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Archive for May, 2012

Now hiring: Advertising and social media positions in Durham, NC

by Nick Faber
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Blogads, a digital advertising firm, has been a media innovator since 1998.  We represent 3500+ blogs including market leaders like PerezHilton, ThinkProgress, and TrailerAddict.  We work closely with advertisers in industries including entertainment, consumer packaged goods, retail, and technology.

We are currently hiring for two new positions: (more…)

Blogonomics, ten years on

by Henry Copeland
Monday, May 28th, 2012

Ten years ago today, I posted an essay titled “Blogonomics: making a living from blogging.” Peering into the future of media, I argued that traditional publishers would soon be defeated by hordes of ad-supported bloggers.

At the time, both claims — that a) traditional publishing was doomed by people-published content and b) that blogging would be lucrative — seemed ludicrous. Shares in The New York Times were just a couple of months shy of their all-time high, $52. Martin Nisenholtz, then managing NYTimes.com, spoke for most media insiders when he dismissed the “weblog phenomenon” as nothing “fundamentally new in the news media.” (more…)

Samsung’s new ad with David Beckham inspires four nearly-identical headlines

by Nick Faber
Thursday, May 24th, 2012

beckham bend it like beethoven

We Americans might not know much about David Beckham beyond that famous movie title, or what “bending it” even means. And the Australian news media is probably more interested in Australian Rules Football than other types of football. But still, doesn’t “Bend it like Beethoven” feel a little too easy when describing an ad in which David Beckham plays Ode to Joy with a soccer ball? Here are six headlines that think not! (more…)

The best ads ever — lately!

by Nick Faber
Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The blog, “Best Ads Ever,” hasn’t posted a new ad since October 2011. Does that mean the last ad they posted is truly the BEST EVER?

No! Here are the best ads ever — since October 2011 — according to the rest of the blogosphere. (more…)

Morning Coffee: May 16, 2012

by Nick Faber
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Fall in love with these photos, words and other curiosities this morning.

Cute Overload – When Good Dogs Go Bad
The cutest dog on the Internet has got nothin’ on Devil Dog.

Immaculate Infatuation – ink.
If you’re a Top Chef fan, and you want to stay that way, have we got a restaurant for you — to skip?

The Bloggess – If it’s Wednesday, this must be Atlanta
On tour in Atlanta, The Bloggess is sharing some greatest hits from the archives. Today, 28 possible sequels for the Little Engine that Could.

design seeds – color salad
If a salmon spinach salad has ever inspired you to repaint your house, you should check out this color palette.

Lifehacker – Make Your Own Pancake Syrup and Skip the Overpriced Stuff at the Grocery Store
If you’re already resigned to not eating the real stuff (Maple, baby!), you can at save a few bucks and skip the HFCS.

photo by flickr user tstadler

Liberal and conservative blog readers clash over same-sex marriage and science education

by Nick Faber
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012


Readers of liberal blogs are nearly 3x more likely to support recognizing same-sex marriage than conservative counterparts, our latest survey shows.

Liberal readers also support more federal funding for science education, by nearly the same margin.

More than twice as many conservative blog readers consider themselves “very concerned” about rising gas and energy prices than liberals. (more…)

Morning Coffee: May 9, 2012

by Nick Faber
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Mmm… beans…

Twitchy – Roseanne Barr calls for a boycott of North Carolina, refers to Amendment 1 supporter as “f*cker.”
Welp, the headline pretty much says it all, folks. Although, as one of the many NC startups who opposed the Amendment, we implore Ms. Barr to reconsider the boycott.

Beyond Madison Avenue – AdMen and Athletes: Not So Different
The similarities between these two groups go beyond “healthy ego.” But that’s definitely one of the similarities.

HubSpot Inbound Internet Marketing Blog – 13 Sloppy Mistakes You’re Making With Your Calls-to-Action
Click here to learn how to get more people to click there!

Advertising is Good for You – Guinness knows how to rock a QR code
The codes on these pint glasses only work when the user is drinking a Guinness. My goodness!

brandflakes for breakfast – superhero finger puppets
Next time you give someone the finger, really make it count.

photo by flickr user justinbaeder

Five things Internet Week can do better next year

by Nick Faber
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

“We saved 8 slots. Make one yours.” So reads the “Make The Stage” submission page for Internet Week NY, the annual “festival celebrating NYC’s thriving Internet industry & community.” In addition to content programmed by IWNY, the festival also includes eight panels created by the community, or so the page suggests. (more…)

Morning Coffee: May 2, 2012

by Nick Faber
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We hope you left room for a few more stories, videos and curiosities.

Cracked.com – 5 Ridiculous Origins of Famous Urban Legends
Was Natasha Henstridge the original Chupa Cabra?

The Curious Brain – Dead Star Wars
Hey, if George Lucas isn’t doing anything interesting to breathe life into his franchise, someone’s going to depict them as watercolor zombies. Right?

Cobyblogger – Traditional Advertising is Truly Dead
Speaking of things that are dead, have you seen AMC’s The Pitch?

Joe La Pompe – Sheep with wolf teeth
Our favorite copy-cat ad spotter finds a sheep with wolf’s teeth disguised as an original idea.

GOOD – Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, Juleps for Derby Day, and Hats for Everyone
You have at least two excuses to make ridiculously fancy cocktails this weekend.


photo by flickr user ikkekietje

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