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New Campaign Says New Zealand's Army Has Purpose

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Wait, New Zealand has an army? OK, kidding. Of course they do. Even tiny islands in the Southwestern Pacific need defensive forces. And to make sure everyone knows that, Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand is out with a campaign for the New Zealand Defense Force entitled "Purpose Built."

The creative, which aims to inform the public the armed forces are much more than combat, centers on the notion that joining the army is less about obligation and more about caring and purpose.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Cause



Red Bull's Titanic Joke Not Well Received

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It's an age old question. How soon is too soon to poke fun at a disaster? As history would inform, the answer is usually never. There are just too many emotions tied up in certain unfortunate events to make light of them. Even an event that happened 101 years ago is seemingly off limits.

When Red Bull made light of the Titanic sinking by suggesting the Titanic would not have sunk had it been carrying Red Bull, viewers were outraged and lodged complaints with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Brands, Policy



Grey New York Wins Best Commercial Emmy For Canon 'Inspired'

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Last night at the 65th Annual Creative Arts Emmys, Grey New York and MJZ director Nicolai Fuglsig won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial for their Canon "Inspired" commercial. That's the one with the tire on fire rolling down the hill.

The two other ads in the running this year were BBH's Google Chrome "Jess Time" and CP+B's Grey Poupon "The Chase."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Industry Events



This Thai Ad Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes, Warmth to Your Heart

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It's not as if we haven't seen an ad that brings tears to the eyes before but this one is so basic, so human and, in all likelihood, a representation of something that happens more often then we know. While the media love to celebrate the tragedy of life, in hidden corners of the world -- and right here at home under our noses -- acts of kindness happen every day. This work from Thai communications brand TrueMove H captures that that very basic human spirit.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-16-13    
Topic: Best, Brands, Video



Ladies, Be Sure to Wax Before You Wear A Bikini And Pumps in New York City

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We've written about the European Wax Center before. And you've probably seen their ads on busses in and around New York City. They're easily recognizable since it's hard to miss gigantic ass cheeks protruding out from under the shortest short shorts you have likely ever seen.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Outdoor, Racy



4 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Clients

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In my years as an agency media director and account director, I worked with many different personality types - including one long-term client who, for many years, wouldn't respect me or my work. One day he angered me so much I screamed at him for five minutes straight, telling him I knew exactly what the hell I was doing and he should shut up and listen to what I have to say.

While I certainly don't recommend letting your anger get the best of you or screaming at your clients, in this particular case my years of attempting to placate, coddle and generally bend over for this particular client never worked. It wasn't until I stood up to him with the same forceful authority he always commanded that he respected me. And from that point on, our relationship was wonderful.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Opinion



Romania's Famous Shipwreck, Evangelia, Gets Paint Job

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For its client, Romanian telecom brand Indygen, Propoganda digital agency, V8, came up with an interesting idea that made use of the country's famous shipwreck, the Evangelia, a ship owned by Aristotle Onassis which went aground in the 60's when it got caught between two rocks in bad weather.

The agency teamed with artist Boeme, an underground graffiti artist, to add some color to the shipwreck all while not talking about Indygen. You can see it all come to life in the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Guerilla



One Agency's Advice For Friday the 13th

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Dallas-based Dieste has put together an infographic advices agencies what they should not do this Friday the 13th. Among the advice, pick a different day to backup your work, be careful who you choose to cut your spot, beware of focus group mirrors and several others. Check out the infographic for them all.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies



Cute Redhead Births Creamy Behemoth From Her Cavernous Bowels

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When a refined young lady with a British accent sits on a toilet and lets you know she just "birthed a creamy behemoth from her cavernous bowels," you know you're in for a treat. And this Harmon Brothers-created video for Poo-Pourri, a spray you apply to the toilet bowl before you lay a brick, delivers on all fronts. The copywriting is superb. The timing and delivery excellent. And the selection of Bethany Woodruff as spokesperson brilliant.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Best, Video



ESPN SportsCenter Ad Reduces Women to Candy-Loving Bimbos

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Wieden + Kennedy is out with another ESPN SportsCenter spot. This one features U.S. Open winner Rafael Nadal as a lady magnet while ESPN personalities John Anderson and Bram Weinstein attempt to figure out Nadal's secret. Alas, it has nothing to do with Nadal's sexual prowess and everything to do with a tired stereotype that hot office bimbos can be motivated to do anything if you just give them a piece of candy.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Commercials



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