Bratz Towed Out by the Lips, $99 iPhones, Devil's Advocate, Lego Fashion


- Bratz could be yanked off shop shelves. A federal court ruled designer Carter Bryant guilty of developing the brand while working at Mattel. Well, there's one less plastic scapegoat in the world.

- Spitzer's back, bitches! -- as online columnist?!

- Rumor has it Wal-Mart'll be pushing $99 4-gig iPhones after Christmas. Huh.

- Todd Tilford -- who founded Pyro in Dallas -- joins Grey/NY as ECD.

- I feel epilepsy coming! This hallucinatory beverage experience brought to you by Omega 3 Smartfish and TBWA/Norway.

- "Cheese" + "Cupid" -- a hit on Google, if not for Wisconsin Cheese.

- Satan plays devil's advocate.

- Fashion a la Lego.

Ford, Motrin, Starbucks Separated at Birth?


Adrants reader Christina Mejia found three commercial which looks strikingly similar. The first is the famed Motrin ad. The other two come from Ford and Starbucks.

It certainly does look like there were similar creative thoughts floating around during the creation of these commercials. Watch and let us know what you think.


by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange

De Beers Exploits the Mistletoe Moment


Betty Everett once advised a shoop-happy generation that a man's true feelings lie in his kiss. That may be so. But if social media's taught us anything, it's that you are in no position to decide by yourself.

Thankfully there's De Beers, which gave us the chance to idly pass judgment on the kisses of many, many strangers. Does hubby love you? We'll decide.

For the last two weeks De Beers has been at a New York City Park, baiting apple-cheeked couples with a giant wreath of mistletoe. In exchange for a $5 donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, holiday romantics can leap beneath the wreath while 60 (count 'em, 60!) cameras immortalize the smooch from all 360 degrees.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Good, Guerilla

It's a Debeers Diamond Commercial. No Wait, It's An Eco-To-Go Ad


A bit ethereal and long winded in terms of getting to the actual message, this commercial for Eco-To-Go, urges us to consider the fact a plastic fork, which usually gets used once, takes 1,000 years to decompose.

It's part of an effort to get people to order take out "Eco-To Go" which means without all the plastic utensils and added packaging. It's also an effort to urge restaurants to use greener packaging.

Hey, here's an idea. Why don't people cook at home, eat with washable china plates and reusable metal forks. Or if we must order out, bring our own reusable containers to the restaurant when we pick up our orders. Yea, I know. That'll never happen.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange

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Newsflash! Budweiser Clydsdales to Save the Economy!


This just in. Anheuser-Busch Chief Creative Officer Bob Lachky has announced the Budweiser Clydesdales will save the economy by appearing in Super Bowl XLIII. Yes, Lachky says, The Clydesdales will "reinforce, in a positive way and especially at a time when the country is in trying times, that people are looking for relief. I think it will be a very welcome message to see more than one Clydesdale spot from an entertainment standpoint, but also from the standpoint that the Clydesdales are not going away and Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch are here."

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    

Make Way for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra


YouTube's seeking entries for the world's first collaborative online orchestra. Entrants chosen will contribute to a piece by composer Tan Dun. Still braver souls will be invited to Carnegie for a more formal project.

Submissions are welcome 'til January 28. No word on if the iPhone ocarina counts as an instrument, but I'm sure somebody's gonna give it a go.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Online

Tango Urges Public to 'Make the Can Fist'


British drink maker Tango is under threat but they aren't going down without a fight. They've launched a Save Tango campaign. From car jacking to underage labor to phone sex dancing Tango is screaming, "up yours manufacturers of smoothies and vitamin drinks, you will not squeeze Tango out of the market!"

Complete with a blog, videos, games, a Tangometer and even a petition to the Prime Minister, Tango isn't going to give up easily. Join the resistance. Make the Can Fist.

Created by BBH, the campaign has a good time poking fun at the "namby-pamby PC brigade," otherwise known as all those so-called "healthy" drinks that have become so prevalent.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video

Daddy Wants A Sound Strategic Business Platform For Christmas


Now here's the gift we'd all love to get from Santa. Well, that is if you work in marketing and you're looking for an ad agency that isn't all rosy promises and hot air. Of course, an agency that spews business babble as profusely in its Christmas card this year as Concerto does might not be the perfect solution either.

But Concerto gets points for ending the year with a "hard stop" and "synergistically" crafted "value add" messaging which "pushes the envelope."

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good

Come to Vegas in January For Affiliate Summit West


Affiliate marketing, a $14 billion industry according to Forrester Research, is about making money online. It's not about less tangible practices such as branding and engagement which, while valid marketing methods, offer more nebulous, less concrete results.

Affiliate marketing is to the car dealer as branding and engagement are to the car manufacturer. While not mutually exclusive, one focuses primary on moving product and the other focuses on building brand loyalty.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-08    
Topic: Industry Events

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