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VH1 Shares Flavor Flav Ladies' Misconceptions

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We've never seen VH1's Flavor of Love before but our three seconds worth of research tells us it's probobly TV you can miss which is why VH1 has released on YouTube teaser clips for the second season which feature trash talking women whose only redeeming quality seems to be the tantalizing size of their ass. Anyway, it forced us to give them publicity. The show premieres August 6.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Cable, Online, Promotions



Calgary Stampede Party Shows East How West Parties

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For all you New Yorkers, here's how they do things out west. Calgary-based agency Rare Method, each year, hosts what they call the Calgary Most Wanted Stampede Party which involves all things west: bulls, barbecues, booze and hotties in cowboy hats. This year's party was attended by 800 clients, employees and a collection of those random people called party crashers. Check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Agencies



Recycling Ads Aim to Educate The Stupid Ones

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For the idiots in Oregon who can't tell the difference between glass, plastic and paper when recycling, Coates Kokes Advertising and production company BENT Image Lab have created two spots for METRO Residential Recycling. Hopefully, they'll get the point across. See the spots here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Nike Tiger Woods Site Slathered in Smug Self-Satisfaction

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Slathered in self adoration and needlessly explaining its creation, this Nike site that captures Tiger Wood's golf swing while providing links to the products he's using would be a far better experience if it didn't take over 30 seconds explaining how it was created in a remote (somehow better than a non-remote) sound studio using a military defense camera that shoots 4,000 digital stills per second. Crap. Just film the fucker with a video camera and be done with it. And leave the preening self-glorification and self-congratulatory back slaps for those all important "concepting" session while playing foosball and trying to pick up this week's hot intern.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Creative Commentary, Online



Land Rover C0mmercial Does Good Job Illustrating Features

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This Land Rover spot is actually pretty good but we had to watch it a few times to make sure the fast paced message drilled its way into our skull. The spot highlights the vehicles features in s manner that is far more interesting than some spokemodel pointing them out of some baritone announcer listing them off while the camera pans over the car doing these things all by itself. It just seems this spot puts a bit more reality into the car's features. Although, it's unclear just how long all those people could last stuffed into the vehicle. Unless you're a kid, there's not a vehicle out there that has seats other than the front that are all that comfortable for long periods of time.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



Fark Founder Says Advertisers 'Annoy The Shit Out of the Consumer'

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Public relations firm Idea Grove interviewed Fark Founder Drew Curtis who, like us, has a few things to say about the idiocy of most advertising. First, he doesn't understand the counterproductive approach most online advertisers take, saying, "The whole advertising industry confuses me sometimes. Advertisers for some reason really, really want to buy ads that annoy the shit out of the consumer. They want to buy ads that block you from seeing content, that shout at you when you hit the page, that stay on the computer desktop when you leave the site. You know why ads on the right sidebar get better clickthrough rates? Because people are trying to scroll down with their mouse and miss the damn bar, accidentally generating a click. Most popup ad clicks are generated by people missing the X to close the thing out." He may be right. Someone should do a study on the whole frustrated/missed click thing.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-17-06    
Topic: Online, Opinion



BBDO West Launches Anti-Graffiti, Zoo Pro-Bono Work

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BBDO West has been busy lately and has just released two new pro-bono projects. The first is an anti-graffiti campaign for the city of San Francisco supporting the Mayor's Graffiti Abatement Program. The out of home campaign shows how certain graffiti can affect an environment with images of graffiti placed in people's homes. While comparing a public place to a private place might not be the best argument against graffiti, it does make the point strongly. The second pro-bono campaign was launched earlier this week for the San Francisco Zoo and consists of light poles transformed into giraffe banners.

UPDATE: Several people have submitted spoofs of this campaign to street art site Wooster Collective.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Bikini Model Tells Director Ad Will Be Better With Her T-Shirt Off

This promotion just might be the perfect combination of YouTube video, the teaser, commercial outtakes, a GoDaddy-esque bikini model, a frustrated director and a bra that's not a bra but a bikini. Actress, cover model, former World Wrestling Entertainment Smackdown Diva, and New York City's "most requested bikini model, Lauren Jones has been tapped (oh yes, we know we all over use that word for its oh-so-witty double meaning) by online conferencing company Robot Conferencing. Check out the teaser on YouTube here and then follow the link to the full length commercial here in which Jones and the director debate the merits of why or why not a bikini model should take her shirt off in a television commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Strange



Winterfresh Gets Girl Her Man

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Continuing its wacky ways, Winterfresh is out with more weird creative from BBDO Chicago. This clip, called Porcupine Web, has something to do with a porcupine, a girl who does karate, ninjas, a DJ, cats and a guy who keeps saying "dang." Oh yes, and a happy ending that promises the girl she'll beat out the cheerleader and get the guy if she chews Winterfresh.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Continuity Errors Frustrate Film Geeks In Festival Clips

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Here's a collection of promotional clips for Studio Artois Live, a Stella Artois-sponsored UK outdoor film festival to be held July 22-23 in Greewich, amp up the film geek factor by filming people calling out continuity errors in movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Kill Bill. Some are funny. Some are not.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Viral



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