Magazine-Ripping Ad Removes Boredom From Coupon Ads

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It's a known fact nutritional supplement ads are boring. It's a known fact most coupon-style ads are boring. What's not known is the fact, in advertising, two boring things can, with a twist, become very unboring. That's what Draft/FCB Chicago has accomplished with its campaign for Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex APS. In order to redeem the coupon in this ad for a free sample of the product, the reader must not simply tear out the coupon but tear the entire magazine requiring 240 pounds of force. The ad appeared in the June 2007 issue of Flex.

For those who can't seem to muster the strength required to rip the entire magazine, Optimum Nutrition is happy to send a sample of Pro Complex APS...as long as the requesting party is happy to pay for the sample.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-07    
Topic: Good, Magazine



Hidden Violence and Abuse Hidden in New Anti-Abuse Campaign

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An ongoing campaign from abuse and violence cause group Safe Horizon is illustrating most abuse is hidden from view with ads that hide their messages in a jumble of letters. While the notion of making an ad harder to read could be questioned, the concept, which incorporates the twisted words Disrespected, Abuse, Humiliated, Punched, Kicked, Slapped, and Insulted, aligns nicely with the difficulty of the issue.

The pro-bono campaign, which can be viewed within two PDFs here and here, was created by creative team Rachel Howald and Ahmer Kalam from Howald & Kalam, LLC and will appear in various outdoor media in New York City, daily newspapers and nationally in magazines such as Essence, Redbook and People en Espanol.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Dandruff is a Good Thing For Gymnasts

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Is there anything that can be said in a commercial about dandruff that doesn't come off sounding like the cheesy Alberto VO5 commercials of yesteryear? Before you say yes, watch this Italian Clear Shampoo commercial first.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Texas Car Dealer Gets So Horny With Jingle

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You can count on car dealers for two things. Smarmy sales tactics and advertising that's really, really good or really, really bad. AdFreak points us to Mesquite Texas Hyundai dealer Absolute who adapted 2 Live Crew's Me So Horny for their own purposes in the form of Me So Horny, a car dealer jingle that lives quite comfortably on the really, really good end of the quality spectrum.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Radio, Strange



Sunglassed Models Whacked With Cake, Water, Jelly

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Hmm. This is new. Hot chicks getting pummeled with birthday cake in slow motion to promote the launch of Polaroid sunglasses in the United Kingdom. Created by Rubber Republic, the whack-a-hottie site strives to illustrate the importance of Polaroid's anti-glare technology.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Video



YouTubers Sam and Ralph Rap For MTV Switch Campaign

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As part of of MTV's global warming awareness Switch campaign, YouTube celeblets, Sam and Ralph of "Mutherfuckin' Tea" fame were tapped by Cake to create a video about climate change. The result is quite funny.

MTV Switch has been put together in a collaboration by six ad agencies - Cake, 180 Los Angeles, Lowe Worldwide, Ogilvy, Wieden & Kennedy, 12 and Y&R - and will run across MTV's 55 TV channels in 162 countries. The agencies did not charge for their work on the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Good, Video



More Book Publishers Take to Social Media

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It seems book publisher are getting in social media more and more every day. Simon & Shuster has hooked up with online video producer TurnHere to create a collection of videos that showcase the authors behind the publisher's books. The videos will live on a dedicated YouTube page and on a newly-created Book Videos site.

The branded channels feature authors from each of the company's divisions, including Adult, Children's and Audio. Viewers will see two minute feature pieces focusing on the behind-the-scenes stories of authors' lives, the content of their books, and the inspirations for their latest works.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Good, Social, Video



Playboy Says 'Fur Out, Love In'

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The heart-shaped placards in this Brazilian Playboy ad created by Neogama BBH should really read, "Flesh Out, Saline In." It would do a far better job explaining what's going on in this leftist campaign for the magazine which takes on everything from fur to pollution to bullfighting. See the whole campaign here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Racy



Hey, Sometimes Smokers are Smokers Too. The Question is, Do They Care?

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Adpunch blew this print campaign by Extreme Group, Halifax, in our direction. The ads put "social smoking" on blast for the cheap sham that it is.

But excepting the Only When I'm Drinking Cigarettes (which lazy creative came up with that one?), we can't help but think that toting a pack of Sometimes Smokes and Midterm Menthols would draw jaded giggles during just such situations.

It would be just as funny as Shut the Hell Up Gum, which everyone always wants to try despite the implied pwnage.

The print ads invite users to hit uratarget.com, where other tongue-in-cheek fare will again generate wry smiles from the same sometimes-smoking 20-somethings who learned in 5th-grade that smoking can lead to unsightly throat holes and emphysema. But hey, we'll quit when we're 25, so it's all good.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Magazine



Patron Can Be Epic in as Few as Two Blinks

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Sometimes a return to basics can be as glamorous as when they first appeared. Consider what an event it was to see Gone with the Wind in the theatres, way back when. Consider what an event it could still be.

To be fair, Patron isn't an epic love story. But rightfully, it leaves epic tales to Smirnoff and dazzles us old-school, in Hollywood of all places, with this star-lit changing billboard.

First part at left, second part here.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Outdoor










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