Faux 80s Rockers Shill For Symantec

Symantec is using a Spinal Tap-like viral video to say, “Don’t let Internet fraud rock your world.” [via Random Culture]

Stop Racism In Soccer…Uh, I Mean Football

Some ads are so simple they just make you go, “Damn, that’s clever.” I haven’t had one of those moments recently until I saw this poster on AdLand for FootballResistance.com: For those of you Americans who don’t think much about soccer, the European soccer community is having a big problem with racism among its fans […]

ESPN Freaks Out

Media Grove points to a Deadspin story highlighting one mainstream media company’s aversion to blogs. Per ESPN editorial policy, the use of “underground” web sites as a source of credible information within any ESPN platform is strongly discouraged. Specifically speaking, the use of the site “Deadspin.com” as a source of credible information is not allowed […]

Can Bud Select Become The Cristal Of Beers?

According to San Francisco consulting firm Agenda, which tracks brand mentions in song lyrics for its annual “American Brandstand” survey, no beer brands were mentioned in hip-hop lyrics during 2005, although import brand Corona did land three mentions during 2004. Ad Age says Anheuser-Busch seeks to change the score, and has made a bold move […]

Profits Down At Yahoo

Yahoo is slipping according to The New York Times. Yahoo, the world’s largest portal, said yesterday that its profit fell sharply in the third quarter and that growth would continue to slow for two main business lines — graphic display advertising and advertising on Web searches. The company’s chief executive, Terry S. Semel, was unusually […]

There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Kinky

I wish I still lived in Texas. I’d vote for Kinky Friedman for Governor in a heartbeat. His campaign, like the man himself, is completely out of the ordinary. For advertising, he’s using Bill Hillsman, the same dude who created commercials for Jesse Ventura and Ralph Nader some years back. See more Kinky video here. […]

“China’s Google” Picks Up MTV Programming

The New York Times says China is about to get its MTV. Viacom, one of the world’s biggest media companies, said today that it had struck a deal to provide television and music video content to Baidu, one of China’s biggest and fastest-growing internet companies. Baidu.com, one of the world’s most trafficked web sites, is […]

Find Your Internal Advocate (Find Peace Of Mind)

Spike Jones at Brains On Fire in Greenville, SC reminds us that great creative doesn’t mean a thing if there’s no way to sell it in. If you’re going to be successful partnering with a new client, you HAVE to have an internal advocate for your cause. Without one, no matter how good your ideas […]

Blazers Blaze Another Trail

According to Internet News billionaire Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and owns the Portland Trail Blazers is bringing social networking to the team’s fans. Affinity Circles, best known as a provider of private social networks to more than 60 university groups, is going pro. NBA pro. The Mountain View, Calif. software vendor […]

Perrier Tries To Look Less Stuffier

I don’t recall ever, not once, drinking a Perrier. I haven’t even thought about Perrier in years. But today’s New York Times reports a new ad campaign is trying to change consumers’ perceptions. The humorous campaign, getting under way this week, transforms the name of Perrier, the French sparkling water, into words that end in […]