The Coke Side of Life Is The Good Side of Life

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OK. Now that YouTube has awoken from its hangover, we can now take a look at that Coke Grand Theft Auto commercial. Click. View. Wow. We like it. Nice messaging in an environment that's usually filled with nothing but negativity, depravity and buffoon-like idiocy. Kudos to Wieden + Kennedy for...ok, cue the cheesy music...showing everyone the world doesn't have to be the apocalyptic place it's usually portrayed to be. There's a different side of life. The Coke Side of Life.

by Steve Hall    Aug-16-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Sony-Bravia Ad All Over Flickr And YouTube, Promo Site Down

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As we mentioned a couple weeks ago, Fallon would be creating a follow up to its Sony Bravia Balls ad. On a site set up specifically to monitor the creation of the ad, the agency released a lone photo of a random Glasgow UK skyscraper, the location where the ad would be created. Fallon has been very busy since then splashing paint all over the building by detonating paint bombs and all other manner of paint dispersal. Videos and photos of the creation have made their way to YouTube and Flickr. Apparently, people are quite interested in watching Fallon at work as this morning, the Bravia ad site is down. A nice problem to have, perhaps.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-06    
Topic: Best



Striking Land Rover Spot Delivers One Into the Beyond

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This is one of those commercials which we, after viewing, usually say something like, "Damn, it took them long enough to make their point!" But, we're not going to say that about this new Land Rover commercial created by RKCR/Y&R and voiced by Ewan McGregor. This mini film is so enveloping, so lush, so celebratory, so entrancing, so uplifting, so motivational, so encouraging, so everything, it doesn't matter what it's selling. However, Land Rover has chosen to position itself as the enabler in making one's dreams come true, to assist in achieving one's goals to clearly illustrate there are no barriers that can not be overcome if one casts aside the rule book and follows their heart.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-26-06    
Topic: Best, Commercials



Grave Site Smoking Room Delivers Powerful Anti-Smoking Message

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Some ads try way too hard to deliver their message. Others, like this anti-smoking ad created by Mumbai, India-based agency Everest Brand Solution needn't try at all because it's a simple message delivered the most powerful of ways. Not a word needed. Except to say it is an outdoor installation and CoolzOr has the details and more images here. It won a Bronze Lion.

by Steve Hall    Jun-29-06    
Topic: Best, Magazine



Beatboxing White Family Give Black Boyfriend Grief

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Here's an amazing commercial from MTV that captures all the humorous elements of a boyfriend coming over to his girlfriend's house to pick her up and facing the wrath and annoyance of her family as well as his girlfriend's embarrassment over the confrontation. It ends in the usual way with the girl grabbing the guy and running out of the house as the family continues to berate. But, there's a twist to this ad. The boyfriend is black, the family white and they, not the black guy, speak "beatbox" which, in a stereotypical twist, the black guy can't understand. The ad ends simply with "Speak." It's a powerful message in many ways. It encourages communication on many levels. Parent to child. Child to parent. Family member to family member. Family to boyfriend. Girlfriend to boyfriend. Without one understandable word, the ad communicates better than most ads that carry understandable words.

by Steve Hall    Jun-28-06    
Topic: Best, Cable, Commercials, Trends and Culture



Life-Like Stickers of Children on Doors Call Attention to Begging

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Childcare India is running a campaign in India that affixes life-like stickers of begging children to glass doors to call attention to apparently rampant child begging. The campaign's headline, placed on a sticker near the door's handle, is "Push him out of begging. Not out of your way."Some of us might call it creepy. We'd like to call it effective advertising.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-06    
Topic: Best, Guerilla



Bathroom Stall Ad Achieves Perfect Contextual Relevance

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Leo Burnett Lisbon has done a very cool campaign for Kellogg's All-Bran Plus cereal which found the perfect contextual location for its message: the bathroom stall. The promotion placed large stickers that looked like a locked door or a brick wall on the backside of bathroom stall doors along with another poster on the side wall explaining the cereals benefits.

This is perfect on so many levels. First, it's unexpected and catches attention. Second, the locked door makes the subliminal connection to, well, being blocked up if you don't eat enough fiber - something All-Bran Plus provides. And third, what else is there to do while in the toilet than read an ad. Brilliant work. See the creative in its full glory here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-06    
Topic: Best, Creative Commentary, Poster



Fountains Across Europe Adorned With Schweppes Bottles

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Duval Guillaume Antwerp has created an ambient (cool word for out of home) campaign that will transform fountains across European countries into Schweppes bottles illustrating the product's sparkling effervescence. Though we're not sure we'd like to enjoy beautiful fountains across Europe adorned as Schweppes bottles, we will say this is most certainly a show stopper in terms of garnering notice for the product.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-06    
Topic: Best, Guerilla, Outdoor



Ham+Lambert Hot Chick Delivers Super Bowl Ad Ratings

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Last week we told you about Hart + Larson's Ham + Lambert site which promised to show a woman named Andrea watching the Super Bowl and rating the ads. For those of us who only care about the commercials, have ADD and enjoy watching an attractive female rate Super Bowl ads, this is the video for you. Watch Andrea as she has settles in on the comfy sofa, has a beer and some snacks, paints her wall, does other weird stuff and gets up off the couch during ad breaks to rate each commercial with placards using a rating system including "Effective," "Entertaining," "A Waste of $2.5M" a score and commentary. She even does a Half Time show. But the best part is she does it while teasingly undressing and dressing. No, there's no nudity but if you want to watch the game in 14 minutes, DAMN, this is the way to do it.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Strange, Super Bowl 2006



42 Below Vodka Is Fucking Gay!

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This, by far is the best promotional video New Zealand's 42 Below has done to date. It follows one of their previous gay-bashing videos and goes even further identifying all the fucking gay things about being fucking gay. For those who are offended, it's a joke. Remember this thing called humor? Yup, there it is. Way back there in the recesses of your politically-correct addled brain. Now laugh, dammit! Fucking laugh!

Oh, we almost forgot. The video promotes a 42 Below-sponsored event in Auckland February 25 called Hero Party at Studio and Galatos which, of course, will also be fucking gay.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-06    
Topic: Best, Online, Viral








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