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Chatimal Parodies Tay Zonday, Numa Numa


Heard of Chatimal? Well he's a little animal that repeats what you say and he's getting some promotional love in the form of YouTube videos that parody the likes of Numa Numa, the Chocolate Rain dude and Leave Briney Alone. If you care, you can watch them here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Video

Al Pacino Pimps Vittoria Coffee


Shot by Barry Levison in New York, this Vittoria Coffee commercial has Al Pacino talking about the importance of coffee in his daily routine. It's airing in Australia. Having just rewatched the Godfather two nights ago, it's amazing to see this man still going after all these years. Dog Day Afternoon. Scarface. Serpico. Carlito's Way.

So why not pimp a little coffee after all these years?

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Celebrity

Ponder This: Lowly Lead Generation Funds Cannes Ego-Fest


Advertising can accomplish many things but when you get right down to it, it's all about sales. Because, without sales, there's nothing. No money to make product. No money to pay salaries. No money to expand. But sales don't magically happen. It takes work and it takes leads. Yes, leads.

And, just like there's an app for everything in this world, there's a conferences that's all about lead generation and online customer acquisition. It's called LeadsCon and it's happening in New York July 26-7 at the Marriott Marquis. We're going. If only to come to the realization that marketing and advertising aren't all about winning awards and spending a week in the south of France on the company dime. So leave your ego in Cannes and come meet the people who generate the revenue you waste spend at the Gutter Bar.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Industry Events

Torpedoes Aren't the Only Danger to A Submarine


We love Specsavers. More accurately, we love their advertising. If you've seen the submarine movie Das Boot (or the Matthew McConaughey version of it), you'll appreciate this commercial. But you won't see the end coming. Though if you use your imagination and understand that Specsavers ads are always about what can happen if you don't have the right specs, you just might figure it out before the reveal.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

Rockstar + Anti-Rockstar = Urinary Explosion


Reminiscent - in a small way - of A Clockwork Orange comes this work from Young & Rubicam and Hungry Man Films for VH1. In the 1:45 video we see the ying and the yang of the rock world. Rockstar. And Anti-rockstar. Highlife. And lowlife. Cleavage-bearing hot chicks with huge boobs. And fully-dressed hotel staff with no boobs at all. First class. And economy class. Matter. And Anti-Matter.

And we all know what happens when matter meets anti-matter. Except, of course, when it's a really strange commercial for VH1 which makes a not so subtle (intentional? unintentional?) jab at it's aging audiences' bladder control issues. Young

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-10    
Topic: Strange

Dita Von Teese Strips (Sort of) For Perrier


Dita Von Teese, the American burlesque dancer who's loved by Europeans, is featured in a new video for Perrier. In the video, the dice are rolled and, depending upon the outcome, Dita will "strip" or lick her lips. It's all very PG-13 and YouTube acceptable. She finishes the video by bathing herself in Perrier, hardly as sexy as, say, milk or oil but, again, this is YouTube.

Said to have been inspired by 1940s-era Hollywood stars as Betty Grable and Bettie Page, Dita was once married to rocker Marilyn Manson.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy

Gillette Asks How You Like it Shaved


Getting about as racy as it can - which isn't really saying much - Gillette surveyed a bunch of women regarding how they like it shaved. But the "it" they're talking about - though you can see it coming a mile away - isn't the "it" some might think, um, it is.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-10    
Topic: Commercials

Women Play, Vuvzelas Silenced, Wheat Thins Delivered


- Some hot women. Four martini flavors. A webcam. Fun.

- Here's that Ali Larter Absolut Lemon Drop short film.

- Vuvuzelas get silenced courtesy if Off.

- Hungry for Wheat Thins? Just tweet it and you'll be surprised what ends up in your driveway.

- What's all the fuss over Vuvuzelas? We had these things years ago and, as kids, used to blow them during parades.

- Want to see a derivatively boring car commercial? Look no further than this Dynamic Marketing Group-created VW GTI ad.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-10    
Topic: Online

KFC to Offer Free Sandwiches in Exchange for Vuvuzelas


You know those rebate programs that make you do all kinds of work just to get $5 off something? Well, KFC is up to it and promises to send a Doublicious gift certificate to anyone who mails in a vuvuzela to KFC headquarters by July 15.

If we weren't on vacation and lacking motivation, we'd take the time to do a little math. But there's no need because we're guessing the cost to package and mail a vuvuzela will exceed the value of the gift certificate. And we'll take pleasure in that becasue we're also guessing there are plenty of math-challenged idiots out there who won't realize this and will go for the deal anyway.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-10    
Topic: Promotions

Facebook Likes to Unlock Ford Explorer Sweepstakes


Want a chance to win a new Ford Explorer? Well you can if you click the Facebook Like button on the Ford Explorer page 30,000 times. After 30,000 clicks a sweepstakes will be unlocked allowing people to enter to win.

Ford is promoting its new, "reinvented" Explorer which comes with a four cylinder EcoBoost engine and...hmm...inflatable rear seatbelts. Wow. We really are getting ever closer to that scene in Demolition Man where Sylvester Stallone becomes encased in one massive airbag after a crash.

Get Liking here.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-10    

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