Google wins USA Today competition for best print creative

01/15/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Google's Creative Lab unit won the USA Today Print Advertising Competition that was held to coincide with the newspaper's redesign. The Lab's entry was a print ad for Google+ Hangouts as an alternative to real meeting spaces, featuring fictional edits to a story about the Dalai Lama being denied a visa, inserting language about his decision to join a Hangout instead. Industry observers noted the irony of Google -- a leader in the online advertising revolution that has so jeopardized the future of newspapers -- winning a competition for print advertising.

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