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Once Again, Boobs Distract From Ad Concept

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Wait, what? There was a man with dollar bills stuck all over him while driving a speedboat in this Geico commercial? Really? Seriously? All we saw were two super hot, delectably delicious and bodaciously boobylicious babes lounging on the bow of another boat. Someone also told us there's a voiceover. We didn't hear a thing.

Guess we should have our eyes (and ears) examined.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Racy



ING Direct Says If You Stop Drinking Coffee Long Enough, You Can Buy A New Car

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In an effort to attempt to convince Canadians how much money they can save if they would simply stop buying coffee everyday, john st. created a full sized car out of coffee cups. Theoretically, the message if you stop drinking coffee long enough, you could buy yourself a new car. Or at least that's what we take away from this work.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Guerilla



Acute Paper Influx Syndrome Causes Lethal Cubicle Contagion

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Paper kinda sucks doesn't it? Even in this digital age, stacks and stacks of the stuff still seem to overwhelm the office. Mobile business application brand Canvas knows this and can identify with the pain.

To tout the awesomeness of a paper-free world, the brand created a humorous video that highlights how it can stop the spread of the dreaded APIS or Acute Paper Influx Syndrome. In the video, office workers are attacked by creepy crawly stickies and, ultimately, have to be quarantined by the CEO.

Of course, none of this would have happened if the company had just used Canvas.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Strange



Creative Chocolate Bar Promotion Despised by Manufactuer

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Well you've gotta love a great creative idea. And this Buzzman France-created work for French chocolate bar brand Milka is certainly creative. The agency put together a program based on the assumption the last square of a chocolate bar is the best.

Milka bars where then manufactured with one square missing. Those purchasing the bars were asked to decide whether they wanted that last square sent to them or to a loved one.
Great promotion. Although we're guessing the manufacturing folks weren't too happy with having to retool their production line to manufacture bars with one square missing.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Campaigns



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I'm Too Lazy to Write A Good Headline

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After developing the Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch taco, Taco Bell had to come up with a third, equally awesome flavor. In a new Deutsch LA-created spot, people ponder what the next flavor might be but despite a few very obvious clues, they come up empty handed. Thankfully, the taste scientists over at Taco Bell had no problem coming up with the Taco Bell Fiery Doritos Locos Taco.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Commercials



Goofy Ad Urges You to Give Your Boss the Finger, Spend Time With Your Family

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Oh how we all wish a goofy song like this would break out when a call or text comes in from our boss when we're trying to enjoy some down time with the family. Of course, the immediate reaction is to respond to your boss when he or she calls but after viewing this whacky video, you will be singing "No, no, no, no, no" over and over again when your boss calls you.

The ad, created by BBR Saatchi & Saatchi for Israeli telecommunications brand Partner Communications Company, is a bit of a public service announcement that wedges in a promotion for the brand's Orange Ultralnet.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



'RoboCop' Teaches Abusive Soccer Parents A Lesson

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You know the type. You can hear them a mile away. And you want to run right over to them and punch them in the mouth. Or you want to run over to their kid and rescue them from a lifetime of verbal abuse.

Yes, The Soccer Parent. Loud. Abusive. Idiotic. Moronic.

Well, the UK's Football (cuz that's what they call it over there) Association with help from Man+Hatchet created a video which aims to diffuse parental rage at soccer games.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-29-13    
Topic: Video



This is How Facebook is Going to Die

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Yesterday, Facebook's market value topped $100 billion. Zuck must be smitten his baby is now worth close to last year's original IPO valuation. Market confidence, which Monday included a stock price increase of 1.9% to $41.34 with a daily high of $41.94 (the highest since the IPO), is said to be bolstered by belief Facebook just might deliver on its mobile advertising promise. The upswing is certainly positive news for the social network which hit a stock price low of $17.73 in September.

But can Zuckerberg, whose baby now realizes 41% of its quarterly advertising revenue from smartphone and tablet-centric promotions, really make a go of it when recent Pew research find teens have a "waning enthusiasm for Facebook"? The report states dislike for the incessant over-sharing that is part and parcel of the service. But, more importantly, teens are miffed all their parents and their parents friends are now on Facebook.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-13    
Topic: Opinion



The Standard Hotel Accused of Trivializing Violence Against Women

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A new print campaign for New York's The Standard Hotel has been accused of advocating or trivializing violence against women. The ad, which appeared in DuJour shows a woman lying face down on the pavement with a suitcase atop her back.

The publisher of Make Me A Sammich was none too pleased with the campaign and wrote, "I need to point out for anyone not clear on the concept that by using violence against women for something as crass as attempting to lure people to your "boutique" hotel chain these companies are helping to perpetuate the cycle of violence. They are normalizing it--treating it as something trivial, not worth taking seriously. Treating it as a joke. That teaches everyone regardless of gender that violence against women is No Big Deal. These messages in our media teach women to expect violence and teach men prone to violence against women that what they do is socially acceptable."

To which The Standard responded, "The Standard advertisement utilized an image series created by the contemporary artist, Erwin Wurm. We apologize to anyone who views this image as insensitive or promoting violence. No offense or harm was intended. The Standard has discontinued usage of this image."

In other words, the hotel said nothing.

by Steve Hall    Aug-27-13    
Topic: Magazine



Carl's Jr. Drops Hotties For Sports Fan

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In an apparent (and very sad) strategic shift, Carl's Jr. appears to have dropped its collection of hotties -- including Jenny McCarthy, Nina Agdal, Kate Upton and those two scorchingly hot, Daisy Duke-wearing burger babes -- in favor of...a sports fan.

Created by 72andSunny, the ad features the iconic theme from Monday Night Football.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-13    
Topic: Commercials



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