Archive for the ‘Media Miscue’ Category

List of Google Adsense spam ads

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

If you’ve got a Middle East based website/blog/etc and use Google Adsense you may have noticed an increase in the number of spam/matchmaking/asian dating/arab dating/escort banners appearing on your site… probably not the first thing you want clients to see on your website.

It’s pretty easy to block these adverts, simply log on to your Google AdSense account, click on the AdSense Setup tab, select Competitive Ad Filter and paste in the URLs you’d like to block. Simple right? Not really… these websites have gotten smarter and have bought a number of domains (with minor variations in the domain name) so for every site you block a new one pops up the very next week. (more…)

My hump, my hump

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

…or lack of lady lumps in Miss Huzaifa’s case.

Here’s a print ad for Al Huzaifa Furniture that was published in a few newspapers and magazines.

Al Huzaifa Furniture - Bump Ad

‘Cheeky’ but nothing really offensive with that ad (the chair though is just plain wrong). However, officials disagreed and the campaign was pulled… well, almost. Here’s how it probably went down (it’s funnier if you read it with a thick accent).

Official 1: Okay, we have told the ad agency about this offence and have fined them heavily.

Official 2: Well done and what about the media?

Official 1: The papers and magazines have been alerted and will remove this advert from all new issues.

Official 2: Excellent! You’ve done well.

Official 1: There is one small problem… we have a unipole banner on Shk Zayed Road which cannot be taken down.

Official 2: Hmmm… Don’t worry, I have an idea.

Al Huzaifa Furniture - Unipole

Someone, somewhere got a ‘bum’ deal out of this!


Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Beware the hyphen…

Emirates Today - Jazeera Airways article

Nothing too exciting, the regular man-complains-to-paper, company-responds-to-paper, paper-helps-kiss-and-make-up article. Short version, passenger leaves messages for airline, never got called back, airline apologises for lack of response, recommends that passengers should email for quick assistance. Seems like good advice, however, on closer inspection


Looks like ‘no frills’ doesn’t quite extend to all departments in Al Jazeera Airways! Hmmm… suddenly their cabin crew annoucements start to make sense…

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and thank you for flying with us today. If there is anything we can do to make your journey more pleasurable, do let us know. Please ensure that you are in an upright position. In a few moments we’ll be screening a safety video…