Match.com Dabbles in Cupid, Fate and Online Gaming to Draw Mucky Clients

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Muck about with Muck About, a Match.com game for UK residents more interested in beer and french fries than "icky" things like flowers and chocolate, courtesy of TAMBA.

Because yobs need love too.

by Angela Natividad    Jan- 2-08    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



Smart Sheep Make Savvy Friends (Plus You Can Shear Them!)

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This Smartwool campaign by TDA ADVERTISING & DESIGN, Boulder, suggests Smartwool's sheep can outdo seeing eye dogs, gun dogs and St. Bernards. Very cute.

The tagline: "Sheared from the smartest sheep."

We're not sure why Smartwool thought endearing smart sheep to us would make us want to buy socks made of said sheeps' hide. But this isn't really the time to protest. We are wearing woolly socks now. They are warm and cozy. And if exchanging them for cotton socks would give a smart sheep its groove back, we would say no.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Magazine



Butternuts Beer & Ale Billboard Comes Alive, Attacks Pedestrians

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Earlier this month, we wrote about Butternuts Beer & Ale farm-themed campaign that's gracing the CBS SuperScreen in Times Square through New Year's Eve. As a follow on to the campaign, the brewer's agency Woods Witt Dealy & Sns have cobbled together a Drink Responsibly video about getting smashed. And this kind of smashed involves an angry billboard and a bunch of beer cans.

by Steve Hall    Dec-21-07    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Man in Testicle Suit is Deployed onto Ice Rink. Hijinks Ensue

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Ever consider funding the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation?

If you haven't, watching a man dressed like balls get slammed into a window might convince you to. And even if it doesn't, you might wander into a bathroom to check your 'nads, which is almost as good.

(Sidenote on the video: Giant pubes on the ice! Giant pubes ON THE ICE!)

See more videos by agency Struck at Carpe Testes (aww, cute URL).

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



Suffering Crises Untold? Pray a Hi! Photographer Finds You

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For Sri Lankan society magazine Hi!, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. put together three ads with a dark (but friendly!) feel.

The tagline: "Everyone smiles for Hi!" The angle: Even in miserable situations (a funeral, a riot, a stampede of Nazis or psychotic clowns) you're still gonna smile for a Hi! photographer.

The effort will appear on TV and in magazines, as well as at high society functions in the form of what the PR people call "quirky activations." Is that a euphemism for "overhead projectors"?

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Ever Wonder Why People Top Their Trees with Angels?

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If you're on the hunt for creepy new fables, find out how the Christmas tree fairy came to be. It's twisted.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



Jim Beam Offers Spirit With Holiday-Themed Website

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Now Jim Beam is in on the holiday fun with a new, holiday themed website created by Chicago's Wirestone. It's first holiday site, all manner of facial uploading, holiday card design and FAQ nonsense provide those of us just watching the clock tick b y until it's, say, noon tomorrow and we all head out for the holidays. Hmm, after playing with this site, you'll have a subliminal urge to pick up a bottle of Jim beam on the way home.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Good



Santa Delivers Presents While Decapitating Elves

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We told you the latter half of this pre-Christmas week would soon devolve into nothing buy silly games and an endless supply of agency Christmas cards. And that seems to be exactly what's happening. Try as we might to scour the industry for "real" news, all we seem to come up with is fun little Christmas-themed timewasters like this Red Christmas game from UK agency Thought.

It's simple and we like simple. All you have to do is make sure Santa gets down each of the chimney's to deliver his presents. As a sick little bonus, while delivering presents, you can have Santa wield his chain saw (yup, Santa has a chain saw in this game) to bloody the elves who, according to this game, are making slave labor allegations against Sr. Nick. Good, sick fun.

by Steve Hall    Dec-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



Denver Agency Says Fruitcakes Should be Addressed to CP + B

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Having some fun with their new neighbor, Denver Colorado agency Thomas Taber & Drazen created this holiday card which ask those sending "lavish holiday gifts" to address them to the company's new address in Denver. It also directs those sending fruitcakes to address them to Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Boulder Colorado. Friendly joke or just jealous the Miami shop is now in their backyard?

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good



PETA's Holiday Snow Globe Shakes Up the Naughty

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For its holiday card this year, PETA is offering you to get your aggressions out against those who've done some not so nice (in PETA's mind) things this year. You can choose from Colonel Sanders, Mary Kate and Ashley, Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Michael Vick or Dick Cheney, stick them in a snow globe and shake the crap out of them. Good, clean fun. Have at it.

And yes, it's becoming clear there won't be much "real" news in the ad biz until next year.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-07    
Topic: Good










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