Archive for November 21, 2006

I Love Ads that Tell Stories

You can find some links to some great Altoids ads here.

Did I mention that my Dad won the “harriest chested man contest” on his last cruise? I wonder if he felt like this in school?

Altoids Ad

November 21, 2006 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

Comic Parody

 This is from Your Mom’s Basement and boy is it funny. See for yourself:

November 21, 2006 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Bank of America Gets in Trouble with Cover of U2 Song

Ha ha.

BOA gets a “Cease and Desist” letter from Universal Music as reported at “Boing Boing” for covering U2’s song “one” (See earlier post of video on youtube)

My opinion is that the cover changes the song well enough to be considered original… from an artists point of view.

BonoI imagine it is not a fight that BOA would like to mess with. But I am with them in this case.

I would hope that Bono would find it as enjoyable to laugh at the BOA guys as the rest of the world does? Maybe Bono could tell Universal Music how stupid they are getting lawyers involved and creating a gap between U2 and the audience they sing too.

BOA didn’t do anything to damage U2 sales and a piddly law suit between BOA and Universal Music would do more to damage U2’s brand. Aren’t lawyers great?

Be One With Us” seems more fitting for U2’s brand. Apparently U2 asked concert goers in Melbourne to text their voice to put pressure on G20 politicians. That sounds like a better place for U2’s name… not associated with suing BOA for a hideously funny cover.

Bono lets here you shut up Universal Music.

November 21, 2006 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

Ad Age Interview with Yahoo’s Frazier Miller Regarding Social Search Elements

Sounds like Yahoo will have some interesting social items added to searches to help local businesses and markets. I like the idea… now lets see the execution. Below is a quote and link from the Ad Age article:

Ad Age: You mentioned user-generated content. Can you give some examples?

Mr. Miller: There’s rich info that users are able to provide on the merchants. They can post photos of the business or the service — photos of what the inside of the cafe looks like, for example. One recent example is a carpenter or cabinet maker — someone had taken a picture of the cabinet maker’s work.

Tagging is a powerful phenomenon that allows users to say this business is romantic, this coffee shop has WiFi. It allows users to access and organize internet data in their own way and makes an easy index to recall later but it also gives us a really powerful way to search across really generic listings that we can provide to other users.

Ad Age: So how does this all make money for you?

Mr. Miller: These small to medium businesses are very clear what they’re trying to get: additional leads or business. There’s a lot of opportunity in what the internet and user-generated content can bring in terms of targeting audiences and getting more in touch with customer base. To the merchants’ chagrin, their reputation is being formed online without them being in touch with it. The real opportunity is for them to see their ratings and reviews, see how are they doing in the minds of their users and figure out how can they channel and form the reputation that’s formed online. We give them tools to keep in touch with users. They can be e-mailed when rating/review gets posted by customer. They can subscribe to a service that allows users to make reservations through Open Table, who we partner with.

November 21, 2006 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

I wish I had a Giant too.

What great video editing… and imagination.

November 21, 2006 at 12:27 am 1 comment

Flickr Photos

November 2006



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