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PR Firm Exploits Baby Shiloh For Product Placement

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In a PR coup or just another disgusting manipulation of humanity to further a marketer's end, 5W Public Relations sent baby clothing from Belly Maternity all the way to Africa so Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's baby Shiloh Jolie-Pitt could wear it thus allowing the brand to appear in just about every publication known to man. With price wars in play over images of Shiloh and New York Magazine writing, in a stretch, "Not since Jesus has a baby been so eagerly anticipated," it may just be a pretty good PR coup. That is, if anyone takes a microscope to the images and tries to find the brand name on the shirt. Be sure to read the ego-infested, chest thumping press release from 5w, reprinted in full over at Gawker.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-06    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Good, Product Placement



H&M Men's Jeans Tout Sexual Prowess

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We all thought the whole Chevy Novo "No Go" thing was a bad naming gaffe but that doesn't hold a candle to H&M's naming of their new men's jeans Fit Sliq. A harmless name to those of us who regularly speak English but not so harmless and carrying an entirely different meaning in Swedish. In Swedish, it means - brace yourselves - cunnilingus or "cunt licker" in a more exact translation. Yes, according to Adland's dabitch, a women well versed in Swedish, the jeans just might become a hot item as "Swedish men and the occasional lesbian raid the stores for a pair of these naughty naughty jeans."

The kicker to this whole thing is that H&M is a Swedish company. Perhaps it's not a gaffe at all but an inside joke or perhaps it's an English speaking product manager run amok. Either way, it's funny. I mean, unfortunate.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Strange



Absolut Games, Pepsi Plugs, Kittens Stick, Mexicans Invade

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- Similar to Virgin's find the bands game, Absolut has launched a game in which the player has to find 82 bottles in a busy streetscape. It's sort of like that guy that wrote all those Busy Town kid books.

- Everyone's buzzing about Pepsi' interactive outdoor/transit ad which allows people to plug their headphones right into the poster to sample tunes from Pepsi Access.

- Adopt a kitten door sticker campaign copies begging children door sticker campaign.

- Well, this is one way to get a lot of attention for your average warehouse sale.

- Here's one ad campaign that doesn't paint Mexicans in a very respectful manner.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Games, Online, Outdoor



Not All PlayStation2 Ads Are Freakish And Violent

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In contrast to the many freakish and violent themed PlayStation2 ads that have been the norm for a while, Coolz0r calls attention to this PlayStation2 ad that is quite the opposite. Still weird, it's very calming and gentle in comparison to most of the other ads. Just thought we'd share.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good



First Buckin', Now Huckin' Chicken Sells Burger King Sandwiches

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We are tired. So tired. Tired of typing the words "Burger King," "Chicken" and "Crispin Porter + Bogusky." But, it is our duty, as one who conveys the latest in advertising goodies, to tell you that, yes, CP+B has launched yet another chicken-themed campaign to promote Burger King Chicken sandwiches. We've seen everything from the Whopperettes to CoqRoq to Subservient Chicken to Big Buckin' Chicken. Now, there's this site called Huckin' Chicken on which a guy in a chicken suit does increasingly more daring motorcycle stunts based on how many people visit the site. It's a nice twist on a viral campaign but maybe CP+B should just move on to Big Fuckin' Chicken and close the book on the man in a chicken suit approach to selling sandwiches. Oh wait, there's still Suckin' Chicken to endure.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Viral



Cox Cock Blocks Craigslist

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Silicon Valley Watcher digs into a situation whereby Cox Interactive is throttling its customer's access to Craigslist because, perhaps, Cox Interactive parent company Cox Enterprises feels people should read classified ads in Cox Media newspapers instead of on Craigslist. It appears Cox Interactive has been working with security software from Authentium since April 2005 and on February 23 of 2006 Authentium did acknowledge it was, in fact, blocking Craiglist from Cox Interactive users. Craigslist has asked Authentium several times to stop blocking their site to no avail. It's one thing to get competitive when your business is on the way to the toilet. It's entirely another thing when that competitive spirit turns nasty and wreaks of illegal activity.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Policy



'Entourage' Boys On Valet Parking Tickets

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The marketing folks behind HBO's Entourage have the boys very busy these day days drumming up excitement for the upcoming third season. This time, there they're all over valet tickets in L.A. Dallas-based AdverTickets developed a campaign to hand out 369,000 full-color valet tickets in LA featuring each of the five characters on the show. The valet ticket campaign started May 15th and continues through June 15th. The tickets have received positive attention for the show, including attention from one of its stars - Kevin Connolly (Eric on the show). He got one of the tickets at an L.A. valet and loved it so much that he requested a stack of them for his own personal use. Shouldn't smug fuck Ari be all over this one?

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Cable, Good, Specialty



Voice in Urinal Urges Men Not to Drive Drunk

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Acknowledging the men's room is one of the last places a guy visits before driving home after a long night of drinking, Nassau County traffic safety officials have launched a talking urinal campaign using the Wizmark Urinal Communicator. The device is being distributed free to all bars located in the county. DWI fines paid for the campaign.

The message potential drunk drivers will hear is, "Hey you Yea You, having a few drinks? Then listen up! Think you had one to many then it's time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home. It sure is safer and a hell of a lot cheaper than a DWI. Make the smart choice tonight, don't drink and drive."

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla



S&M Imagery Sells High Tech Products

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Adland points us to a fetish-focused site for electronics distributor Cosmos on which the usual arty images of perfect males and female bodies are adorned with links to products available from Cosmos. What this has to do with selling technology we don't know but, oh wait. Silly us. Sorry. We lost the mantra for a moment there. OK, now it's back. Sex sells. Sex sells. Sex sells. Repeat after us. Sex sells. Sex sells. Sex sells. OK, we feel better now. Sorry for that brief lapse in knowledge on our part. We'll try not to let it happen again. There is some nudity on the site.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Viral



Muddy Asian Hotties Offer World Cup Excitement

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We asked our friend over at Adland to help translate this find for us but there wasn't much to translate. (She did the translation prior to someone doing it in Comments but we chose not to include it because it didn't really explain much. Credit where credit is due) We don't know if it's a real promotion for something, a nod to the Super bowl Lingerie Bowl or just some art director's Asian football wet dream. In any event, here are some very well done visuals featuring barely dressed Asian women playing football. Anyone can feel free to explain further.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Online



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