It's Not Studio 54 But It's Just As Bad (Good?)

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Back in the day a guy named Aarif Smaks (or not) was a famed dance instructor. In Finland. Far, far from Studio 54. Diesel has taken (or created) this bit of geriatric disco fever and created a sneaker ad out of it for the brand's Diesel Freezy Sneaker.

Complete with seemingly planted comments like this, "love it... I danced the same way until I put my back out many years ago doing the disco boogie woogie will try again once I get to the diesel store that sell those sneakers. I'll tell my dance troupe on Facebook... love you," the video has achieved 11,768 views on YouTube since being posted yesterday.

Anachronistic video footage + catchy old-school dance music gone techno = seemingly successful viral video.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-07    
Topic: Good, Video, Viral



Aussie Speed Demons Get Egos Checked with Derisive Pinky Wiggles

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This ad is part of an Australian road safety campaign that's become a big winner amongst citizens Down Under.

Instead of sharing cautionary tales about traumatic crashes, the message here is simple:

Men who speed have small dicks.

And to bring boisterous tire-burners down to size, the ad introduces a useful new gesture: nonplussed women and put-off buddies wiggling pinkies to illustrate speeders' "insecurities."

It's perfect.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-17-07    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Good, Television



American Airlines Really Does Know Why You Fly

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Apparently, American Airlines was on to something when it launched its "We Know Why You Fly" campaign a few years ago. We're told the campaign has increased awareness of the airline from 50 percent to 85 percent "in some key markets and among business travelers." Of course, "some key markets" could be Ketchikan, Alaska and Bangor, Maine but let's not rain of their celebratory parade.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-17-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Snow Plows the New 'Just When You Thought...' Ad Medium

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OMG. Just when we thought we'd written this line for the last time, we're gonna write it again: "Just when you thought every last inch of space had been covered with advertising, yet another appears." Most recently, it was the front of washing machines in laundromats. Now, it's the front of plows to promote Audi Canada's Quattro event which aims to get people into dealerships this week to try ot the vehicle.

Accompanied by radio, print and online, five snow plows were outfitted with signage and painted plows which read, "Winter is Coming" along with the dates of the event. As we've said every time before, it's only a matter of time before someone offers to paint our house for free as long as they can paint a giant logo on the front of the house. Lowe Roche created the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-07    
Topic: Events, Good, Guerilla, Online, Outdoor, Radio



Really Thick Fisherman And Really Cold Russians Hype Really Beer Beer

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Here's a pair of commercials for the Swedish beer Falcon that pits man against man in a game of typical male oneupmanship. As men argue over who's beard is thicker and who can withstand the coldest of temperatures exclaiming "really thick" and "really cold," Falcon's "really beer" message is really clearly delivered. Again, simplicity wins.

The campaign was created by Saatchi & Saatchi Stockholm and produced by Social Club.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Lexus Winks: Even Classy Cars Have Naughty Streaks

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Here's a wink-wink nudge-nudge type of spot meant to tell us that while Lexus would never actually approve of making doughnuts, tearing into corners or nailing sweet spots, its '08 GS is certainly equipped to.

We like to compare this subtle new tongue-in-cheek attitude to those gleefully bad-ass -- but still luxury-class -- Audi ads.

The spot, which debuted this evening during Boston Legal, is brought to you by Team One Advertising, LA, and visual effects firm a52. We wish Lexus would try being funny more often. Generally speaking it can be a bit ho-hum.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Wendy's Red Wigs Attack Heavy.com In Homepage Takeover

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Tomorrow, Wendy's and its team of red wig wearing goofs will take over the Heavy.com site at 10AM EST for a 12 hour period. The site will be emblazoned with Wendy's and red wig goodies including the magical placement of the red wig atop people's heads in videos featured on the site.

While some may disagree, we think the red wig campaign is one of the best since "Where's the beef?" barring, perhaps, Dave Thomas' long running appearance as spokesman.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Good, Online



'28 Seconds Later' Makes Us Want to Watch Campy Horror

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28 Seconds Later is a (completely left-field!) short film promoting the DVD release of 28 Weeks Later. It makes fun of -- but also revels in -- the gratuitous bloodshed and flimsy premises of zombie tribute movies.

It blew our minds. And then we ate them.

See the other three here. The shorts and website were designed by Kulavortex.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video



St. Mary's Brings Humor to Fancy-Free ER Scruples

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It isn't often we see a health or mental care ad that doesn't make us want to kill ourselves.

But Mortar Agency for St. Mary's Medical Center gives us a pleasant surprise with these witty prints that look like they're destined for the college demo -- known for taking liberties when it comes to staying healthy. (Take it from people who've swigged out of the expired milk carton too many times to count.)

The slogan is, appropriately, "Get in. Get better. Get going." If only repairing a broken back was that convenient. (Who uses a spotter, anyway?)

Our other favourites include Extra Spicy? and Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty. See 'em all here.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Good, Poster



Peugeot 308 Gets Guerrilla-Style Introduction

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In Portugal, the new Peugeot 308 got some guerrilla-style action courtesy of Torke Stunt. To hype the launch of the new model, two trucks were outfitted with giant, 3D objects in the shape of the number 308. Fifty eight wooden boxes were placed around Portuguese cities with peep holes containing a message telling people to check out the new model at a dealership. In airports, limo drivers held signs with the number 308, ads were placed atop departure and arrival screens and boxes with big 308s on them were placed on baggage claim belts. We're betting that last one wouldn't play well here in the States.

It's nice to see guerrilla efforts done campaign style. So often, they are just one offs. Good ones but one offs none the less.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla








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