To Ad Or Not To Ad

Recently some people have been asking about advertising more then before, but I don’t think its for me. There are some very good companies approaching blogs and there are some that don’t have a clue what they want. It’s been on my mind for some time, and even Jacqui wrote a very good article about Ridiculous Ratings & Rankings. Sometimes this is what these companies ask for and the numbers are there target.

For myself I don’t have any idea of what my ranking is realistically. I just think there are a few people who tolerate what I write and I mostly write about the topics I enjoy and what some others might relate too. There are some blogs that have turned into freaking billboards, they are more like those Ad papers in newspapers, almost nothing worth reading and gives you a headache.

I don’t mind blogs with Ads, honestly I think its a very good thing. I think that companies have realized the worth of the blogs and people behind the blogs and I hope social advertising becomes more and more important to companies. A lot of these blogs are very deserving of it and it gives companies a real platform to get instant feedback from their customers and bloggers.

I don’t think I would be advertising anytime soon for one main reason. I don’t want to feel that I have to blog instead that I just want to blog. Then the other aspect of is that I don’t want to be limited on the topics that I talk about. Some times I am rude and at times I attack companies who act the wrong way, be it a company or a government entity. I want to be able to write the truth and voice my opinion without having to worry about offending my advertisers. So I think I’m going to stick to that for now. Some times I do wish I had alternate income from the blog then I would be able to make Amazon purchases more often then once every 3 to 6 months.

Brandversations


“There have always existed disputes among the competing parties, divergent opinions, while the fans of each brand were convinced that theirs was the best product. Last, but not least, the rivals have even conducted ad campaigns against the competing brands. This project mostly approaches the visual “conversations” between the company logos and the ways that they influence each other, hence the name of the project, Brandversations. It is a parallel between the modern and the old, some of the slogans dating back to the 40s and 50s.”


Taking logos you have gotten used to and presenting them in different forms, its an interesting concept seeing them this way. There are so many brands this would be interesting if it is applied to other brands. So many people live by some of these brands I wonder how they would take some of these pictures in.

Link: LogoDesignLove


Glow Stick Art

Bon Yurt’s viral yogurt ad features a group of artists possessing blenders, paint, and 700+ glasses; they build an insane equalizer type of contraption with tons of neon glow stick goo. I would love to try this but it looks like it took a lot of preparation and planning to perfect the painting and these techniques.

Blocking ADs on Spotify

I usually like listening to music online and recently gotten into spotify, the one annoying thing that I found about Spotify is the advertisements in between songs. Right now I’m just enjoying and experimenting with Spotify to see how I would use it, and I’m liking the service but its a bit strange to me.

Windows:

  • Blockify – Just install it and it will automatically mute ads when they come on and unmute it when done. But Blockify goes one step further, you can play a substitute MP3 from your Music folder so it won’t be a blank space, and once the song is done playing it will go back to your Spotify playlist which is pretty cool. You can also add keyboard shortcuts to Spotify to skip tracks, play, pause, change volume and shuffe.

Mac:

  • Smutefy – It mutes the ad then unmutes it once its done, and sometimes an advertisement slips through and you can manually block it and add it to the block list. You have to have Soundflower installed to have it working.

The other main option that you do have is to pay $5 per month for the “Unlimited” Upgrade which is unlimited music and no advertisements or the “Premium” Upgrade which is the same as “Unlimited” except you can access Spotify from your Android or iPhone, but until you feel like upgrading these are your best options to listen to your music without interruption.

View From Below

This is a different take on advertising from a creative Miami based production company. One Ad for the Madrid Subway system and the other is for the Nascar 500. You take a tour of Madrid from below as if the you are looking through glass, its a very nice ad even though I don’t have a clue what the guy is saying. The Nascar ad is pretty cool because its a different perspective for the oval races, you get to see the action as it happens which is a cool idea.

ZR1 Commercial

A GM Commercial about Americans still making rockets shows the ZR1 strutting it’s stuff on the road. The 683 bhp beast from Chevrolet which can beat almost ever high end car out there without much effort, its more like a German engineered vehicle then an American built sports car, I liked the commercial, but more action scenes next time please.

Audi R8 V10 – Sliding Thru

Now you know what can be done with wide open spaces, what an amazing job drifting. I am big fan of the Audi R8, and since introducing the V10 version they have really made the perfect machine. Previously it has amazing handling but just a bit underpowered with the V8, but with the V10 its a perfect combination. This video speaks wonders for the machine, they are trying to make a short video which I think is an Audi Ad using an Air Strip and a blue Audi R8 V10. He puts it through the perfect drift, and then slide after slide, I wish we had roads like that to put our cars through its paces.

Link: Autoblog

Kia Soul Hamsters

Now this is one of the coolest and most original ads I have seen from any car manufacturer. Kia has taken it to another level as my brain comprehends that hamsters are rapping Black Sheep’s The Choice is Yours. Its just over the top advertising that vehicle manufacturers and other companies should be taking into consideration, its just original and fantastic. I don’t even know what the Kia Soul is but now I will remember it for sure.

DJ Mike Relm – Iron Man 2 Remix

Mike Relm remixed the Iron Man 2 trailer into a funky beat, and Jon Favreau liked it so much he took it to Paramount Pictures marketing. He had him remix a version to a 45 second promo instead of the 1 minute 30 seconds which is the original. Both videos are very cool, the top one being the tv promo and the bottom one being the original.

Link: GeekTyrant