Even Adrants Thinks This Campaign is Gratuitous

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Huh? Did we just write that headline? Are we now going to launch into how the use of sexual imagery is gratuitous, after having defended it (sort of) for years? Yes we are. Why? Not becasue sexual imagery is a bad thing. No. Not at all. But because this particular campaign leaves one with a giant, "You're selling what to who?" disconnect.

Copyranter found a New Zealand-based campaign for Widex hearing aids which employs "a naked hussy and a tattooed, tasseled tranny (I think)." Yea. Seriously.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Racy



AT&T Slammed in Spoof Spot

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AT&T is dreading the day its iron-clad, exclusive contract with Apple expires allowing Verizon to carry the phone thereby causing million upon millions of iPhone owners (yes, they'll likely need a new phone) to switch from ATT&T to Verizon all on the same day.

This spoof spot by Pat Lee gleefully craps on AT&T for it's terrible service, dropped calls and general crappiness. Sadly, it's unlikely ATT&T will be able to get its shit together before Verizon steps in causing, perhaps, one of the biggest cell service defection rates of all time.

If only Verizon would just buy AT&T then we could all stop worrying about this crap and go back to using our phones instead of bitching about them.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Spoofs



When the Payoff Doesn't Live Up to the Build Up

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So we're watching this commercial and thinking, 'Hey, this is pretty cool. It's got to be for some really great, kick, ass new product." After all, who'd go to the trouble of filming and producing a Chinese Olympic closing ceremony-style extravaganza if all they were selling were rooftop solar panels.

Uh. Oops.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Good



Zappos Orgasms, Mr. Six Back, Bono Double Dips

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- A little overexcited Zappos fun courtesy of Meg Ryan.

- If you care, Spike would like us to know who the top ten ugliest rappers are.

- smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto tells us about Blair, a newsletter with "strong insights for design studios on how to avoid begging for work."

- Six Flags' Mr. Six is back and we love him. Oddly, some don't.

- Check out Buffalo Wild Wing's new Night Hunger Monsterizer.

- Bono is a co-founder of Elevation Partners which put $435 million into Palm. He also shills as pitchman for RIM's Blackberry. Hmm. Conflict of interest?

- CustomAdArt lets advertisers post jobs on the site detailing the image they want and how much they will pay for that image. Photographers then compete to create the best image. Have at it, people.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Racy



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Ducks Gone Wild on Beancast

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Bob Knorp's Beancast always pulls together and interesting group of people. On this week's episode were Angela Natividad (yes THAT Angela), George Parker from Adscam and Greg Verdino from Crayon. No sooner had the three got on the phone with Bob before Angela and George managed to devolve the pre-podcast call into a discussion of rapist ducks, the SEO value of Paris Hilton and obscene activities performed on plastic ducks.

The rest of the show is just as great. All kinds of great commentary on Amazon buying Zappos, Target as taste maker, Walmart bludgeoning suppliers for more ad dollars and Twitter ability to generate $48 million worth of media coverage for itself without lifting a finger.

And in classic form, George talks about getting drunk no less than three times in the first 15 minutes.

And poor Bob. The editing must have been pretty difficult editing out all the times George cursed. Oops, you missed one, Bob.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Podcast, Social









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