Madonna Benetton Ad Interestingly Timed With Adoption Controversy

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Make the Logo Bigger points us to a new Benetton ad in which Madonna candidly poses with her three children, including the boy from Malawi whose dubious adoption she's actively campaigning to defend. But hey, we're willing to bet at least $1 that one has nothing to do with the other. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-06    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Magazine, Outdoor



'Appetite for Destruction' ads play on 9/11 Turf

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At the corner of Rector and Washington in New York, Giovanni's Atrium has begun a storefront campaign that's generating more attention than restaurant windows usually get. Showcasing "The happiest Happy Hour south of ground zero," its posted menu includes lines like "Hot and Cold Antipasto Table to tantalize your appetite" ... "for destruction?" quips Gawker.

Hey, marketing's competitive in the Big Apple. They definitely got our attention. It's advertising in bad taste, but we can't help but ask ourselves if it's actually bad advertising. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-06    
Topic: Bad, Outdoor, Racy



Contextual Corrigendum Continues to Catch Fire

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Hello? Purveyors of contextual advertising? Are you there? Do you care? Hasn't your technology been around long enough to cease the endless contextual mishaps that keep popping up? Do we really need killer values from supermarkets offered next to articles about Amish killings? Do we need turpentine ads next to bits about a teen drinking turpentine to abort a pregnancy? How about putting Anna Nicole Smith's dead son up for sale? Or "card shark" credit card copy next to an article about a woman jilled by a shark? Haven't we seen enough of these to realize a tune up is needed? Apparently not. Here's another one sent to us by The Consumerist.

We do not profess to be an expert of any kind on contextual advertising. We do not believe any of this is done maliciously either. We know there are very reputable contextual advertising companies out there who are above board and provide a great service to marketers. We don't know if these "misplacements" can ever be stopped but we'd love to see if anyone can try. On second thought, maybe not because then we'd have nothing to write about on this topic.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange, Tools



Ships Aren't the Only Thing Passing in the Night

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This has absolutely nothing to do with advertising and everything to do with our love for typos. So it is with our pleasure we present the Dallas Observer's likening of Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks' performance, present and future, to two shits passing in the night. We offer our condolences and complete sympathy with the email tirade you are now currently experiencing from voracious readers who'd rather bitch about your typos than laugh at their humor.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-06    
Topic: Bad, Strange



Nivea Sends Confusing Message with 'Stay on the Good Side'

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To promote its new electric razor Nivea launches Stay on the Good Side, which is pretty much intended to make the scruffier sex cream at the thought of looking like this man. Note condemned (possibly hung over) guy just behind him. Or maybe it's whats-his-name from Agency.com?

We find Nivea's cleanshaven sex object creepy - unearthly, even - and we don't think it'll be long before irate men everywhere erect their own version of a Dove Evolution campaign.

And what's going on with the Clancy ad to the right of the website? Whose ingenious idea was it to use a scruff-friendly sponsorship to pay for a clean faces promotion? We won't even touch the fact that it's for a sweepstakes called Splinter Cell. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-23-06    
Topic: Bad, Online



Duracell Misses Chance to Leverage Emotion

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This commercial could have been so much more emotional. So much more effective. After all, what's more spine tingling that a heroic firefighter doing their thing to douse fires and save lives? Unfortunately, this Duracell spot didn't capture emotion of any kind and, instead, went the boring, announcer-read route to tout the fact its batteries are used in a firefighter's T-PASS III, a device that notifies firefighters it's time to evacuate a building.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials



Karen Black Nuzzles Tombstone, Disowns Fur

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We're appropriately horrified by horror queen Karen Black's new campaign for PETA in which she proudly announces "I wouldn't be caught dead in fur."

PETA's pretty stoked about the pairing but the whole play on words with Karen Black looking kind of dead already is too much to bear. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns



Boots Leave Stench Strong Enough to Cook In

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We're not too sure what Sorel was thinking with this one but we know it did not make us want to put their boots on our feet. Or eat that hot dog either. In fact, we're inclined to stay pretty far away from boots so insulated you could cook over them, any kind of food cooked over boots and people that put the two together. We almost wonder if that's what Sorel was shooting for. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Bad, Magazine, Strange



IntelliTXT Thinks Bill Murray Hangs With Porn Stars

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While it may be true that Bill Murray does, actually, hang with porn stars, we're thinking if he's good enough to hang with Scarlett Johansson, he probably doesn't need porn stars. Having said that, our favorite text-trashing text link poster child, IntelliTXT thought the "actors" Bill Murray was with when he played golf the other day might need a little help scoring their next gig and helpfully linked them to xxxpornjobs.com. (You do know that's not a work-safe link, don't you?) Don't you just love contextual advertising fuckery?

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Racy, Strange



Alltel Wireless Campaign Continues Downward Spiral

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The Alltel Wireless campaign, which began with the great concept of personifying competing mobile phone companies, continues it downward spiral with a second installment of its "mall geeks" cell phone company personification. Once again, the other companies try to get Alltel to end its MyCircle plan, this time with a bribe. It falls flat.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary








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