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May 19, 2008

Variety Banner Competition

UPDATED DEADLINE: Entries are now due by June 10th, 2008

Want to have your work showcased on Bannerblog and win a full boxed copy of CS3 Web Premium worth $2800!


We're running a competition in conjunction with Adobe to create a single banner (or campaign) for Variety, the Children's Charity. Read below for the full brief and entry details.

The winning ads will be served through Eyeblaster on the News Digital Network.

EyeblasterNews Digital Media

Client: Variety Children’s Charity
Conceive and produce a single banner ad/ campaign for Variety Children’s Charity.

The ad should promote awareness of the new ‘Heartbeat’ regular giving campaign for Variety, the Children’s Charity and drive people to Variety’s website to become a monthly giver.


Overview – Heartbeat Regular Giving
In May 2008, Variety will launch a regular giving campaign which will encourage people to support our work by giving a donation via direct debit or via their credit card on a monthly basis.
Variety will encourage people to give a minimum of $10 a month to support their work in helping disadvantaged children. People will have the option to give a greater amount if they would like to do so.

Campaign Concepts

  • Just $10 a month can buy an Australian child a taste of the everyday
  • Just $10 a month can make a child smile
  • Have a heart and become a regular giver and help our children’s lives better
  • Do you have the wellbeing of Australian children at heart? If so, become a regular giver today.
  • It’s the little things in life that give the most pleasure. Like a place to have fun with friends. Or the opportunity to give parents some time on their own. Variety is dedicated to helping the lives of children and their families. All it takes is the little sum of money of $10 a month. A little bit of money can make a big difference

The ad should fit within one or more of the following ad sizes 728x90, 300x250, 468x60 or 120x600 and be under 100k.

Adobe Flash 8 with no automatic sound.

Rich media and expanding ads will also be accepted as long as fit within the sizes above.

Rich Media ads will eventually be served through Eyeblaster but for the competition should be provided as single file demos.

Logos - Download Zip 
Images - Download Zip
Variety Style Guide - Download Zip
All Brand Assets above in one file - Download Zip

Taglines‘When you help a child, you help a family. And when you help a family, you help a community.’

Do you have the heart to become a regular giver?’

How to Submit:
Email your entry to submit@bannerblog.com.au along with your name(s), a single contact number and either your agency or school/university/college you are currently studying at.

Entry is free and there is no limit to the number of entries.

The competition is open to people working or studying in Australia and New Zealand only.
All others may enter but will be ineligible to win the prize.

Entries can be submitted by a single person or a group. Entries can also be submitted by agencies.

Competition opens Wednesday 7 May  2008 and last entries will be received 11.59pm June 10, 2008. Winners will be announced June 15, 2008.

Winners will be judged on creativity, originality, craft and appropriateness to the brief by the Bannerblog editorial team and a representative from the Variety Children’s Charity.

About Variety Children’s Charity
Variety enables children with special needs to live, dream, and laugh through acts of goodness.

Every year Variety raise valuable funds through numerous events. These funds are channelled in a straight forward and transparent manner into our Grants Programs which provide specialised equipment and services for children, hospitals, community groups, schools and organisations.

Variety provides around 1 million dollars a month in assistance to special needs children, but much more is needed to reach all the children that need our help. Each month we have to turn down worthy appeals because we do not have enough money.

These are just some of the items that Variety provides funding for; wheelchairs, walking frames, special beds, bathing equipment, hoists, vehicle modifications, sensory equipment, communications devices, special feeds, splints and Sunshine Coaches.

Whilst a dollar figure can be put on funding of equipment and services by Variety, there is no way to measure the value of experiences which Variety also provides for children.

Grants for assistance fall into three national categories, referred to collectively as the Challenge Program:

  1. Freedom Program provides mobility and communication devices such as wheelchairs, Liberty Swings and Sunshine Coaches.

  2. Future Kids Program providing for disadvantaged children in the areas of education, and developmental needs. The Variety Scholarship Program provides grants for children to realise their potential in the areas of sport, arts and drama, music and academia.

  3. Care for Kids Program supports NSW health services such as supporting an Insulin Pump Program at the Westmead Children’s Hospital, two Neonatal & Paediatric Emergency Transport Service Ambulances, and refurbishment of a neonatal transport crib at the John Hunter Hospital.


Best Student entry and best professional entry will each win a copy boxed of Adobe CS3 Web Suite Premium.

The winning ads will run across the News Digital Media Network with media generously donated by NDM.

All winning ads will be showcased on the Bannerblog site with the winning ads being served across the News Digital Media network later in the year.

For thos who don't have the software available to complete an entry you can get a free trail DVD delivered free if you order before the 16th of May. Order Here

Any questions email: submit@bannerblog.com.au

May 12, 2008

When contextual ads go wrong!

Aside from the fact the headline would put Dr. Seuss to shame, the context of ad and story really couldn't get much worse...


May 8, 2008

Bannerblog Fan page on Facebook

Find us on Facebook

We've revisited our facebook presence, and have opted for a 'Fan' Page rather than a Group (which we'll now close). Fan Pages weren't around when we first got on the FB bandwagon and overall we found updating the group too much of a hassle. With the arrival of Fan Pages, comes application support and therefore closer integration between the website and Facebook page thanks to RSS. As a result, you can now :

  • See the latest Banners posted.
  • See the latest News & Jobs headlines.
  • See a calendar of the upcoming Award Shows.
  • Post your latest campaign (we'll treat this as we do email submissions)
  • Share Videos, News, Photos and Create Events.

    We'll likely do alot of our Cannes coverage from here as well, so add us today and make sure you don't miss out!

  • May 7, 2008

    Disqus = Blog Comment Zen


    If you run a blog or comment regularly on a blog and haven't installed Disqus then do it now. Well if you comment on a blog regularly, then let the blog owner know they need to get with the times.

    Basically it's a centralised system for blog comments. If all blogs ran this system then you could have a centralised database of all your blog comments (across multiple blogs) and be able to track the replies. Who's ever commented on a blog post then forgotten about it. While the replies to your comment stack up.


    I also love the Gravatar support which centralises the visual representative of you.

    Installation of Disqus took 1 minute for me on Moveable Type. You can then customize the look and feel of the comments through the Disqus admin page.

    The only annoying part is Disqus cannot go through previous comments and add them automatically. So Disqus will only be used for new posts onwards. Which is a shame.

    Update: I just found the Widget section of Disqus. Check below for an update on the hot topics on the blog. Fantastic. How did I ever blog without this tool

    Eyeblaster is official Bannerblog sponsor for 2008

    I'm happy to announce that Eyeblaster has come on board as the official sponsor of Bannerblog. As we've mentioned before this site takes a considerable amount of time to maintain and having Eyeblaster support us financially and also creatively is a great help to us.

    The easiest part for me is that I use Eyeblaster almost daily at Soap. So I know the product inside out.


    I'll also be helping Eyeblaster with their own banner creative showcase called the "Creative Zone." I'll also be stealing a few ideas off the site too as it's built much better than this site. (Don't view source)

    You'll see the site change slightly with a few additions but these will all be for the better and the site will remain free to use for a long while to come.

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