Prince Harry’s Twitter search mission

It seems Sydney’s major news outlets have been using Twitter today to talk about Prince Harry for different reasons.

Nine and Ten were asking viewers if they had seen him wandering around, or flying his Blackhawk helicopter:

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Sexyland – for all your Mothers Day gift needs

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Last week Dr Mumbo pointed out some rather stereotypical Mothers Day marketing  going on on the 2DayFM website. 

However, it turns out a vacuum was not the only handheld electrical device marketers had in mind for Mothers Day promotions. Step forward adult department store Sexyland.

The store has adapted its TV ad campaign, which managed to cram in a lot of metaphors for sex – into a Mothers’ Day ad, finishing with the tagline  ‘Partner, friend, lover,’make her day on mother’s day’. Read more »

Press express their freedom in the Ivy pool

And so to Friday night’s Press Freedom dinner in Sydney, where freshly minted Nine Network investigative journalist Ross Coulthart delivered a rousing speech on the threat of data retention laws.

It seems his words struck a chord with journos from both the left and right of the political spectrum, who came together to take extreme measures to avoid any possibility of Big Brother’s electronic surveillance, by throwing themselves fully suited and booted into the pool at The Ivy.

Journalists from Guardian Australia and Fairfax Media were joined in their late-night dip by a notable columnist from The Australian – and two inflatable swans. Read more »

Who says reality TV needs to be original?

The Voice promoReality television isn’t known for being original, so it seems appropriate Channel Nine seems to have (liberally) borrowed from its US counterpart for its new promo for The Voice.

Here’s Nine’s promo for the latest season, introducing audiences to new judge Jesse J and new co-host Sonia Kruger…

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Six years ago The Australian said Twitter wouldn’t last…

Six years ago to the day The Australian newspaper dedicated an entire leader column to an attack on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

In its article ‘Time is up for Twitter’ it wrote: “Certainly Twitter has generated a pandemic of popularity, but it appears many people quickly decide Twitter is tedious, with 60 per cent of new users becoming ex-users in a month.”

Fast forward six years, and the top two yarns on The Oz’s online Media section this morning suggest that may have been a hasty prediction…

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Live on Fox Sports some branded content

It seems even the arena of live sports is not immune to the creep of branded content, with Fox Sports preparing to pit sports stars and celebrities against video gamers in a “history making video game tournament”.

Still, given the global popularity of ‘e-sports’ and Australia’s love of seeing celebrities humiliated by ordinary members of the public he suspects this could be a ratings winner when it goes out on Fox Sports 4 at 7.30pm tonight.

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What are mums for? Vacuuming of course

So is everyone clear on their gender roles?

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Any problems or questions, just check in with the 2Day FM website. Black + Decker can help. Read more »

An opinionated sod gives Telstra both barrels

When something is filed under the heading ‘Everything wrong with advertising in a single ad’, you know what’s to follow may be light on positivity.

But even Dr Mumbo was taken aback at the withering bluntness of Rob Campbell, APAC planning director for Wieden+Kennedy, when he turned his critical eye to a recent social campaign for Telstra.

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The telco’s marketers should look away now, for here’s a smattering of Campbell’s thoughts on his blog ‘The musings of an opinionated sod’. Read more »

Breast we forget – Zoo Weekly pays tribute to the Anzacs

The most unlikely tribute to the Anzac legend in the media this week has come from Bauer Media’s lad’s mag  Zoo Weekly.

So just in case you’re not one of the 19 readers who gets their hands on each copy of Zoo, here’s how they decided to celebrate it.

First, the cover. A classic image of a solemn young woman holding a poppy, dressed in a bikini.

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Awkward ad placement du jour

Yesterday Fairfax had some issues with strategic ad placements around the coverage of the Sydney Storms.

Today it’s the turn of its article about journo Belle Gibson who has admitted she lied about having cancer, next to an ad for “non-toxic cancer therapy”. SMH Read more »

Australia’s Next Top Obesity Upsurge

The Daily Telegraph wins the prize for picture/article juxtaposition of the day for putting its story about the “upsurge” in obesity next to a huge image of the judges for the new series of Australia’s Next Top Model.

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The Spirit Warrior adds ISIS to the Anzac mix

spirit warrior liz collett line dancingBig brands have been copping a backlash for hijacking the Gallipoli and Anzac commemorations in the last few days, so Dr Mumbo wonders what people will make of ‘Spirit Warrior’ Liz Collett adding ISIS to that heady mix.

Collett circulated a press release telling people there “will be no terrorist attacks in Australia or New Zealand this Anzac Day” telling them they can “celebrate the day for what it is without cause for fear”.

Dr Mumbo was not aware the national terror level was determined by the whims of a “line dancer turned spirit warrior” on the Gold Coast. Read more »

Cruising for an AdWords bruising

With thousands of people currently stuck on a cruise ship Carnival Spirit​ outside Sydney heads, Dr Mumbo thinks Carnival/Google might want to rethink this keywords ad placement on the SMH:

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But that wasn’t the worst placement on the Herald this morning…
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Look into the PR crystal ball…

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 1.09.01 pmDr Mumbo always learns something new when he reads Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph.

Today he learned from The Tele’s employment page that staff at Pulse Communications get free psychic readings.

Which all goes to show the the PR industry’s flaky reputation is completely undeserved.

But Pulse will no doubt have foreseen that Dr Mumbo was going to say that.

Mac the Whacky?

Dr Mumbo has heard veteran marketing writer Paul McIntyre called a number of things in his years in the industry, not least the “servant with two masters” moniker given to him by The Australian.

But it seems the AdNews and Australian Financial Review scribe has a different nickname around the Fairfax offices – at least with the ever reverential Rear Window columnist Joe Aston, who dubbed him Captain Whacky in tweeting out his yarn this morning.

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Carrspace cops a bashing in the social space

It seems things keep lurching from bad to worse for experiential agency Carrspace – which was behind Woolworths ill-conceived Anzac #freshinourmemories campaign.

After having to pull the campaign website following a public outcry at how crass it was it appears the real Carrspace website has gone offline with a message “Bandwidth limit exceeded” – making Dr Mumbo wonder if it is the victim of a denial of service attack.

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After copping a bashing on Twitter yesterday the inevitable happened, and someone launched a spoof account @carrrspace with a profile reading: “Formerly , more like car crash! Proud creators of campaign.”

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Lenovo stunts becoming unfashionable

Lenovo isn’t having much luck with its sponsorship of fashion weeks, or so they’d like us to think.

First there was that incident with the bloggers not allowed to use their own tablets at Melbourne Fashion Week, and now it is claiming its free gifts for a group of hard up VIPs were pilfered from its show at Sydney Fashion Week as well.

Dr Mumbo was surprised to receive a release from Lenovo’s agency Digivizer trumpeting how national treasure Jessica Mauboy, GQ editor Nick Smith and model Maddison Brown all had the tablets they’d been given by the tech brand pilfered.

He was even more surprised when he put an inquiry into the NSW Police to see if this heinous crime had been reported – only to discover it had not. Read more »

Woolies’ best apologies

Today’s furore around Woolworths’ Anzac Day campaign is not the first time the supermarket giant has been forced to issue an apology for a marketing mishap.

Here are four of Dr Mumbo’s favourites:

1. The time they patronised their followers with a very taxing Facebook quiz…

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