Right Wing: Rove, Romney

Fox News contributor Karl Rove directed some unfriendly fire at the hosts of “Fox and Friends” this weekend when the show’s anchors decided to ask Rove to respond to protesters who disrupted the former top Bush adviser’s book tour.

Romney Struggles To Distance RomneyCare From ObamaCare: Was For it Before He Was Against It
Throughout the health care debate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has had to do a delicate political dance. The legislation that Congress ultimately passed and that President Obama signed into law closely mirrors the health care reform measure Massachusetts passed when Mitt Romney was governor in 2006. Thus, Romney has had to embrace his plan while at the same time, attacking Obama’s in an effort to appease the GOP and the conservative base, who adamantly oppose it. However, the similarities between the bills Romney and Obama signed into law coupled with the current staunch GOP opposition are proving to be difficult gaps to bridge for the former governor.

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The Stimulus Appears To Have Worked

Data Suggests The Stimulus Is Working
It was exactly one year ago today that Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, into law. With the unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, the White House continues to battle public perception and Republican attacks that the stimulus plan has been ineffective in creating jobs, and it just released a report reiterating claims it made last month that 2 million jobs have been saved or created.

U.S. stimulus prevented another Depression: report (ctv.ca)
Obama Notes What Could Have Been Without Passing Stimulus (gloucestercitynews.net)
Obama hails stimulus plan success (news.bbc.co.uk)
Obama Says Stimulus Bill Saved Troubled Economy (abcnews.go.com)
The Rachel Maddow Show: Duality Bites (videocafe.crooksandliars.com)

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Facebook: Obama Death Poll, User-Generated Apps

The US Secret Service is investigating a poll posted on social networking site Facebook, asking people if they think President Obama “should be killed”. The poll, posted on Saturday, was taken off the site as soon as the company was made aware of it. It was put up on the site using a third-party application that was unconnected with the social networking site itself. US Officials will take “the appropriate investigative steps,” a spokesman said. The poll, described by Facebook as “offensive”, asked respondents “Should Obama be killed?” and offered four possible responses: “No”, “Maybe”, “Yes”, and “Yes if he cuts my health care”.
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AppBank, a Seattle-based startup, today is launching a free application in beta that lets people without coding skills build their own Facebook apps, such as a quiz or game, in four steps — and earn a cut of the revenue from ads placed within them. The company provides a database of statistics and tutorials on its web site to help people manage and modify their applications in order to attract users and ultimately, pocket more cash.
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Right Wing: Petro Companies Stage Fake Events, Brand Exodus from Glenn Beck

American Petroleum Institute Demonstrates How to Screw Up a Grassroots Event
It’s no secret that oil and gas companies don’t like the Waxman-Markey climate change bill. After all, Exxon and its ilk stand to lose a lot of cash if they have to buy emission permits for all the greenhouse gases they let loose. But instead of letting legitimate anti-Waxman-Markey grassroots effort form, a group called Energy Citizens–an alliance of over 60 energy companies led by the American Petroleum Institute–have decided to take matters into their own hands by organizing so-called astroturfing protest rallies.

About a dozen companies have withdrawn their commercials from “Glenn Beck,” the Fox News Channel program, after Glenn Beck, the person, said late last month that President Obama was a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”
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Alcohol: American Craft Brewers Disappointed By Beer Summit. Blue Moon Gets Boost.

Magic Hat disappointed by “beer summit”
Some American craft brewers seemed to have missed the point somewhat and are angry over the choice of beers sampled in the “beer summit” hosted by President Obama in the White House Rose Garden in Washington DC last week.

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Obama: Bud Light (American, 4.2% alcohol)
Biden: Bucklers (Netherlands, 0.5% alcohol)
Gates: Sam Adams Light (American, 4.0% alcohol)
Crowley: Blue Moon (Canadian, 3.2% alcohol).
I imagine it was a great booster for Blue Moon in particular ( the only beer this blogger had never heard of). Here is the spike in blog mentions:
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The police officer at the center of a national dispute over race and law enforcement says a much-anticipated meeting at the White House was productive and all parties are looking forward. Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley spoke after meeting with President Barack Obama and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., along with Vice President Joe Biden. Crowley described himself and Gates as “two gentlemen who agreed to disagree” about the confrontation that led to Gates’ arrest. He said that the conversation centered on moving forward, not reliving the events of the past two weeks, and that they plan more meetings.
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IKEA Jacking, Obama Titanium, Billy Mays

IKEA Japan generated (a few months ago) some powerful buzz through a hell of a “train jacking”* ad campaign. Instead of putting their ads to posters & other traditional media, they decide to remodel some train’s interior. Advertising through a genuine brand experience. * In Japanese advertising parlance, a “jacking” occurs when an advertiser purchases a substantial portion of all of the ad space available in a particular medium or within a geographic area (the term “jacking” is derived from the English word “hijack”). Most commonly it’s seen on trains, when advertisers buy out the entirety of ad slots inside the cars, and often have tailor-made graphics or billboard-like posters placed on the exteriors too.
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In a Cannes first, the Obama for America presidential campaign, created by the Obama for America team, scooped the Grand Prix in both the Integrated and Titanium categories. The Titanium category, which seeks to celebrate ideas that create a movement, also saw Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York and Droga5 scoop Titanium Lions for their Burger King, Oasis “dig out your soul” and “great schlep” campaigns respectively.
Cannes Swept by PR, Integrated, Internet Winners
In a clear admission that the age of interruption is over, the most coveted prize at the Cannes ad festival went to an ad that wasn’t made for TV, while a PR campaign broke the record for winning the most Grand Prix in a single festival.
Legendary pitchman Billy Mays, who turned high-volume TV ads for products such as OxiClean and Mighty Putty into pop celebrity and fortune, was found dead early this morning in his home at 50. The cause of death remains unclear. Mr. Mays, who was also a star of the Discovery Network TV show “Pitchmen,” was found unresponsive by his wife on Sunday morning at his Tampa, Fla., home, and a fire rescue crew pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m.


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Coke Facebook, Google TV

Two Coke Fans Make Second Most Popular Facebook Page
The sugared-water brand comes second to Barack Obama. The Coke page, which totals 3.3 million “fans,” wasn’t even created by Coca-Cola, but by a pair of Los Angelenos who just love Coke.
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Google Ad Creation Marketplace – TV Ads
“The Ad Creation Marketplace is a searchable directory of specialists who can help you with every step in creating a television commercial.” Problem is you click the link and it doesn’t work… D’Oh!

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That’s So Obama, Twitter Brands, Duffel Coat, PI&C, Starbucks v Oprah, Obama v Atari, Shiner, Audi

New Slang
Each year ushers in a bevy of new words you might hear and may even want to use (though you may choose to do so sparingly). 2009 ushers in a vocabulary inspired by pop culture and technology, and here are a few of the favorites heard from the streets, our bloggers, and Gen Ys who know…

My top vote?

Obama/Not Obama
adj. London street reporters proclaim that our new President has become synonymous with “cool”
“Yeah, that is so Obama!”

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40 of the Best Twitter Brands and the People Behind Them
Mashable highlights the 40 best brand accounts on Twitter — including Ford, Jet Blue, Hertz and Home Depot — and the people behind them. Well, behind 38 of them. The only two identities Mashable doesn’t get to the bottom of are of the people behind the Burger King and Popeyes Chicken accounts. That is, if the Popeyes Twitterer is indeed a person. The BK Twitterer goes by “King,” but as Popeyes VP-Communications and PR Alicia Thompson told Mashable’s Jennifer Van Grove, “The author of the Twitter character is too chicken to share his real identity.” She added that he or she (or it) sees Twitter, “as a way to stay abreast of what our consumers are up to, and to get a leg up on the competition.” Groan.

The Duffel Coat Crosses The Atlantic
Say it ain’t so! If you wore a duffel coat in my day complete strangers would come up and take the piss!

PI&C Collective Adds Wilmot
Senior creative Logan Wilmot has become a partner at Domenico Vitale’s new strategic and creative collective here known as People Ideas & Culture. Wilmot joins as co-founder and chief idea architect — the same titles that Vitale holds. He’ll be based in London and lead creative efforts at the new shop. “Logan’s unique experience, coupled with his leading our European presence, further proves our commitment to this new era in global communications,” said Vitale. PI&C will offer clients access to a pool of talent in advertising, fashion, music, content and Web creation, blogging, events and public relations. Some of it will be in-house, but PI&C will also tap outsiders when needed. PI&C will partner with New York design shop Bond to service clients. Bond, headed by director of design Joe Doucet, has taken a minority stake in PI&C and PI&C, led by chief idea architect Vitale, has taken a minority stake in Bond. The new operation opened this month.

Starbucks’ Volunteer Push Gets Boost From ‘Oprah Effect’
Starbucks’ campaign to promote volunteerism (and store traffic) got a huge bump today from no less than Oprah Winfrey — and by extension, Barack Obama. The talk-show host talked up the java giant’s “I’m In” campaign, which encourages consumers to pledge five hours of community service before the end of the year. Those who commit to doing so at Starbucks between now and Sunday will be rewarded with a free coffee.

Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology
After running “the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history,” President Obama’s staffers encountered “a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts” on their first day at their new jobs. “It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Shiner Beats Heinie
The idea came from McGarrah Jessee, Shiner Bock’s agency, which is in Austin, (near Shiner, home of the annual three-day Austin City Limits festival). The festival is sponsored by Heineken, and for those three days only Heineken and a few other are sold. “We were trying to think of inexpensive and cool ways to get into that arena,” says McGarrah’s Beau Hanson. What they came up with were koozies, or can coolers, and they produced 10,000 of them. The koozies looked exactly like cans of Shiner. So when a koozie was slipped over a can of another brand it would look as though that person was drinking a Shiner Bock. As patrons entered the festival, people from the agency were there handing them koozies. “People love koozies, especially when they’re free. They were gone in like four minutes, giant boxes, thousands. ” Standing back, looking at the entire crowd, it looked to the whole world like a lot of people were drinking Shiner Bock.

Audi Pre-Roll Ad has 70 Million Views
Audi, as the exclusive sponsor of the live webcast of Obama Inauguration CBSNews.com, MSNBC.com, ABCNews.com and the WashingtonPost.com, had expected 30 million views of its pre-roll advertisement titled “Progress.” Beet.TV has been told by a spokesperson for Audi USA that the pre-roll has been watched nearly 70 million times. Here’s the breakdown of views of the ad on the various sites provided by Audi: ABCNews.com, 15.9 million, CBSNews.com, 11.4 million; MSNBC.com, 16.3 million;The WashingtonPost, 14 million; Slate, 9 million and the Atlantic.com, 1.7 million.

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Obamas vs J. Crew

Obamas ring in inauguration with J.Crew
At today’s inauguration, Michelle Obama accessorized her yellow Isabel Toledo sheath with cashmere-lined green leather gloves from J.Crew, while daughters Malia and Sasha were dressed almost entirely in the retailer’s preppy fashions. But don’t rush out to the nearest J.Crew store to get the same look: The only items that came off the rack were Michelle’s gloves. The girls’ overcoats were designed exclusively for them and were made in “one-of-a-kind colors,” said J.Crew spokeswoman Margot Fooshee. “Some of the pieces, including the coats they were wearing, we’re looking at incorporating into our fall assortment for 2009,” Fooshee said. In recent months, Michelle Obama has been a vocal supporter of J.Crew, telling Jay Leno on the “Tonight Show” in October (while wearing a sweater, tank top and skirt by J.Crew): “We ladies, we know J.Crew. You can get some good stuff online.”

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Some inauguration viewers were fascinated by the historical tidbit that President Barack Obama took the oath of office on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible. Others were more interested in the J. Crew sage green leather gloves that Michelle Obama wore to hold the Bible for her husband — not to mention the pale pink and royal blue wool coats the Obamas’ daughters wore, also from J. Crew.
For media companies and marketers riding the wave of interest in President Obama’s inauguration with tie-ins, promotions and advertising, it amounted to a slam dunk. But some played it smarter than others. Audi, J. Crew Were Two of the Biggest Winners; Twitter Battled Delays.
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