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How Crocs Should Have Reacted to That Fake Ad

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By now, you've seen that Crocs ad from London production company Compulsory which celebrates teen sex. By now, you've also noted the ad is fake and was not endorsed by the brand. Much like JCPenney which distanced itself from a fake ad (which won a Bronze Lion!) that also centered on teen sex, Crocs called the ad offensive and said, "We're very concerned by it, because it does not reflect our company values as a global lifestyle brand."

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-13    
Topic: Opinion



Hellacious Children (Once Again) Prove Condoms Are A Good Thing

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Here's yet another ad that uses children as a really good reason to make sure you use a condom when you have sex. This one for Durex was just dubbed Spec ad of the year by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. It was directed by Paul Santana and it's certainly funny but it breaks no new ground. And it, like all others of its ilk, has a gigantic strategic flaw.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-13    
Topic: Commercials



Singapore Asks Finland For Hand in Marriage, CROCS Ad A Fake

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- This weird little Mentos video with an oddly catchy tune aims to garner support for a proposal that would solve Singapore's land crisis.

- These McFlurry-loving women need better lipstick.

- IPG Mediabrands has launched a new unit that further blurs the line between media and creative agencies. Called Mediabrands Publishing, it will create videos and other quick-turnaround content for marketers that will live in the physical and digital worlds. The digital content will be distributed on websites and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Strange



Toyota Recreates Website Outdoors (Literally)

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If you're the Toyota RAV4, a vehicle specifically designed for outdoor types, how do you reach these outdoor types when they aren't likely to be sitting on their ass in front of a computer screen surfing the internet? You take the brand's website to the great outdoors where these outdoor adventurers are hiking, biking, jogging surfing and doing basically anything that gets them off their ass.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Guerilla



Maria Sharapova Named Samsung Brand Ambassador For Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Yesterday in Moscow, Samsung announced that global sports icon and four-time Grand Slam title winner Maria Sharapova was named as its brand ambassador for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In this role, Sharapova will work with Samsung to promote sporting and Olympic ideals as well as help raise awareness for Samsung's Sochi 2014 sponsorship.

The company also unveiled its Samsung GALAXY Team Russia for Sochi 2014, which features NHL All-Star and 2009 Stanley Cup champion Evgeni Malkin. The Samsung GALAXY Team is one of Samsung's key initiatives around the Olympic Games, aimed at promoting the Olympic Movement and providing "direct contact" between Olympians and their supporters around the world.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Kick Ass Kentuckians Kick Ass With 'Kentucky Kicks Ass' Tatoos

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Remember the guys who stealthily rebranded Kentucky with Kentucky Kicks Ass? If you recall, three Kentuckians, Whit Hiler, Griffin VanMeter, and Kent Carmichael, took it upon themselves to poke fun at the state's "Unbridled Spirit" tourism slogan and suggest a much better one, Kentucky Kicks Ass. Everyone loved it. Even Kentucky's Governor. Well, that is after the state realized this unofficial slogan was actually doing more good for the state than current tourism efforts.

Now the boys are back with an additional effort which offered to pay anyone who would have the Kentucky Kicks Ass slogan and logo tattooed on their body. Many did so and you can check out the results in the video and pictures below.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Guerilla



Vitamin Water Makes Light of Homeless With CollegeHumor Prank Video

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On behalf of Vitamin Water, CollegeHumor orchestrated a prank in which a panhandler enters a subway car and begins do quite the opposite of begging for money. He regales subway passengers with stories of his increasing success and the fact that he's not holding an empty latte cup to fill with money, he just refuses to litter. The humor escalates to the point the entire subway car is giving the man high fives.

The stunt is part of the brand's Make Boring Brilliant campaign. The boring, in this case, is, of course, the lowly panhandler seen all day every day as one makes one's way through the city. What's not boring, of course, is that fact that some of these panhandlers are good folks who have simply fallen on bad fortune and are desperately doing whatever they can to survive. We're not sure poking fun at that situation is the best marketing move a brand could make.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Video



This Incredibly Boring McCann Germany Video is Voiced by an Englishman and Features A Photographer Who Can't Comb His Hair

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Well the headline pretty much sums up what you'll see in this McCann Germany case study video featuring work they did for Studious Reisen, an entity that aims to highlight the hidden and lost treasures of the world. We're sure the effort is worthy. We're just having trouble getting excited about a campaign that aims to "awaken" a person's "inner travel."

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Video



Penelope Cruz's Agent Provocateur Video Sizzles With Objects of Lingerie-Clad Desire

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When you first view this Agent Provocateur video created by Penelope Cruz, you might roll your eyes and utter, "Right. Another douchebag wearing sunglasses inside ogling women like he's shopping for furniture." But once you get to the end and the reveal is made, all makes perfect sense. Men have a very vivid imagine and a significantly jacked up impression of themselves. Totally normal.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Racy



Mercedes-Benz Wants to Have Sex With Automotive Servicemen

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Cheesy is really the only word that can be used to describe this Mercedes-Benz Service song sung by Patricia Meeden. Cheesy still photography. Cheesy lyrics that proclaim double entendres like a 40-year-old woman trying to pick up an 18-year-old dude. And cheesy strategic thinking from a brand one normally associates with upstanding elegance, not veiled bathroom humor from a 14-year-old boy telling "smell my finger" jokes to his best friend between classes.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Brands, Video, Worst



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