Smoking Scholar Rhapsodizes on Smoker Suffering

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In his long-winded mod-turtleneck way, Youtube philosopher Sergei explains why anti-smoking scare tactics like this fuel stigma but don't actually help serious smokers, who just feel alienated and become more defensive about their right to smoke.

Sergei makes some good points even if he's probably preaching to the choir. We also like that he smokes throughout, and puts points in subtitles. That's panache. In fact we're pretty sure that most people who like to puff while listening to themselves talk in a small cafe would elect for subtitles or at least bullets to illustrate their wisdom if they could. (We would anyway.)

Unfortunately, even savvy marketers are hard-pressed to work out how to foster a non-smoking culture in a way that encourages non-smokers to pursue a better quality of life but doesn't insult their intelligence.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Joanna Krupa Gets Naked For PETA's Fur Campaign

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PETA continues its naked campaign with supermodel Joanna Krupa who appears "naked" in a new anti-fur "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" print campaign for the cause group. In a video, the Polish born model tells us she received a video from her sister that showed dogs being abused in China which motivated her to become part of the campaign. She tells us there's plenty of alternatives to fur although we hope most people, aside from supermodels, of course, don't choose to go naked.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Nokia Does Movie/Game/Net Interactivity Thing, Actually Succeeds

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It was only a matter of time before a game as fun as Crazy Taxi would reincarnate in ad promo form. That's what Nokia has done for its interactive film/game The Passenger, which is pretty engaging. The music ain't bad either.

You're a driver on the night streets of Paris when a sultry woman hops in and urgently asks to be transported to three addresses. At aid is the Nokia Multimedia Car Kit CK-20W, a nifty GPS-stocked device, but follow directions or your passenger will throw insults at you. Don't you love doing life-saving favours for people who get all bitchy?

The game was put together by the interesting mindfolk at Hyper Happen, Fuel Industries and Karbon Arc, and features footage of Paris shot just last November. Thanks Netanel for the tip. We don't want to sound too excited but this would make a pretty decent (if really, really short) standalone video game. Then again, we're not actually gamers, we're biased ad people, so we imagine actual joystick jockeys are rolling their eyes in disgust right now.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Games, Good, Online



Students Contrive Acronym Diversion for SCAD

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Alumni from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) started production company The Dandy Dwarves and were tapped by their alma mater to create an interactive viral marketing campaign.

The fruits of their labour? SCAD Shorts. The object: guess the title of the bizarre spot playing on the screen. The trick: titles must always have the SCAD acronym.

This is harder than it sounds but results in some weird videos.

Repeat visitors get a running chance of winning - what else? - an iPod.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online



Nike Breathes Its Way Into Beat Box Commercial

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If you like beat boxing, you'll like this new commercial from Nike where athletes' breathing takes on rhythmic form and becomes a creation unto itself. The ad was created by Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai and produced by HSI in Culver City, CA. Not much else to say other than watch.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Blog Seeks Attention of Ari Gold in HBO 'Entourage' Promotion

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Hmm. Must be time for the next season of Entourage on HBO. Hmm. Paging Ari Gold? Hmm. Yup. It's time. Looks like we've got a cute little bloggy blog and YouTube video action here promoting the February 24th return of the series. We love how we get these tips from gmail addresses as if the sender is stupid enough to think we won't know this is an HBO-created promotion.

UPDATE: OK, OK. We give. The denials are coming in from left and right. This dude is freakishly on his own in his attempts to get Ari's attention.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Cable, Video, Weblogs



Vilara Gets Mean to Hawk Exclusivity, Leaves More Questions than Answers

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Like the queen bee on the quad, some people just get off on making other people look lame in comparison. We're guessing that's how this spot for Vilara is supposed to encourage people to go there. Apparently Vilara is super-awesome because chavs (a slang term for working-class uneducated folk, according to handy Wikipedia) don't know where it is. And the website notes places only get It status when they're virtually unheard-of.

So why advertise for it? Who are they talking to exactly? Won't this in fact make chavs aware? Does that mean they stop being chavs? And what TV-watching demo will actually be relieved that the topless kissing chicks featured in the ad won't be at this dream spot?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Television



Kasey Kahne Bends Over for Allstate

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Until the arrival of Danica we didn't think of racing as much of a hottie sport. But these new Allstate spots with Evernham Motorsports' Kasey Kahne might just change our minds.

Set to air during the Daytona 500, the ads continue a campaign from last year and feature yummy Kasey getting repeatedly eye-raped by women from Allstate's Girls Day Out campaign. Watch him get bullhorn-frisked, and here's a spot where he tries driving away before damage is done.

In case you're wondering, the spots are for Allstate's Accident Forgiveness and Your Choice Auto Insurance packages. Unfortunately for us the Kasey package isn't one of the plans you can add to your policy, but that's okay, because he'd probably cause more accidents than prevent them.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Television



Dump Your Smary Business Partner With IHateMyPartner.com

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Who knew there were companies created specifically to assist you if you find yourself in a position of irreconcilable differences with your business partner and the shotgun clause gets invoked? Well, thanks to Dentsu Canada, we know know of at least one: Argosy's Shotgun Fund. Since our friend over at Dentsu did such an eloquent job describing the work to us, we're going to let him do for you here.

Dentsu's Glen Hunt tells us, "OK. So you're a creative partner in a business, say, an Ad Agency. You've got a partner, say, a suit. He thinks it might be a good idea to churn out crap for your biggest paying client and resign all the other businesses that landed you a Clio, 2 lions and a couple of pencils last year. What to do? Invoke the Shotgun Clause in your partnership agreement, buy that smarmy prick out and send him back to his Mom and Dad where he developed small man syndrome in the first place.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Online, Video



Audi Logo Found In Chevy Ad

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Adrants reader Marcos Rozen, editor of the Brazilian AutoData, sent us this scan of a Chevrolet ad that appeared on page two of the February 5 issue of Automotive News. In the upper right hand corner of the ad, interlocking metal rings are hanging from a fence. One has to wonder how an ad with imagery so similar to a competitor's logo can make it through the lengthy approval process without being caught. We're thinking someone caught some serious shit for this and furious calls were made to Automotive News asking the magazine to yank the ad. At least we hope so. It'd be sad to think any brand would allow this to happen.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Strange, Worst







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