Bush Won't Help Lenders, Countrywide Demonstrates Why

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Here's a contextual quirk that appeared in Joe Madison's AP news feed. In the video, Bush refuses to support a bill that bails mortgage lenders out of crisis mode. Meanwhile, a contextual ad for Countrywide -- a lender in dire straits -- appears below his torso.

"No closing cost refi. No points. No credit report," the ad promises. Jesus, Countrywide. Is it any wonder Bush wouldn't stick his neck out for you?

In related news, Countrywide recently got ripped in the press when its CEO trashed a hard-up borrower via email. (It was an accident. The borrower was appealing for financial relief, and apparently the flustered Mozilo pushed "reply" instead of "forward.")

What beautiful irony.

by Angela Natividad    May-21-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Online



Amstel Light: Not Big on the Whole 'Literacy' Thing

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Amstel Light may have taught us properly how to spell "beer" in Dutch, but this is definitely not how you spell "damn." Unless you're referring to what beavers make, or are trying to be clever with your city of origin. But really, did bad puns ever get a brand anywhere good?

Also, I'm digging how the YouTube video description reads "Tradition since 18070." I didn't even realize we'd passed that year yet.

by Angela Natividad    May-21-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Oh Look! It's Another Ass Selling Things!

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OK, then. After having crapped all over sexism in the office place, why not jump right back into reality: the use of sex, namely ass in this case, to garner attention for the purposes of selling stuff. This is a consumer-created ad for French railway Voyages-sncf.com. See? Even "regular people" know sex sells.

by Steve Hall    May-20-08    
Topic: Bad, Consumer Created, Good, Racy



Careful, Miracle-Gro, You're Showing Your Age.

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Maybe because it's not hip to the existence of guerrilla gardening, Miracle-Gro is using '70s pop and a catchy new slogan to staple a sense of cool to its 60-year-old plant food product.

Under the wince-worthy slogan "It's Gro Time," this dated spot jams in print-supported phrases like "dirt manicure" and "tomato mojo" while gardeners jiggle bare midriffs and mist plants to "I Believe in Miracles (You Sexy Thing)."

God, how hopelessly lame. Thanks to ML Rogers, New York for all this quiet angst.

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Magazine, Television



Yawn. Naked Woman Promotes Magazine

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When I think of heading over to Borders or Barnes and Noble to pick up the latest copy of What Mobile Magazine, the first thing on my mind is always, always, always hot, sexy blondes with a Gwyneth Paltrow-ish come-hither look (which, much like Gwyneth herself isn't, though beautiful, all that come hither-ish after all) holding a mobile phone. Seriously. Doesn't everyone have that thought? (Thanks, George)

by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Magazine, Racy



Optical Allusions Amuse, Confuse, Promote Non-Existent Site

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This
was probably fun to film but, um, huh? OK, so it's kind of fun but to promote a new phone, the Samsung Soul? Two minutes later, you don't even care what it's for. Oh the not so minor detail the Song site is down doesn't help.

by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Video



GM's Aveo Robot Beats Old Joke to Death

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OK so BMW did the Mini robot thing. Then Citroen did it. Then it got spoofed. Then Sony spoofed it to promote a game. Then some kid spoofed the Sony Spoof. Then Citroen returned with a skating robot. Then...nothing happend for two years.

Now, moving only as quickly as GM can, Chevrolet is out with its own nod to the roof top dancing car robot thing turning the whole thing into a lame, two years too late joke. OK, so it's a little bit funny. Strawberry Frog Amsterdam created it.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Good, Video



Nothing Says 'Olympics' Like a Jumper that Screams 'Lost Fan!' ... or Possibly 'MANGA CHARACTER!'

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Ontario-based HBC.com is selling some zany-looking gear for the Beijing Olympics. Loud colours and frightening patterns aside, they appear to be slathered in symbols inspired by the Dharma Initiative in ABC's Lost.

I miss the catchy handcuff motif. What is it about Olympic sponsorship that makes creative people completely insane? (See Adidas cross-cultural flub, NYC's 2012 Olympic logo, London's epileptic nightmare.)

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-08    
Topic: Bad, Events, Promotions



Amazon Needs a Nudge with that Newfangled 'Email Marketing' Thing

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Dear Amazon.com Customer,

As someone who purchased video games or music from genres included in the game, you might be interested in our Grand Theft Auto IV music downloads store.

This is part of an email pitch that preceded a GIGANTOR graphic inviting me to "Download music from Grand Theft Auto IV."

more »

by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Online, Promotions



Don't Get Mauled at Random; Do it On Vacation

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Some contextual ad fun: This story, headed "Shark kills man off San Diego County coast" (and since changed), got really cozy with a tourism ad encouraging vacationers to get to know that sassy carnivore better.

South Africa. It's possible. Really, could that tagline be more perfect?

by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-08    
Topic: Bad, Online








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