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Drummer Wilds Out on BBQ Grills, Leaves Us Wanting Saucy Ribs

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Draft FCB had its fist around the BullsEye BBQ Sauce account for awhile, and this is one of the concepts its creatives put together. We don't know if it actually made "legit" commercial status but we really don't care, considering we like it anyway.

Indie drummer Dave Suycott wilds out on a set of grills piled with steaming-hot meat. It reminded us of those Chili's babyback ribs ads from the '90s, because how often does anybody ever mix meat and music? It's a combination that needs more play.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good



Widgets Measured, Upfront Begins, eBay Yanks AdWords

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- Cynopsis reports ComScore will now begin measuring the reach of widgets, used more and more buy brands as a commercial platform.

- Cynopsis also reports the first major upfront deal has been struck between NBC and Group M. The deal is reported to be between $800 million and $1 billion and was based on live plus three ratings.

- There's a bit of a bitch fight going on between Google and eBaby over Google's courting of unhappy eBay merchants who Google would like to have as Google Checkout customers. In an apparent reaction to that, eBay has pulled all its AdWords advertising

- When NBC's Heroes returns this fall, Nissan will be all over the show like Syler on Hiro with increased product placement and exclusive sponsorship of the season opener.

- Ford Models has hooked up with MySpace for its International Model Search. MySpace will be home to the search for both aspiring models and those who just like to look.

- It seems the iPhone is too big for some over at Apple and they want to make it appear smaller in their ads.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Online, Social, Television



'Never Ending Story' Puts Nail in Winding Road Car Ad Coffin

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Damn you, AdFreak. We were all ready to get busy with work this morning and you go and point us to a new Renault commercial which, as well as having hotties in bikinis riding bikes, contains the theme song from the movie Never Ending Story, a movie we love and whose contagious music we can never get out of our head once we hear it. We might as well just throw in the keyboard, call it a day, go rent the movie and watch it over and over again for the rest of the day. Yes, we know, the movie and the song are totally bubble gum kid stuff but we loved them then and we love them now.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Reyka Vodka Delivers on Campaign Promise

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Back in April, we reviewed a new campaign from Iceland vodka maker Reyka Vodka. It was quirky. It was different. It was really good. And, as we wrote, the campaign was "oddly transfixing in a 'wow, this doesn't look like an alcohol ad' sort of way."

Upon receiving a sample of the product and, of course, drinking it, we are pleased to report the vodka itself is oddly transfixing in a "wow, this doesn't taste like your usual, everyday vodka" sort of way. Simply, it's really great stuff. It has a flavor but, as the ad campaign touted, it's distinctly vodka tasting as opposed to some of the high end vodkas that have been "smoothed" so much, they taste like nothing at all.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Opinion



Tonnage Not the Best Method of Message Delivery

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Kansas City agency Kelly Russell Advertising thinks it can do a better job telling a brand's story and this self-promotional video which closes with "Tell it well. Not just loud," gets the point across quite nicely.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Jack Daniels to Sponsor AMC's 'Mad Men'

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The folks over at Commercial Alert don't like the fact Jack Daniels has signed on as a major sponsor of AMC's upcoming series Mad Men which will display the brand and the product prominently in the show with a character getting drunk on the stuff at a bachelor party in the first episode. Drunk at a bachelor party? That never happens.

With Mad Men taking place in the sixties, the height of the three martini lunch, to us, it makes all the sense in the world for liquor sponsors to be all over this show and for the show's characters to, heaven forbid, get drunk once in a while. Remember, this was the era of pre-political correctness, pre-cause group, pre-well, everything. People had unfettered, guilt-free fun back then.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Cable, Opinion, Policy



Axe Turns Tables on Construction Worker Cat Calls

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While women might hate getting cat calls from construction workers, men, on the other hand, love any attention they can get and stench-maker Axe is taking advantage of this in a new Bom Chika Wah Wah promotion that has females dressed as construction workers cat calling men as they walk by. Ask A Copywriter was one of the unfortunate (fortunate?) to experience this ritualistic name calling and snapped a shot of the lovely cat callers who were dressed in denim shorts and stylized construction vest tops.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Opinion, Trends and Culture



Well Endowed Bikini Adjuster Can't Be Held

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Upon viewing this interrogation of a nicely endowed, bikini clad beauty who, after the interrogator leaves the room and tells her co-workers "guys, we don't have enough to hold her," adjusts her bikini top to, well, hold her better, we were ready for this to be something entirely different than the program promotion it turned out to be.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Television



Wipe Up A Mess, Win A Kitchen Makeover in Bounty One Sheet Challenge

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Bounty wants o make it really easy to win a kitchen makeover. With its One Sheet Challenge, all one has to do is use one of their paper towels to wipe up a dirty mess and share the dirty details of the cleanup in a 100 word write up. The best out of the first 50,000 submitted stories will receive a $30,000 kitchen makeover. There's also an $8,000 second place makeover and a third prize that provides a year's supply of Bounty towels.

This being the ad industry, we assume one of you is creative enough to come up with clean up story so compelling, the judges would have to, hands down, award you first place. So have at it.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Promotions



Agency.com's Eastman Leaves. No, Really. This Time It's True

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Seems we had the right idea in the first place. David Eastman is actually leaving the much-maligned Agency.com after all. It was said he would stay on as president of international operations but that seems to have lasted just two months with Eastman now leaving for good. He will take on the role Omnicom Zulu CEO. Someone should bolt that Agency.com door shut to save whoever's still there fist bumping in the hallways.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Agencies



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