If You Don't Like an Ad, Call Your Lawyer. It's the American Way


Oh for fuck's sake. Get over yourselves! You want to sue because a marketer pokes fun at your business? Can we just kill all the lawyers now? Or, rather, the stupid laws that enable them to file lawsuits for the most ridiculous reasons?

OK, so no lawsuit has yet been filed but Rico Gerardo, owner of the San Francisco restaurant Taqueria, wants to talk to his lawyer because Comcast SportsNet has placed an as near his restaurant which reads, "I don't know where a good burrito is, but I know where the A's are"

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Strange, Worst

Salacious Nudity the Obvious Choice to Market Liquor


This Cabana Cachaca campaign with shots of a naked woman juxtaposed with a liquor bottle has been covered everywhere. So why would Adrants cover it now? For the sake of completeness and journalistic integrity, of course. Oh, and to fulfill the required daily quota of hot, barely dressed woman who appear in advertising for no apparent reason. Enjoy

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Good, Racy, Strange

Pearle Vision Helps Mothers With Adoption


Well, damn! Who knew choosing an eyeglass retailer had anything to do with adoption? With nothing more than a black and white still over which the camera pans and the tagline, "we want you to see more," Arnold explains Pearle Vision is now the place to go if you're considering adoption.

To be fair, it's all part of Pearle's ongoing campaign as Arnold's Meredith Vellines explains, "The 'I have seen' campaign has been running since July 2007 and illustrates how Pearle Vision values the importance of sight and improves people's lives by helping them see the world better. All of the creative elements, including the television, are shot in black-and-white by famed fashion and art photographer, Donald Graham, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the International Center of Photography."

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

Screw Consumers and User-Generated Content! Win $25,000 Yourself


You'd think with $25,000 up for grabs and with industry creatives having a "leg up" on the competition, there'd be a flood of industry types entering Budget's Flip for Budget video contest. It's so simple. Easy money. Just whip up a concept explaining how to travel on a budget, grab the video camera, film the thing, submit it and cross your fingers for the $25,000.

Come on people! This is easy money! Screw all those non-industry types trying to cash in on the user-generated content craze when we ad people are the ones who are supposed to be making this stuff...and getting paid for it. Don't let consumers steal your job!

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Consumer Created, Promotions, Video

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Levi's Jeans Backflip Video Supports Viral Formula


Gawker's Nick Douglas has a nice round up of the recent Levi's guys-jump-into-jeans viral video that scored 1.5 million views in a few days and how very similar it is to the Ray Ban vid that got 3 million views last year. From camera angles to music to YouTube posters with no previous videos to the increasingly more elaborate version of the stunts, the time-tested viral video strategy is laid out.

And it's all true. If you think about it, there's a definitive style behind most successful viral videos. It's formulaic sort of like...oh...this thing called advertising. Who knew?

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Viral

Bidet Gives Enema, MSN Googles

- This Korean bidet commercial looks more like some freakish S&M high colonic fantasy than the toilet ad it is supposed to be.

- Love this! Coolspotters is a new site that tracks which products are used by which celebrities so you, too, can choose your cool.

- MSN Sync video review of $299 v-book laptop explains how Windows XP can be installed using a USB stick with instructions found on Google...oops...MSN Live Search.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Strange, Video

Creative Manager Pro Gets All Whatchamacallit Whosiwhatsit Workamajig-y


This has to be a joke. Seriously. Creative Manger Pro, the agency software package that helps manage the creative and billing process, has changed its name to - um yea...this makes a hell of a lot of sense - Workamajig. Why? Because...um...as VP Ron Ause says, "The old brand did not properly reflect the product and organization behind it. Our old brand was too straight laced and did not properly convey what we are all about."

So...it's a product to help creative professionals manage the creative process and Creative Manager Pro doesn't properly convey that?

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Tools, Worst

Conversations with People that Did Not Win One Show College Competition


Tonight was the awards ceremony for the One Show College Competition, for which schools nationwide turned in their top student portolios. See some here.

Doritos -- which in the last couple of years has devoted much of its promotional budget to lobbing cash at "creative" users (1, 2, 3) -- also solicited a campaign brief seeking "Doritos advertising that is iconic as Doritos."

The word "iconic" sparked interesting conversation after the show. Links to video below.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Industry Events, Promotions, Video

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