Writers Act Up

Ad Age: Demonstrating against the practice of product placement in TV programs, a group of protestors armed with Writers Guild of America West literature disrupted the Madison & Vine session of Advertising Week at New York University’s Skirball Center in Greenwich Village this morning. Owned by Advertising Age, Madison & Vine is a program of […]

Spoiled Teens Deploy Arsenal Of Brand-Specific Nags

Cincinnati Enquirer: American teenagers spend more than $150 billion a year – more than the gross domestic product of Finland, Ireland or Chile. These eager young consumers are the darlings of marketers, who pump more than $15 billion into getting them to buy everything from Louis Vuitton purses – de riguer for back-to-school this fall […]

Man Declares Jihad Against Burger King

The Scotsman: Burger King, is withdrawing its ice-cream cones after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim. The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a “jihad”. The chain is being forced to spend thousands of pounds redesigning the lid with backing from The Muslim Council […]

Bee Stings Bank

BBC: A Barclays bank advert showing a man suffering a bad reaction to a bee sting has been withdrawn for causing offence and distress to people with allergies. More than 290 viewers complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), saying the TV commercial made light of a potentially fatal condition. The bank, which withdrew the […]

Mothers, Don’t Let Your Sons Grow Up To Be Cowboys

Halley Suitt is not lovin’ the Army’s pitch. Given that she has a son, it’s perfectly understandable. Sometimes while watching the evening news on TV, I have to grab my head on both sides, and start screaming, because the things they say are so HORRIFYING, I think the evening news is being penned by Stephen […]

In Search Of Quantifiable Data

Joe at American Copywriter put up an excellent post today on focus groups and why they ought to be outlawed. Mention the words “focus group”, and every creative can feel the bile rising in the throat. We know what’s coming. We’ll be sitting behind a two-way mirror for a couple of hours, eating bad snacks, […]

WARNING: WILL RUIN YOUR BROWSING EXPERIENCE

Washington Post: Advertising.com Inc., a unit of Time Warner Inc.’s America Online, agreed to settle federal charges that the company offered free security software without adequately disclosing that it also came with adware. Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Advertising.com will be required to “clearly and prominently” disclose that consumers who install the […]

Beware The Dreaded Hipstream

Hipster – One who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is no longer recommended that one use the term “cool”; a Hipster would instead say “deck.”) The Hipster walks among the masses in daily life but is not a part of them and shuns or reduces to kitsch […]

Piers Poo Poos

Englishman, Piers Fawkes, visited London recently and came away unimpressed by the staidness evident in British ad circles. There are a few folk in the UK who are very switched on, I grant you, but a lot of agency people I met in my short visit were rather bemused by PSFK and IF. Although blogs […]

Nice Package

CNN has caught on to the latest in a long line of culture jamming tactics. This one is called shopdropping, a term that refers the act of covertly placing merchandise on display in a store, or reverse shoplifting. For example, shopdroppers place canned goods that have been repackaged with more artistic labels (complete with barcodes) […]