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Nymphomercials Will Make You Horny

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Playboy's The Smoking Jacket (yes, I write for them you transparency freaks) rounds up the best of the latest Nymphomercials out there. What's a Nympomercial? A Nymphomercial is an infomercial that is so sexy (either intentionally or otherwise), that you can practically have sex with yourself, or someone else, while watching it.

They've collected a few of the best here which includes Thigh Glider, Breat Stim, Easy Curves, Cool Blast, NuBra and Flirty Girl Fitness. Check them all out here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Racy



'Tone It Down' Mentality The Death Knell of Ad Agencies

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This is a conundrum we've heard millions of times before. A client comes to an agency and asks for "breakthrough" creative. Creative goes off and conceptualizes brilliance. It gets presented internally and everyone loves it. But just before it's ready to be presented to the client, someone, usually in account management (let's be honest here), says, "I like it personally, but somebody might be offended. Just tone it down."

And therein lies one of the biggest problems of the ad agency business. Agencies are asked and are in business to create marketing programs that, to use an overused phrase, cut through the clutter more than their competition can cut through the clutter. Sadly, many agencies are more conservative when it comes to risk taking than and health insurance actuarial agent. Which is to say, there is no risk taking at all.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Video



Air Blown Ping Pong Balls Simulate Lightweight Shoes

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To illustrate the lightweight qualities of the new ASICS Blur33 sneaker, San Diego agency VITRO put together a video documenting the creation of a 72 square foot floating shoe. The agency used colored lightweight balls on strings along with a lot of air power to create the floating shoe.

It's as simple as that, really. Of course, no shoe can actually defy gravity. And this fake one can't either. It's being set aloft by air power. Alas, this is advertising and it's all about making analogies which, of course, makes this ad perfectly fine.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Video



Deal Maker in the House!

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With its racy content and prolific use of curse words, this video, called Deal Maker, from private equity software maker Deal Market may not be on YouTube for long so watch it now. Because it's funny. Really funny. Using the bust-into-a rap-concept, Deal Market presents us with Mr. Deal Maker who decides to skip out on his date in favor of closing a deal at 3AM in the morning. Which is probably a good thing because the date looks like it'd be really boring. The rap is far more amusing.

It's cheesy. Really cheesy but we like it a lot. We're told, "The first of its kind, DealMarket is a one stop shop where buyers, sellers and advisors can get a completely unfiltered view of the global private equity market. Access to investment opportunities cost nothing and sellers/advisors can post deals for the price of a cappuccino a day."

Some racy shit from a private equity company. Aw, shit, we swore. Sorry about that.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video



Red Vines Licorice Takes on Twizzlers in Social Media Battle

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Red Vines Licorice is going up against a $25 million budget from competitor Hershey's Twizzlers. Using social and mobile marketing to glean a boatload of earned media, the brand hopes to put a dent in Twizzlers sales.

On YouTube the brand has launched product integration efforts with TeamStarKid's A Very Harry Musical which has garnered the brand upwards of 1. million views to date.

Using mobile, the company claims to be the first in its industry to make its products available on CheckPoints, allowing consumers to earn rewards by scanning its products while out shopping.

On Facebook the brand's initial 8,000 Facebook fans have grown to 83,000 in 12 months.

Red Vine's World of Sharing campaign has made it almost all the way around the world with close to 20,000 messages posted so far.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Social



Pivot Conference to Explore 'Social Consumer'

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The Pivot Conference which aims to help brand marketers and their agencies bridge the gap between themselves and the "social consumer" has announced its initial speaker line-up for its next conference October 17-18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York. Hosted by Brian Solis, Pivot will examine brand's and marketer's increased reliance on the social consumer for marketing success.

The 2011 speaker line-up includes industry thinkers and top executives from Fortune 500 brands, innovative agencies who will share insights and trends in effective marketing and business and lowly bloggers like Steve Hall who publishes the industry rag Adrants.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Keira Knightley Gives Photographer Blue Balls

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Back in March we told you Keira Knightley would be reprising her role for Coco Mademoiselle in a new film from the brand. That film debuted yesterday. It's a very stylized piece which follows Knightley from her bed to a photoshoot.

Of course the whole thing devolves into the stereotypical tease-fest between photographer and model until they're making love to each other without actually touching. As things progress, a door gets locked and even more love making is expected.

That is until the poor photographer is dumped by the model, presumably, in protest of the soundtrack which proclaims, "This is a man's world."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Racy, Video



Strangers Scarier Than Drugs in New PSAs

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OK so what would you do if you woke your kid up in the morning and they were a total stranger? You'd freak, right? Especially if they weren't a kid but were wearing your kids clothes. And especially if they were some of the, shall we say, ugliest people you'd ever seen.

Which is is exactly what happens in these two commercial PSAs from Energy BBDO for The Partnership at DrugFree.org. Of course the message here is that a teenager's mood, personality and appearance can drastically change when they take drugs. Which, of course, is what Energy BBDO is attempting to convey here.

So maybe it's a bit more relateable than a couple of eggs being dropped into a frying pan but we just can't get past the freaskishness of the actors in this PSA to even begin to absorb the don't do drugs message here. But, perhaps, that's just us. Ugly people frighten us.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange



Cataphiles Replace Parkour Practitioners As Latest Ad Trend

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Forget old school raves in undisclosed warehouse locations. That's so yesterday. Wait...even saying "so yesterday" is, well...so yesterday. Anyway, moving on, Sapient Nitro is out with new work for Footlocker that touts the Padded Collar Loopback from Converse. And, apparently, the fact that the only place hipsters party now is underground. Literally.

Yes. Cataphiles, as they are known, are urban explorers who traverse the catacombs of Paris and, according to this work from Foot Locker, have a really great time doing it. Who knew a few dank, dark, underground passageways could be filled with so much hipsteresque frivolity?

Previously in the strange land of Foot Locker advertising: Fetishistic Spanking.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Trends and Culture



Video Calls For End of Unboxing Videos

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You've seen them. Those videos that obsess over the unboxing of products as if they were the second coming of Jesus holding hands with Justin Bieber. In this video from Cool Gear Reviews, the packaging, not the product inside, is drooled over as hilariously soothing music plays.

If you've ever watched unboxing videos, we guarantee you will laugh at this one and, no doubt, agree with the video's conclusion that unboxing videos, as a category, are "exceedingly useless."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange, Video



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