On the internet shit happens. People get stalked. Racy photos of underage celebrities appear. Viruses wreak havoc. And sites go down...but not usually for an entire week as is the case with Dentyne's Pocket Ammo promotional site which has been down since Monday, March 1.
Oops. The Realtime Media Blog has the story.
If you're a woman living in Colorado and have breasts bigger than a B cup, it appears your state is pulling the welcome mat out from under your feet. And if you are of a certain pulchritude which prevents you from even seeing your feet, you better look for a new place to live.
Once again, there are complaints over a sign featuring cleavage. This time it's for a coffee shop called Perky Cups (witty, huh?) which employs female servers who wear bikinis while working.
AdFreak has the story.
Remember that amazing video Honda did back in the day? The one that took something north of 600 takes to get right? Well, State Farm has sponsored a similar sort of thing that, while much scrappier looking, is far more intricate and impressive. Not to mention twice the length.
During a two day shoot, Zoo Films director James Frost took "only" 60 takes to get his masterpiece right. Entitled This Too Shall Pass, the video took two months of planning and was co-created by the band OK Go and Syn Labs.
You can read James Frost's take on the whole effort here.
The ceaseless parades (charades?) agencies embark upon to differentiate themselves from one another often present us with quirky approaches. One agency, Honest & Smile decided "people aren't targets, they are stories."
So they created a song. As their website. Well, technically, it's a video with a song in it but we won't quibble.
So why did the agency decide to name itself Honest & Smile? Because it believes "people expect brands to be honest and smile." Wow. Heavy stuff.
Want to know how cheap and slimy some marketers can be? Look no further than Panties.com. The online purveyor of panties, thongs and other lingerie ripped of one of its affiliates.
In a recent campaign, Panties.com stated, "We are so confident you'll make a sale that we'll pay you $50 if you put one of our new panties.com banners on your website and do not make a sale by February 28th!"
Eric Nagel took them up on their offer. But, as he explains on his blog, at the last minute, Panties.com Program Manager Lila swooped in and made a purchase negating the $50 bonus netting Nagel the usual cut which, in this case, was $7.50.
In a morbid bid to capitalize on the SeaWorld tragedy, the World Society for Protection of Animals has hired Work Club to create a new campaign to dissuade British tourists from patronizing "cruel" attractions while on vacation. In other words, don't go to SeaWorld.
"Our aim is to reduce the economic viability of tourist attractions that rely on animal cruelty to generate revenue from British tourists," said WSPA UK's Director, Suzi Morris.
All well and good but your timing is a bit questionable, Suzi.
Mullen North Carolina is out with new work for K&G Fashion Superstore. The "big idea" Mullen went with was the notion "great clothes can make people feel more confident in their own skin" thereby making them invincible. Hence, the name of the campaign: Invincible. Watch as a man pogos across the street blind folded, fends off a nunchuck-wielding attacker and rescues puppies from a burning building
Another commercial has a woman jumping out her window, catching an arrow and performing all manner of physical and musical skills. Along with the television spots, there's outdoor, web and direct.
We can't say much for the fashions but the campaign does make a point. When you wear clothes you like, you do feel more confident about everything you do.
Ladies, do you love your body? Victoria's Secret wants to know. So watch this ad with Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Ellingson, Erin Heatherton and Alessandra Ambrosio and then head over to I Love My Body. Answer a few questions and be matched with your perfect Victoria's Secret bra. Sound pretty simple, huh?
In his address during Monday's AAAA's Transformation Conference, Publicis Groupe's Rishad Tobaccowala told attendees the advertising industry needs builders, people with the audacity to "remake industries." He also gave a slap to industry bigwigs when he said, "You came in with dreams, and now you stand with spreadsheets."
He's right. The industry has become a collection of holding companies which function as bean counters. Free thinking and big ideas have disappears. And in their place, the almighty dollar without regard for how that dollar is earned.
Take risks, people. Bring back the big idea. We are a creative industry. We need to be creative. Yes, we all need to make money. But not at the expense of big ideas and great creativity.
Pain relief ads? Yea, you know the ones. You've the "celebrity" spokesperson holding the box up to the camera and pontificating about the product's amazing qualities. You've got the graph ads that compare one product to another. You've got the throbbing head montages. You've even got Apply Directly to the Forehead.
But you don't usually have Pixar-style animation in the form of a woodpecker inside a woman's head. Nice work from Psyop and Mother London