Category Advertising

Billboard Wars!

Three Indian Airlines battle for billboard superiority.

Sao Paulo: City Without Ads


What happens when a mayor decides to ban advertisements in a vibrant city of 11 million people with more than 8,000 billboards? Impossible, insane, absurd, or just plain genius? Well this is what happened this past January when mayor Gilberto Kassabs “Clean City” law was introduced in Sao Paulo Brazil banning any form of advertising throughout the city to rid of “visual clutter”. (reminds me of the “advertising is graffiti” stunt, or my dislike for posters in Milan)

(via Ektopia)

Hundreds Click on ‘Click Here to Get Infected’ Ad


People will click on anything.

That was evidenced by the 409 people who clicked on an ad that offers infection for those with virus-free PCs. The ad, run by a person who identifies himself as security professional Didier Stevens,…

…Stevens, who says he works for Contraste Europe, a branch of the IT consultancy The Contraste Group, has been running his Google Adwords campaign for six months now and has received 409 hits. Stevens has done similar research in the past, such as finding out how easy it is to land on a drive-by download site when doing a Google search.

In a posting about the drive-by download campaign, Stevens says that he got the idea after picking up a small book on Google Adwords at the library and finding out how easy and cheap it is to set up an ad.

“You can start with a couple of euros per month,” he said. “And that gave me an idea: this can be used with malicious [intent]. It’s a way to get a drive-by download site on the first page of a search.”

Millimetres Matter

Doctors and Cigarettes Advertisements

A gallery of old advertisments of Doctors recommending smokes.

(Thanks Markus)

Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality

Each item was purchased, taken home, and photographed immediately. Nothing
was tampered with, run over by a car, or anything of the sort. It is an accurate
representation in every case. Shiny, neon-orange, liquefied pump-cheese, and all.

(via J-Walk)

Controversial KFC Ad

The United States isn’t the only country that has nosy parents with too much time of their hands. Over 1,500 Brits complained about this KFC TV spot, which they claim encourages children to sing with food in their mouths.

It’s called “I’ll tell you how to parent parenting”.
It’s groups like this that get behind TV, music and video game blaming.

Apparently, you need them to tell you what you should let your child watch, and which companies you should boycott.

The Geico Caveman

It’s an interactive ad for Geico where you get to visit the Caveman at his condo for a cocktail party.

Visit the Caveman’s Crib.

Cat Herding

Printable Cold Sores

Nowhere in advertising is the gap between natural beauty and manufactured perfection more apparent than on subway posters. As we wait for transportation, we are unwillingly assaulted by larger-than-life representations of supposedly beautiful salespeople. The large scale of these ads and their extremely close proximity to the viewer offer up more than perceived intimacy, however… they give us the chance to see the mechanical flaws designed to correct their physical flaws.

Why don’t we just see them for what they are? They are regular people just like us, they just have a team of retouchers waiting at the ready.

Printable cold sores allow us to take action! Bring these people back down to our level, and tell advertisers that you don’t agree with their message. How can you help? It’s easy…

(via J-Walk)

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