Via Brandflakes For Breakfast and Consumerist comes tales of possible Photoshop shoppery with the Banzai pool. So what to do when The Man screws you? Blog it of course and hope for a social media bump in your Twitter account and a rsponse from the company. (Video below.)
This is history kids, honest to goodness advertising history. A Mad Men returns, with tie! You have to love an interview with triumphant horns between segments. Check it out below.
White Castle celebrates 88th birthday with .88¢ double cheeseburger and possibly the 88th most boring spot of all time written about here in the 88th most boring blog post ever written. Or maybe you like Game Shows? Watch at your own risk after the jump. Like one-hour old burgers, you have been warmed.
- Need a date? Mad Men need not apply.
- KFC wants you to Go f... fry yourself.
- More real fake designer bag bargains.
- Naked Netflix.
Radio spots for beer, strike that, radio spots in general, suck. You can count the number of great campaigns on one hand. I'd even go as far as to say that the level of suckitude on radio is disproportionately suckier than it is for TV. That said, there's something intriguing about these new radio spots for Narragansett beer. They remixed their old radio spots from the 1950s and infused them with a modern trance-dub vibe. you can check out all the spots here from Quaker City Mercantile (formerly Gyro Worldwide).
Face it, you're not watching to the video experiment below for Calvin Harris' new single Ready For The Weekend if it doesn't have those two things going for it. Part one: Mr. Humanthesizer used special conductive green ink to connect with 34 sound pads on the floor, each one corresponding to the various instruments used in the song. After his long explanation is when the video gets interesting in part two: Add hot chicks dancing and slapping in rhythm to actually perform the song. Insert vocalist and there ya go, 2:55 minutes of your life gone.
Look, I'm doing this because I know Steve would want me to. WE COVER IT ALL HERE. What do you do to lift a sagging campaign? CLEAVAGE TRANSIT POSTERS AND BUS SHELTERS. Okay, maybe there's no bus shelters, but a new poster for the upcoming general election in Germany features German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and Vera Lengsfeld along with the words "We have more to offer." Hmm, I bet. Wonder what possible American politicians could do this. Hillary & Ted Kennedy? I KID.
YOU COULD WORK AT... (insert dream shop). So it's come to begging. Forget Twitter RFPs, stand back and watch as thousands compete for just four paid 30-day long creative gigs at major agencies. Just have your resume and portfolio ready along with a YouTube clip (below). Oh, and the clip has to be you humiliating yourself in public saying the words "I deserve a Big Ad Gig."
Their logic: "Whether you choose The Mall of America or your local petting zoo, the important thing is to make your declaration loudly and proudly to the general public: since they're going to be the ultimate judges of everything you create in Advertising, it's only fair that they be the first group to evaluate your work." (Because the public is always right there with you at 1:00 am when you're coming up with concepts.)
Ennnnyway, the winners of Apprentice Knockoff 2 will be announced Sept. 24th during next month's Ad Week 2009. For more details, check out the rules here.
I swear AdRants gets the best PR releases. An earlier one from today was probably the best so far: ELTON JOHN MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE ON NEW ALICE IN CHAINS ALBUM. Yes, PR people are still screaming at me in all caps. But better than Elton covering Would? is Gary Coleman, french fries and Facebook. It's either the lowest point in pop culture or a watershed moment as William Shatner appears to have passed the baton of shame down to the next generation. Canadian french fry chain New York Fries and agency zig out of Chicaga has enlisted my hero for its 25 year anniversary. Before you go "Fries in a cup, what the fu...?," trust a half-Canuck: We love fries in a cup--and we put vinegar on everything. Coupled with Gary predicting your Fry Cup Fortune on Facebook for a coupon, what's not to love!
Here's to you Mr. Coleman.
I'll get to the actual spot in a sec, (viewable after the jump), but I really don't know how any cable provider can lay claim to either faster and/or lag-free performance these days. Having used everything from Dish to DirectTV to the majority of cable providers, I don't think any of them have it right yet. At some point, there's almost always an interruption of service.
As for the spot, it's high-energy, looks slick and all that. But that's the problem with most brands like Time Warner trying to own a value prop that, oh by the way, the rest of the universe is also trying to own. What else can you do but make a kick-ass spot? Using Oakley's amazing HD RED camera, they've recreated a nice video game scenario, although the press release claims the two 20-something players are teens. Whatevuh. Point is, as creatives, there's only so much you can with a generic brand positioning that doesn't give you much to work with.