Please, Housewives, No Diving in the Fountain of Youth


For Johnson & Johnson's Aveeno label, Ogilvy commissioned a street artist to create a three-dimensional "fountain of youth" with chalk on pavement.

See a sped-up video of how the drawing was made. It's sorta like watching a Bob Ross segment, except too fast for you to follow and there aren't any "happy trees."

Of late, Ogilvy's totally stuck on this street art thing. See what it did for IBM and Tom of Finland. If it keeps this up, subversive street punks might actually go back to using Sharpies and aerosol paint.

It'll be like the '80s again.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Trends and Culture, Video

'No Stank You' Reminds You: Smoking is So. Not. Trendy.


WONGDOODY brings retro effects and electonica beats to No Stank You, a fervently trendy effort to keep teens in Washington from smoking.

A dance-off sets the stage for the first spot. Each team consists of a person and a disembodied set of lungs. One set's healthy; the other looks like the tattered black pieces of a deflated life vest.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Television

Play Wallet World! Oh Wait, Don't. You Don't Live in the Right State


This is pretty stupid. No, it's idiotic. OK, not really. Every once in a while , an advertiser sends in a game that, in some way, is supposed to help it sell more shit. So, today, comes the game Wallet World, created by Doner for PNC bank. It's got all the usual goofy visuals and, like many games, always asks for some sort of information before you can play. Wallet World ask you to choose the state in which you live.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Games, Worst

Pabbit Promotes, Corbis Matches, Kids Cross, Shawn Pops


- So how do you promote a Philadelphia bar called Pub and Kitchen? You invent a mythical animal called Pabbit and make it your new logo. Red Tettemer created.

- Corbis has a new game out, The Modern Family Goes on Vacation, which combines matching images and taking a quiz.

- Like helping kids cross the street? Well then you'll love this game from Kwik-Fit Insurance. And there's lollipos too!

- Shawn Johnson's taco pops. Ooops, that could be messy. And wrong. Especially when it's a 16 year old girl saying it in an ad on national television while its twisted, in-the-know, creators laugh their asses off each time it airs.

- Second quarter spending fell 3.7 percent in Q2 2008 as compared to Q2 2007, the biggest drop since 2001.

- Wieden + Kennedy has dumped Starbucks citing client micromanagement as the reason. Client micromanagement? Nah, that never, EVAR happens.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Games, Poster, Racy

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Illustrating the unique power of the comma to drastically change the meaning of a given phrase and to call attention to the Brazilian Press Association and its mission to insure freedom of speech, this video offers several examples of what happens when a comma is removed.

The ad was created by Africa in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good

Because Politics Can Get Dirty, So Can Las Vegas


OK. Having recently been in Las Vegas, this new campaign caught my eye and made me laugh knowingly at its wit and complete lack of attempting to make the city appear to be anything other than what it truly is: Disney for grownups.

Latching on to the Presidential election, the press release asks, "Tired of all the 2008 presidential election hype? The nastiness and innuendo? The half-truths and naked lies?" And answers, "We're not either. We're good with naked. And in Las Vegas, our 'polls' tend to have half-dressed women hanging from them." Not sugar coated at all and that's to be appreciated.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Political

Flight Theme Adds Relatability to 'Human Network Effect'


You've probably seen ads for Cisco's "The Human Network" campaign, which tries making the possibilities of Web 2.0 seem accessible to ordinary business people. (What, there are still execs out there that don't video-conference?)

Phase two of the effort uses the banality of airline travel to demonstrate how the so-called "human network" makes it unnecessary to leap time zones for work. In "The Save More Travel Less Effect," an array of business people perform the airline safety procedure you hear every time you get on a plane. They do a nice job of seeming alternately bored, frustrated or severe.

In this spot, a deserted baggage belt rotates slowly as the frustrations of travel flash across the screen: jetlag, wake-up calls, expense reports, lost luggage, etc. As the words go by faster, the music picks up: this is a life you can leave behind!, the ad seems to shout. Three cheers for the human network!

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Trends and Culture

IBM Battles Carbon with Removable Street Art


Of late, IBM's been trying to loosen its tie and go a little green. Its efforts so far have been earnest but self-conscious: potentially exciting work dampened by risk-aversion.

For its "Fight Carbon" campaign, IBM gets down with the street artists -- "vandalizing" public areas, then removing its work and leaving those spaces cleaner than when they left them.

In its younger years, IBM was clearly not the rebel in the 'hood.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Strange, Video

Bed Head and Bullsh*t Do Not a Cewebrity Make


JC Penney's Crue Boarding is giving away rebates for the full purchasing price when you send them an e-receipt and a shot of you wearing their gear.

To infiltrate its target market -- "full time slackers" into "surfing beer music classy girls" -- Penney's invented Samthebrodude, a fake video blogger who does jack besides post vlogs about this promotion.

Sam's videos are short and the lighting terrible, harking back to a time (pre-dating Lonelygirl15) when those characteristics might have suggested authenticity. Beyond that, he's too much like a character invented out of intensive MySpace research.

Plus, he joined YouTube three weeks ago and has uploaded seven videos -- five of which are all about Crue Boarding's promotion.

See him clutch a guitar, just for show, and flash his rebate check. As if you care.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video

Vegas, New York, Friends Bring Good Times

So I just returned from a week-long, back to back conference trip where I re-connected with current friends and made lots of new ones. Personally, I love traveling to conferences. Sure, it puts a huge dent in daily productivity but what you glean from the experience, what you learn while you are there and the new connections you make with people far out weight staying home and going through yet another day of the same old thing no matter how much you love your job.

In Las Vegas at Blogworld, a conference which explores blogging and its role in just about everything, I was lucky enough to have wandered over to the conference a day early where there was a sort of pre-conference occurring. At the conference, Wine Library's Gary Vaynerchuk, who I'd seen once before in Boston, was giving a keynote about how, as a blogger, one can carve out a niche and work their way towards becoming the expert in that niche. It was very motivational talk, filled with Gary's trademark excitement. It was informative and gave me more than a few ideas I could put in motion to improve my own situation.

Wherever I was - at the conference, at the Techset party, at the Affiliate Summit dinner, at the Prive party, at Mirage's Revolution, in the exhibit hall, at a Planet Hollywood dinner, hanging by the Maker's Mark bus during the exhibit hall party or during the insane last night during which 23 of us just sort of moved from one place to another in the MGM Grand - I just kept seeing and meeting more and more people I knew or came to know.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Industry Events

White Collar Rapper Relieves Tide of Creative Expenses


Encouraged -- but apparently not inspired -- by the success of its talking stain Super Bowl spot, Tide to Go solicited users for their own talking stain ads earlier this year.

YouTube's emceemiko won that contest. His spot -- where a rapping stain mocks an interview candidate -- appeared during the Desperate Housewives premier. The low-budget feel made it instantly recognizable as CGM, but the rap was surprisingly good -- even relatable! -- so I guess sometimes it pays to ask Main Street to do Mad Ave's job.

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