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August 13, 2007

Mad Men


Do check out AMC's new original series Mad Men. From one of the people who brought you The Sapranos.

The production, acting and story is multi layered and top quality. It's a sly look at not just advertising today and in the 60s, but on how we were as a society was back then. Well not me exactly I'm an 80s child but you get the idea. This before cancer, AIDS, computers, seat belts and other worries complicated our lives.

There's only up to episode 5 right now so you haven't missed too much.

Update: Looks like Channel 9 in Australia has picked uo the show and has episode 1 for free download. More info here.

August 9, 2007

Home Sweet As


Host have launched a new site for NZ Airlines called Home Sweet As. (note: Sweet is a Kiwi term meaning good)

Kiwis back home can send messages to their bros over in Aus vi a billboard that'll be moving around. It's currently in Martin Place.

While I like the idea of the campaign what I love is the felt art direction. It just looks so nice you want to touch your screen.

August 8, 2007

ninemsn memo to staff

From independent publisher, comes this leaked e-mail - although to be honest if you worked there, you'd probably want it leaked anyway. An apparently 'leaked' memo would get more attention than say a press release clarifying the original findings...

"Ninemsn CEO tells staff: we're still number one. Message from ninemsn CEO Tony Faure to all staff yesterday:"

All, You may have seen some media coverage of recent Nielsen numbers on the online news category. Some media have taken these numbers and used them in a naive comparison of apples and oranges. Claims that SMH has overtaken ninemsn as the leading online news source are wrong. While we don't dispute the data reported by Nielsen, the ninemsn news referred to in the Nielsen number is just that - only the ninemsn news URL. Nielsen's figure for ninemsn does not take into account the UBs for the news within other sections of ninemsn such as the homepage, sport, weather and entertainment. It also doesn't take into account the huge homepage news UBs, which are difficult to break out, but clearly very large. By contrast, the SMH news number quoted by Nielsen is almost their entire site including news, sport, weather, business, entertainment, Travel, technology and Life & Style. Our news publisher number - which takes into account news, weather, sport (still not everything that SMH includes) - would be higher. In this far more accurate and like-for-like comparison, ninemsn currently has higher daily and monthly UBs than SMH. Max and his team have been kicking some great goals with recent live news streams, getting the cadets up and running and as we all saw at the company meeting, our foreign correspondent Henri. We know we have the leading online news whatever numbers you look at, and we will be correcting this to the media in the coming days."

Trafficking Errors

I've been seeing more and more of these lately—placements that went live even though they were screwed up. It likely attests to the lack of experience talent in the field, and the habit of media companies of throwing young, untrained employees right into the mix of complicated ad serving tools without much beyond the 1/2 day intro. Reminds me a little bit of radio in the late 70's / early 80's, except that then the errors were usually because the dj was stoned or drunk or both.

iFrame with the Wrong Unit Size:


iFrame/div Showing Just Code:


August 7, 2007

Who is MC?


There has been one commenter who has been a negative force on Bannerblog for quite a while. His/her alias is MC. With no more than 32 comments each negative and harsh with a rare dash of actual constructive criticism.

Click here to read the full article and find the identity of MC.

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