There's No Meth in Montana. Just Teletubbie-Style Happiness


Montana must be a really interesting place to live. It seems the state has a serious case of schizophrenia. And It appears to be the only place in the country where you can simultaneously die a horrific methamphetamine death and win the lottery Teletubbies-style. That is if the state's advertising is any indication.

Take this latest work from Citrus for the Montana Lottery. It's hippy dippy, animated style makes it hard to believe anyone in the state has ever heard of aspirin no less methamphetamine

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Strange

CBS Says No to Golfers With Heads Up Their Ass For Super Bowl


Seems everyone wants to be GoDaddy these days. With yet another Super Bowl approaching, more and more advertisers are releasing the "banned" versions of their commercial online where standards and practices aren't so stringent. Now it's kgb's turn.

kgb is an SMS service that lets people text questions and get answers so they don't end up looking like an idiot in front of their friends. Or, in the case of this commercial, with their head up their ass.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Strange, Super Bowl 2010

'gig' Wants to Give You A Gig...and Promote A Cause


So when a real agency isn't up to the task of doing a little pro bono work for a non-profit like Network for Animals, virtual agency "gig," which lives on YouTube, is happy to step in and take over. And gig has something to offer aspiring actors: the chance to appear in a "real" commercial for the client.

The idea here, of course, is to get people interested in the cause. The pseudo agency/YouTube contest is not a new one but there's something intriguingly watchable about this series.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Cause

Big Boobs, Not Big Budgets Bring Ratings Success For TV


Not that we didn't already know this but reality TV and the notion those chosen to participate in those shows are TV's new ratings capital is explored in a detailed Advertising Age article written by Andrew Hampp.

In the article he examines the success cable TV has had with (cheap) reality programming that focuses on previous unknowns (tather than highly paid actors) who, because of the show, become quite famous. The Kardashians are offered up as the prime example.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Television

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DISH Network Says Celebrity Endorsements Make DirecTV More Expensive


Last night during the Grammy Awards broadcast, a DISH Network commercial touted the fact it's prices are lower because it doesn't pay for expensive celebrity endorsements. Which is kind of funny because if DISH Network didn't advertise at all, it'd be even cheaper. Of course no one would know that because, well, that's what advertising is for, right?

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

Troy Polamalu Sees His Shadow. Six More Weeks of Football From truTV


Love a good (that's a relative term, of course) Groundhog Day joke? You might like this new Grey-created commercial for truTV which hypes its NFL Full Contact series premiering the day after the Super Bowl. In the ad, Pittsburg Steelers' Troy Polamalu is pulled from hiding. He sees his shadow and it is proclaimed there will be six more weeks of football.

Kinda funny but we're not too sure how well a Groundhog joke will go over after Groundhog day. After all, we are a country that's all about anticipation and lead up. Christmas stuff hyped before Thanksgiving. Valentines Day hyped before New Years. Back to School hyped the days the kids get out for summer. Watching this commercial is going to make people wonder how many months ago they saw Puxatawney Phil. Anyway, look or the commercial in the second quarter just before the two minute warning.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Super Bowl 2010

Panties in a Bunch Over Nike 'Gun Reference' Ad


Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green takes a long look at that "gun reference" Nike ad featuring Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Some are offended Nike would allow such a reference. Some, such as Lebron (in a hilarious contradiction), defend the ad claiming the notion it's a gun reference is ridiculous. Some, like us, don't give a shit and think people should move on and not read so much into stuff. Not you, Bill. All those other conspiracy theorists and cause group kooks.

Of course NBA players bringing their guns into the locker room isn't so smart either.

But seriously, give it a rest. Move on. There's nothing to see here. Go live your life and appreciate it. Don't waste it whining about advertising. Oh wait...

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Opinion

Some Combinations Are Just Funny


Yes, indeed. Some combinations are very funny. Others not to much. In this new campaign from Sydney-based Three Drunk Monkeys for radio station Nova 969, a new morning team is promoted by highlighting odd combinations. Like a cow and a man on a tennis court, a woman with balloon hands performing a vasectomy and hot twins having a barbecue with a cannibal.

It's up to you to decide whether or not these combinations are, in fact, funny or just strange.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange

Diaper Brand Parodies Georgio Armani David Beckham Ad


Seems South Korea knows how to make great bedwetting ads. Last week Copyranter highlighted an ad that showed, in vivid color, the dreams of a boy peeing all over the place and enjoying it. This week, GoodNites agency, Diamond Ogilvy, pokes fun at a recent Georgio Armani ad that featured David Beckham.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs, Strange

Exclusive! Sneak Peek At Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad (OK, Not Really)


Want to see the Tim Tebow ad? Rather, a Tauntra spoof of the Tim Tebow ad? Well, you can right here. Listen to Tim's Mom talk about how her doctor's told her her son wouldn't amount to anything and how she thinks abortions are bad.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-10    
Topic: Spoofs, Super Bowl 2010

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