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AIDS is Such A Prick

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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

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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



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

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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

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"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

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- 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

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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



'Lemonade' Will Motivate Your Lazy Laid Off Ass

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Last night the movie Lemonade premiered at the Brattle Street theater in Cambridge, MA. Erik Proulx, who publishes Please Feed the Animals, is the masteind and executive producer of the film.

Lemonade is a 40 minute documentary about how people changed their lives for the better after having been laid off. In the film 16 people, including yours truly, tell their individual stories. There's the guy who got laid off and posed nude Burt Reynolds-style to find a new job. There's the woman who lost her job and launched a yoga business. There's the guy who went to an interview and ended up in a truth campaign commercial. There's the guy who lost his job and decided to change his gender. And there's the guy who lost his job, got colon cancer and started a little blog called Adrants.

Each story is unique. Each story is heart warming. Each story illustrates the fact there is life after the pink slip.

more »

by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-09    
Topic: Events



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