Cheil Worldwide Aquires The Barbarian Group


South Korean holding company Chiel Worldwide has taken a majority stake in The Barbarian Group, the Boston-based digital shop first known for its work on Subservient Chicken and, most recently, its augmented reality issue of Esquire. The agency will move its headquarters to its New York Office and agency heads, CEO Benjamin Palmer, COO Rick Webb and Chief Experience Officer (please, guys) Keith Butters will remain in charge of the shop.

We love Barbarian Group. The agency began with $500 in Palmer's apartment in 2001 and has grown quickly to a digital powerhouse. It's nice to see the agency succeed and get acquired by an entity a bit more interesting than the usual American suspects. Congrats, guys.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Agencies

Dockers to Put Hair Back on Men's Chests, Halt Metrosexualism


Did you know testosterone levels in men dropped 1.2 percent per year, or about 17 percent overall between 1987 and 2004? Did you know nearly 80 percent of the net employment losses from November 2007 to April 2009 were incurred by men? Did you know 58.9 percent of all graduate students in fall 2008 were women?

Sounds pretty emaciating if you're a man doesn't it? Well Dockers, yes Dockers, wants to put an end to the decline of manly manliness with a new campaign that screams "Wear the Pants." Yes, the preppy standby wants to "put forth a new definition of masculinity, one that embraces strength and sensitivity and appeals to men who can change a tire AND a diaper." Hear that, metrosexuals? Turn in your skinny jeans right now!

With print, billboard, radio, social media, events and digital launching December 1, a new TV spot will air during the Super Bowl in February. Created by DraftFCB, the campaign will touch 40 countries worldwide.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns

AIDS is Such A Prick


In this unendorsed campaign for World AIDS Day, The Now Corporation's Owen Plotkin has chosen some real pricks to illustrate the fact AIDS is an equal opportunity killer and a lot of support is needed to fight the disease and help two million children in Africa who need assistance.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Cause

Baskin Robbins Goes for Cute Overload With Boys Like Girls Ad


Aw, how cute. And so rude! To pass up a a girl this cute just for an ice cream cone? But it all makes sense because it's a commercial and it features the group Boys Like Girls and their song Two is Better Than One. And two is definitely better than one when it comes to the Baskin Robbins Double Header Cone.

It's so sicky sweet It's like the old school Mentos Freshmaker and "you got chocolate in my peanut butter" Reeces commercials ran into one anotherl. Pile on the sap.

And any commercial in which the girl bites her lower lip is destined for Cute Overload status.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Commercials

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Chanel Women 'Move Like a Hot Knife Through A Man's World'


Writing "Part ad, part supplementary miniseries, the work celebrates the contemporary woman: a pristine if idle creature reeking of restrained force, moving like a hot knife through a man's world. Art, games, editorial and videos add colour and context to her tapestry," Angela Natividad is a fan of more.madame.

The work, described as "the first-ever 'digital standalone,'" was created by Mediaedge:cia and the Figaro Group. The site is a collection of many forms of media which aim to be relevant to the modern woman. read all about it here.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Online

Well Written Press Release Gets Attention For Minnesota Lottery


"The campaign features three 30-second television spots that use the element of surprise to build excitement for the new Minnesota Millionaire Raffle game Each spot features a game-show-like host who wheels a large raffle drum into busy locales where unsuspecting patrons are encouraged to play an instant raffle. The spots are built on genuine reactions as people go from shocked and reluctant to actively participating and cheering"

Now that's some well-written PR copy. And we didn't have to go digging through a collection of attachments or ridiculously worded releases to find the nugget of information. Thank you, Colle+McVoy.

Now on to the campaign. Generally, we're not a fan of marketing stunts that involve random appearances in unlikely places. After all, if we're shopping, we're shopping. If we're eating, we're eating. Then again, you can't do stunt marketing (or most any kind for that matter...yes, we love you inbound marketing) without a little bit of interruption. So we can't complain much about this campaign.

The campaign also includes print, radio, outdoor, transit and mall. You can view the three spots here, here and here.

Mrs. Claus Cheats, Notre Dame Hunts, GoDaddy Scores Patrick


- Mrs' Claus gets in on with Frosty the Snowman for Boost Mobile.

- OK. Kinda funny: Notre Dame Head Football Coach Search Gets Professional Help.

- This is really, really bad but since it's Christmas and it features Santa Claus, you might as well watch it.

- Addicted to texting? Even in the middle of Winter? Then you'll love Gloves For Addicts.

- "Danica is the quintessential GoDaddy Girl, she is a beautiful woman competing in a male-dominated sport. She's passionate. She's focused. She's all about doing what it takes to win and we love that about her. Not to mention she's edgy, smokin' hot and as tough as any competitor anywhere." Yes, Danica Patrick has re-upped for three more years of GoDaddy silliness.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video

Cult Raw Energy Drinkers Are Belligerent Idiots


Well now here's an interesting way to position your brand. While most brands work towards positioning themselves as clean cut, rosy entities, Cult Raw Energy wants none of that. It wants you to know the people who buy their product are belligerent car jackers who can't drive, grope women in public, rob convenience stores, deface property, pick fights, steal guns and get arrested.

Hey, not all brands can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. So, yea. Positioning your customers is an idiot when all else fails.

Oh and FYI. There's briefly exposed boobs in this commercial so watch with caution.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Creative Commentary

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