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Iconic brands with money to burn ought not to miss the ball completely. But sometimes they do. What’re you gonna do? Take McDonald’s recent effort to introduce the public to Fish McBites, a new menu offering. Fish McBites are made of Marine Stewardship Council-certified sustainable Alaska pollock. That’s news that needs some ‘splainin’. Wouldn’t you […]

Transforming Cluttered Commercial Environments Into Open Breathable Spaces

Artist Stephen Glassman is tilting at windmills billboards. His vision for a living, breathing non-commercial space suspended above Los Angeles traffic is taking shape thanks to help from OOH Advertising company Summit Media. There’s also a Kickstarter campaign which seeks to raise $100,000 to structurally retrofit the first prototype billboard, secure licenses, permits, and insurance, […]

Unique Piece of Americana For Sale in Cottage Grove

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Old advertising on barns is an acquired taste, but once acquired people can become passionate about an installment, as if the work in question is public art, not advertising for a product no longer available. Maybe it is art. It’s certainly collectible, that part goes unchallenged. Such is the case in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where […]

Move Over Howler Monkeys, Jim Beam Drinkers Are Making A Racket

Have you heard the call of Jim Beam? If you live in Australia, chances are you know the from-deep-in-the-jungle sounds. According to The Inspiration Room, the noisy work stems from The Works in Sydney. The campaign began with jungle calls broadcast around Sydney in the three days leading up to the broadcast of the first […]

Venez Comme Vous Êtes (Come As You Are)

You want to involve people in your advertising. So they pay attention to it, and maybe even tell other people about it. Like so: On Friday the 24th of February, in the heart of the Parisian business district La Défense, McDonald’s and BETC gave passers-by the opportunity to have their photo taken and integrated into […]

Don’s Fall From Grace Is Also Troubling For Non-Fans of Mad Men

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“The image of Don Draper tumbling through space has been used since the show began in 2007 to represent a man whose life is in turmoil. The image used in the campaign is intended to serve as a metaphor for what is happening in Don Draper’s fictional life and in no way references actual events.” […]

In Adlandia, We Know Not Where Public Space Ends And Private Space Begins

Although many brand managers and their lawyers will vehemently disagree, everything is a remix, a.k.a. mashup. They may also disagree that advertising is mostly pollution. But let’s listen to Banksy on the topic: Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to […]

A City Without Billboards

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Good Magazine takes a closer look at Sao Paulo, Brazil, where they’ve banned outdoor advertising. Where businesses are concerned, it turns out some advertisers are actually thankful for the ban, as it’s forced them to reevaluate and improve. “Companies had to find their own ways to promote products and brands on the streets,” Lalai Luna, […]

Newt Gingrich Might Wanna Divorce Himself From This Endorsement

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When you run a website dedicated to letting spouses cheat, I guess you don’t spend too much time fretting about using prominent politicians in your ads. Here’s a billboard for AshleyMadison.com: The blog The Morning Call has more, quoting Noel Biderman, the founder of AshleyMadison: “Gingrich proves that marital fidelity has no bearing on someone’s […]

Occupy Outdoor Advertising

There is a grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. There is a documentary film about the grassroots movement against outdoor advertising. The argument here is about the use of public space for advertising. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you okay with outdoor advertising clogging up the landscape and cityscape? I appreciate the passion […]