Music Video Promotes Clio's


Our friends over at the Creative Liberation Intelligence Organization are at it again with a promotional music video to, one assumes, drum up more entries for this year's Clio's. Back in early December 2005, the group launched a very spy-like website using all manner of spy metaphor to create awareness of the Clio's. Take a look and let us know what you think.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Good, Industry Events, Online, Promotions

TV Becoming Unnecessary Appliance for Advertising


The NFL has announced it will place all Super Bowl ads airing this weekend on its video on demand NFL Network, on and on Sprint phones. Budweiser will optimize its five minutes worth of ads for the iPod and make them downloadable from GoDaddy, of course, has been pushing its ads online for years. Pepsi will have Burger King will have the Whopperettes. Who needs an actual television anymore?

Naomi Campbell, John Malkovich Star in Pirelli Long-Form Ad


In the works since last year, tire maker Pirelli will, in March. release The Call, a 10-minute video, created by Leo Burnett and set in the Vatican, starring John Malkovich who plays a priest and Naomi Campbell who plays the devil. Using the power stuggle between good and evil, Pirelli claims the film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be a metaphor for the company's "power is nothing without control" tagline. The film will be released exclusively online and receive promotion through online, print and television.

This is Hollywood-style, celebrity-powered ad is sure to give Russell Crowe plenty of ammunition to further castigate celebrities for selling out. That said, if we, as an industry want better ads, we have to tap better talent. Big names bring a sea of eyeballs and getting noticed in today's media environment is becoming an impossible task. Granted, Malkovick, though a superb actor, isn't A-list in terms of popularity and Campbell, while very popular, is no Malkovich in the acting department but together, they just might bring some notoriety and sales to Pirelli and its sleepy, commodity-like category of automotive tires.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Online, Opinion

Nightclub Hand Stamp Becomes Ad For CD


MIT Advertising Lab points out a unique use of the ubiquitous nightclub hand stamp. In the U.K., to promote the Franz Ferdinand CD, the usually forgetful stamps became ads for the CD reminding party goers as they woke up the next day to check out the free DC offer in that day's The Guardian newspaper. The effort is up for an epica award.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Best, Guerilla

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IKEA Dresses Filipinos As Swedish Maids In Kuwaiti Ad


Kuwaiti Art Director and Ad Blogger Tata Botata (or whatever his real name is) pointed us to this Kuwaiti IKEA ad on the back of a local dining guide that shows Filipinos, apparently the predominant wait staff in the country, portrayed Swedish maids. While Botata tells us its very common to see Filipino wait staff in Kuwait, he took issue with IKEA dressing them up in stereotypical Swedish garb and headlining the ad with, "Enjoy the Swedish hospitality at IKEA store."

We don't pretend to understand all the cultural ramifications of this but we prefer our Swedish maids blond, buxom and holding beer St. Pauli Girl-style. Then again, that's got its own nasty, sexist, stereotypical baggage.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Magazine

Stern Rings In Freedom With Stripper And Black Power


Courtesy of our roving New York photographer, Bucky Turco, we're blessed with this new outdoor board for Howard Stern mimicking the black power movement and promoting his new Sirius radio show. With the headline, "Let Freedom Ring. And Let it be Rung in by A Striper," the Howard Stern brand is clearly delivered.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor

Ad Blogger to Appear on 'Today Show'


George Parker, who writes the Adscam and AdHurl advertising blogs will appear on NBC's Today Show tomorrow, Tuesday, sometime between 7A and 10A. Parker will discuss the impact of the Internet and other newer forms of advertising have affected newspaper advertising effectiveness and revenues. Parker should know what he's talking about as he's been in the business for over 30 years, worked for many agencies and is currently writing a book entitled, "Entrepreneurial Advertising."

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-06    
Topic: Good, Newspaper, Online, Television, Weblogs

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