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Robinson's Juice Will Make You A Child Prodigy

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Damn! If we had Robinsons Juice in elementary school like the kids in the commercial do, we're quite sure we'd doing something a bit more accomplished and grand than writing an ad blog. OK, it is a pretty successful blog and a lot of people read it. It's got a well known brand name and people like to stop us at conferences and tell us how much they enjoy reading it. People send us stuff. We get to travel a lot and hang with a lot of cool people. And we get to be our own boss.

Yea, yea. So who needs Robinson's Juice Anyway

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Speed Nailed, Hamster Milked, CAPTCHA Monetized

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- If you drink and drive, speed or don't wear your seat belt in Tennessee, you will get nailed.

- And now we have hamster milking from KGB.

- It's like Annette Funicello. Except with lots of trash.

- MIT Advertising Lab wonders if the verification system CAPTCHA couldn't be used as an ad medium by showing paid brand names instead of made up words. Hey, why not?

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Cause



Where the Hell Is Matt Harding? In A New Book

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Remember the Where the Hell is Matt guy, Matt Harding? He was the guy that made goofy videos of himself doing a goofy dance in different places all over the world. The videos became a viral sensation and Stride gum eventually sponsored his videos.

The videos were heavily in the "feel good" category and simply by dancing with people in different countries all over the world, he made it seem like all the worlds problems could easily be erased if we all just danced with Matt.

Well, Matt's out with a book now that focuses on his travels, his videos, who he met on his travels and how the whole thing started.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Publishing



Can't Get Into a Club? Flash Some Weaver's Coffee

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Well this is pretty lame. And strange. And stupid. And weird. And oh...kind of funny too...in that retro disco, we're-trying-really-hard-to-be-lame-on-purpose sort of way. Yea, it's an ad for coffee. That alone makes it worthy of consideration.

The commercial, for Weaver's Coffee, is based on an old television show called Dance Party which, similar the American Bandstand, featured people dressed in silly 60's and 70's garb (well, it wasn't silly at the time since it was the 60's and 70's) dancing to silly (well, they weren't silly at the time because, well, they were new) disco songs.

The commercial's theme? It's like the Butabe brothers from Night at the Roxbury trying to get into a club. But somehow this guy makes it in because, well, he has really cool coffee. Or whatever.

Weaver's Coffee Founder John Weaver was even on the show. The commercial is running locally on KOFY.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Peter the Pedophilic Pilot Promotes airtran's Inflight Internet

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We love this Cramer-Krasselt-created airtran campaign AdFreak points to. Probably because we're old enough to remember the pre-Tom Cruise Mission Impossible television series which starred Peter Graves who, more recently, also starred in the Airplane! movies as a pedophilic pilot.

He's dead-pan perfect in a series of commercials touting the airline's gogo internet service which is now on all planes. Awesome. Too bad it's not free.

But the campiagn is funny. Check it out here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Zappos and Amazon Sittin' in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

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As Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wrote in a letter (below in full as well) to employees following the announcement Amazon would (from the press release) "acquire all of the outstanding shares and assume all outstanding options and warrants of Zappos in exchange for approximately 10 million shares of Amazon common stock, equal to approximately $807 million based on the average closing price for the 45 trading days ending July 17, 2009," it's really about the two companies sitting together in a tree like two lovebirds starting a relationship.

Yes, Amazon will now own the Las Vegas-based apparel and footwear retailer.

more »

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Brands



Mick Jagger's Daughter New Face of Hudson Jeans

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The LA-based denim brand Hudson Jeans has been infused with $30 million in capital from Fireman Capital Partners and has hired Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter, Geogia May Jagger to front the brand.

Hudson CEO Peter Kim said, "One of the key things the investment allows us to do is further the creative process. When Hudson was founded, the vision was to be the next great iconic brand. The investment brought us resources to take this business from where we are today to where we expect to be when we grow up."

The creation of the campaign was overseen by Lipman's David Lipman, a Hudson investor and partner at Fireman Capital. Mario Sorrenti photographed the campaign and styling was done by Camilla Nickerson.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Top Ten No Talent Headlines, Agency Pays Tribute to Jackson

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- Boys "play war" in Matchbox campiagn. One dad isn't too pleased with the inappropriateness of it all.

- The Red Bull promotional display box. Pretty sweet.

- The top ten crudest headlines that prove you're a no-talent hack.

_ Agency Cherry and Cake created a video tribute to Michael Jackson to the tune of Thriller. Yup. Leave it to an agency to ride a meme.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Agencies



Oops. David&Goliath Photo Shoot Messes With LAX Traffic Control

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Recently, 110 employees of El Segundo-based David&Goliath headed to the rooftop of their building to shoot an ad for their new Brave house ad campaign. All went well until three police cars appeared with officers telling the agency to shut down the shoot immediately.

It seems the multiple flashes and smoke effects were interfering with LAX air traffic control. The agency co-operated and shut down immediately. But not before getting enough shots to make this promotional ad for the agency.

Luckily, that head didn't come from one of the police officers.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Strange



If Paris Hilton Could Read She'd Buy One

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To promote a line of Connie Carman- created Couture Planet handbags and accessories made from recycled newspapers, a group of creatives, Keith Lane, Deborah Hines and Frank Rapp put together a series of posters that celebrate the demise of the newspaper poke fun at Prada and call attention to Paris Hilton's apparent lack of readings skills.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Poster



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