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SportsNet New York is Like Steroids For Men

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What is it with sports, sex and testosterone? Oh wait. Silly question. A new campaign for SportsNew New York from Ogilvy & Mather, More Sports, More Testosterone, launches this week with "Muscles," which shows how watching SNY builds muscles as a skinny guy transforms into a muscle-bound dude, and "Libido," an ad that shows the impact watching sports has on a just married couple - 95 year-old Leopold and his much younger trophy wife. As the older man watches SNY, he quickly tires out his new bride and the ad closes with a shot of her gasping on his oxygen tank.

They we get a kick out of testosterone-fueled jungle boy bench pressing a couple of hot female cops over his head, we much prefer the ogle-the-big-boobed-hottie approach to elevating interest in New York sports teams made possible by Tehmeena Afzal's love for the Mets, Giants and Knicks.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Famous Footwear Helps People Imagine Their Awesomeness

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While Reebok is all about helping women tone their ass into stunningly tight, bootylicious deliciousness, Famous Footwear, which, of course, sells Reeboks, is all bout helping it customers daydream about situations they'd never find themselves in...just because they are pondering the purchase of a new pair of kicks.

Three new commercials from Campbell Mithun for the brand help a woman imagine besting a group of female Kenyan runners, help another envision herself kicking but in a martial arts battle and pump up a guy's ego by helping him imagine himself as a cop chasing after a criminal on a rooftop Parkour-style.

It's all very silly. But so are most of the things we all imagine so we guess that makes this campaign dead on target.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Foster Parents Turn Child's Upside Down World Right Side Up

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Did you know that foster parents rock? According to this new PSA from SERVE Marketing for Adoption Resources of Wisconsin's Foster Care Awareness Month foster parents can also rock a child's life by giving them a safe place to live.

The :60 examines the day in the life of a boy whose life is upside down because of the uncertainty in it. Of course, the spot has a happy ending with the by coming home to a loving foster family.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Cause



Toyota to Give 100 Cars to 100 Charities

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Well isn't this nice of Toyota. Today, the brand announced that public voting for its "100 Cars for Good" program is now open through August 16. The program will award 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

Beginning today, five organizations per day will be profiled on Toyota's Facebook page where the public is invited to show their support by voting daily to help determine the winning nonprofit organization. Each of the 500 nonprofit organizations selected as finalists have created an online profile, which may include a video showcasing how the organization plans to use a new Toyota vehicle to do good in their local community. Voters may place one vote per day, each day, over the course of the program.

Each day, the previous day's winner will be announced and five new nonprofit organizations will be featured for voting. Winning organizations can choose from the following vehicles: Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna or Sienna Mobility.

by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Cause, Promotions



Local Brewer Pokes Fun at Big Beer Brand Ad Claims

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Cultivator Advertising & Design is out with a new TV campaign, Truth in Beervertising, for regional specialty brewer Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado. Four 15-second spots poke fun at some of the bigger beer brands' ad claims.

Each spot features the voiceover of Breckenridge brewmaster and general manager Todd Usry, and, on camera, head brewer Bob Harrington. One spot describes Breckenridge's seasonal Summerbright Ale as "the perfect summer beer," and discloses the brewer's "proprietary" cold test.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Deodorant Makes Multi-Site Journey Across Internet

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You've seen site and page takeovers, right? Choose your own adventure sagas? Cross website integrations? Well, Paris-based Agency H has combined all three and more resulting in a very cool experience they call "surfing telling" for Mennen.

What begins as a video takeover on Dailymotion continues across a multitude of site including Facebook, Pizza Hut, Eurosport, Micromania and various blogs until it circles back to the original branded Dailymotion page. It's an interesting story about the travels of a single stick of deodorant.

Really nice, really engaging work.

by Steve Hall    May-10-11    
Topic: Online



Bieber Begs Beliebers, Food Burned, Socks Still Lost

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- Justin Bieber posed again for PETA while in Manila for a concert and said to his Beliebers, "It's really important that people adopt. I really encourage going out to an animal shelter or a place where you can get a dog who has been abandoned or doesn't have a home."

- Here's an interesting campaign that illustrates how lots of hard work - at Gold's Gym, of course - can help literally burn food.

- Hate writing cover letters? Lisa Taylor has made the daunting process surprisingly easy.

- Here's the last entry in GE's Sock Loss campaign. Really not as good as earlier iterations but still a bit funny.

- A little morbid but practical none-the-less. The Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War has launched Facebook Blood Groups, a collection of Facebook Groups designed to make easy for people to donate and find blood of a certain type.

- And just for fun a Belgian dating site ad in which women are available for order via a gumball machine.

- British Airways has launched it first ad campaign as sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics.

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity



Shocker! Cannes Debuts Creative Effectiveness Category

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We had to do a double take when we were told of this. After all, we're talking about Cannes here. The boondoggle that celebrates creativity in the advertising industry. And by creativity, we mean ads the industry, itself, thinks are "really cool" and "cutting edge."

Still we find it hard to believe but Cannes has launched a Creative Effectiveness category which will awards honors to shortlisted or winning entries from last year that...wait for it...actually delivered results.

Say what? A Cannes Lion for ad work that sold shit? Slap me upside the head with Donny Deutch's Speedo but did we hear that right?

Apparently, results will account for 50 percent of the judging criteria with the remaining 50 percent consisting of the idea and the strategy. A 20 person jury including four clients will decide the fate of, to date, 142 entries from 33 countries.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Industry Events



Newcastle Targets Criminals and Loan Defaulters

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In a new campaign from Vitro for Newcastle Brown ale, difficult situations are somewhat alleviated with a sip of Newscastle which brings about the lighter side of dark. Which, of course, is a very good thing because no one wants to lose two ankles when they can lose just one or have to pay a lawyer a lot of money to get you out of jail.

As with all beer commercials, we're not quite sure how this sells beer. Unless, of course, the brand is trying to target loan defaulters and criminals. Which, come to think of it, may not be a bad approach. After all, people in such situations are under a lot of stress and alcohol is well known to, at least temporarily, alleviate stress. Right. Makes perfect sense now.

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Cannes Brings Back 48-Hour Ad Contest

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Once again, Cannes has announced its 48-Hour ad contest for creatives aged 18 to 28. On May 13, Cannes will release a creative brief for a charitable organization and contestants will have two days to shoot, create and edit a video. Then, contestants will have to do whatever they can to make the video "go viral." The winner will get a free trip to Cannes from June 19-25 and will have their video entered into competition for a Cannes Young Lion.

Last year, the brief was for WaterAid, an organization that brings clean water to the parts of the world that don't have it. One of the entries featured a guy talking out of his ass. The brief will be available at the Cannes YouTube page at midnight at May 13. Judges for the contest include CP+B CD Tom Hauser, Ogilvy ECD Gerry Human and Momentum ECD Meera Sharath.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Industry Events



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