Pedigree Unleashes Animal Menagerie on Super Bowl

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It's the Super Bowl and...OMG...look! It's a commercial with animals in it! How novel. How groundbreaking. How paradigm shifting. How...oh wait...it's a Pedigree ad. Of course they have to have animals in it.

But a rhinoceros? An Ostrich? A wild bore? A water buffalo? Oh yes indeed. ANd there there for a reason; to show us how much better life is with a simple dog than with a rhino that demolishes your door, an ostrich that attacks the mail man, a wild bore that hogs the back seat and a water buffalo that can't play Frisbee.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



Join Adrants, AdFreak, AgencySpy, Others For Super Bowl Twitter-Fest

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Love the Super Bowl? Love Twitter? Have ADD? Perfect. During the Super Bowl (or anytime leading up to it and following), use the hashtag #superads09 when posting to Twitter and your tweet will be captured and categorized for all to see.

Along with AdFreak, Adland and AgencySpy, we will have a live Twitter feed (it will also be on the homepage during the game) that will display any tweet to which someone adds #superads09.

So if you've got something to say about Super Bowl advertising before the game, during the game or after the game, tweet away and make sure you don't forget to add #superads09.

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Social, Super Bowl 2009



Yo, Bitch! Obama Girl Steps Into iJustine's 'Hood

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You know her. You've seen her. We know her. We've seen her. And she loves us. Yea, that's right. See if you can get your own personalized video from Obama Girl aka Amber Lee Ettinger.

So anyway, Obama Girl and Barely Political creator Ben Relles, along with Next New Networks, have launched Barely Digital, a technology comedy site which will feature shows, product reviews, and comedy sketches, bringing satire to the world of technology.

Explaining things a bit further, Next Networks CEO Lance Podell said, "In 2008, Barely Political set records and won millions of fans by satirizing the media's infatuation with politics. It was clearly the breakout online video property of the year. With Barely Digital, we're taking the same creative talent and applying it to the tech scene, which like politics, is another huge focus area of pop culture and media that's ripe for parody. Barely Digital is our first new network to launch in 2009, and we believe it will quickly become a very popular source for tech humor and entertainment."

Obama Girl to take on tech? Uh oh. We think tech babe Justine Ezarik might have something to say about this. Who knows, maybe Justine will challenge Obama Girl to a hair-pulling video thrown down to kick Obama Girl's ass back to Washington .

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Online



Brand's Super Bowl Successes Revealed...Before Ads Are Seen

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As the organization has done seven years running, Brand Keys is out with their latest Super Bowl Engagement Survey, a study which predicts which brands are likely to see the highest returns on their Super Bowl advertising endeavors.

Conducted among 1,500 men and women ages 18 to 65 who said they will be watching the game, the study found Denny's, Hyundai and Budweiser are likely to see the greatest return.

Explaining the rationale behind the study, Brand Keys Founder and President said, "Day-after creative reviews are always interesting. There's a high 'Water Cooler Effect'. But advertisers should remember that 'buzz' comes in two frequencies: positive and negative. 'Wasn't that terrible?' and 'What were they trying to say?' were never phrases that appeared in the strategic or creative brief,"

Hmm.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2009



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Y & R Creative Director Makes Portfolio Review House Calls

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Apparently word isn't getting out that Y&R San Francisco is having a portfolio review night January 28th nor is anyone watching the several videos created to promote the event so they decided to send them to us. With the tagline, "Maybe we should meet at our place," the videos riff on the many embarrassing, inappropriate and awkward things that can happen at home.

From a pissed off boyfriend to an underwear wearing roommate to couch sex, all manner of awkwardness is endured by Y&R's creative director. The fact no creative director from any agency could be bothered to make a house call just to review a student portfolio apparently wasn't addressed in the concepting session for this campiagn

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Video



Top Ten Super Bowl Ads, Research Called Bullshit

-MSNBC has put together a list of the top ten Super Bowl ads of all time. There's the farting horse, the Bud-Wise-Er frogs, Coke's Balloons, Reebok's Terry Tate, Budweiser's Respect, Coke's Mean Joe Green and, yes, Apple's 1984.

- Fo Sho!

- Turner Chief Research Officer calls Forrester and Nielsen research bullshit.

by Steve Hall    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2009



MSFT: All Up in Everybody's Business, for Almost No Reason at All.

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Remember Clearification, that neurotic but sometimes-funny Vista effort featuring Demetri Martin? Microsoft revisits hipster animation and irreverent anecdota with a JWT-developed ad dubbed "Because it's everybody's business."

According to GM-Advertising Gayle Troberman at Microsoft, the "I'm a PC" campaign was about "creating a 'vibe'" to "define our brand for consumers," whereas this spot is all about "showing business people the real value they can achieve with technology."

Yeah, good luck with that. Quiksilver President/CEO Bob McKnight justifies the ad's papier mache-style surfer imagery with use of his voice; and while nothing he says is truly memorable, I recall him comparing tsunamis to business. Then some rolled-up dollar wads with sheep heads traipsed across my screen.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



'Kinda Sutra' Exploits Reproductive Trial-and-Error

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This isn't actually an ad, but oh, it's cute, and good testament to how our parents and friends can fuck us up before (and maybe after?) age five.

With help from Stardust Studios, director Jessica Yu of Nonfiction Unlimited produced "The Kinda Sutra" as an entry to Sundance's Documentary Shorts section. In it, a handful of brave adults admit how they were told babies were made.

"My mom taught me that when dad fell asleep, his seeds would float in the air and if one of them landed on mom, she would have a baby."

Classic.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Good, Online, Specialty, Trends and Culture, Video



Air France Plays the Sky's Seductress

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Few airlines can boast stripes different from those of any other, but Air France pimps its merits with shots that diverge from the typical relaxed business-classer gazing mildly out the window.

The copy's nothing to gawk at, a laundry list of amenities that include free Champagne in all classes, good food and big beds. But each piece is punctuated with the whimsical features of a woman, coyly guiding eyes to the Air France logo: it slips, for example out of the sharp point in her white patent leather stiletto heel, and glides like heather out of her disheveled cowlick as she naps in business class.

Slick. It lacks Virgin Atlantic's hot-whip sex appeal, but the low-key approach does Air France justice.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine









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