Ladies Vacation, Doritos Bowls, Coupons Go Mobile, Sheen Pulled


- Ladies. Need to plan the perfect girls weekend? Expedia has the building blocks you need.

- Once again, Doritos is doing the consumer-generated Super Bowl commercial thing. Six finalists have been selected and their work can be viewed here.

- The Savannah College of Art and Design hosts the 2010 SCADDY Awards Friday, January 22, 6pm at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. The SCADDY Awards honor excellence in advertising and the related fields created by SCAD students.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Games, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless

If You're Luggage Looks Like Leg, Make Sure You Claim It


So you just got off the plane from a long flight and you're heading to baggage claim. It's the most boring, mundane aspect of leaving the airport. Everyone stands around for what seems forever waiting for the carousel to start turning. There's nothing to do except wait and wait and wait.

But wait! Not anymore. Now you can watch ads tumble onto the carousel while you wait for your own bags to arrive. Dutch Customs Authority created several packages with messages on them urging people to make sure they properly declare their wares. Especially if it appears to be a body part.

Yet another surface defaced by advertising. What next? People's foreheads? Oh wait.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Guerilla, Specialty

The Census is Really, Really Friendly. Honest.


We really, really like the new Census 2010 campiagn from Draft/FCB. Five commercials tell the story of Americans from different backgrounds, how they view life in America, their dreams and aspirations and how the Census can help them realize those dreams.

The campaign is the furthest thing you'd expect from a government agency, no less one that's supposed to be all about numbers, facts, figures and other boring and mundane stuff like that.

The spots were directed by Uber Content's Jason Kohn and can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials

Firtsborn Conjures Nike For Intern Search


So Firstborn is on the hunt for interns. They've created a video, shot from the perspective of a prospective intern, which takes us through the creative process for Mustang as the agency "takes it to the next level" in preparation for a client presentation.

Yawn. Derivative. Overly hip.

OK so it's not that bad, it's purposefully derivative and we do love the hot account executive.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Agencies

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Emma Watson Loses A Leg For Burberry


Yes. Emma Watson, darling of the Harry Potter movie franchise, is making her way into the world of advertising. Except, she's left one of her body parts behind. In a new Burberry ad, her right leg seems to be missing. Was she recently attacked by a shark? Or did a designer, once again, get a bit overzealous with PhotoChop?

It's beyond comprehension how such an egregious error could go unnoticed by all of the eyes that most certainly saw this campaign before it went out the door. Unless...which is a much more likely was released on purpose by Burberry which knew full well the press would eat it up. If that's the case, big points for the marketers behind the brand. If not, someone's getting fired. Or at least sent back to PhotoChop...uh...Shop training.

Update: There's a video of the photoshoot which appears to reveal this ad may not have been a Photoshop Disaster. In the video her leg can be seen behind her brother's leg. Whether or not it's the same pose is up for debate but this seems to confirm our assumption Burberry did this on purpose knowing they'd get press. Watch and decide.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Strange

President Obama Sells Coats in Times Square


Those Obamas are everywhere. Whether they like it or not. This time around, it's the President, himself, appearing, without consent, on a Times Square billboard for the garment company Weatherproof. It's an image of the President wearing one of the company's coats when he was standing on the Great Wall of China.

Weatherproof President Freddie Stollmack, who recognized the coat, told the New York Times, "With a magnifying glass, we saw our logo and zipper pull, and we said, 'That's our coat,'"

The image was properly licensed from the Associated Press but Weatherproof failed to obtain necessary permissions from The White House, which has a policy against using the President's image for commercial purposes, for use of the President's image.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Outdoor, Policy

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