The Biggie Hendrix Experience

Notorious B.I.G. (RIP!) + Jimi Hendrix (RIP!) = This zip file of MP3s (alternate link here) from DJ Doc Rok. (thanks Matthew R. Rose).

Found on boing boing

McDonalds - HR Campaign

The headline definitley makes you read the body copy. I think this ad will inform Sweden that McDonalds has a diverse workforce; but will it make anyone want to work there?


Going Green

Going Green. Everyone's doing it, just some are doing it better, faster and actually having an impact.

The other day I saw a shipment of cars on a truck trailer. They were covered with plastic wrap both inside and out. It made me think that if they didn't wrap the cars shopping for vehicles could become more like picking apples. You could go dealership to dealership trying to find the one that is the least bruised and the proper colour....I now, my mind wanders into some odd territories.

Back to the point; going green in my mind will become the number one factor in companies dedicating more and more of their ad budgets to the wonderful world of digital. Why? It avoids printing and is a environment that the supporters, early adopters and evangelists of green are already comfortable using. In fact they are using it to organize themselves and make their lives more efficient or sustainable.

Many exciting recent developments in sustainable living are ideas that have emerged within this domain:

Freecycle is sustainability working with raw interpersonal technology. 4.5 million people have joined a simple community to enable you to pass on goods you might otherwise have thrown away.

Actics (active ethics) allows people to give each other and companies feedback. It is potentially what you could describe as ‘the missing link’ in corporate ethics.

WhatDoIdoWithThis is a site built by people in the building industry. In every building job there are materials left over – tiles, piping, bricks, timber. These were usually thrown on a skip. Now you can sell them on, to others who necessarily large quantities., (the train traveller’s bible) and other information resources like that help you take control of how you travel is a virtual farmers market. It allows you to pick and buy food from individual local farms, who can then combine these orders to share some deliveries. It is the ethic of boxed deliveries combined with the convenience and choice of Ocado.

City Car Clubs uses the latest GPS and database systems to allow you to locate, book and use a car when you need one.

Blogs such as Treehugger, Grist but also the individual and little group of friends’ efforts (like GreenGirlsGlobal) allow people to share information in a rich and digestible form.

Facebook groups (and Yahoo groups before them) make organising a party, demonstration or circle of friends who share things as easy as clicking through a few screens and sending an invite.

Green pledge communities such as Pledgebank, and DoTheGreenThing give individuals the experience of being in a crowd of people all doing something that makes a difference and which therefore adds up to have a significant, visible effect.

Rentmineonline,, the Barter Card and other schemes are addressing the need for all of us to share things (for instance homes) more efficiently. Economists reckon there are many trillions of dollars stranded in non-liquid assets; things that people own but get no value from until they sell them. That may also be the key to living better while using less. Why own a lawnmower? Why not share one with your whole street? Get to know your neighbours in the process.It’s a diverse list, and it’s probably just the start.

Since eBay launched I have been arguing that it’s almost as if consumerism is trying to rebalance itself. We do need a vision of a good life (beyond the American dream) that is also sustainable and - paradoxically - the answer may lie as much with fast routers as slow food?

The latest developments were found on - The blog of John Grant, who is author of The Green Marketing Manifesto (Wiley, 2007)

A book I am 12 pages into (printed on post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable inks) and no I didn't ask for a plastic bag from Chapters.



Students' grades are algorithmically determined by their Internet fame, as measured off the web. Basically the course is; create content for the internet and do everything you can to make yourself famous on the internet.

Seems like a the type of course that should become standard in all advertising schools. I saw one of the creators of this course speak at FITC in 2005. His Graffiti Analysis project was extremely entertaining as was his project to become the internets #1 BAD ASS MOTHER FUCKER. It took him 13 days, 11 hours to become the top google search result when "Bad ass mother fucker" is entered in google.

Check out the full story from Time.

Ad Quote of the week

Congratulations to Amanda on the big promo today....

"If I had to sum it all up, I'd say there are three breeds of account executives: the play-it-safe-and-by-the-rule-book transmitting agent; the neutralist, who's never quite sure from one day to the next of his role in the agency-client relationship; and the truly creative account man, who may never write a line of copy in his life, but who, in his own wy, is every bit as creative as the finest copywriter in the business."

- Emil Mogul (1960), ad executive, quoted in James B. Simpson, Contemporary Quotations, 1964, Binghamton, NY: Vail-Ballou Press, p. 84.


Smoking is worse than terrorism

Last September, we did a post on some brands that used 9/11 imagery in their campaigns. Copyranter has been excellent and blogging about these images and he's found another one.

DDB New Zealand created the ad for ASH (an anti-smoking group). The copy reads - "Terrorism deaths since 2001: 11, 377. Tobacco related deaths since 2001: 30,000,000.

Can the creatives really not think of a better idea? Or at least a better visual?

Diamond Shreddies!

If you haven't seen the new Diamond Shreddies campaign, you might be missing one of the best cereal campaigns in the last 20 years.

As a non-cereal eater and someone who doesn't wake up before noon on Saturday's (thus missing the morning cartoons and cereal commercials), this is one of the only cereal campaigns I actually remember (aside from Lucky Charms).

Shreddies hasn't changed in a number of years and unlike many cereals, it's not going too. This presents a problem from a marketing standpoint. The campaign objective is to make people think about Shreddies again - to make them talk about the simple cereal.

The "Diamond Shreddies" campaign meets this objective by having fun with the brand. Everyone knows that nothing has changed about the cereal. Everyone knows that turning the Shreddie sideways isn't that special. But some of the spots around the campaign are.

From the simple billboards to the research groups asking people to evaluate new diamond Shreddies vs. the old square ones, this campaign is creating word of mouth and has become a big hit.

Some people think the campaign is just plain dumb, others believe it's absolutely hilarious, but if we're talking about it (good or bad), it has done its job.

Check out the 'research' video below.

Live Fast; Ignore Bad Ads

Diesel does it again - creating "shock" value print ads in the hopes to be even cooler and more stylish. Although I don't hate these as much as the Global Warming campaign, I've got to say that these rank a close #2.

Nothing makes me want to wear $500 jeans more than the visual of making a blind man run or praying in a church on a treadmill.

Thanks for the heads up, Jen!

Apple's New Competition

Microsoft made a large decision this week and awarded their $300 million ad account to one of the hottest agencies in North America, CP+B.
According to Adrants, Microsoft spent over $1 billion in advertising in the US during 2006 and they have finally found their new agency.

CP+B are the creators of Whopper Freakout, Volkeswagen's "Ego Emissions" and "Safe Happens" campaigns and the "Man Law" Miller Light campaign. They've won a number of awards in the past couple of years and are on track to win more with their latest BK campaign and their Domino's Pizza website.

Fallon was Microsoft's previous AOR and I have to admit that I did enjoy their brand campaign TV spots for Vista. That being said, every time the marketing execs from Microsoft watch an Apple-PC commercial they must cringe at the success of their competitor.

Microsoft and CP+B have their work cut out for them. The reviews of Vista have not been kind and Apple's creativity continues to uplift their share price. Could an agency change be exactly what the company needs?

Maybe. But CP+B's ideas have been more on the irreverent side of impact than what Microsoft might be expecting. They have created impact and won awards but this will be their largest challenge.

For Microsoft, the next campaign will be their most critical. Can they shift from being the nerdy, boring brand that Apple made them? Better yet, can they go back at the folks at Apple to raise some points about their competitive advantages?

My guess is we will find out, one way or another, in about 6 months.

Horrible Parents

I just found this video on Digg and I have to say that it's one of the meanest pranks I've ever come across.

If you've ever said that your parents are mean, watch this and be thankful you grew up in the family you did.

Tech superblog Engadget has offered a free Microsift XBox 360 to the boy on the condition that he doesn't let his family play it at all. They've had some luck getting in touch with him and we will update the story when the reward has been given.

Microsoft might want to take this a bit further for some good PR - give the kid a ton of games, gear and swag. Then take it a step further and destroy his parents lives through a series of personal computer hacks (like Sandra Bullock in The Net), canceled social security cheques and mysterious withdraws from their bank accounts.

In the end, have the son get them on video as their house is being foreclosed. Then, in a fun ironic twist, have the son give them an XBox 360 as he drives off into the sunset in his Microsoft Hybrid car.

10 Interview Questions for the Digital Candidate

Found a quick (and simple) list of ten questions for aspiring interactive candidates. If you work in the space or are thinking about moving over, these questions may help to decipher who might be a good fit.

What these questions attempt to answer is whether someone is genuinely interested in the space or just simply aware of it. Everyone has heard of blogs, Google, Facebook and YouTube but if you've never taken the time to actually use them, how do you really know their capabilities?

Check out the full article from Logic+Emotion here and if you're interviewing anyone soon, be sure to throw a few of these in.

1. Do you read blogs? Which ones?
2. Do you have a personal blog? What's it about?
3. Do you participate in at least one social network? Which one?
4. Have you ever uploaded a video online? What did you use to do it?
5. What's your favorite search engine. Why?
6. Have you ever used an online classified service like craigslist?
7. Besides making phone calls—how else do you use your mobile phone?
8. Have you ever registered a domain name?
9. Do you use social bookmarks or tagging?
10. Do you use a feed reader of some sort? Which one? Why?