Because Bucky Turco said it so well, we're going to let him just say it in his own words here, "First it was the bus stops, now its the buses. Spotted today in Manhattan, two beers on the same bus panel: Sapporo and Corona Light. So, in a space as crowded as NYC, once again, brand exclusivity just doesn't happen, or the people placing the media are completely incompetent at this point."
In a departure from typical resort advertising, Austin-based McGarrah/Jessee, for its Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa client, has created ads that look like museum dioramas. The dioramas highlight the resort's wilderness locale but also interject the luxury features of the resort as well. The dioramas were painted by landscape artist Don Collins and photographed by Brent Humphreys.
The ads will run in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and Southern Living along with a list of Texas-based publications such as Texas Monthly and D Magazine.
The joke is so overdone and we really wonder if anyone ever did it in the first place but this copy-your-ass co-op for the new Dodge Caliber, a car created for the 25-34 middle income crowd, just make us laugh. We don't know why. It just does. Maybe we copied our own ass in a drunken stuper years ago and this brings back memories. The campaign will include a slew of television commercials and additional print executions. Pardon the crappy scan.
To promote its teeth whitening White gum, Orbit has launched a kooky, new age site called Friends of Bright which is full of cult-like phrases such as "A dim brain is understandable but a dim smile is unforgivable, "He who lives in a dark house should chew more Orbit White" and "Brightness in not a destination, it is a way of life." There's a folksy sing-along, weird videos, ringtones and a section to sign up and become a member complete with photo uploader and profile creator. It's just weird enough to be effective in our humble opinion. The site was created by EVB, creators of the Old Spice When She's Hot and the very, very cool Winterfresh Cool Breath Power.
The PR industry is all a flutter over the launch of a new blog Media Orchard tells us about called Strumpette which promises to be the Gawker of public relations. It's written by Amanda Chapel who says "Strumpette is a totally naked journal of the PR Business." Apparently, she plans to take the lid off the industry and hold it up to a mirror.
In describing herself and her approach, we'd agree some serious gossip lay ahead. Amanda writes, "I am 5' 4" tall, athletic, Pantine shoulder-length black hair, perfect perky boobs. I present well and am most accomodating. I've slept with clients. I sleep with my boss. I am the consummate PR strumpette. When I was 7 my mother told me I'd "never get anywhere with that mouth." I've apparently dedicated my life in proving her wrong."
While research has certainly proved people form attachments to brands at an early age, hence the shameless marketing of crap to children, we're not quite sure those brand associations begin as early as Virgin Atlantic would like to have us believe. Of course that's not really the point of this ad but it's certainly analogous.
We've seen this a few times in the past few days and we like it a lot. Sure, it's just a bus back but we think it's far better that the crap you usually see adorning a bus's smoggy ass. The agency behind this creation is Alice BBDO Istanbul and the media gency is OMD Turkey.
We are pleased the witty, the wonderful, the beautiful, the famous Amanda Congdon, host of the Rocketboom video podcast, has named Adrants one of her top ten sites. She says a good blog "will teach me something and it will entertain me while I am learning."
We're in good company with Scripting News, Stuff on My Cat, BuzzMachine, Pink Is The New Blog, Waxy.org, Gawker, Blogspotting, Crooks and Liars and Boing Boing. Damn, that really is good company if we do say so ourselves. We're pleased we can entertain and inform you, Amanda. Thanks for the nod.
Art Director Seth Gunderson, who works at Kansas-based agency SHS - home of the must-listen, Tug McTighe, John January-fueled American Copywriter podcast, got sick of all those "___ delivered" billboards AT&T has been running for a while that make no sense because AT&T doesn't provide any of the services mentioned. Of course, that's not the point. AT&T is simply a conduit through which these services are delivered. So, following that line of thinking, Seth wondered why all the other things AT&T delivers, such as porn, viruses, pizza, Sudoku and bomb diagrams, weren't highlighted in the campaign and created some new boards you can see here. We think someone's done the porn one before though.
On Friday, an internal email about office cleaning from the President of Toronto-based Henderson Bas was leaked to us and has, as of Saturday afternoon, spawned 57 comments. Most, it seems, from former agency employees. The email, which you can read here along with the comments, reads like a displeased parent blasting her children after returning from a vacation to find the house trashed. Now, everyone has emotions and, at times, everyone says something they wished they hadn't. Perhaps that's the case here or perhaps it is, as the clear majority of commenters claim, a true representation of affairs inside the agency.