After the recent flurry of Romanian interest in one of my posts, I was asked by Stefan (Head of Consumer Context Planning at Starcom Romania) if I would share some of my thoughts on planning with the Romanian planner community. I was honoured, and of course agreed. (Isn't this one of the best things about the plannersphere? Opinions sans frontieres...).
Anyway, if you're vaguely interested in what I've got to say about comms planning, integrated communication, brainstorming, and how to cope with the inevitable dinner party question "so what do you do for a living?", click here.
The ever-browsable Boing Boing points us to this post featuring photos of the glamourous trolley-dollys air stewardesses of years gone by, including this shot of the first intake of Southwest Airlines hostesses: Years ago, I read 'Nuts' (the Southwest story, not the weekly pseudo-spank-mag) and learnt that Southwest hired a former Playboy bunny to train the swingingly-attired cabin crew.
Regular readers will know that I'm a fan of a great quote, so I was rather chuffed to find a great article on the subject in the current issue of The New Yorker (great magazine, must make time for it more often...)
Most interesting was a run-down of famous-quotes-that-aren't-quotes-really, rather, "coins rubbed smooth by circulation":
Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."
Muhammed Ali never said "No Vietcong ever called me nigger."
Patrick Henry never uttered the immortal words "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (rather, the line was cooked up by his biographer).
No-one in the film Casablanca ever says "Play it again, Sam" (but Ingrid Bergman does say "Play it, Sam")
In the film Wall Street, Gordon Gekko never says "Greed is good" (what he does say is "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good")
Rodney King never said "Can't we all get along?" (but he did say "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?... Please, we can get along here. We can all get along. I mean, we're all stuck here for a while. Let's try to work it out. Let's try to beat it. Let's try to beat it. Let's try to work it out." Not quite as snappy, memorable or suitable for a bumper sticker)
I really do love the MINI brand (disclosure: I worked on it back in NZ) and am well impressed by the latest US campaign for the new model. Good to see they're keeping it up post CP&B.
It ain't exactly advertising -rather, its a brilliantly-executed online miniseries called Hammer & Coop. Here's the trailer and the first 2 eps -check the website for the upcoming episodes and other malarkey.
Moustaches, bikinis and a car that says "bloody well brilliant, guv'nor" - what's not to love?
One of the more interesting* things about blogging is being able to analyse your visitor stats, especially which country they come from. In the past week or so I've had a unusually large number of hits and links from Romania.
Digging deeper, it became apparent that they were all looking at my recent post on brands and sexual positions, which worried about brands that rudely take consumers from behind. Did I strike a nerve? Do Romanian brands tend to go for "The Surprise"? Or are sexual analogies a common planning tool in the agencies of Bucharest?
A quick trawl of YouTube picked up nothing untoward, except for this MTV promo featuring cross-dressing, Gene Simmons, Elton John, and a cottage:
* by"interesting", I mean "geeky and horrendously self-absorbed". Kids, StatCounter is addictive. Try to keep it down to once a day, ok?