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Crews Continues, iPad Gets BlendTec'd, Parker Ponders

- Oh please. More Terry Crews Old Spice commercial? Make it stop.

- Hahahaha. The BlendTec guy gets his hand on an iPad.

- George Parker ponders, "My money is on the hiring of CP+B to to a "Deadenbacher" on Michael Jackson and have the King of Pop hawking "sugared fizzy water" as GodJobs so aptly described it to John Sculley when hiring him to come in as CEO and stab him in the fucking back."

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-10    
Topic: Strange



My Name is Sarah And I'm A Credit Union Member

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CommunityAmerica Credit Union is out with a new Callahan Creek-created campaign. Using live action, motion graphics and computer animation, the campaign aims to set the credit union apart from your average bank. Three commercials feature fictional CommunityAmerica members, as if they are speaking to a large group at a town hall meeting.

After we got over the fact the one entitled "Sarah" wasn't an homage to another, slightly more (in)famous Sarah of the political variety, we came to enjoy the down homey-ness of the messaging. And while one might think for a minute these people are about to launch into an, "I'm Sarah and I'm an alcoholic" soliloquy, each of the three personalities does a nice job explaining the benefits of Community America.

The campaign will run through 2010 on local and cable stations throughout the Kansas City area.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Submit A Video And Get Your Cheap Ass to the PSFK Ad Conference

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Did you like Lemonade Movie? That's the one where 16 former ad professionals talk about how they left the business and found greatness elsewhere. Do you like going to ad conferences to hear smart people talk about the business? Then listen up.

Lemonade Movie Facebook Fan Page is giving away five free tickets to the PSKF Conference in New York City, April 9, 2010, where creatives will talk about culture, trends and the future of advertising. PSFK Conferences are attended by designers, digital creatives, entrepreneurs, journalists, planners, strategists and writers. Is that you? Do you want to go?

If you're interested, submit a video to the fan page. The top five videos with the most comments by 5pm on Tuesday, April 6th each win a ticket to the PSFK Conference.

If you';re a lucky winner, you'll get to hear Lemonade Movie creator Eric Proulx talk about opportunistic reinvention during a recession and how it doesn't have to be all bad.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Promotions



Advertising in the Middle of Nowhere. Capture It. Send It

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On a boring drive, we once snapped some shots of billboards in the middle of nowhere and called the series Advertising in the Middle of Nowhere. You can see some of what we caught here, here and here.

Today, we have a new submission from somewhere in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire. If you can spot some outdoor oddity in the middle of nowhere, feel free to send it in and we'll feature it here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Outdoor



TruckAds Bummed It Can't Drive in Austin

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TruckAds, a company that, well, puts ads on the side of trucks recently received a letter from th City of Austin making the company aware of its prohibition of mobile billboards and the fact that, after June 16, it'll be a crime to place one on a vehicle and drive it around.

The prohibition has been in place since June 16, 2008 but June 16 of this year is the final date a mobile billboard can exist in the city. Needless to say, TruckAds isn't happy and is labeling the city's move a limitation of free speech.

We can see both points of view. Advertising, in most cases, should be afforded the same principles of free speech as described in the Constitution. Yes, we've mostly banned cigarette advertising and heavily regulated other forms. But outright bans are limited.

Yet, who really wants a landscape littered with advertising? Already New York and Las Vegas, among others, have become one giant advertisement. Do we want that everywhere?

And besides, Austin's weird. And they like to keep it weird. So this ban...well, it just seems normal for the city.

Thoughts?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Outdoor, Policy



Dr. Pepper Offers Bouncing Cheerleader Boobs on Chatroulette

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Uh. Oh. Get ready for the onslaught of brands on Chatroulette. We just noted Travelocity's appearance on the random chat service which was followed by French Connection earlier in the month. Now we have Dr. Pepper getting into the game for April Fool's day. All we can say is...at least they got a hot cheerleader. Just don't watch all the way to the end. "She" gets much less hot.

In a nod to what's really happening on Chatroulette, one commenter wrote, "I wonder how many´╗┐ penises Dr. Pepper had to wade through to get this done."

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Brands, Racy, Social, Strange



Dislike Obama? Tell the World on A Billboard

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If you think President Obama is "an illegal alien from Kenya who is hellbent on replacing every church in America with a mosque, ending capitalism, destroying freedom, and generally, pushing for the collapse of the country'" then you'll love Billboards Against Obama, an organization that allows you to create a custom message that can be submitted to appear on a billboard.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Outdoor



Do Not Watch This 'I'm On A Horse' Parody

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Want to see the world's worst parody? Actually, really, you don't. It will totally ruin your fond memories brought on by the wittyliciousness of Old Spice's I'm on a Horse. So please. Don't watch this horrific homage in which Dalla Maverisks' Caron Butler fails miserable at impersonating Isaiah Mustafa in the stupidest knock off you will ever see in your advertising life.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Worst



Let's Blow Some Shi...Uh...Stuff Up

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Oy. Sometimes it's just really hard to start work in the morning. Oh wait. It's the afternoon now. See what I mean? Anyway, no one cares about our work habits so let's talk about a new Old Spice commercial from Wieden + Kennedy for Odor Blocker Body Wash.

The commercial features another retired football player, Terry Crews who, most recently, played the Julius character in Everybody Hates Chris. There's three commercial in all. One, called Flex, has Crews in the shower doing a Mr. T routine to illustrate the odor blocking qualities of the product.

more »

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Head Defies Laws of Physics With Perpetual Motion Tennis Machine

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Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic hooked up with a couple of scientists to create a perpetual motion machine that defies the laws of physics. Of course, that's not really what they set out to do but days later the "experiment" is still going.

The team put together a bunch of tennis racket stands and tennis balls hung from the ceiling. Djokovic then took the first shot kicking of the experiment. Apparently the rackets and balls are still in motion and you can view them in action here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 1-10    
Topic: Strange



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