Coconut Saves Man From Inappropriate Bikini Comment


Here's a funny one. Ever been in that painful situation in which you say something to your significant other you wish you could take back? Well, Fallsview Casino Resort understands and is leveraging that notion in its ongoing campaign. The latest entry takes us to the beach where a man doesn't quite respond appropriately to his wife/girlfriend's statement, "I can't believe this bikini still fits me."

But thanks to a little luck and a coconut, our man is rescued from having his nuts handed to him on a platter. Toronto-based Blammo Worldwide created the campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Commercials, Racy

Giant Hand Calls Attention to Disease


To call attention to Dupuytren's disease, an ailment that affects the use of one's hands, 200 people dressed in skin-colored body suits formed a giant hand in Covent Garden to visually illustrate the contracting effects of the disease. Observers are directed to a website for more information

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Human, Promotions

Citroen to Host World's First Twitter Race


Hoping to capitalize on people's obsessive use of Twitter, Euro RSCG Amsterdam along with Perfect Fools has launched a Twitter race to promote the new Citroen DS5. Beginning November 17, Twitter users will have a chance to win their own Citroen DS5 by directing the car's drivers. The most prolific tweets will encourage the driver, Dutch TV and radio presenter and car enthusiast, Froukje de Both, to travel to the tweeter's locale.

At the end of the "race," which is timed and can be monitored on a Facebook page, the driver will stop, hold up a sign with the most recent Twitter message and the first person who sees it and tweets back wins the car.

by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Social

Taman Whisky Bluntly and Brilliantly Mixes Messaging


Well now. Here's a "liquor ad' that takes an unexpected turn. We've seen many alcohol brands - out of public and political pressure, of course - urge people not to abuse alcohol in a way that results in harm to oneself or to others. But we've never seen a brand do it so honestly and abruptly in the middle of a commercial that lulls you into the beauty and elegance of the brand.

The ad calls attention to the fact one in five parents in Sweden drink too much causing their children to suffer, eight out of ten acts of violence in public places are alcohol related and more than 325,000 Swedes are addicted to alcohol. It's just a good thing that the country has rehab centers where alcohol Addicts can get help from when they need it.

And in a twist on it's own tagline, the commercial closes asking, "How smooth is that?"

We love the ads honesty. We love its fearless deliverance of a sales and safety message all in one. We love the blunt, sudden, mid-commercial shift from the sales message to the safety message. And we love the fact it tricked us into thinking Taman was an actual liquor brand.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Creative Commentary

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Clorox Hops Aboard the Soap Opera Redux


You have to be pretty old to remember the original slew of soap operas. While many are currently suffering cancellation, there was a day when soap operas ruled the airwaves with millions upon millions of viewers. And while they were always advertiser supported, they got there name from the fact household brands such as P&G, Lever, and Colgate-Palmolive sponsored and produced the shows when they were first broadcast on radio and then television.

As daytime television audiences dwindled, soap operas lost their luster and, sadly to many, have been getting cancelled after 25 - 35 year runs. But, leave it to the web to rescue and rejuvenate just about anything. While episodic online shows aren't a new thing and have been produced for quite some time, the genre is far from the mainstream glory days of televised soap operas.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Online, Product Placement, Television

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