The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


A Favour Please.
November 30, 2007, 4:14 pm
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No I am not back, but I was wondering if you could help me in the meantime.

Basically, if you had to give 3 media predictions on what you think are going to be huge next year [either interms of popularity, influence or time spent on it], what would they be [either by brand, category or title] and why?

This is a serious question so if you could keep your answers as ‘normal’ as possible I’d be very appreciative and please, no mention of Facebook.

While I’m here, I’d like to express my gratitude for all the emails I/we received regarding our recent news … it was very kind of you and we appreciated it a lot.

See you soon [Monday] and thanks again.

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A Little Bit Of Peace …
November 24, 2007, 7:00 am
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rescued from the bouquet -2-

We’ve just received some incredibly upsetting news so there’s not going to be any blog updates from me or anyone in cynic for a little while.

If you don’t mind, I won’t go into the details – but we’re all OK, as are our families, as is the company.

We’ll be back in about a week, so in the meantime I encourage you to visit the top blogs of all the people who come here – they’re far better and more interesting than this one.

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WHAT. THE. FUCK. WERE. THEY. THINKING?
November 23, 2007, 1:52 pm
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PLEASE NOTE: WHAT I’M ASKING YOU TO DOWNLOAD TAKES QUITE A WHILE BUT I AM BEGGING YOU TO DO IT – BEGGING – BECAUSE IT’S WONDERFULLY AWFUL

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Below is a film clip that will go down in history as one of the most misguided Government ‘initiatives’ EVER …

Can you believe it???

It’s even better [and I mean that in the ‘horrendous’ term of the word] than the Mindshare horror from a few years back.

I don’t know about you, but to me it’s like watching a car crash happen infront of your eyes … except at the end you piss yourself laughing rather than collapse in a heap.

How the hell we’ve been able to do the work we do when we’re based in a country that thinks GET CREATIVE. CAN DO. ROCK ON is cool, is beyond me!

Got to go – need to cancel my permanent residency …

[Big hand to Amy Chua who has moves even Eminem couldn’t pull off. Throw those shapes lil’ laddeee but try and look abit happier about it!] 



The Illusion Of Compassion …
November 23, 2007, 7:11 am
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I’ve written alot about how some companies jump on the ‘Save The World’ bandwagon because they regard it as a short cut to sales maximisation … and I’ve written alot about how many in society choose these brands because it gives the illusion they care when really they just want a red iPOD or Motorola phone … however while in China I saw one of the greatest examples of a brand that pretends it cares when in reality, it demonstrates it couldn’t give a shit.

Have a look at the front cover of the Ritz Carlton hotel magazine …

If you can’t read it properly, this edition is dedicated to promoting ‘the greater good’ … encouraging and celebrating those who help the less fortunate live and lead a better and more productive / fulfilling life.

And they don’t just talk about poverty of individuals, they write about how we can all improve the environment through our actions and choices.

All good then?

Of course – however when you read some of the ad‘s that appear alongside the article, you get the distinct impression it’s all a bunch of empty words!

Exhibit A, B and C

Plane Hire 1

Plane Hire 2

Plane Hire 3

Jesus Christ … not one, not two but THREE ads dedicated to the hire of private executive jets. 

Yeah, that’s very fucking good for the environment isn’t it, not to mention a wise use of money.

I bet the difference between the hire of a private jet and a scheduled flight is huge.  Hell, even if the ego-ridden business executive flew First Class I reckon they’d still have enough money left over to help a massive amount of people in need. Come on, who the fuck really needs to hire a private jet?  Who?  [No Andy, not even you!]

However as bad as that is, it gets even more offensive … here’s an ad for the most pretentious watch of all time …

 

Yep, this watch tells you when the fucking stock markets around the World opens.

For fucks sake … if I ever saw someone wearing this I’d kick them in the head. 

Actually that’s not true – because a year or so ago I met a guy who had a watch that cost $750,000!

Yes, THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS!

And do you know what his excuse was for spending such an enormous amount of money on a watch that was the size of Big Ben?

“It’s accurate”

Seriously, that was his pathetic attempt at justification!

Why not just admit he had a small penis and a big chip on his shoulder and be done with it?

Soooooooo in a magazine promoting ‘compassion, consideration and anti-consumption’, they have a bunch of ads promoting gratuitous plane usage as well as over-priced, over-sized pretentious watches  … yep, the Ritz Carlton magazine really believes in the greater good doesn’t it.

I should point out I have absolutely nothing against corporations making money … infact I encourage it because money can – and does – help make massive changes for the better … however when they claim one thing and then act in another then the veins in my neck pop out so much I scare away small children and animals!

[Though to be fair, it could be my dress sense – I have very bad dress sense!]

enron keychain 

OK … so the Ritz Carlton magazine is not a charity and they don’t pretend to be – however given they’ve dedicated a whole edition of their magazine to this very important issue, you can’t help but feel they’ve missed a chance to ‘lead by example’.

Of course they didn’t end up doing that because they’re [probably] a bunch of corporate toadie hypocrital wankers – however if they’d been smart, they could of taken a stand without having to turn away their copious amounts of plane and watch advertisers.

Like the Project [RED] positioning I suggested a while back, I reckon Ritz Carlton could of got major, major brownie points if they’d said that because this edition was focused on the ‘Greater Good’, they were going to ‘steal’ advertising dollars from corporate elite organisations and give it to the less fortunate.

I tell you, by doing that my view of the Ritz Carlton Magazine would of been very different indeed … from compendium of elitist arrogance and greed to Robin Hood of Magazines in one simple gesture.

Simple. Effective. Memorable.

It’s not hard to make a difference but with so many companies talking about it rather than doing it, is it any surprise that awareness for social causes are at all time highs but actual change seems to remain stagnant?

water DROGA5‘s Great Idea

I’ve said it before, I believe the role of advertising is to help make our clients rich and successful … however I still believe with a bit of thinking, you can do it in a way that also benefits society rather than just a few customers.

It can be done … it should be done … it needs to be done … because not only is the advertising industry better placed to do this than almost any other category, it will also demonstrate and ensure the longterm corporate value of what we do – which in the current climate is something that doesn’t happen very often at all.

Ooooooh I feel so much better after that!



I Am Rudolph …
November 22, 2007, 6:03 pm
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And I’m not talking about SCHENKER from the Scorpions nor NUREYEV the famous ballet dancer …

No, I’m talking about this one …

Rudolph 2

Yep, the fucking Christmas Reindeer because I’ve got a great big fucking red spot right on the end of my pissing, soddin’ nose!

I’m 37 … THIRTY SEVEN … how the hell do I still get spots for God’s sake?I guess it could be worse, it could be Christmas Eve then it would make my life even more of a misery … however I do find it amazing how one little [well, littleish] spot can turn me back into that nervous little school boy who tried to avoid Helen Whitt [and a few years later, Katrina Brindley] because he didn’t want his zit to ruin the chance of ‘getting off with them’. [Not at the same time, I was far too innocent to evn

Of course I needn’t of worried, I didn’t get off with them even when I was blemish free – but at the time I managed to convince myself it could be a major ‘deal breaker’ so I’d sneak around making sure they couldn’t/wouldn’t see me.

That doesn’t matter now of course as I’ve got the girl and she’s stuck with me whether she likes it or not – but interms of undermining my confidence, a little red spot can do far more damage than Andy with a gun could ever achieve.

Maybe I should keep this



Every Cloud Has A …
November 22, 2007, 10:06 am
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Silver Lining!!

… I’m sorry for Steve McClaren because I know he is going to experience abuse that goes way beyond just his professional capabilities – plus he’s probably going to go down in history as ‘failing’ [a terrible burden for him and his family] – however I’m glad England lost their game against Croatia because it finally forces the FA to accept their choice of managers [not to mention the overall standard of the team] has been poor and their ‘claim’ to be continually working in the best interests of the national game/team is open to question.

There’s alot of agencies who are like this as well … repeatedly talking up their achievements when all around them, people can see they’re on the slow decline towards mediocrity and poverty …

Why?

OK, so no one likes to accept/face their short comings … plus everyone has an amazing capacity to change the standards they aspire/compare themselves to – but christ, how many ‘signs’ do you need to realise something is going drastically wrong?

I’m a firm believer in ‘unsweetened truth’ – because whilst it might be hard to swallow, once you understand and accept where you really are, good things can [and generally do] happen.

However that doesn’t mean you wait till things go terribly wrong [like the FA have a habit of doing] … whilst being reactive is better than doing nothing at all, I believe being proactive is the most effective path to glory.

Of course its disappointing England are out of a major tournament, however now they can stop living in denial and work towards building something with a real foundation for the future – a foundation that is strong, flexible and able to achieve at the highest level.

I live in hope.



More Good Luck To …
November 22, 2007, 7:09 am
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Interesting

… everyone going to Interesting South today.

I’m gutted I can’t be there but I am sure everyone will have a bloody toptastic time and I can’t wait to hear what happened – especially with my dear Lauren, who is brilliant and will be brilliant but I know is bricking it!

[And a special congrats to Emily for making the thing actually happen – something I sort-of rant about tomorrow!]

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