Nothing is Hidden in This Car Dealer Commercial

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Catch Up Lady points us to what is perhaps the best car dealer promotion we've ever seen. Of course, that might not be saying much as we avoid their marketing like the plague but go with us on this one. Clay Automotive, located just outside of Boston, has created a hilarious but very informative video in which the seven ways car dealers take you are explained. Citing several terms associated with buying a car such as hosed, porked, betrayed, cheated and slammed, a very round man explains how Clay Automotive makes car buying a pleasure buy...yes...undressing. It's a metaphor, of course, for Clay Automotive's opening it all up and hiding it from the buyer. We say brilliant to this one. We just might travel to Clay to buy our next car.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-07    
Topic: Best, Racy, Strange, Video



'Splat the Mat' Gets Mat Splat With Splatterific Splattishness

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Here's one for you neat freaks out there and, well, for you slobs as well because, after all, you're the ones who really need the help. For its client YES Essentials which makes stain and odor resistant, custom fit automotive floor mats, Erwin-Penland has created Splat the Mat, a site hosted by one of those annoying perfectionist neatniks who deserves what she gets: Ketchup, blueberry pie, coffee, dirt and an ice cream sundae pour all over her.

After choosing your method of splat, you are treated to a time-lapsed cleanup during which the mats is cleaned using just paper towels and water. Hmm. Maybe they should add baby puke to the list. Now that would be the true test of a mat's cleanability. Actually, there's a section of the site where you can "suggest a spill."

This is one of those sites that perfectly delivers it message and does so in an interesting and amusing manner. Props to Erwin-Penland on this one.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-07    
Topic: Best, Online



Floating Balloons With Puma Goodies Mezmerize

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We apologize for not highlighting earlier when it occurred in mid-March. We meant to. really, we did. Somehow it got lost in the pile of "publish me!" requests filling up our inbox. Usually, we just let these missed pieces dies a happy death but this work from ADK and 60 Layers of Cake for Puma's Travel Golf collection is too mesmerizingly beautiful to just toss in the trash can.

On March 17 in Antwerp, 2,000 golf ball shaped helium balloons attached to Puma golf items were sent aloft to float down Meir, a busy shopping street as well as near taxi stands, train and bus stations. People were free to take the items. Labels were attached to the balloons that described the collection and directed people who grabbed them to the Puma website. The effort aimed to convey the "packable, portable and playable" qualities of the line.

Several images of the work can be viewed here, here and here. You can also drink in the beauty of this "Travel Light" campaign in a video here.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Best, Guerilla, Outdoor



Sneakers Made Of Japan Rather Than Made In Japan

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Strawberry Frog developed the concept for this Onitsuka Tiger website which shows a sneaker with thousands of small images that, when rolled over, display pop up windows with tidbits about Japan. The site is aptly named Made of Japan. It's certainly one of the more interesting ways to convey where a particular product is made. It's far more interesting the a simple country flag which, unlike this site, tells one nothing about the country of origin. With this, you get a truer sense of Japan and truer insight into the makers of these shoes. Very nice work.

by Steve Hall    Mar-27-07    
Topic: Best, Online



Reynolds Wraps New York City's Storefronts

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Now this is really inventive and simple and brilliant. What a great way to creatively integrate a brand with the city's landscape. We like. Very much. It's the work of Saatchi & Saatchi.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-07    
Topic: Best, Outdoor



Knitting Needles Take Stabs at Time, Stress

We can think of few things less sexy or exciting than knitting. But Balendu at Adpunch points us to this campaign by Katia, which illustrates the slogan "Kill [Time/Stress], Knit" with a knitting needle stabbed into a phone (for stress) and a clock (for time). A creatively knit puddle of blood running from the gash dribbles down to the floor. The red thread against stark white makes the whole thing deliciously dark.

Pulling off racy knitting humour is a feat worthy of laud. And maybe a knitting needle purchase or two. But we can't just credit Katia; CIA Comunicacion out of Barcelona brainstormed the idea. We wonder what kind of intra-office accident went down in the creative department before they came up with it.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-15-07    
Topic: Best, Magazine



Truf Flips Off Hegemony, Bares Self for the People

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Seeking to position itself as a no-bullsh*t kind of agency, Truf does two things most agencies wouldn't: lets consumers know they exist, and shakes up the belief system we've worked so hard to make normal.

The results are provocative indeed. Their self-promoting Youtube campaign kicks off with Junkie and Flamer, both of which manipulate sights, sounds and timing to juxtapose taboos and norms. Is there really a rhyme or reason to which social habits get accepted and which don't? That's what the basis seems to be behind the masthead question, "Where Does the Truth Lie?"

We like Truf's manifesto and think agencies can only benefit from making themselves more personable to the culture, which grows increasingly more curious about what we're doing and who we are. Why not fuel the flames?

We also like the campaign for other reasons. When you think about it, it hasn't been too long since the first time we heard people were injecting botulism into their faces. WTF, mate? How did that become a slumber party activity?

by Angela Natividad    Mar-15-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Video



Nissan SUV Becomes Skateboard, Gets Ridden by Giant

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Bucky Turco sends us this very, very cool U.K. commercial for the Nissan Qashqai SUV in which the vehicle is used as a skateboard to demonstrate its agility. A giant-footed person hops on the car and takes it for a spin as if it were an actual skateboard. The results are impressive. We like

by Steve Hall    Feb-23-07    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Orange Offers Rare Glimpse Behind Ad Scenes

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While there are probably quite a few ads that make us go, "How do they do that?" the question isn't answered often enough to be worth pursuing very far.

Adland, however, posed the question about an ad for Orange entitled Belonging. Oddly enough, it was answered. Sam Akesson of Fallon London confesses, "[Belonging] took A LOT of takes, and we spent about 2 months of rehearsing to get all the choreography and movement right. Basically it involves a lot of people running and jumping into holes..."

We were like WTF until Fallon elaborated with its own version of Making the Video. Way more interesting than anything P. Diddy does behind the scenes of his hitmakers, it probably could still have used a catfight or two. But how often do you get to see people jumping into holes? Not nearly enough.

Ask at Ad-Rag confides, "Belonging doesn't use any CGI. Instead they rely on running away, jumping into holes and the camera's blind spot. I think it's neat." We do too.

In fact, we think behind-the-scenes efforts like this are a great way of building intimacy between brands, audiences and even - yes - agencies. If it worked for Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, it can work for us too. Creative endeavours make fertile ground for screaming, crying and potential taboo trysts, yeah?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-23-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Commercials, Online, Television



Social Meme Mash-Up Makes Art on Big Ball

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A cross between a collaborative rubber band ball and a chain letter, this piece of "potential art" has been bouncing through the webosphere, inviting collective creative design for an ever-growing montage.

Drawball zooms into a spot about 1/4096th its size, which is where users can leave their mark. The result isn't just a mishmash of arbitrary graffiti; it includes americana logos like Coca-Cola, new pop culture icons like Digg and representations of various subcultures.

Like Wikipedia.org, the Drawball project proves surprising to some: people left virtually unregulated will work together to build something meaningful, even if the meaning can only be seen in the aggregate.

To witness the evolution of Drawball from beginning to end, check out Drawball Playback, where a year's work of collaborative art unfolds. It's a little like watching the progression of mankind in hyperspeed, as various image colonizations and social eclipses take place over the life of the project.

We wonder if human colonizations are this provocative from a distance. Maybe that's why God never intervenes.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-22-07    
Topic: Best, Consumer Created, Online, Trends and Culture










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