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180 LA Goes Burlesque For Santa Monica Office Opening

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Creative Agency 180 LA, clients and industry partners celebrated the opening of its new office in Santa Monica with a mash-up party of Los Angeles and Amsterdam, dubbed "LAmsterdam." There was a little something for everyone including a Hollywood Red Carpet featuring cardboard cut-outs Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning, a Braja Cantina, graffiti artist, buskers and a Red Light District featuring Burlesque Dancers. Now that's an office opening.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Agencies



Following Urban Outfitters' 'Eat Less,' Lanacane Says 'Eat More'

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In the "We've Got a Solution for Every Problem" Department of Pharmaceutical Genius they've been staying up late this week examining a burning problem: chafing. Yes, chafing. Apparently, some pharmaceutical companies have become bored with finding a cure for cancer.

In this commercial for Lanacane the Pharmaceutical Geniuses solve chafing with a gel. The ad starts off with some chubby balloon characters whose limbs rub together "painfully" when they walk. The announcer says, "If you chafe when you move, it hurts." He the offers up Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel saying, "Stop chafing. Keep moving"

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange



Freedent Puppet Kisses Girl, Hates Kansas

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This is the creepiest ad we've ever seen. But we love it. Why? Because the girl is pretty. She's wearing the Adrants Intern Uniform - a pleated plaid miniskirt - and there's making out.

The second commercial in this campaign from Freedent isn't anywhere near as fun. Or as creepy. See both ads here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Strange



Social Media Marketing Conference to Prove Not All Brits Are BP (British Pigs)

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The British may have decimated our southern coastline and killed the ecosystem of an entire gulf but our friend Murray Newlands is putting on a social media conference in San Francisco this July to prove they are not all evil. Provided he makes it (the last time a volcano kept him from traveling across the pond), it looks to be a great event. And Adrants is proud to be a media partner.

What will be covered at the event? Viral Social Media Campaigns, What Works, The Press Talks: How to get Digital PR for your Company, Insider Look: How Tech Writers Cover Social Media, A/B Testing for Social Media, How to Build Communities for Brands, Social Media Marketing Metrics, Social Media Marketing Metrics, Monetizing Social Media. To name a few.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Announcements, Industry Events



Agency Revisits Headvertising For Self-Promotional Billboard

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Putting a bit of a twist on a six-year-old advertising tactic, New Zealand-based ad agency Rascals has tattooed the head of one Andrew Haeata with the agency's name, photographed him and placed him on a billboard.

Unlike the many "headvertising" stunts which preceded this work, the tattoo on Haeata's head is real. Watch its creation here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Agencies, Human, Outdoor



Esurance Brings Back the Dot Com Tagline

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Jesus. It's like we just stepped back to 1999 when at Leo Burnett Technology Group we pumped out campaign after campaign touting the equity-building properties of a strong brand presence based on the four pillars of an account planner's wet dream: Vision, Mission, Essence and Position. Architecting the brand as it were.

It all usually netted in some self-important puffery akin to this new tagline from Esurance, "People when you want them. Technology when you don't." Sounds like a Peoplesoft tagline. Anyone remember them?

Anyway, the new campiagn is a play on technology versus people. There's a time for technology and there's a time for people. 1990's tagline aside, the campaign does a pretty good job illustrating that separation.

You can see it all here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Lynx World Cup Ad Begs Many Questions

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So...what is this World Cup-themed Lynx poster campaign trying to say? Soccer fans should be hot and female? A country's color should be incorporated into bra design? Having a thin waist and big boobs will guarantee you a slot in a Lynx ad? Soccer is somehow related to the crucifixion? Women with hot bodies but not-so-hot faces can be in Lynx ads too? Men only care about boobs?

Do tell, BBH UK.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Poster, Racy



Skin Care Ad Saved by Ad Blather Interuptus

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The UK's Kindred agency has launched a new skin care commercial for the British Association of Dermatologists to raise awareness of issues that can lead to skin cancer. The ad begins as if it were a lingerie ad with lingering shots of a model clad in underwear who flits about as the camera follows her.

Accompanying this visual activity is a voice over which intones such nonsense about life being full of beauty, something about seeing the small child inside you and a load of other intelligible babble. Suddenly, the bullshit is cast aside, the model sits on the bead and says, "I don't know about all that but if you really want to look after your skin then this is all you need."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-11-10    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



This VW 'Umbrella' id Better When Closed

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This DDB Brussels-created ad for the Volkswagen Eos takes a look at umbrellas a little differently. Because when it come to another sort of umbrella, a convertible, closed is usually better than open.

by Steve Hall    Jun-11-10    
Topic: Magazine



Academy of Art Spring Show Blossoms With Talent

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On Thursday, May 27, the Academy of Art University held its Annual Spring Show where students from the school's disciplines display their work. Held in San Francisco, creativity blossomed from every corner of the galleries for fellow students, art aficionados and recruiters to view.

From graphic design to industrial design to fashion to fine art to multimedia communications to photography to advertising, much of the work was truly amazing and of professional caliber. Walking through the exhibits, it was clear the school was matriculating and graduating some serious talent that this industry would behoove itself to take a look at.

If you didn't have a chance to attend the Show and want to take a look at the talent, check out our photos from the event here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-11-10    
Topic: Industry Events



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