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EXCLUSIVE: 10 Ways to Use Our Sponsor’s Product More Often

Posted on August 15th, 2014 at 17:51 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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AdDetector is a browser extension that spots articles with corporate sponsors. It puts a big banner on top of any article that may appear unbiased at first glance, but is actually paid for by an advertiser.

For example, it turns the small, light-grey-on-white “Sponsored” on this deadspin article into a giant red banner.


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Google to Tie Mobile Web, App Trackers for Ad Targeting

Posted on August 8th, 2014 at 22:37 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Privacy

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Google has come up with a way to overcome the ad-targeting gap between mobile web visitors and mobile app users, according to people familiar with the matter.

The online ad giant is set to begin testing a new method of targeting tablet and smartphone users that connects the separate tracking mechanisms that follow what people do on the mobile web and in mobile apps respectively, the people said. Until now, advertisers have usually been forced to treat individual mobile users as two unconnected people, depending on whether they are using a mobile browser or apps.

A Google spokesman confirmed the effort. “As an alternative to less transparent methods, we’re doing some tests to help businesses run consistent ad campaigns across a device’s mobile browser and mobile apps, using existing anonymous identifiers, while enabling people to use the established privacy controls on Android and iOS,” the spokesman said in an email.

The targeting method relies on Google’s two-million-plus network of third-party sites and its mobile app ad network AdMob, which is able to track and serve ads to users of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps across Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.


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‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul is controlling your Xbox One

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 14:56 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Microsoft released ad earlier this month with Paul showcasing the voice commands available in the Xbox One. At the beginning of the commercial, Paul says “Xbox On,” the command console owners can use to interact with the Kinect sensor and turn on the console. While everything initially seemed just fine about that commercial, it turns out some gamers have discovered that Paul’s command in the ad will get picked up by their Kinect and turn on the Xbox One in their home.


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  1. I saw a great video of a guy who changed his in-game name to “XBoxTurnOff”. Then he got on a Call of Duty server and watched the chaos as people dropped out of the game right and left.

iOS 8 strikes an unexpected blow against location tracking

Posted on June 9th, 2014 at 23:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Privacy

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It wasn’t touted onstage, but a new iOS 8 feature is set to cause havoc for location trackers, and score a major win for privacy. As spotted by Frederic Jacobs, the changes have to do with the MAC address used to identify devices within networks. When iOS 8 devices look for a connection, they randomize that address, effectively disguising any trace of the real device until it decides to connect to a network.

“Any phone using iOS 8 will be invisible to the process”

Why are iPhones checking out Wi-Fi networks in disguise? Because there’s an entire industry devoted to tracking customers through that signal. As The New York Times reported last summer, shops from Nordstrom’s to JC Penney have tried out the system. (London even tried out a system using public trash cans.) The system automatically logs any phone within Wi-Fi range, giving stores a complete record of who walked into the shop and when. But any phone using iOS 8 will be invisible to the process, potentially calling the whole system into question.


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  1. I don’t think that Apple is doing thid for privacy, but in order to push retailers to use its iBeacon technology. And surely turning wifi off will prevent this sort of snooping?

Sugar?

Posted on May 30th, 2014 at 12:51 by John Sinteur in category: Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame), If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. I would say unbelievable, but sadly it is not. It is a testament to the dumbed down populations that few buyers will catch the irony and hypocrisy.

  2. Irony deficiency can be fatal.

  3. And now, direct from the Department of Irony Department! :-)

  4. I think that was the Department Of Redundancy Department. Irony is something else entirely.

  5. You definitely shouldn’t drink phosphate-containing carbonated beverages with your irony supplements!

Public see giant robots and alien invasion

Posted on May 28th, 2014 at 18:17 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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How One Woman Hid Her Pregnancy From Big Data

Posted on April 30th, 2014 at 18:20 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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For the past nine months, Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, tried to hide from the Internet the fact that she’s pregnant — and it wasn’t easy.

Pregnant women are incredibly valuable to marketers. For example, if a woman decides between Huggies and Pampers diapers, that’s a valuable, long-term decision that establishes a consumption pattern. According to Vertesi, the average person’s marketing data is worth 10 cents; a pregnant woman’s data skyrockets to $1.50. And once targeted advertising finds a pregnant woman, it won’t let up.

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Vertesi said that by dodging advertising and traditional forms of consumerism, her activity raised a lot of red flags. When her husband tried to buy $500 worth of Amazon gift cards with cash in order to get a stroller, a notice at the Rite Aid counter said the company had a legal obligation to report excessive transactions to the authorities.

“Those kinds of activities, when you take them in the aggregate … are exactly the kinds of things that tag you as likely engaging in criminal activity, as opposed to just having a baby,” she said.


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  1. Walk into a store and buy a stroller. Won’t cost $500.

  2. Didn’t bother reading the article, but my impression is that gift cards are commonly used to pay for illegal/illicit stuff. Just like Tide. And in the U.S., “nobody” buys $500 worth of gift cards with cash. (i.e. it probably happens less frequently in a legit way than it does in a way related to crime.)

The Most Honest And Awful Corporate Ad I Have Ever Laid My Eyes On. No, They Aren’t Drunk. I Swear.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 20:27 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Blimey! Which church is this again?

  2. Church? – ah – change the word “the shareholders” to “the flock” and you have the Church (any one you want).

เคยสงสัยไหม?

Posted on April 12th, 2014 at 22:51 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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Subway will probably open a new store in the bus stop

Posted on March 19th, 2014 at 11:11 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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La contestata pubblicità del David col fucile

Posted on March 9th, 2014 at 15:10 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Venerdì 7 marzo il settimanale l’Espresso ha pubblicato le immagini di una campagna pubblicitaria dell’azienda americana produttrice di armi ArmaLite. Nelle immagini si vede un fotomontaggio del David di Michelangelo che stringe in mano un fucile prodotto dall’azienda. Sotto, una scritta definisce l’arma “un’opera d’arte”. L’immagine è stata pubblicata da alcune riviste specializzate americane, come Rifle Firepower. Nonostante questa diffusione decisamente limitata, nelle ultime ore ci sono state critiche molto forti alla campagna da parte del mondo politico e della tutela dei beni artistici italiani.


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  1. Rough translation – On Friday, March 7th, the weekly L’Espresso has published pictures of an advertising campaign from the American arms manufacturing ArmaLite. In the pictures you can see a montage of Michelangelo’s David clutching a rifle manufactured by the company. Below, an inscription defines the weapon “work of art”. The image has been published inseveral journals such as American Rifle Firepower. Although the ad distributions thus far has been quite limited, in the last hour, there have been strong criticisms of the campaign from political officials and from those concerned protection of Italian artistic heritage.

    If your in marketing – use these weapons to kill yourself – please!

  2. The problem is what?

  3. @Desiato: Oh come on! The gun is bigger than the dick, surely.

  4. Huh?

  5. @Desiato The problem is using our artistic heritage for such an insidious marketing campaign. The problem is associating David with death, destruction and the carnage of war – to name a copuple of reasons. I would rather is a million of these http://pastelninja.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/david.jpg than just one of the ArmaLite death machines. Quando questa bestia è morta, così fa anche il veleno!

  6. From what I’ve read, David should be associated with death, destruction and war.

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    The statue represents the Biblical hero David,

  8. Oh dear, our precious artistic heritage! It will be sullied by use in advertising! After seeing that ad, we’ll never be able to appreciate a nice statue of David again!

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but really… is there any impact on the artistic heritage? Isn’t that the kind of thinking we decry on this blog when Disney feels they need longer copyright to keep others from remixing Mickey, or when someone’s fanfic gets taken down by an author protecting their precious IP?

  9. I don’t see this whole episode as “oh dear our precious heritage” but rather as a “gee, what a bunch of uncultured barbarians trying to sell stuff this way”

  10. OTOH equipping him with a gun rather than a sling makes sense of the fact that he is, for his size, quite poorly endowed.

  11. @Desiato – Not at all…. and equating / Disney Mickey Mouse with the likes of Michelangelo, Wow, that is telling. So I leave you with this: What would I prefer my children’s first introduction to Michelangelo: his real work or ArmaLites’s? The real work of course and if you have children, or search your memory, you will know the process about which I speak. I want my children to know history, including art history, at the source – not a distorted comic (or violent) image produced by some marketing department with an a collective IQ in the negative numbers.

    @John – barbarians indeed!

  12. So Michelangelo made spectacular classic art that is so good that it can’t withstand being remixed into some tacky modern context?

    I don’t follow that. It’s a great statue and always will be a great statue. If the ad diminishes the statue, I think the problem is in your head.

    Alternate perspective: who gets to decide what material is so special that it can’t be desecrated? You? Or muslims who get mad at irreverent depictions on their prophet? I mean, sure, you’re not threatening to kill anyone so it’s not in the same ballpark, but why should either of you get to decide?

  13. @porpentine: That’s what I meant to say :-)

    @Mykolas: the only place that your children are likely to see this ad is in a magazine for guns’n’ammo or on some shrill blog that likes to expose the folly and banruptcy of the world…er…

  14. oh crap..

  15. @SueW – John answered the shrill comment and it was not limited to gun mags. It was all over the media.

    @Desiato – Sidestepping the validity or not of problems in my head, the fact that Armalite included the tagline “a work of art” distorts its intent and makes it disingenuous at best. It is not art. It is a commercial offer to sell merchandise. As such, it is not unique as there are many precedents. What makes it unique, in my mind or head as you say, is the theme of extreme violence, promotion and glorification of the sick and bankrupt U.S. gun culture, and, if Dario Franceschini, Italy’s culture minister, is correct, it “… infringes the law.”

    To be clear, I was not advocating new legislation, just complete social disdain. Moreover, the issue is not desecration. Please, control your leaps to religious analogy. You said “you’re not threatening to kill anyone so it’s not in the same ballpark” – my rejoinder is: promotion of the gun culture, promotion of violence as the way to solve all problems – are all threats to me, my family, and to civilized societies everywhere. Using your logic, then bans on tobacco advertizing and anti smoking campaigns should be rescinded.

    Hope that was shrill enough :-)

  16. I see a lot of assumptions about each others point of view in this thread, so I am leaving this here.

  17. I’ll readily agree with you that the US gun culture is nutty, and I loathe a lot of advertising. I just find this ad (run in a gun magazine as you originally said) completely unremarkable and find the use of Michelangelo’s David completely unproblematic. By no means does this extrapolate to making tobacco advertising OK. If we decide as a society that ads for guns are not OK, that’s fine with me. We haven’t done so.

  18. @Mykolas: I see shrill as being a good thing. If we don’t react to such rubbish with either ruthless mockery or indignant squawking then we are just “comfortably numb”, surely?

    In essence the ad made the leap into the “outraged liberal” media (which is why it was “all over the web”, I assume, with deference to xkcd). This must have been part of the original objective. Gun culture is boastful and unapologetic. There’s nothing they like more than ruffling feathers :-)

    @Desiato: I don’t think that gun culture is nutty, exactly. It has a deliberate purpose and it definitely speaks to a significant minority tribe of Americans.

  19. @SueW @Desiato – great banter on this thread. See you all on the next one! :-)

Truth in advertising

Posted on February 23rd, 2014 at 13:20 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Whoa! Where did that pizzeria come from?!?

The Scam Facebook Is Running

Posted on February 15th, 2014 at 10:35 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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  1. Facebook – helping to make the internet a cesspool, one click at a time

  2. People have been concerned that the internet was going to become a series of “walled gardens” – perhaps we should look on the bright side!

  3. Ironically I first spotted this video on my timeline as a sponsored post by the man’s company.

One Ad to Rule Them All

Posted on February 8th, 2014 at 9:32 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Hey there! My name is Valerio Amaro, and i am a student at Miami Ad School Berlin.

I have two passions in life: advertising and The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to find a way to combine them, so i asked myself “What would happen if J.R.R Tolkien worked in advertising?”

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Samsung Vs Apple

Posted on January 13th, 2014 at 15:32 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

It’s hard to believe that the people who did the recent Apple ad and the people who did the recent Samsung ads live on the same planet.


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  1. One promises sex with a snow bunny, the other eternal life. Which is more realistic?

  2. Apple is Tiffany, Samsung is Target.

  3. Sue – in my case, probably eternal life….

  4. @Mark: lol…did you consider joining the furries?

  5. The snow bunny? :-)

  6. I don’t know why, but when I was watching the Samsung commercial, I thought of those old Axe body spray commercials…

  7. To get a selfie, put the watch on the other wrist.

Gays, tattooed people, minorities don’t ‘fit in’ in suburbs: developers

Posted on December 7th, 2013 at 0:08 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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An organization representing Calgary developers is apologizing over an article it posted online that suggested gay couples, visible minorities and people with tattoos might not feel comfortable living in the suburbs.

Blimey. If he had substituted, “wouldn’t be seen dead” for “might not feel comfortable,” I’m sure that would have been more factual. I mean, have you seen the suburbs around Calgary? No, neither have I.


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Sony files patent for ‘Smartwig’

Posted on November 28th, 2013 at 22:04 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Sony has filed a patent application for “SmartWig”, as firms jostle for the lead in the wearable technology sector. It says the SmartWig can be worn “in addition to natural hair”, and will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices…

“And Sony – which is trying to regain some of the sheen it has lost in recent years – clearly understands that and wants to play a major role in the sector.”

 The Japanese firm said the wig could be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any kind of synthetic material.
Oh the irony! Is it only 20 years since Sony was a groovy, must-have-device company? Or was I stupider back then?

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  1. “Or was I stupider back then?” – we all were! :-)

  2. I hate to say this, but I think there might be a market for this. Right alongside the SmartBra.

  3. @Mudak! That’s a couple of sore points, right there!

Bear Does Laundry : Samsung Washing Machine Commercial

Posted on October 26th, 2013 at 0:29 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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  1. @Paul Jay — wrong category. Should be in “If you’re in marketing, kill yourself”

  2. edited the category.

Facebook apologizes for dating website ad featuring photo of Rehtaeh Parsons

Posted on September 18th, 2013 at 16:42 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Facebook apologized Tuesday for featuring an ad for a dating website that used a picture of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who died after attempting suicide in April.

A spokesperson for the company, who did not want to be named, issued a statement late Tuesday that said the ad was a “gross violation” of the company’s policies and has been removed.

“This is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the Internet and using it in their ad campaign,” the spokesperson said in the emailed statement.

“This is a gross violation of our ad policies and we have removed the ad and permanently deleted the advertiser’s account.

“We apologize for any harm this has caused.”

The company said the dating website was Ionechat.com. It could not be reached for comment.

The ad featured a picture of Parsons under the heading, “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”

Parsons was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt, which her family says was brought on by months of bullying following an alleged sexual assault.


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Truck tailgate makes other drivers think woman is being kidnapped

Posted on September 9th, 2013 at 15:48 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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The female model is one of Kolb’s employees who agreed to pose for the image, which is featured on the back of another employee’s truck.

Other tailgate decals include zombies (pretty sure there may be some “Walking Dead” copyright violations, there) and a military sniper.

“When you’re going to go put a wrap on the side of your vehicle, you want that image to be realistic and to portray the image of your company,” Kolb said in the news report.

The blonde tied up in the back of this employee’s truck certainly is realistic, but it’s up for debate what it portrays about Hornet Signs.


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  1. It says ultra-low level of personal development, frankly.

Budweiser is most popular beer among injured ER patients, pilot study says

Posted on August 25th, 2013 at 12:22 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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When the Hopkins researchers surveyed ER patients who’d been drinking, they found that Budweiser was the number one brand consumed, followed Steel Reserve Malt Liquor, Colt 45 malt liquor, Bud Ice (another malt liquor), Bud Light, and a discount-priced vodka called Barton’s.

Though Budweiser has 9.1 percent of the national beer market, it represented 15 percent of the of the E.R. “market.” The disparity was even more pronounced for Steel Reserve. It has only .8 percent of the market nationally, but accounted for 14.7 percent of the E.R. market. In all, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice, and another malt liquor, King Cobra, account for only 2.4 percent of the U.S. beer market, but accounted for 46 percent of the beer consumed by E.R. patients.

“Some products are marketed to certain groups of people in our society,” explained Traci Toomey, the director of the University of Minnesota’s alcohol epidemiology program, who was not involved in the study. Higher-alcohol malt liquor, for example, is heavily advertised in African-American neighborhoods. “So we might want to put some controls on certain products if we find they are tied to greater risk. But how they are marketed and priced is critical information and that has been very hard to study.”


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The Verge: Google patents ‘pay-per-gaze’ eye-tracking

Posted on August 19th, 2013 at 18:52 by John Sinteur in category: Google, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Google patents ‘pay-per-gaze’ eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads

Advertisers spend heaps of cash on branding, bannering, and product-placing. But does anyone really look at those ads? Google could be betting that advertisers will pay to know whether consumers are actually looking at their billboards, magazine spreads, and online ads. The company was just granted a patent for “pay-per-gaze” advertising, which would employ a Google Glass-like eye sensor in order to identify when consumers are looking at advertisements in the real world and online. 


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  1. I’ll let Google have a camera in my living room when water in hell transforms to its solid state.

Twenty hurt at LG event as promotional stunt goes wrong

Posted on August 16th, 2013 at 12:10 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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LG released 100 helium balloons, each with a free smartphone voucher, at the so-called G in the Cloud event, which took place in an outdoor park in the South Korean capital city.

The phones, which sell for KRW 950,000 in South Korea ($851; £550), would be given to people in possession of the voucher, the company said.

Customers arrived with BB guns to shoot down the balloons and surged forward when they were released.


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Twitter fakes real users’ tweets to promote ad platform

Posted on July 24th, 2013 at 19:36 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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What if one of the most powerful media companies in the world made words come out of its customers’ mouths to promote its new ad platform?

Twitter posted on its blog today about a new, wider release of an integration the company is doing with TV commercials. In the blog post is a shot of a new Twitter ads dashboard showing tweets from Twitter users raving about TV commercials.

The tweets look completely real, but SFGate discovered that while the Twitter users who are featured are real, their tweets are not. The users featured raving about TV commercials never said anything of the kind, and were unaware their profile pics and accounts were being presented in a post on Twitter’s blog sent out to hundreds of thousands via the @Twitterads Twitter account and retweeted to more than 1.5 million.

The users were not pleased when they saw these bogus tweets attributed to them for the first time – after the post went up.

“It’s disturbing and has no place,” says Neil Gottlieb, who was unaware the Twitter blog post featured a tweet with him saying, “What is the song in the new @barristabar commercial? I love it!!” Gottlieb who runs the medical animation company 3FX in Philadelphia said, “To use my image and fake a tweet is wrong and needs to be addressed.”


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  1. How bizarre. They could get almost anybody to actually say more-or-less anything on TV, by just asking.

Train Window Ads Vibrate Into Ear Via Bone Conduction As You Lay Head Against Glass

Posted on July 5th, 2013 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Are talking window ads the next big thing or a pain in the glass? Watch them at work in a new video (above) from Sky Go and BBDO Dusseldorf.

The unique ads are designed to play as soon as a commuter rests his or her ear against the train window. An advertisement is piped through the person’s skull via bone conduction technology.

Mobile streaming service Sky Go uses a transmitter that attaches to public transit windows, emitting high frequencies that the brain processes into words heard by no one else on the train (except for the others who also have an ear to the window), according to the spot.

Sounds like you need to install a premium popup blocker

“Passengers got surprised and enjoyed this new form of advertising,” she wrote in an email.

Probably in much the same way that three out of four people enjoy gang rape.


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  1. Only the likelihood of arrest for vandalism would still my hand from breaking this intrusion out of the window frame.

  2. Of course passengers enjoyed this. The railway company will enjoy the money they get from the advertisers. Next will be passengers enjoying the add-free ear to the window in the first class section. The railway company will of course enjoy receiving a small premium for that. Then there’s the people getting a small version of John’s suggested popup blocker, for sale at stores in every railway station, owned by – you guessed it – the railway company.

    What would stop me from breaking this intrusion out of the window frame would be me finding other ways to commute.

  3. A mentally ill person doing something rash after hearing the Voices? You’re off the hook vandals.

This Student Project Could Kill Digital Ad Targeting

Posted on July 5th, 2013 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Meet Rachel Law, a 25-year-old graduate student from Singapore, who has created a game that could literally wreak havoc on the online ad industry if released into the wild.

Her creation, called “Vortex,” is a browser extension that’s part game, part ad-targeting disrupter that helps people turn their user profiles and the browsing information into alternate fake identities that have nothing to do with reality.


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  1. I think calls for a revised tag. Instead of If you’re in marketing kill yourself, how about – Shut up and take my money!.

Money well spent

Posted on June 28th, 2013 at 17:25 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Samsung sure is getting the most of its marketing dollars (via Dan Montopoli).

The company’s latest ad, which began airing June 10, has earned the lowest score of 26 Apple TV ads in the past year, according to Ace Metrix Inc., a consulting firm that analyzes the effectiveness of TV ads through surveys of at least 500 TV viewers.

Ace Metrix? This Ace Metrix?

Ace Metrix™, the new standard in television analytics, today announced Samsung has joined its roster of advertising clients, subscribing to the Ace Metrix LIVE™ platform.

Uh-huh.

Bloomberg, of course, does not find that detail worth mentioning.


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Do what with my Pants?

Posted on April 17th, 2013 at 17:53 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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Facebook launches paid messaging service in UK, charges £10 to message celebs

Posted on April 8th, 2013 at 15:30 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Facebook has begun to charge British users up to £10-11 to message celebrities and other people outside the friends’ list. Facebook has remarked that the decision to charge British users aims to prevent the users (celebrities) from being inundated by messages from strangers. Another factor behind the Facebook decision is to prevent spam.Under the Facebook trial scheme, it costs 71p to despatch a conventional message on the site along with an automatic alert. However, the fees differ depending on the popularity of the recipient, with a present maximum charge of £10.68 to contact celebrity sportspersons like Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Oh, they’re charging the gullible to send messages to imaginary whores and they’re making out they’re fighting spam and protecting celebrities?

On a happier note, Margaret Thatcher is dead.


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  1. Er, so how much would it cost to send a message to a celebrity if the celebrity is now dead, I was thinking of sending this…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHJoj9IqeKg

  2. To you luv, ‘cos I like yer looks, a tenner.

  3. (But you know…pete, you might be on to something there…)

  4. Dang it Pete, you beat me to that question! :-) Anyway, I was thinking more like 100 quid – delivery is a lot harder to “the other side” – oh wait, isn’t that where Facebook resides? :rolleyes:

  5. Well the Brits are such prostitutes they’ll take ten quid from anyone… :-)

  6. It’s 10 quid you pay facebook right? Not the celebrity… so facebook does not care. Pay up.

  7. @Andre: Ah…that’s the question! Where does the money go?

    If I were one of these “celebrities” would I see it as sufficient that I have to pay my staff to handle all those creepy messages from “fans” or would I want a piece of the action? Is Madonna cheaper than Lady Gaga? Do I have to pay to get messages? Is this all a massive pile of PR-crazed BS?

You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

Posted on March 29th, 2013 at 8:45 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Experts said the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon was emergent behavior from the hive mind of the internet—accidental, ad hoc, uncoordinated: a “meme” that “went viral.” But this is untrue. The real story of the “Harlem Shake” shows how much popular culture has changed and how much it has stayed the same.


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