We love a good throwback ad. To get a feel for how the past can put everyday brands in perspective, we give you "Love Quiz" ("...for married folks only!"), from the days when Lysol was -- wait for it! -- a douche.
But this post is about current products that have been given a dated spin, courtesy of Worth 1000 (thanks, Dario!). Take a guess on what product is behind:
o The color TV-compatible joy machine
o That envy-stirring Hollandaise easy-rider
o Sassy and scandalous women's outtakes -- with wonderful Cole Porter songs!
o How video games benefit your children
Check out this trio of ads by BLATTNER BRUNNER, Atlanta for Appalachian Stove Co. Campaign name: "Hot and Crusty."
The fact sheet reads, "Concept: Clean burning stoves for people who pretty much don't care. Market: Southeastern US, especially highlands."
You won't absorb the full awesome-osity of that sparing description (and choice of geography) until you see the creative. The one at left says, "A roaring fire. A bottle of wine. A barn full of sheep." (Dude ... ew. But also, HA!)
Text is followed by a solitary image of an old-school stove and the brand name.
For its latest site redesign, Modernista tossed caution to the winds. It did away with elaborate imagery, hype-laced content and the notion of using a website at all.
Now, users that run a search for Modernista -- and that click on the link to Modernista.com -- will be redirected to the search engine they used. In the upper left-hand corner they'll find a funky red nav bar. (Look past the bizarre 'net-speak and spelling; it is so Web 2.0.)
And boy does she need it. (Janice Dickinson fills us with dangerous emotions, mostly of rage and quiet angst.)
The ad was put together by BBDO and presented to us by an agency guy who finds the Orbit Gum campaign un-funny. Don't worry, man. We do too.
Attending Advertising Age's Digital Marketing Conference, Steve Rubel reports attendee sentiment regarding "management" of social media, tweets, "Where should social media lie? Audience poll: 53% in marketing, 5% say in PR, 9% say customer service and 33% say some new division."
So this is what what it takes now to sell milk. Yup. Goofy videos that are knock offs of other goofy videos (movies? bands?). For Got Milk, Goodby Silverstein & Partners offers up One Gallon Axe, a rock band video that, well, you just have to watch it to truly appreciate its weirdly odd goodness.
Courtesy of law firm Hanson Bridgett, here's another contender for the WTF award. In the video, we've got four musicians (lawyers?) dressed in Lederhosen playing a tune as they walk to the Hanson Bridgett offices. That's it. Nothing else happens in this video save the appearance of what looks to be Apprentice bitch Omarosa towards the end.
If you're a fan of monotonously boring winding mountain road car commercials, you're gonna love this video of a new boat called the XSR48. It's described thusly: "The XSR48 combines the DNA and high performance of a supercar with superyacht detailing to create the world's first true Superboat." Whatever.
Like we said yesterday, if you're not at Advertising Age's Digital Marketing Conference, you can get tidbits of it here following David Armano's Twitter feed. Right now (9:45AM) Donny Deutsch is interviewing Jeff Zucker. Some tidbits:
Well it's about time. The Lynx/Axe babes are back, this time from Australia in the form of the Lynx Anti-Soap Squad or LASS. Witty. As with all Lynx/Axe efforts, the work panders to the typical high school kid who thinks about sex 24/7...in other words, the entire male race. Framed like a COPS episode, two Lynx girls, dressed in police uniforms you wish actual police officers (female ones, that is) wore all the time prowl for guys who use regular bar soap as if it were a crime.