Blake Griffin Does Extreme Dunk For Kia Optima

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David&Goliath is out with a new spot for Kia Optima featuring Blake Griffin, power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. Following the Kia Motors' 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the two are teaming up once again in the form of a new :30 commercial that features Blake as the official spokesman of the vehicle he dunked over, the Kia Optima.

Of the work, D&G copywriter Dan Kelly said, "The creative was inspired by two things: the highly-publicized Kia Optima Dunk and Blake Griffin's off-court personality. After researching Blake and meeting with him in person, we soon came to realize how funny he really is. He has a very dry sense of humor and is extremely comfortable in front of the camera. We got to work right away creating a campaign that utilized both his personality and Kia's."

The spot is impressively goofy and over-the-top absurd which is why it's so much fun.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Laura Vandervoort the Latest Nude PETA Celebrity

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Are you a fan of Smallville? Or V? Or just love any chance you can get to stare at Laura Vandervoort? Well, now you can stare more as PETA, otherwise known as celebrity porn for a cause, is out with a new animal rights ad. In the ad, Vandervoort is naked and painted to look like a reptile. The ad's tagline asks, "Whose Skin Are You In?" Of course, the ad is aimed at urging people to "leave wildlife out of your wardrobe."

In a short PSA, Vandervoort says, "I want to make people aware that if you want a high end python bag or crocodile... Three or four alligators have to die for each purse. It's just ridiculous. A lot of people think that reptiles don't feel, but they do."

And she should know. She played one on TV.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Howard Gossage Gets His Own Documentary

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Howard Gossage, known to many as The Socrates of San Francisco, launched an ad agency out of a firehouse where, as documentarian Ashley Pollak says, "Gossage had managed to save the Grand Canyon from being flooded for profit, helped estblish Friends of the Earth, discovered Marshal McLuhan - an obscure Canadian academic who thought up the Internet - and inadvertently caused the military invasion of a small Caribbean island."

Pollak is out with a trailer for a full length documentary on Gossage. You can check out the trailer below.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Agencies



Eight Tips For Marketers Using YouTube

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American Express Open Forum has put together a list of eight tips marketers can employ to make better use of YouTube in their marketing mix. Chief, of course, is humor though using humor is many time a crap shoot and often times the effort falls flat. Other tips include making your video purposefully unrelated causing the classic WTF reaction among viewers. telling a story, using interactivity, make a game out of it and more. Check out the full list here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Video



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