from Photographers' Blog:

To my friend Vladimir Lenin

June 20, 2012

By Charles Platiau

When I arrived in Donetsk, southern Ukraine, two weeks ago I didn't think you would be one of the best friends I made during my stay. Nobody speaks English here, even if my hotel is called "the Liverpool hotel" and plays Beatles music all day long everywhere except, thoughtfully, in my room. I don’t speak Russian either, but I soon learned Vladimir Ilyich is how locals fondly refer to you, Mr Lenin. Your statue dominates the landscape of this city's downtown. You remain in full view in contrast to the advertising you stand opposite; maybe people even remember what you stand for.

from Shop Talk:

Check Out Line: PepsiCo offers up to $5 million for amateur Super Bowl ads

September 15, 2010

Check out how you can earn $1 million by wearing an electric dog collar.

Okay, not exactly. That was the punch line of a successful amateur ad this year created for PepsiCo's Super Bowl commercial contest, which the food and beverage company is running again for the 2011 Super Bowl with a prize pool of up to $5 million.

from Shop Talk:

Olympic Gold for Coke, McDonald’s and Visa

March 11, 2010

rings1When is Olympic sponsorship money well spent? A Performance Research poll shows it may depend on how the funds are used.

from MediaFile:

No Super Bowl blues; expect big TV ratings

January 26, 2010

colts1The U.S. economy might be weak, but the Super Bowl still scores with consumers.

The CBS broadcast of the National Football League's championship game on Feb. 7 between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints should draw strong TV ratings, possibly challenging viewer levels not seen since the late 1990s.

from Shop Talk:

Auto show-Super Bowl TV ads don’t score for Mazda

January 13, 2010

nfl1Advertising during the Super Bowl doesn't score for Mazda.

While the Japanese automaker plans to boost its marketing budget this year as it launches the Mazda 2 small car, running TV ads during the National Football League's championship game in February won't happen.

from Raw Japan:

Japan’s Tiger in the tank?

June 22, 2009

What goes up must at some point come down.

The world of sports is full of examples of bright lights who shone briefly before crashing back down to earth.