Showtime Promotes 'Weeds' With Marijuana Scent Strip


To drum up interest for its suburban mom as drug dealer comedy Weeds, Showtime is placing an insert in the August 24 issue of Rolling Stone with a scent strip that smells like, well, weed. Yummy. The show's good too.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Magazine

Lingerie-Clad Bodog Booth Babes Offer Pillow Fight to Attendees


At a recent World Series of Poker Gambling Lifestyle Expo (whatever that is) in Las Vegas, poker site, Bodog, at their booth, had a collection of lingerie-clad models giving pillow fights to anyone who wanted to hop on the bed with them. They also video taped it for the person. No doubt, there booth had some serious foot traffic. Check out all the video here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Events, Good, Video

Time Warped Bank Thinks Flash Mob Stunt Is Cutting Edge


Perhaps there really is some sort of cultural brick wall between New York City and Canada or at least between Montreal's National Bank marketing team and the rest of the entire world. In a laughably out of touch press release, the bank claims it is "once again on the cutting edge of advertising with a colourful new event: a flash mob, used to promote the Bank's role as the presenting sponsor of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament." Colorful new event? Hello? Flash Mobs came and went three years ago, my Canadian friends. It's 2006 this year, not 2003. If calling a three year old trendlet cutting edge weren't bad enough, the bank isn't even conducting a flash mob. All it's doing is unleashing 40 young women dressed in tennis apparel who will roam the streets of Montreal during rush hour August 9 passing out tickets to a tennis match at the Rogers Cup August 12 to 20. Idiots. That's not a flash mob. That's street marketing.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange, Worst

Behavioral Marketing A Plus For Plus-Sized Retailer


Apparently, behavioral marketing does work especially with women who are not petite. "Plus" sized (don't you love the polite terms we use to describe any body type other than a size 4?) clothing brand saw a 4,000 percent increase in online sales and a 200 percent increase in conversions after implementing behavioral targeting through NetPlus Marketing. These results were presented by NetPlus Markering Persident Denise Zimmerman at the recent eTail 2006 conference. You can hear the entire case study here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Research

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Booties And Breasts Storm Times Square For National Underwear Day


Once again, underwear retailer Freshpair stormed New York City's Times Sqaure with its annual booty and breast fest all in the name of reminding people they really should get rid of those skid-marked undies and ill-fitting bras and drop some coin for a...uh...fresh pair. Check out all the images and video over at YesButNoButYes.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla

Germ-Infested Doctors Office Magazines Sell Purell


JWT Toronto has created an ambient (the word everyone outside the U.S. seems to use instead of guerilla) campaign for its client Purell, a hand sanitizer lotion. The campaign uses a simple but what would seem to be effective approach by placing stickers on magazines in doctors offices with copy such as "Thumbed through by sick people since September 2005" and "Gently sneezed on since October 2002." The stickers point to a website,, which explains the benefits of Purell. Nice work.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Magazine

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