Back in November of 2004, Vodafone gave a girl a facial. Well, perhaps, not exactly but an ad they ran sure made it look like they did. Fast forward to 2006 and its a Clear Channel billboard that's received cat spunk "liberation" that brings back memories of the spunked Vodafone girl. If your in Berkley, California, you can catch the board on Shattuck Street.
While brilliance is something we don't see very often in advertising let alone in any industry, thank God creativity still exists somewhere. Ad Blather points out a BBDO New York-created campaign for Kinko's which places an oversized highlighter at the end of a line yellow line drawn on a roadside curb. We like.
Someone's had a bit of fun making the old Michael J. Fox Back to the Future movies look very gay with this Brokeback to the Future movie trailer.
UPDATE: And...Brokeback Heat
We didn't join the media circus surrounding the Oprah/James Frey "is it fiction or non-fiction" thing because, well, we really didn't care what yet another author had to say and how Oprah would heap praise until we found this little video poking fun at the whole thing. Watch Frey shake his ass and tell the story of how he liked to all of us in his book.
Celebrity Vision is using eBay to auction off space on its illuminated billboard located on the Northwest Corner of Canal Street & Hudson in lower Manhattan adjacent to the Holland Tunnel entrance. Bidding will start at $25,000 for 700 seconds per hour for six months. For that time period, the rate card rate is $263,000. Who needs a sales force when you have eBay.
Rapp Collins created a promotion, linking its client Juniper/Barclay with US Airways to attract customers for its new US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Customers had to sign on to the Us Air site to get 50-cent flights to various locations around the world...they earn frequent-flier miles on US Air while traveling. The first batch of 50-cent flights was scooped up yesterday within about 30-seconds. Fifty lucky winners snagged round-trip tickets to Rome for 50 cents.
This, by far is the best promotional video New Zealand's 42 Below has done to date. It follows one of their previous gay-bashing videos and goes even further identifying all the fucking gay things about being fucking gay. For those who are offended, it's a joke. Remember this thing called humor? Yup, there it is. Way back there in the recesses of your politically-correct addled brain. Now laugh, dammit! Fucking laugh!
Oh, we almost forgot. The video promotes a 42 Below-sponsored event in Auckland February 25 called Hero Party at Studio and Galatos which, of course, will also be fucking gay.
While we've been in the ad biz since before Loyd Dobler held that radio over his head in Say Anything, we don't pretend to have the knowledge or insight Ad Age Editor Hoag Levins or black-turtlenecked Ad Age Man-At-Large Bob Garfield possess, except, perhaps when it comes to Garfield's commentary on why the Rolling Stones are bad choice as a Half Time Super Bowl act. Calling the Stones "114 year olds" who have "been around since the early Jurassic period," Garfield can't seem to understand why the Stones are still relevant cavalierly claiming they "have one foot in the grave," their appearance in the Super Bowl is a "last surrender to commercialism" and they're on their way to "Hollywood Squares." Calling them a "commercialized pop act," Garfield is so out of touch with culture, he, in perhaps an apparent attempt to appear hip, can't seem to grasp that fact the Stones still are "hip."
Ad-Verse's Eric Weaver recently received a piece of direct mail, as we all have, and it, apparently, was one too many. Weaver took the DM piece and made a few comments and edits altering the piece to make it more truthful. Poking fun at everything from the promised credit line to the ever-so-important "respond by" date to attempts at personalization to unmasking what the marketer would really say if they were honest
South Florida lifestyle magazine, Ocean Drive, according to MediaBuyerPlanner, has partnered with Vegas' celebu-bash Beacher's Madhouse hosting their appearance February 13 at Miami's Mansion nightclub. The mag will also celebrate their anniversary with a Grey Goose, Just Like Me by Parris Hilton and PURE nightclub-sponsored invitation-only party at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Someone please invite us.
NBC is launching an online show called Star Tomorrow which will follow 100 bands for 16 weeks beginning this summer as they compete for a record deal. Tommy Mottola will be the shows's Simon. Somehow we don't think will make a dent in American Idol's ratings.
While everyone's buzzing about the upcoming Super Bowl Commercial Orgasm on TV, the industry seems to have forgotten that there are other media carrying Super Bowl related advertising. Thanks to Adverlicio.us which put together a collection of Super Bowl-related online advertising, we can re-direct our attention, if only for a few minutes, to this upstart little medium called the Internet. Unfortunately, most of the ads aren't very good so after you take a look, you can go back to worshiping the :30.