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Richard Does Resumes, Cadbury Goes Gold, Vagina's OK's

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- It's OK to put a giant vagina on top of a building. But a simple statement criticizing an insurance company? Not in LA.

- Wanna know how to create a great resume? Resume Richard is here to help.

- Something about Cadbury. Something about WispaGold. We have no idea but it's all here if you're really that interested.

- Art Directors Club-Nissan Student Cube competition. Playing off ADC's prestigious Cube award, students will be asked to respond to a creative brief for the new Nissan Cube, a stylish car targeted at the 18-24 year old market. Participants will develop a creative campaign, and be eligible for a $2,500 ADC scholarship and and ADC Gold, Silver or Bronze Cube awards. Judging will be done by a five-person jury made up of executives from Nissan North America and TBWA\Chiat\Day, the car company's ad agency.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Online, Outdoor



Anticipation Leads to.....Large Yawn

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This is one of those commercials which shows such promise. The way the music begins. The way the first scene sets itself. The feeling it creates as you first experience it. All things seem to point toward a thing of beauty.

And then...all we see is a bunch of letters floating up into the sky, the music repeat itself over and over and over again. And the camera hand on the same scene for an excruciatingly long time. Until the scene fades to black with no closing information.

And the whole thing's a promo for a "viral" company anyway so we really needn't work ourselves up over it like it's some sort of Super Bowl wannabe.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



IKEA Doesn't Just Make Furniture. They Do Make Overs Too

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OK so if you're bored with your life and you want a change, we think IKEA can help. At least that's the case in this commercial during which a man returns home from work, goes to turn on the TV and realizes it's not there anymore. Well, it is but it's behind a set of doors. And that's not the only thing that's changed in his house. In fact the entire place in different. IKEA has totally taking over the place. Everything's different. Everything's changed.

But it's not only the furniture that has changed...

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Ad Hypes American Football. We Think.

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This new ad from McCann Erikson Duddeldorf for the Dusseldorf Panthers borders on gross but hey, it's advertising and we like things that are different. And this is different. We're not quite sure how it actually promotes football...uh American football...as in NOT soccer...which...is actually called football in Germany.

Confused? We were too for a minute. OK so the ball in the guys arm is clearly not round which is the point the ad tries to make. As in American football...not European football...as in NOT soccer...as in the game where grown men collide with each other on purpose in order to move a ball down the field.

Oh that's so Neanderthal compared to the ever so graceful soccer...uh football. Oops, that would be American soccer. Wait, what? Football? Soccer/ We are so confused.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Advertising Week's Battle of the Ad Bands to Deliver More 'More F'ing Cowbell'

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If you'll be in New York for Advertising Week September 21 - 25, you absolutely positively have to go to the YouTube Battle of the Ad Bands. Along with YouTube, it's presented by Electronic Arts, the Association of Music Producers and Sonny/ATV Music Publishinbg. Last year, it so totally rocked! There were some amazing performances.

McCann Erikson's More Fucking Cowbell (who will compete again this year) won the competition last year. In full 80's heavy metal, big hair regalia, along with two female dancers, the band absolutely owned the crowd and the judges. Who will win this year? You'll just have to go to find out.

Click More below for a full list of this year's competing brands.

more »

by Steve Hall    Sep-10-09    
Topic: Industry Events



Doritos to Buy Its Way Onto USA Today's Pointless Ad Meter

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With the idiotic goal of getting three spots in the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter, Doritos will air three consumer-created commercials in the Super Bowl this year. And they've upped the prize from $1 million to $5 million.

Last year's winners, Joe and dave Herbert will be on hand for the unveiling today on Madison Avenue which has, ith the city's permission, been dubbed Doritos Drive as well as Madison Avenue.

Yea, way to hype a survey that means absolutely nothing.

by Steve Hall    Sep-10-09    
Topic: Super Bowl 2010



Is Pamela Anderson Still Hot? PETA Thinks So

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So in yet another semi-nudity-fueled, celebrity-filled racy outing, PETA's (it's UK division) got Pamela Anderson and Steve-O in a new commercial (video, really) hyping the cause groups anti-everything stance regarding animals and whether or not any part of them should be considered wearable.

Pamela Anderson plays airport security cop arresting all who inappropriately wear animal on their back. And of course all Anderson's wearing is a cop shirt buttoned once and hot pants. Sweet. So that's it. Watch here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-10-09    




Halo Rocks, Bruno Blocked, Crispin Aided, Bull Balled

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- Halo 3 gets its Orbital Drop on in a new trailer that's as realistic as any action flick you'll see on the screen. And, Halo 3 fans may actually get to see a movie version of their favorite game in 2012.

- Bruno ads don't get the love in Hong Kong. An outdoor company has refused to put the ads up.

- We like the guy but this is just weird. Very weird. Very very weird. All to...promote a book.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-09    
Topic: Agencies, Consumer Created, Sponsorship



Coinstar Does...JCPenney?

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This commercial's redeeming qualities? Women in short dresses wearing high heels. A catchy tune that alludes to something other than what the commercial's actually selling. Nice legs. Nice graphics. Gymnastics. And lots of coinage.

What's it for? Apparently there's a really big need for a vending machine that will convert your spare change into paper money. We thought banks did that. Oh right. Who wants to deal with a bitchy teller when you can deal with an emotionless machine?

Yea. That's it. It all makes sense now. Except the whole thing still looks like a JCPenney commercial.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary



Newsflash! Brands Still Making Virals!

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Yawn. Sorry. We just can't help it. Viral. Viral Viral. It just makes us wish the word never existed. Well, at least for describing advertising efforts otherwise known as videos. Yes, people, videos. They are, after all, just videos. THEY AREN"T VIRAL UNTIL A SHIT TON OF PEOPLE VIEW THEM!

OK, sorry, we tend to off on that one.

Anyway, Audi's out with a collection of new VIDEOS (oops, sorry) that depict freakty electrical happenings like a lawnmower gone crazy, static electricity that sends a kid across the room and a lightning storm that attack Frankfurt.

All to promote a new car. Yea. A new car. Makes one long for those boring winding mountain road commercials that just, well, show the car. Which is, after all, what everyone wants to see in the first place.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video, Viral



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