Remember back in 2005 when Paris Hilton donned a black bikini and slid her hotness over a Bentley for Carl's Jr.? It was pretty hot. There was a lot of skin and a lot of suggestiveness. It got talked about. It got Carl's Jr. some notoriety. But there wasn't much backlash.
Shift five years to a Brazilian Devassa Bem Loura beer campaign . In the campaign's commercial, Hilton does her sexy, sultry thing for the benefit of a voyeuristic photographer...and everyone else outside her window. She knows she's being photographed. She knows everyone is looking at her. No harm done, right?
Wrong. No less than three investigations into the campaign have been launched. It's too "sensual." It encourages excessive consumption. It's sexist and disrespectful to women.
All of this from Brazil. Where booty is supposed to reign supreme. What gives?
Damn. If only our dinner could take us on a trip like the cat in this Avrett Free Ginsberg-created Friskies commercial embarks upon. Alice in Wonderland for felines? It sure seems so. Who knew cat food could be so amazingly enchanted. We just might have to open a can and have some for lunch.
At one time or another, we've all been in a hurry to make a flight to an important new business presentation. We've fought traffic. We've nerve-rackingly stood over the printer waiting for the last copy of the proposal to print out. We've berated colleagues for not grabbing the right equipment. We've grabbed the wrong brief case. We've insulted the interns.
But not many of us have done what Mullen Creative Director Tim Vaccarino did this morning on his way into the office before heading to Logan to catch his flight.
Well wow. This commercial take a long time to make its point. But it does so interestingly and, like a Lost episode, in a way you least expect. From Israeli agency Shalmor Avnon Amichay comes this work for internet service provider Orange.
The annual ritual of Spring Break is upon us and, like a migrating bird, the communities which host this drunkfest change with the wind. And those which do decide to put up with thousands of hafl-dressed, drunkenn college students puking on their sidewalks do so with trepidation. And let's not forget the $40 billion that gets dropped on these towns each March.
Ft. Lauderdale and Daytona Beach used to rule. Now they look like senior communities compared to their former incarnations. There was Lake Havasu and others. Now Miami Beach, Cancun, South Padre Island, Punta Cana and Panama City rule.
But Panama City wants the best of both worlds. They want to be a family destination and, for two weeks in March, a top spot for Spring Break. And they're spending money to accomplish both goals. can they succeed? Can they sell the same place to two very different audiences? With campaigns and a social media effort, they hope so.
She's cute and she's young but she's mostly wrong. Not that it matters that she's cute or young. But she's still mostly wrong. Of course a creative brief should be brief, concise and not an attempt to share the entire strategic plan or be misused as a CYA document. But when Rapp Worldwide Senior Copywriter Lauren Warner tells us a creative brief should be written as if we were speaking to a kindergartner, well, that's just stupid.
Yes, we need to avoid throwing the kitchen sink into it. It needs to offer insight. It needs to distinguish the brand from another. It needs to form basis for the development of a great idea. But to argue the brief should be oversimplified to the point it leaves out important information (um, demographics, competitive information), that it should be "fun" and that it should be akin to something like "short sentences + action verbs = happy creative team" makes all creatives sound like a bunch of whining twentysomethings. Oh wait.
Seriously? Seriously, Lauren? Do you really think creatives should be spoken to as if they were five-year-olds who can't interpret anything more complex than a Dick and Jane book? Seriously?
I've always had a simple solution when it comes to dealing with people who complain about process and it's simple: do your fucking job.