Samsung has taken its battle with Apple for market dominance a notch higher by copying Apple’s advertising campaign, raising a lot of criticisms from tech bloggers that Samsung stole the face of Apple’s iPhone 4S — and copied the tone and feeling of Apple commercials, too.

In Apple’s new campaign advertising its iPhone 4S, an adorable little girl was the star. Two months later, the same little girl is now the face of the South Korean company’s campaign for its Galaxy Tab.

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The Samsung ad has aired only in Korea, making the copy-cat tactic particularly strange because there are no Koreans in the commercial.

The two tech giants spent the better part of 2011 warring over patents for their devices, with both companies suing each other to try to keep their rival’s products out of certain markets.

‘Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab TV ad feels a lot like an Apple iPad ad,’ the Apple-watching blog MacRumors said.

Samsung recently came out with an ad in the US that poked fun at iPhone users for having a slavish devotion to Apple. It offered the Samsung Galaxy S II as a better alternative.


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Greetings Friends,

I hope you are having a great weekend.

I just wanted to give you the heads up about an exciting worldwide opportunity. I have not promoted any opportunity on my blog before but this one looks really promising. I just have to share this with my loyal blog readers as this MAY turn out to be the huge opportunity that it is touted to be.

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Often times with new, prelaunch/start ups, it is simply impossible to know right away how the story will turn out.

Well, I have some very good news for you all. My sponsor David Reid spent a good half hour or more last night speaking to the owner of Text Cash Network, Brett Hudson, and to say he is excited would be a great understatement! This may well turn out to be the breakthrough that you are looking for, according you a “Time & Money Freedom” lifestyle.

Time Money Freedom Through Cash Text Network

The guys behind this company are razor sharp serious, with huge experience, and the chances of this company being a huge success story are very large. We are in great hands here!

The response to TCN has been phenomenal. The brilliance of the concept is clear and self evident, and if there was ever something that virtually anyone could promote, this would be it!

So, don’t be shy! Spread the word now before the site goes fully live on 11/11/11, and create a virally growing legacy for yourself. You will be so glad you did!

Notes on David Reid’s conversation with Brett Hudson, Founder CEO of Text Cash Network:

* TCN is owned by Brett Hudson and the Johnson Group. There are no other owners or admin.

* Software is all in house and custom designed.

* They are coming from highly successful traditional sales back ground, and not mlm arena.

* They have expert professional, experienced guidance and support to integrate into network marketing.

* They are projecting 1 million members in 6 months. 2 Million or more in a year.

* People are joining at the rate of 100 per hour right now.

* Brett has been a very successful business man. He took his two previous ventures public.

* People can always join free and earn on their 10-level matrix.

* There will be an optional upgrade level, which will qualify us for the matching and other bonuses.

* They will be moving into local advertising, merchants etc.

* There is nothing in our industry like Text Cash Network.

* They are going after the model used by Groupon and Living Social.

* Groupon was offered 6 Billion dollars after only 4 years, and that was on an email platform.

* There will be a full array of marketing tools, giving us everything we need to market TCN.

* There will be everything we need to spread the word virally via social media.

* There will soon be a generic video for posting on social media etc., explaining how it all works.

* There will be full customer service support coming online.

* There will be conference calls, webinars, recorded calls, etc.

* We are fully international. In areas that do not support texting, people can receive the ads via email.

* We can sign up people anywhere, worldwide without restriction.

* All data will be real time.

* With email you never know if someone opens the ad. With text, you know if it’s been delivered.

* The open rate of text messages is much much larger than email open rates, and advertisers know this.

* This is a simple application, a virtual product, and guaranteed deliverability.

* Customers will only pay for delivered ads, a huge upside for vendors.

* The back end is already 100% complete. They are ready for the masses to enter now.

* The technology is already designed, flawless, and ready to go.

* We will be paid on a worldwide debit card.

* They had previously developed something called “happy birthday gift card”, which was a mobile

app to deliver cash on birthdays, so they are very experienced in this arena.

* They have the ability to create their own internal e-wallet system, and have experience doing this.

* They have proven experience with processing, orders, payouts, rewards, moving money, etc.

* There is no question if this is going to fly or not. The company is rock solid and ready to go.

* Distributors can build this knowing that the company is ready, prepared, experienced, and fully dedicated.

* People should begin setting up Facebook Fan Pages in every country of the world, to capture the growing worldwide interest.

* We are at the beginning of something much larger than most people realize, and those who build now will be richly rewarded.

Text Cash Network Inc. is a new division of a five year old communications company owned by The Johnson Group. Brett Hudson President of Text Cash Network Inc. has over 12 years of management experience in the high technology computer field.

Brett created a start up Dot Com Company in 1996 from the ground floor and took it public within 2 years, achieved a  $42 million valuation before exiting the Company. He also founded a stored value card company in 2001 that was acquired by a publicly traded company in 2003.

The company has spent 2 years planning TEXT THE WORLD and to launch T.C.N. PROJECT 2012 and they currently have the capabilities to text 165 Countries at the rate of 15,000 texts per minute. Imagine the capability to text 900,000 per hour or over 215,000,000 texts per day.

The company is now ready for its next phase to get 100 million people around the globe to opt into the T.C.N. Communications Network. The moment they accomplish this incredible goal they believe T.C.N. will have a valuation of over 20 billion dollars. They plan to take up to 50% of their sales and value and share them with the T.C.N. Referral Agents Worldwide who have helped them accomplish this goal. Imagine up to 10 billion dollars in value shared with the people who help build the infrastructure! Do you remember the truck drivers, cashiers and others who started with Walmart and ended up as millionaires?

By registering with us today you are now at the foundation of T.C.N. Your team starts with YOU. T.C.N. has made it SIMPLE, EASY and PROFITABLE for you to build a large and potentially profitable team quickly. Using the power of duplication of 2, 3, 4 or even 5 the company can get the message around the globe in 2 to 3 years.


1.) Share T.C.N. with your warm market and all your e-mail and text contacts.

2.) Put it out on your Facebook, Twitter and any and all of your social networking sites.

3.) Begin use the T.C.N. “Get The Word Out” Advertising Platform in your Back Office today.

With the power of just 2 referral agents could build a team of over 2,000 in a 10 level referral grid. Just increasing it to 3 could grow to over 88,000 and with 4 or more is just hard to even put into print. The most important one right now is YOU. What need to do right now need is follow The T.C.N. plan which is ENJOY IT & REFER IT = PROFIT.

I hope that today, you begin to enjoy the journey of building your new Text Cash Network and to achieve a level of success that most only dream of. Start RIGHT HERE – RIGHT NOW.  DO IT NOW.


Carlsberg launched a new global positioning and strapline ‘That Calls for a Carlsberg’ at the beginning of this year to promote itself as a beer that stands for tradition, quality, great taste and making the right choices.

Brussels-based ad agency Duval Guillaume Modem was roped to came up with an ad to reinforce the new strapline ‘That Calls For A Carlsberg.’  The agency more than delivered when it came up with a prank on unsuspecting movie going couples in Belgian cinemas. The creative directors of the ad were Geoffrey Hantson and Katrien Bottez. The creatives included Koenraad Lefever and Dries De Wilde. It was directed by Cecilia Verheyden.

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I am sorry….three simple words but words that can repair a lot of relationships. Without admitting you are wrong, the bad feelings are allowed to fester until eventually they grow into something so big and ugly and almost beyond repair.

Digi is running the “Dear Malaysians” campaign in conjunction with Merdeka, calling for Malaysians to say sorry to fellow Malaysians. The message, simply, is that forgiveness doesn’t change the past but it certainly sets the stage for a superb future. Hopefully, it’ll teach us how to brighten someone’s day, one apology at a time.

There is nothing wrong in making mistakes and this is a great time to start making amend. Just because you think it is right doesn’t make it right. Part of a matured society is being tolerant and respecting each and everyone.

The three-minute “Dear Malaysians” video shows an array of people holding up cardboards with written apologies for past mistakes. It is a poignant exploration into the power of apologies and forgiveness.

One man says sorry to his children for smoking while another apologises for talking at the cinema. One lady feels sorry for being an impatient driver while another apologises for not supporting the national football team.

Forgive me for being an impatient driver.

The video has moved many, with more than 200,000 people liking it on Facebook since it was launched on Tuesday night.

Many admitted to having shed tears after watching the video, which has singer-songwriter Min’Z providing vocals for the background song.

The video has also prompted many to post apologies on social networking sites.

Many have apologised for their bad driving habits and parking skills while some have said sorry for not keeping in touch with their friends.

Wong Sen Kiat, associate creative director of advertising agency Naga DDB that came up with the campaign concept, said that since Hari Raya, Merdeka and Malaysia Day were around the corner, there was no better time to spread the joy of forgiveness.

“All of us make mistakes but how often do we try to atone for them?” he asked.

“It was not meant to be a tear-jerker but to hit a raw nerve. Many people can relate to not apologising enough.”

Wong himself was in the video, where he apologises to a taxi passenger for not returning a wallet he had found a long time ago.

Wong Sen Kiat with his apology

He said that while sorry was probably the most powerful word in the dictionary, it was one of the most difficult things for anyone to say.

Watch the video and share the joy of forgiveness:

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Digi, congratulations for a job well done!


The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) recently rolled out  its new “Strong is Beautiful” advertising campaign, focusing on the personal stories, pressures and dreams of WTA stars to illustrate that being physically and mentally strong is beautiful.

WTA's "Strong Is Beautiful" campaign

The campaign highlights “athleticism and grace — a unique combination that has turned the stars of the WTA into the most recognizable and followed female athletes on the planet,” according to a WTA statement.

The ads, which feature dozens of stars including Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Li Na, were shot by filmmaker Dewey Nicks, who produced a similar series for The New York Times Magazine last year.

Sugar and Spice, the first in the “Strong is Beautiful” series, focuses on all of the characteristics necessary to become a successful professional tennis player. World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki described the video this way: “It takes so many elements to reach the top of such a competitive sport as tennis – strength of character, discipline, and will power. All of these things define who we are as people and as athletes. For me the new campaign is able to capture the inner strength of players in a beautiful way.”

Shot by famed Los Angeles photographer and filmmaker Dewey Nicks, the stunning imagery portrays the players in a unique way with an ultimate focus on their inner strength.  The players featured in this clip are Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka & Kim Clijsters.

Each 30-second shot in the series features a star tennis player delivering not just a ball but also a voice-over storyline.

In her clip, Kim Clijsters, whose pregnancy and brief retirement from tennis several years ago generated considerable buzz, rejects the idea she had to compromise now that she is a mother.

"Before I had a baby, I devoted all my time to tennis," she says as she returns a forehand crouched in a near split. Afterwards, I had to compromise. Now I devote 100 percent of my time to the baby--and 100 percent to tennis."

Li Na, who recently became the first Asian player to reach the finals in the Australian Open, speaks about the feeling of playing for a nation with 1.3 billion people that has never had a No. 1 ranked player or Grand Slam winner. “No pressure,” she says at the end of the video as the follow-through of a backhand carries both her and her slinky white dress into the air.

Like numerous other players, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic has had to overcome hardships, growing up in war-torn Serbia. Growing up in war-torn Belgrade made tennis practice difficult but it didn't deter her from striving to be the best.

Serena Williams’ ubiquitous self confidence comes through while assuring the viewer that the only reason she brings seven tennis outfits to each Grand Slam is because she intends on wearing them all, for each match she plans on winning.

Victoria Azarenka is known for her power game, using every inch of her body to crush the ball. However, it's not physical strength alone that has propelled the Belarusian up the rankings, but mental prowess too.

Watch what happened behind the scenes of “Strong is Beautiful.” The featured players are Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na, Aravane Rezai, Flavia Pennetta, Rebecca Marino, Francesca Schiavone, Ana Ivanovic, Heather Watson, Sabine Lisicki, Yanina Wickmayer, Andrea Petkovic, Alisa Kleybanova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Daniela Hantuchova, Zheng Jie, Gisela Dulko. Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA, lends the campaign her indelible stamp of approval with an appearance at the end of the video.


A people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ad starring former Playboy centrefold Pamela Anderson, which is banned at some U.S. airports, has also been deemed too racy for Hong Kong, one of Asia’s busiest aviation hubs.

The advertisement, titled “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly”, features the scantily-clad former “Baywatch” star as an airport security guard who strips passengers of leather, fur and other skins.


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Wikileaks has irked government officials worldwide, garnered the support of internet hackers, and now, it has inspired an ad for a sanitary pad brand in Pakistan, harnessing the political notoriety of WikiLeaks to tell women that while the US State Department might leak, they don’t have to. Images of a new sanitary pad billboard have been flying around the Internet, with netizens smirking at its slogan: “WikiLeaks…..Butterfly Doesn’t.”

It’s the type of edgy, funny campaign you’d expect out of Madison Avenue, but the ad is actually the brainchild of a small Pakistani firm called RG Blue Communications, and it’s so far limited just to two billboards in Karachi.

'Wikileaks...Butterfly Doesn't' billboard in Karachi

A print campaign and a third billboard are on the way, RG Blue Communications, the ad agency behind the campaign, said. “Nobody has said it’s in bad taste yet,” said RG Blue’s head of business development, Amjad Hussain.

“It could have been yet another ad showing a girl promoting the sanitary pad, but we made it different, completely different,” art director Munir Bhatti said.

“We have received a huge response from the public and everyone has commended us on it,” said Syed Amjad Hussain, head of business development at RG Blue Communications, which pitched the advertisement to manufacturers Butterfly. Butterfly loved the campaign idea when it was pitched and wanted the ads rolled out as soon as possible.

The billboards went up earlier this week. Leaked American diplomatic cables turned the Internet whistleblower into a household name in Pakistan, fascinating and appalling members of the public over reported inner dealings of their political and military elite.

Butterfly....the extra absorbent sanitary napkins that don't leak

Most ads in Pakistan steer clear of the divisive world of politics but the Butterfly ad has achieved success that advertisers dream of…..massive free publicity that has also viral online.

Yeah, Wikileaks…Butterfly doesn’t. What an ingenious tagline!

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