Pizza Hut Cuties Front New Campaign

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Much like McDonald's used to do, Pizza Hut, for its new Your Favorites Your Pizza Hut campaign is bringing out its fresh-faced talent to front the new campaign.

"With our new brand campaign we really wanted to hone in on what sets Pizza Hut apart," said Kurt Kane, Vice-President of Marketing at Pizza Hut. "Pizza Hut customers know that they'll get great tasting pizza, pasta or wings from us. But what keeps them loyal to the brand is a connection between our food and the special moments in their daily lives. Whether it's family pizza night or a get together with friends; at Pizza Hut we believe every moment deserves to be a favorite moment."

What Kane meant to say was young, good-looking people are much more enjoyable to look at and a more effective advertising strategy than stalking celebrities' children, abandoning babies or unleashing a sexed-up Jessica Simpson on a horny kid. OK, a sexed-up Jessica Simpson is never a bad thing but that particular scenario was a bit creey.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Nothing Sticks Like An Audi Quattro

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To prove just how much the Audi Quattro all-wheel drive hugs the road, Lowe Roche put together a stunt during the Toronto Film Festival. Model sized Audi Quattros were outfitted with powerful magnets. The models were then affixed to metal objects around the city where crowds attending the festival tried to pull the cars off. Well, akin to the Quattros road handling abilities, the cars were not easily removed. But once they were removed, a message on the bottom was revealed: Nothing Sticks Like a Quattro.

We like the method used to deliver the message. It was stunt-y but the stunt was directly related to the salient point the agency was trying to make. That doesn't always happen. This time it did.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Guerilla



Poor Ticket Purchase Requires Big Ass Binoculars

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From Duncan/Channon comes a new commercial for StubHub which makes the argument improper ticket purchasing could result in the use of high powered binoculars because you'll be sitting in the nose bleed seats.

That and the binoculars will need to be so powerful that, well, they might take a bit of extra effort to carry.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Commercials



Warning: This Commercial Hurts

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Ever get up in the middle of the night to have a little snack and end up making so much noise you wake up your partner? Well the guy in this Frosty Jacks Cider commercial makes a lot of noise, wakes up his lady and ends up accidentally sitting down on something not quite designed to say upon.

Of course, it being the middle of the night, the item sat upon might just become a bit of a toy if the couple turn out to be adventuresome.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



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Apparently, the ADDY's Cost Too Much

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There seems to be a revolt among local chapters of the American Advertising Federation over the national board's recent decision to increase the price of ADDY entries. A letter to the members of the Kansas City AAF reads, in part, "The new fee will increase the national portion of each ADDY entry fee from $2 to $15. A 750% increase that they refer to as 'modest.' Currently, the ADDY entry fee for members is $38 per entry. With the increase from nationals, the entry fee will be raised to $51 per entry.

While the Kansas City AAF supports the AAF and isn't defecting, it's putting it's foot down calling the increase "potentially devastating." In the letter, the KC AAF claims the increase "will cause us to experience a $15,000 to $25,000 loss for our fiscal year - instead of making the small profit we had budgeted for. It is too large a loss for us to absorb and would force us to raise fees on other things - an option we find absolutely unacceptable."

All the drama is on the KC AAF blog if you want to dig deeper.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Policy



Art Director's Club Launches Video Series

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The Art Director's Club has launched "The Creative Process Illustrated - on YouTube", a new series of with leading creatives. The first group of interviewees for this ongoing film project are:

- Kevin Roddy, CCO, BBH New York
- Benjamin Palmer, co-founder/CEO, The Barbarian Group
- Wieden+Kennedy's Eric Kallman and Craig Allen (the team behind the Old Spice campaign)
- Terrence Kelleman, president/designer, Dynomighty Design

The interviews were done by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications professor Deborah Morrison and Southern Methodist University-Temerlin Advertising Institute professor Glenn Griffin. The pair co-author a new book The Creative Process - Illustrated.

These and other creatives will speak at the series premiere at an Advertising Week event on Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm (free drinks, snacks) at the ADC Gallery. The interview series will later be posted on the ADC-YouTube Show & Tell brand channel ) with new interviews added quarterly.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Video



Online Tag Management Plagues Marketers

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In a recent study of online advertising executives, TagMan, a online ad tag management, found almost all (99%) faced problems with ad pixel/tag implementation and management. Nearly nine in ten (86%) of respondents have had tags implemented incorrectly on the sites they manage and three quarters (75%) had seen delays in the implementation of tags due to website development cycles.

The implications of tag management issues among respondents included loss of campaign performance data (65%), delays in launch of a new campaign (63%), delays in use of a new marketing technology (58%), loss of website traffic (31%), loss of website sales (28%). Only 1% said they never faced tag management issues.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Research









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