Stripper vs. Underage Girl, Sinead Dates, Hubspot Apologizes

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- Yawn. The battle continues to rage regarding the definition of sexual suggestiveness in advertising. This time it's a stripper versus an underage-looking girl in a jeans ad.

- Sinead O'Connor placed an ad on Craig's list looking for a male companion. The list of requirements is very long.

- HubSpot has issued an apology to the children of North America for causing a shortage of unicorns.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Racy



Win Shoes For Life From Aldo

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New York agency SKINNY partnered with B-Reel to create Aldo Shoes for Life, a selection of games of chance tied to a Terry Richardson shoot with model Lily Donaldson and actor Matthew Gray Gubler.The winner of the games will get shoes for life from ALDO.

We didn't win shoes for life but maybe you will. Give it a whirl. We suck at online games.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Games



That Fanny Pack Will Not Get You Laid

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Now here's an interesting way to sell condoms. Attached to lime green fanny packs which were distributed on bikes left in parks in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boulder, Austin and San Diego are 2" square hang tag/booklets which read, in part, "This is a complimentary fanny pack. When worn as a fashion accessory by a man, it makes for excellent birth control. No man has ever been seduced while wearing a fanny pack in the history of the fanny pack. In the event you prefer your birth control to involve actual intercourse, may we suggest Sir Richard's Condoms."

The campaign comes from TDA_Boulder.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Guerilla



Conference to Offer Mobile Case Study Success Stories

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On September 21, Business Development Institute will host Mobile Social Communications 2011: Case Studies and Roundtables, a one day conference designed to share mobile success stories from brands that have realized tangible business goals through the use of mobile strategies.

The conference will answer the following questions: How do brands participate in mobile social gaming to achieve marketing objectives? What are the best examples of how leadings brands use mobile social strategies to achieve business goals? How are location based platforms such as Facebook, Foursquare, and Yelp working with brands to connect with consumers? How do marketers and communicators embrace virtual currency in the mobile social space? How do you integrate mobile social strategies into your enterprise's marketing and communications platform? How do you overcome challenges from extending existing social media platforms into the mobile space? Who are the leading agencies and technology players that have experience in helping brands create and execute mobile social strategies?

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Industry Events



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Torture Porn Used in Road Safety Ad

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Jesus! Don't watch this rail safety commercial unless you are a fan of those Saw movies. While the ad doesn't go so far as display the graphic torture porn gore the movie series did, you'll still feel a bit...um...torn apart after viewing this ad from the Government of South Australia.

In the ad, we are informed a train's engine has over 1,000 horsepower. The visuals remind us of that with a thousand horses running in four different directions building up speed to pull what's at the end of their ropes. The result will not be pretty.

The message? Think about that before you cross the tracks.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Hip Hop Hamsters Jump the Shark

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It's really no surprise this latest Kia Soul Hamster ad from David & Goliath is getting a bad rap. After all, sequels rarely live up to the original. The first two outings in this campaign where original and amusing. Looking back at the first spot in this campaign, you can sense the originality in the concept.

Upon viewing the second spot, you can sense the progression of the campaign and the central characters from early onset hipsters to full blown hip hop stars of the hood. Sadly, the third outing has reduced the hip hop hamsters to caricatures of themselves. They've become the comic relief in a video game.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Sears Still Gasping For Air With Help From The Kardashians

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Is it just us or is the match up between Sears and the Kardashians a total non-sequitur? Number one, you have an extremely conservative, run-of-the-mill department store that's the last thing on anyone's mind when the word "fashion" enters the conversation. Number two, you have the Kardashian sisters who, in some circles, are the furthest thing from run-of-the-mill.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion, Trends and Culture









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