive a £200,000 grant as well as mentorship and training from both Google and Nesta. The public now vote on who will […]
  • Interactive ad: Cancer Council Australia: Buy My Barina
    Australian adman David Johns is selling his old car via Twitter. The 1999 Holden Barina will be auctioned for the charity Cancer Council Australia. Johns created this epic video to sell the car.Category: AutomotiveClient: Holden BarinaAgency: Digital Chimney
  • Outdoor ad: Montana: Paid For In BBQ
    To prove that Montana's Best of BBQ Sampler event is irresistible, the Montana's team tried to shoot an entire ad campaign by bartering with BBQ ribs, sausages, chicken, brisket, and shrimp. And it worked. Created by Vancouver-based ad agency One Twenty Three West, Montana's surprised real businesses in Toronto by simply walking in and offerin […]
  • Outdoor ad: Hellmann's: Burger Selfie
    Put your face on your burger. Ogilvy & Mather London and Hellmann's mayonnaise create "Burger Selfies" in this ambient stunt.Category: FoodClient: Hellmann'sAgency: Ogilvy & Mather LondonDirector: Andre Laurentino
  • Outdoor ad: Colgate: The Sweetest Treat
    For Colgate Toothpaste the objective was to revitalize the habit of brushing after eating. The target audience was mostly young adults, on-the-go, who tend to consume sweet snacks at any time as a way to keep energized. They buy this food at the spur of the moment when they feel a craving. The Colgate brand promise of long-lasting anti-cavity protection has […]
  • Outdoor ad: Bear Naked® Granola: Urban Surfing
    Bear Naked Granola is "Urban Surfing" down the streets in San Fransisco on their 260 foot water slide.Category: FoodClient: Bear Naked® GranolaAgency: Direct

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  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how [ Continue Reading... ] The post Get t […]
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if [ Continue Reading... ] The post How t […]
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. [ Continue Reading... ] The post Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psycholog […]
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to [ Continue Reading... ] The post Case Study: How One Veteran’s […]
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how [ Continue Reading... ] The post 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That […]
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that [ Continue Reading... ] The post No Blog T […]
  • Pamela Wilson Is Now Working With the Copyblogger Team
    I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Wilson is going to be working with the Copyblogger Media team on some cool new projects. You may know Pamela from her many Copyblogger posts, or from her business, Big Brand System, where she gives out lots of great business and design advice to help business owners [ Continue Reading... ] The post Pamela Wilson Is Now […]
  • Master This Storytelling Technique to Create an Irresistible Content Series
    In this cold, hard, commercial world, everyone is looking for answers online. We are all “searchers” looking for the best way to solve a problem or satisfy a desire. And we are ruthless … We make split-second decisions about clicking a headline. How does your website look at a glance? If you try to consummate the fragile exchange of attention and [ Continue […]
  • 7 Lessons Learned While Content Marketing for an Early-Stage Startup
    If you’re marketing for an early-stage startup, every second counts. Any mistake is a massive setback. Setbacks ultimately lose potential customers. During our content marketing journey with Spectafy, a real-time photo sharing app, we made plenty of mistakes. Fortunately for you, we kept track of what works and what doesn’t to help you avoid wasting [ Contin […]
  • The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day
    I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning. ~ William Faulkner Authors often claim that writing a book is like having a baby — both in effort and length of time. Since I’ve done both myself, I would personally insist that birthing a child is, in fact, [ Continue Reading... ] The post The Prepared Writer’s Process f […]

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  • Amazon Launches Marketplace Selling 3D Products Printed On-Demand
    Don’t have a 3D printer? Neither does anyone else, seeing as it’s one of those new technologies that hasn’t made the leap to being a product the average person can afford. In the meantime, Amazon has decided to fill that gap by launching an online marketplace offering customizable 3D printed products. The marketplace opens today, Amazon says in a … [More]
  • If Someone From “Comcast” Requires You To Pay With A Prepaid Cash Card, It’s A Scam
    You get a call from Comcast and the person on the other end says you can lock in a decent rate for the next year if you pay for the first six months’ worth of service up front. It sounds a bit odd, but you’re always looking to save a few bucks, so you keep listening. The caller then tells … [More]
  • $8.5 Billion Discount Store Merger: Dollar Tree Purchases Family Dollar
    Those dollar purchases really add up, but for Dollar Tree it’s just one proposed purchase that’s creating a rather substantial tab. The discount store recently announced plans to acquire its larger rival Family Dollar. Chesapeake, VA-based Dollar Tree announced Monday that it would acquire Matthews, NC-based Family Dollar for a whopping $8.5 billion, CNNMone […]
  • Everyone Knows Why Milk Is In The Back Of The Grocery Store
    It’s an extremely minor inconvenience when you need to pick up some milk and have to walk all the way to the back of the grocery store to get it? Everyone knows that it’s because stores want to make customers walk through the entire store so they’ll pick up some non-milk items. Why even post about this? It’s not quite … [More]
  • 8 Things We Learned About Burger King’s New Leadership
    We tend to focus more on the wacky food items and creepy mascots coming out of Burger King, but we learned this week that there are interesting things going on behind the scenes. Burger King is changing the way that it does business in a way that will either fail catastrophically or set an example for the rest of the … [More]
  • AirBnB Employee Handles A Sexy Photo Situation In The Very Best Way
    When you can’t get what you want from a company, there are many bad ways a customer service representative can respond. Ahem. But in a bit of refreshing news, one Airbnb employee recently showed just how good customer service can be, even while having to reject that customer. Warning: before you keep clicking: Two attractive men in a shower. … [More]
  • Bose Sues Beats Alleging Infringement Of Noise-Canceling Headphones
    The last thing you want when flying early in the morning is to have what little sleep you can get on the plane interrupted by your fellow fliers’ noise. That experience is exactly what makes noise-canceling headphones so popular, and what’s subsequently prompting a bit of a war between Bose and Beats. Bose filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics alleging … […]
  • Korean Baseball Team Replaces Human Fans With Terrifying Remote-Control Robots
    I’ve made no attempt over the years to hide my affection for the Philadelphia Phillies. I’ve even been known to attend a few dozen games a year, but sometimes I can’t always make it to the game, or — especially when the Phils don’t have much phight in them — it’s just too depressing to slog down to Citizens Bank … [More]
  • Loophole Allows Auto-Title Lender To Charge Triple-Digit Interest Rates Despite Law
    Consumer advocates have long claimed that usury caps are the best way to protect borrowers from predatory lenders offering payday or auto title loans. But even those protections aren’t surefire. A title loan company in Florida has been skirting the state’s cap for the past three years. According to a report from ProPublica, the largest title lender in the … […]
  • Congress Finally Passes Bill To Re-Legalize Cellphone Unlocking
    Nearly two years after the Librarian of Congress decided to make it illegal for consumers to unlock cellphones and take them to a new carrier without getting permission from their current wireless provider, the U.S. Congress has finally signed off on legislation that will restore that right to Americans. After passing easily through the Senate earlier this m […]

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  • EPA - Anti-Fracking Club - (2014) :60 (USA)
    Fracking is hotly debated in Colorado right now, and on one side of the issue the Environmental Policy Alliance wants people to seethe anti-fracking crowd as cheese-obsessed nutters with an unhealthy relationship to their sock puppets*. Country:  United States Commercials:  PSA & Public Interest […]
  • 7262 - Anthem / The wedding party crashers #WeStillComing - (2014) (USA)
    You've seen the images floating around the web, the one with distinctive Detroit background, a wedding party dressed up to the nines, and a gang of rappers dressed down to the nines posing together. Country:  United States Commercials:  Entertainment […]
  • INDIE had nothing to do with the Radio 538 porn campaign
    The Radio 538 ad campaign that nods to porn has caused such upset in some areas of the Netherlands that INDIE Amsterdam has changed their front page to make it abundantly clear they had nothing to do with this ad campaign. Roughly translated their statement reads: Adland:  adnews […]
  • DOGE SL ad campaign in Stockholm declared not racist against Japanese
    The Dog meme inspired ad campaign in Stockholm which touted the virtues of getting a monthly pass with the Shibu dogs familiar bad grammar "wow, such cheap" was reported to the Swedish Reklamombudsman (RO) for being racist. A Japanese man living in Stockholm, who filed the complaint, stated that the campaign gave a stereotypical view of Japanese pe […]
  • Subaru wants you to have an authentic outdoor experience
    Authentic as in, "without the aid of that stupid appendage called your mobile phone." Country:  Canada Commercials:  Automotive Ad type:  press & poster ads […]
  • Subaru Outback "Group Photo" (2014) :40 (Canada)
    Too many of us our busy trying to document our experiences for social media rather than having an authentic experience. Country:  Canada Commercials:  Automotive […]
  • breensmith shows homeless animals in human scenarios
    Atlanta-based breensmith forgoes the usual scared, cold and shaking abused animal imagery and likens homeless animals to homeless people, in this campaign for Friends of Animals. Country:  United States Commercials:  PSA & Public Interest Ad type:  press & poster ads […]
  • CHUBBY SWAGGER -- Brutha Ray feat. Imari Williams & Chase Diamond
    *RING* *RING* Kidsleepy: Hey yo, s'up? Dabitch: Hey shawty, I got somthin' for you. Kidsleepy: Aight. Dabitch: Check the inbox. We got a fresh track by dis ad dude, called Brutha Ray, yo. Country:  United States Commercials:  uncategorized […]
  • More than just a pretty face: American Apparel finally appoints a woman to the board
    WSJ announced that American Apparel Names New Board in Step to Resolve Leadership Crisis, the crisis being that Dov Charney's sexist and abusive ways have finally caught up to him. Adland:  announcement […]
  • Tide Washing Machine Cleaner "Dirty little Habit" (2014) :30 (USA)
    Geddit? Habit??! Nun's habit? Anyone? Oh, never mind. This cute-ish spot features a very guilt-ridden nun who had no idea the washing machine was so dirty. Thanks to Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, now she does. Country:  United States Commercials:  Household […]

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  • We don’t want you here in Israel and Palestine
    Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace also known as The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) is running “We Don’t Want You Here”, an online advertising campaign calling for peace. The film features Palestinian and Israeli residents who have lost a close family member to the conflict between the two nations. The PCFF operates under the […]
  • Favourite Child Detector for Modern Families
    Parents will never tell you who their favorite child is. So to promote the new season of the politically incorrect comedy Modern Family on New Zealand’s Prime TV, FCB New Zealand invented a gadget that will. The Favourite Child Detector analyzes parents’ Facebook behavior – including “likes,” tags, comments and photos – to determine which […]
  • Amnesty Send a Kiss
    Amnesty International in Hungary has launched “Kiss Against Homophobia”, (Szabad A Csók) an online campaign designed to raise support for the notion that everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation has the right to love anybody of any sex. Visitors to the Amnesty Send a Kiss campaign website, kissagainsthomophobia.com and szabadacsok.hu are […]
  • UNICEF and Qantas Redeem 5 Cent Pieces
    UNICEF and Qantas are running “5 Fund”, an Australian campaign designed to inspire a nation to turn something that they think is practically useless, the 5c piece, into the most powerful coin in the world. To the average Aussie a 5 cent piece is seen as almost useless. Every day it’s simply discarded and left […]
  • Paper Cuts Guillotine Experience
    Paper Cuts is an interactive paper guillotine by artists Mandy Smith and Hal Kirkland. It invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. However, unlike its deadly ancestor, this blade offers nothing more final than a paper cut. The Paper Cuts guillotine experience, hosted in Amsterdam and London, brings a […]
  • Rosetta Stone Create a Smaller World
    Rosetta Stone has just unveiled “Create a Smaller World”, a multi-platform advertising campaign encouraging millennials to learn a new language using online software. Every day, millions of people use a second language to make a happier, smarter, and more connected world. The multimedia campaign, online at rosettastone.com/smallerworld, includes TV, radio, p […]
  • Jordan Brand Pays Respect to Derek Jeter
    Nike’s Jordan Brand is honouring New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter with an advertising campaign using the “Re2pect” theme, a reference to his position as Number 2. A 90-second commercial features some of Jeter’s biggest fans and even his rivals tipping their caps to pay homage to Jeter. “No matter what hat you wear, tip […]
  • Germany World Cup Winner celebrates with Beer
    Bayern Radio has pulled off a worldwide viral video hit with “Germany Is The Worldcup Winner In Brazil”, a 9 second YouTube commercial. Launched after the 7-1 semi-final Germany/Brazil FIFA World Cup football game, the video shows a Brazilian cocktail abruptly replaced by a German stein of beer. “Germany Is The Worldcup Winner In Brazil” […]
  • Neil Patrick Harris not drinking Heineken Light
    Heineken USA is running an advertising campaign featuring actor Neil Patrick Harris not drinking Heineken Light beer. Due to complicated broadcast regulations, Neil Patrick Harris is not allowed to drink Heineken Light, winner of the 2013 World Beer Championship’s Best Tasting Light Beer, in Heineken’s commercials. But trust us, if he did drink it, he […]
  • GE Childlike Imagination
    GE’s “Childlike Imagination” television commercial is one of the ads nominated for Most Outstanding Commercial in the 66th Emmy Awards held this year. Launched in February 2014, the ad depicts a little girl dreaming about the amazing things her Mom makes as a GE employee. The commercial illustrates how GE is stretching the limits of […]

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  • simpson's wine now with hints of blue hair
    The final piece of your Simpson's viewing party has been revealed. Forgo the beer and chips for a cheese plate and a glass of fine (maybe) wine as you view the timeless classic brought to you by Matt Groening. Unfortunately, this is only a concept. But that shouldn't keep you from having a drink of your choice.
  • youtube user vs. nbc... fight!
    Youtube has brought about a new era of media. Over the years, content creators on Youtube have had to deal with a lot of legal issues around the idea of Fair Use and copyrighted content in an attempt to earn a few bucks. The great part about social media in all of it's forms is that everyone has a voice. And when a Youtube user feels like he is getting […]
  • potato chip morning jolt
    The wait is finally over. You can now get the new flavors in Lay's chip flavor extravaganza at a convenience store near you. This year it would seem that they have selected flavors that will make sure you are covered on all your daily cravings. First, start your day off crunching on a cappuccino. Enjoy a light sushi lunch accompanied by Ginger and Wasab […]
  • the color of characters
    Color is one of the most powerful and memorable elements used in design, and no one understands this better than the masters of color, Pantone. Their new minimalist poster series featuring not much more than the color of some of the world's most beloved cartoon characters hits the point home in the most adorable way possible.
  • meow that's what I call a super group
    Did someone say meow? What's better than a cute video of a famous cat? Oh, maybe a video with SIX famous cats! Summer Cat is a pop-video staring a super group of all your favorite internet cats including Grumpy Cat, Oskar the blind cat, Klaus, Hamilton, Hipster cat and Nala. And, as if that weren't mind blowing enough, every time you watch this sug […]
  • steal your attention, steal your data
    The internet is filled with fun and distracting websites, some of which could easily be comprising your security. To illustrate that, Netherlands-based security software company Ziggo sent a sexy lady (more clothed than the ones you're likely looking at online) to distract computer users. Then BAM, she disappears to hack and wipe out your computer. A st […]
  • neil patrick harris is at it again
    Neil Patrick Harris already has, like, a 98.1% approval rating, so the last thing we needed out of him was a clever, unorthodox turn as a pitch man. And yet, here we are with a new W+K spot for Heineken. Watch as NPH stumbles over the copious amount of red tape in advertising alcohol, while not once explaining to us how he met our mother.
  • inside-o-scope
    Stepping inside a kaleidoscope sounds like an idea your stoner cousin would present to you while you're half listening. That said, a pair of Japanese artists actually designed such a thing, and the results are pretty visually arresting. The design was for an art contest in which participants were challenged to "create something spectacular that fit […]
  • mirror mirror on the wall, who's the smiliest of all?
    Talk about service with a smile. At a recent awards night, Dove unveiled a "magic mirror" that prints photos for its visitors - but only under the condition that they're sporting an ear-to-ear grin. Not a bad way to associate your brand with positivity and good feelings, huh?
  • well beyond #throwbackthursday
    Way before hashtags were a thing, in land where computers used dial up modems and our phones all had cords, video games were born. For those of us that remember those days and the early video games that we all fell in love with, you can thank R-Kaid-R, for this new invention: The Portable Arcade. With this amazing device you can take the arcade with you wher […]

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  • Inner Monologues of the DIRECTV Marionettes.
    NOTE: Click on the images to watch the commercials. THE SONHow come I don't have a penis yet? ... Dad's got a penis ... I ain't even got a knob ... I wonder if mom has a vagina. Of course she has a vagina, dummy! YOU came out of her vagina, according to Miss Abernathy ... I wish Nathan would stop trying to light me on fire ... and showing me h […]
  • GEN WHINE.
    I would genuinely like to apologize to Gen Y-ers/Millennials for this post. I didn't really mean everything ... most everything ... half ... a lot ... OK, some of what was written here previously. I am going through a "life-event" that has me very, very, very, very, VERY angry at said life (Well, more than usual. No, it's not my ongoing u […]
  • An Examination of the Metaphorical Representation of Shit in Advertising.
    "Complex Shit", by Paul McCarthy, 2008.Constipation. Diarrhea. Explosive Diarrhea. We've all had them. We will all continue to have them. Thus, Shit Manipulation is big business for Big Pharma. But how does one visually address such a disgusting topic in ads? Let's take a figurative look up your asshole.Dulcolax. "Only You Can Set Th […]
  • When Advertising, and Humanity, Tried Harder.
  • The 19 worst "Business Teamwork" stock photos.
    1. (four associates examine a bell pepper)I searched "Business Group Teamwork" on Getty and sifted through 41,177 photos to bring you this post. For authenticity, I didn't sign in to remove the watermarks.Click photos to enlarge.2. These "coworkers" have absolutely nothing in their offices. Not one fucking thing.3. Title: "Autho […]
  • Men's Deodorant Marketing is Malarkey.
    Remember:Mitchum—So Effective, You Can Skip A Day™That was the Revlon brand's tagline for about 20 years, up until 2005. I mean, what the fuck do we have an FDA for if an antiperspirant can get away with that bald face lie?Today, spurred by Unilever's Degree, men's deodorant has become a field of biotechnology, at least according to the ridicu […]
  • Are Ad Agencies Still Cool?
    (Back in 2011, one of the largest ad agencies in the world flew this banner over the hordes at the Cannes ad festival. Note the spelling of "famously".)Short answer: No. Long answer: FUCK No.Today’s ad agencies are nothing like Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the 1960s. They’re not even like Crispin Porter + Bogusky in 2005.If you’re a young creati […]
  • Brands Talking To Men Badly.
    (Like rape culture enabler Axe, Brut is a Unilever product.)Bros? Have you noticed more and more ads these days speaking your bro-language? That's because the early aughts Banana Republic-wearing manscaped Metrosexual is dead. It's time, yet again, to MAN UP, to let your body hair grow, to reaffirm your Bromitment. Brut's latest online ads (on […]
  • It's Time To End The Cannes Advertising Festival.
    (Flier at Cannes last week. Photo by Kurt Novack.)The just completed 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity made $28.2 million in entry fees alone, up over four million from 2013. British media company Top Right Group runs the Festival, since buying it from French businessman Roger Hatchuel in 2004 for £52 million. The entry fees for work are […]
  • Today’s Tech Ads Are All Made By Men And Are All Terrible.

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  • Virgin Holidays: Holiday Spam
    Don't be sorry. #showoff with pride. You look delicious. In response to Three’s ‘Sorry for the holiday spam’, Virgin Holidays is saying take pride in showing off your best self on holiday. Advertising Agency: M&C Saatchi/LIDA, London, UK Senior Account Manager: Emily Stewart Copywriter: Dan McCormack Art director: Luke Boggins Planner/CSU Director: […]
  • Prime TV / Modern Family: Favourite Child Detector
    See the work at https://favouritechilddetector.com The Favourite Child Detector analyzes parents’ Facebook behavior – including “likes,” tags, comments and photos – to determine which child they favor. The device can test almost anyone - your friends, colleagues, even your dog. Advertising Agency: FCB, New Zealand Executive Creative Director Asia Pacific: Ja […]
  • Bay Area Council: Sing
    Advertising Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners, USA Co-Chairman: Jeff Goodby Creative Director: Nick Klinkert Copywriter: Simon Bruyn Art Director: Andrew Livingston Designers: Mandi Lin, Steven Bonner Digital Artist: Jessica Pettigrew Brand Strategy Director: Stephanie Phillips Senior Communications Strategist: John-James Richardson Director of New B […]
  • Bay Area Council: Read
    Advertising Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners, USA Co-Chairman: Jeff Goodby Creative Director: Nick Klinkert Copywriter: Simon Bruyn Art Director: Andrew Livingston Designers: Mandi Lin, Steven Bonner Digital Artist: Jessica Pettigrew Brand Strategy Director: Stephanie Phillips Senior Communications Strategist: John-James Richardson Director of New B […]
  • Bay Area Council: Talk
    Advertising Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners, USA Co-Chairman: Jeff Goodby Creative Director: Nick Klinkert Copywriter: Simon Bruyn Art Director: Andrew Livingston Designers: Mandi Lin, Steven Bonner Digital Artist: Jessica Pettigrew Brand Strategy Director: Stephanie Phillips Senior Communications Strategist: John-James Richardson Director of New B […]
  • Amnesty International Uruguay: Portraits Against Oblivion
    Advertising Agency: Lowe Ginkgo, Montevideo, Uruguay Chief Creative Officer: Gabriel Román Executive Creative Directors: Sebastián Mir, Diego Román Creative Director: Gonzalo López Baliñas Art Directors: Álvaro Díaz, Luis Meyer, Bernardo Álvarez, Christian Randy Grillé Copywriters: Diego Acosta, Diego Almagro, Josefina Pascale Photographer: Carlos Porro Acco […]
  • IANA: More than you can imagine
    Intermodal EXPO is the essential event for the entire global intermodal supply chain. This year IANA has enhanced the entire experience to bring even more value to attendees. Advertising Agency: Home Front Communications, Washington, USA Creative Director: Kevin Richards Associate Creative Director / Copywriter: Mike Tsapos Senior Art Director: Patrick Evers […]
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: Do One Thing
    Advertising Agency: Frank Unlimited, Seattle, USA Creative Director / Art Director: Zach Hitner Creative Director / Copywriter: Forrest Healy Agency Producer: Nick Hunt Animation: Kalakala Co. Artist: Drew Christie Sound: Pure Audio Engineer: Scott Weiss Music: Matt Hutchinson Published: May 2014 […]
  • Hardee's Texas BBQ Thickburger: I Love Texas
    Advertising Agency: 72andSunny, Los Angeles, USA Chief Creative Officer: Glenn Cole Chief Strategic Officer: Matt Jarvis Group Creative Directors: Mick DiMaria, Justin Hooper Creative Director: Mark Maziarz Lead Designer: Anthony Alvaraz Copywriter: Teddy Miller Chief Production Officer: Tom Dunlap Director of Film Production: Sam Baerwald Film Executive Pro […]
  • Volkswagen Genuine Parts: Pin
    Just because it fits, doesn't mean it'll work. Choose Volkswagen Genuine Parts. Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Cape Town, South Africa Creative Director: Chris Gotz Copywriter: Sanjiv Mistry Art Directors: Jamie Mietz, Prabashan Gopalakrishnan Pather Producer: Heleen Destroo […]

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