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Mother's Animal Launches Olympic Medal Count

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Mother's publishing arm, Animal, has launched Medal Count, a customizable online destination that makes it easy to keep track of Olympic medal wins. Medals can be sliced and diced by sport and country and the site contains links to Olympics-related articles as well and a TV schedule of events. And if you're super obsessed, you can leave the site open all day and an alarm will sound when the country of your choice win another medal.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Agencies



NFL Thursday Night Football Gets Quirky

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Just as we've all settled in for the Olympics, the NFL has decided its time to tout its Thursday Night Football and NFL.com Fantasy Football with new work from David & Goliath. The campaign, entitled Serious Fun, is just that.

In one spot, Mountain, a jolly fellow asks, "Do you like winning? How about fun and high fives? Are you into those? No talk to me about man hugs." Somehow it all leads to football, Thursday night football beginning in September.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Guy Gets Locked in House For Six Days to Promote Schlage

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To call attention to a brand category no one ever thinks of, door locks, Indianapolis-based ad agency Young & Laramore, from June 23 - 27 held the first-ever Schlage "Key to Strong Challenge," locking a man in a tiny house in downtown Seattle and sending residents on a physical and digital scavenger hunt to track down the key to unlock him for a chance to win a $5,000 Grand Prize.

The event, which is part of a larger campaign which includes TV that launched last month, garnered some hefty exposure for Schlage and, we are told, fueling double-digit sales growth in stores.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Social



Advertising Lessons Learned From the Olympics Opening Ceremony

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This Olympics-focused editorial series is written by Ronald Urbach, Chairman of law firm Davis & Gilbert LLP and the co-chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group at the firm.

It has begun, the Olympics. Even the name sounds grand. For the athletes, it reflects years of overwhelming personal effort and training focused on a singular goal - to win gold. For each country, it's time to fly the flag and show pride. For London, it's the moment where they can show off to the world. For the agencies, advertisers, marketers, media, and the people and businesses that live and work in the ad ecosystem, they see the Olympics from their own unique vantage point.

But for me - a lawyer and head of the preeminent law firm in the advertising industry, and someone who has been living and breathing advertising and marketing his entire professional career, I see things through a very different prism. Over the next two weeks, I am going to give you my thoughts on what I am calling, the Olympics of Advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Opinion



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AMC Fights DISH With NYC Zombie Infestation

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As part of its ongoing negotiations with Dish Network which dumped the network from its lineup, AMC has unleashed real-life Walking Dead zombies in New York City posing as EMTs, street workers, cops, pedestrians and hot dog vendors. Needless to say, the stunt scared the crap out of people but also brought a few laughs.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Window Washer Invites Workaholics to Ultimat Vodka Party

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Employing a unique strategy to pimp its vodka client, Ultimat, Amalgamated hired window washers, spruced them up a bit and sent them up and down the sides of high rises in New York and Chicago with placards urging workers to take a break, work less and join the brand atop the roof for a vodka-fueled party.

Ingenious if you ask us. And quite successful. In just four short days, the video, which as we all know is the meat of the campaign (not the actual stunt), already has over one million views.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Guerilla



'Moist And Tender' Slim Jims Help Emasculated Men Man Up

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Before we get into this Venables Bell & Partners-created work for Sim Jim's new steakhouse strips, we have to ask, "Just what the hell are Slim Jims made of?" They don't taste like food and they certainly don't taste like steak. And reading the list of ingredients is enough to make one barf. But, like it or not, that topic is one for the food critics, not the ad critics. Onward.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Google Fiber is Just What Kansas City Needed

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Venables Bell & Partners, with help from 1st Avenue Machine, have created this fantastic animated representation of internet speeds to herald the launch of Google Fiber in Kansa City, one of 1,100 cities which applied for the behemoth's new 1000 MB/Sec fiber network.

The agency crafted a representation of on internet speeds as if they fueled the physical goings on within an city. Beginning with antiquated 56K speeds to 10GB speeds and all the way up to 1,000GB speeds, the video is underscored by an ever more speedy version of The Cars hit, Just What I Needed.

A dead-on representation of what life would be life if it ran at 1,000GB/Sec. Impressive work.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Video



Facebook App's Maid From Hell Leaves Snot on Towel

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Here's frequent traveler's worst nightmare. One never wants to think about just what might be going on in your hotel room when the maid makes a visit. One hopes they simply enter and sterilize the place without leaving any of their own DNA behind.

To promote Gordon Ramsey's new TV show, Hotel Hell, production company Ralph & Co. developed this Facebook app that provides and up close and personal experience with the Maid From Hell.

As you squirm while watching this Facebook-fueled production, you will forever wonder just what those maids do when they come to tidy up your hotel room.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Social



Porn Star Sunny Leone Says Too Much Sex is Bad

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PETA, as only PETA can, has enlisted yet another sexpot to hype one of its causes. This time, it's all about sex. Well, actually, it's all about not having sex. And this no sex message comes to us from someone who has made a career out of having sex, porn star Sunny Leone.

The print ad, which carries the headline, "Too Much Sex Can be a Bad Thing," encourages people to sterilize their dogs and cats. A porn star saying too much sex is a bad thing. Hmm. Only in advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-12    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Racy



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