Nine West Does 'Project Runway' For Shoes


Oh look! It's another branded MySpace page! Oh wait, didn't I just write that a few days ago? Yea, I did. Or maybe it was Facebook. Whatever. Anyway, here's a MySpace page that, THANK GOD, doesn't look like a MySpace page. It's for Nine West and Footwear News' Shoestar and there's actually some decent content on it. That's because an agency that knows its shit created it.

Hate it. Love it. You've got to admit it's well put together. It's like Project Runway for shoes.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    

BBH Art Director Leaves. Steals Stuff. Films It. Sends Vid to Agency


BBH Art Director Andy Tider writes, "This week I decided to leave my position as an Art Director at BBH New York. This being BBH though, I couldn't just go out with a "goodbye letter". So I spent my last night as a BBH employee stealing everything that wasn't nailed down. On video. Then I sent it to the entire company. Our chairman, Steve Hearty called it "extraordinary". In fact, BBH people couldn't seem to get enough of the video. I guess I was just expressing what everyone wished they could do."

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by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video

Because We All Need a Little Gay in Our Day


If you love Daily Candy but can't get it to jive with your Y chromosome, maybe it's time to subscribe to Gay List Daily.

The email list is "dedicated to making the trendy, gay individual even more trendy and gay." Now serving the nation -- but mainly Dallas, LA, Chicago and Atlanta. (Did we mention they're dying for advertising?!)

To get cozy with our slightly gayer side -- but mainly to find more new stuff to make fun of -- we registered for the email list today. The "thank you!" page graced our eager eyes with a pink cowboy (and oh, how we squealed!). It was almost too sassy to stand.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online

Media Optimization Has Trumped Creative Optimization


It seems we've taken a step backwards when it comes to online creativity. Not so much in terms of its excellence, rather its importance as a factor in online marketing. Certainly technology has made possible a vast array of online advertising units which provide advertisers and publishers the ability to tailor programs to marketers' needs. But what happened to taking advantage of online media's flexibility as it relates to creativity?

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by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Tools

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Gorgeous Hair Comes with Responsibilities. Yeah, Well, So Does Branding.


Watch some catty females try outdoing each other with violent voluminous hair-flips.

Cheesy as hell, but in a way that could have sparked many a feel-good spoof. (You know, like the Herbal Essences ads.)

Produced by Identity for JWT, NY and Sunsilk, the ad aired last year and was followed by that horrific diva thing we hate so much. Too bad. It could have been the beginning of a beautiful gimmick.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television, Video

Energy Drink Has Nice Cans


Ha, ha, ha. So funny. So witty. So done 6 billion times before. But hey, when there's nice cans involved, you're pretty much guaranteed coverage on Adrants. It's actually a pillar of our mission statement and we kind of have to follow that or else we'd be adrift with editorial irrelevance, right?

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor

Paramount Dives, LL Bean Hunts, Pantene Strengthens


- Stoltz Marketing Group created some interesting dimensional outdoor boards for Idaho home builder Paramount.

- L.L. Bean is on the hunt for a new ad agency. Modernista, Cramer-Krasselt, GSD&M, Cutwater and McKinney are after the $30 million account.

- StrawberryFrog defines social media and how the agency approaches the "medium."

- George Parker is amused over another DraftFCB fuck up.

- Pantene makes your hair so strong it'll break your brush and curling iron. Is that really a good thing?

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Outdoor

Because Wouldn't It Be Awesome if Alkies Had a Holiday?


One more reason to join AdGabber: Hearing about Proposition 3-17, Guinness' (childish?) attempt to turn alkie shenanigans into a legit holiday, well before St. Patrick's Day.

Failing that, you could always hit your nearest college town and go hashing every week.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online

In Case Your Inner Perv Craves Inspiration


Here's some randy creative for Hot Video by CLM BBDO, Paris. The piece at left reads "Don't worry, both candidates get the secretary job." Wallpaper-style background shares what-all went on between the lines.

Other statements that soothe in more ways than one:

o "In case you were wondering, the pool boy really cleans out the pool."
o "Yes, the plumber does fix the leaking pipe."
o "Just so you know, the girl next door does get the sugar she came for."
o "Eventually, the pizza delivery guy realizes none of the girls ordered a pizza."

The premise of the campaign is to tell you what happens at the end of Hot Video's porn-tastical videos, because they're all (tagline!) so good you won't get to the end.

Now that the dignity of every service worker you know has been ravaged, feel free (or not) to visit Hot Video. The site's totally SFW and far tamer than the advertising, if only because it makes no sense visually or otherwise.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Online, Poster, Racy, Strange

Italian Mafia Meets New York Pizza in Holland


What do you get when you mix a New York-style pizza Holland...with the Italian mafia? Three very funny commercials for a place called New York Pizza. Watch as a mountain of blow turns out to be a really bad pizza dough ingredient. Also: Pizza sauce that's a result of a beating, and a pizza delivery boy who's offered protection.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Good

Men Lost in Hairy Jungle Saved by Miss Epil


Our first reaction after viewing these three new ads by Lowe Strateus for Miss Epil was "what the hell is that guy doing stuck in the jungle?" Then, we looked closer. We smiled. We giggled. We reminisced about similar experiences. Then, we said, "brilliant." With smartly crafted visuals, a product shot and a call to action-style tagline, these ads cut a clear path to simplicity of message. See all the ads here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine

Nip/Tuck Facebook Application Calculates Attractiveness


Is there anyone out there that still actually likes Facebook applications? Oh, sorry, from the looks of my inbox, there is no shortage of application fanatics out there hyping and adding apps. Well, here's another. A branded one created by UK agency Ralph to promote Nip/Tuck on FX in the UK.

Celebrating vapid vanity akin to the show itself, the application lets people highlight key areas on an image of their face and have their attractiveness calculated which can then be compared to others using the app. Oooo...we can just see the friendships this one's gonna break.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Social

Disney Sponsors Boobs and Blowjobs


Whomever is responsible for buying Disney's online media is - or soon will be - getting an irate phone call from Mickey. Again.

Last Fall, some contextually placed Disney ads appeared in a webcam video of "Andrea" fondling her breasts. Now, a series of banner ads are appearing on celebu-porn site Egotastic next to Keeley Hazell covering her breasts, images from a Kristen Davis "sex tape," images from a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, Denise Richards displaying her crotch and more. Screenshots are here. No nudity per se but possibly NSFW.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Racy, Weblogs

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