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Topic: Advertising

Why Marketers Shouldn't Be Seduced Into Using Believable Bots

Ex Machina's clever use of Tinder could start a risky trend on chat apps

Sex and advertising are usually a reliable mix. Unless, of course, you trick consumers into thinking they might have a chance of hooking up with your deceptive spokesbot masquerading as…

Zimmerman Gets an Unusual Assignment From a Publisher

Growing readership for Men's Fitness and Star, without ads

A funny thing arose out of conversations between Zimmerman Advertising founder Jordan Zimmerman and American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker: The ad agency got an assignment that doesn't involve advertising. Rather,…

Tinder Shuts Down Gap's Pants Party Because Campaign Violated Terms of Service

Brand posted unauthorized marketing

Just as The Gap was about to launch a new marketing campaign on Tinder, the hot dating app announced that the retailer's plans were an unauthorized violation of its terms…

Jeep's Super Bowl Ad Is Almost a Carbon Copy of a Recent Spot from The North Face

Right down to the soundtrack

It looks like Jeep has pulled more than a few pages from The North Face's playbook for its Super Bowl ad. The car brand aired "Beautiful Lands" commercial (created by The…

When Does Leaning Hard Into Celebrity Become Lazy and Dangerous?

Fame, as a branding channel, dominated advertising in 2014

There are many things that defined 2014 in advertising. Mobile domination, our insatiable desire for a viral hit, TV ads alive and well, Goodvertising, Big Data and, of course, the…

Macy's Shifts Its Multicultural Account to a New Shop

Annual media spending is around $40 million

Macy's has found a new home for its multicultural marketing account. New York shop Walton Isaacson has landed the business after a review. Annual media spending is estimated at $40 million. The…

Nearly 25% of Video Ad Views Are Fraudulent, and 6 Other Alarming Stats

$6.3 billion menace will shake confidence

Bot fraud, digital advertising's albatross, will suck $6.3 billion from the industry next year, according to a much anticipated report highlighting the threat from the Association of National Advertisers and…

TV Bosses Say Ratings Won't Stop Being Awful Anytime Soon

Er, sorry, 'trending downward'

Now is the winter of our discontent, made that much colder by the absence of the ad dollars that everyone in the TV world swore would come back in scatter. They…

20 Years Before It Was Cool to Cast Gay Couples, Ikea Made This Pioneering Ad

Patrick O'Neill looks back at his 1994 spot

The mini-wave of brands casting gay couples in TV ads this year continues to rise, with the likes of Honey Maid, Cheerios and DirecTV all diving in. More power to…

Snapchat Says Ads Are Coming This Weekend: 'We Need the Money'

Reveals new details of its business plans

Snapchat—ready to actually bring in revenue—will start showing ads this weekend, and the messaging app gave a better understanding of how marketing will arrive in users' inboxes with a blog…

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