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While this campaign appears to be real, it wouldn't be far fetched to assume it's just another one of those drop and shoot deals where the campaign is captured photographically but never actually appears for any length of time. Apparently, Mumbai agency Everest Y&R placed what appear to be explosives inside a clear plastic bag on which copy reads, "It is obvious if your are alert. If you spot anything suspicious, please inform security. Dummy Explosives. A public service initiative by R Mall." Well, at least they stated the obvious. Still, we can't see these things making an appearance for any length of time before they get snapped up by security. And it goes without saying how Boston might react to this one.
Make the Logo Bigger points us to this :15 ad tag-team featuring Geico's perpetually frustrated existentialist caveman.
As a bonus he also points us to the Phil Sims golf spot that preceded the Super Bowl. The inclusion of the caveman in the good-sport world of green hills, khaki shorts and pompous conversation is priceless. "What is this, youth soccer?" he barks competitively. We almost died laughing.
We've all dreamed of being scouted by someone who happens to notice the pure geniosity of our existence. Most grow up to chock this dear wish off to fancy, but the fantasy actually became reality for Matt Harding.
It's a weird story. The 30-something gamer travels the world with a few buddies and does a goofy dance on tape at every stop they make. Probably because of people sitting at desks all day, the video goes viral. Then it's picked up by Stride Gum, who likes Matt's dance so much they're sending him around the world again.
We dig Matt but don't know how the jig will help hock gum. Will he be chewing and dancing at the same time? We see some liability issues there - some people can't walk and chew gum at the same time. The risk of injury is in fact so vast that chewing gum was banned in Singapore.
We were waiting for somebody sitting high on the rapier-wit scale to catch the UPS whiteboard campaign (featuring pseudo-indy band Postal Service) and spoof to heart's content. Thankfully it didn't take long.
Shawn of Shedwa points us to some savory whiteboard madness. The mail order bride one is an instant UPS classic, but our favourite is monkey sex. "Let's give this little guy a banana," the demonstrator says pleasantly after explaining UPS vaccinates monkeys and kills neighbors.
What does it mean when a spoof can elicit more satisfaction than the service itself?
This is both bittersweet and deliciously cheesy at the same time. Hopefully, the anit-suicide folks will leave it alone and allow its...um... beautiful poignency shine through. As two lovestruck geckos embrace each each other atop a ceiling tile, Cliffhanger-style drama ensues leading to a bittersweet ending observed by three chess players, one of whom should have chosen Shera Ceiling Board instead of cheap substitutes. It's oddly endearing.
Shawn Waite send us this ad, which, while watching, causes a certain transfixation of the mind and causes wonderment as to what could possibly be going on (that is, if you don't read the title of the video which give the whole damn thing away). While many men from time to time are told to "grow some balls," the balls in this commercial are probably not what most had in mind. Unless, of course, they plan to become a disgustingly prolific, over-producing porn star who loves to provide the kind of facial you don't get at the salon. Eew. Sorry.
Gratuitous sex sell alert! Now you can't say we didn't warn you. Apparently hot girls and erections are now the method of choice for financial services recruitment. It seems a position with Optiver allows one to have a successful, rewarding career in financial services without burning out or losing one's lust for life. One of these two men on the park bench who watch the ubiquitous hottie prance by in this ad has, as clearly illustrated, not lost his ability to raise the bar.
On Tuesday, we reported Jennifer Love Hewitt would be reprising her role as Hanes spokeswoman to promote the company's All-Over Comfort Bra. Hewitt will appear in :15 and :30 commercials as well as in print. The television commercials, breaking tonight on American Idol, feature Hewitt struggling with ill-fitting bras during a photo shoot until she she finds the perfect Hanes bra. The entire campaign will direct people to www.hanes.com/photoshoot for additional behind-the-scenes footage and commercial outtakes, an interactive "Bra Toss" game and sweepstakes for consumers, as well as a blog where consumers can vent about their biggest bra challenges.
You can see the new commercial, view the out takes, play the game, share bad bra stories and see more of Jennifer Love Hewitt in all her glory here.
Now if ad*itive and Reebok had chosen, oh, say, Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan instead of Scarlett Johansson for the company's new Scarlett Hearts apparel and footwear campaign which carries the headline, "I Am More Than A Cover Story," the ad might have carried more weight. While Scarlett is certainly cover story material, it's not like she captures the mind of America like some of the more famous starlets we have.
She's much better suited to the new Disney World campaign that just broke in GQ and other mags in which she appears as Cinderella along with Beyonce Knwles as Alice, Lyle Lovett as the March Hare, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and David Beckham as Prince Philip.
While we're sure retail campaigns like Gap's (red) and Kenneth Cole's Are You Putting Us On? mean well, they don't always ring sincere to the adxhausted audience they aim for.
With fingers on the pulse of a social backlash, Words Pictures Ideas and Romantic Static marry up to bring us the cynical Buy Less Crap, a pithy-prints effort pushing for less, not more, purchase-oriented donation.
In contrast to Gap's campaign, where donations are tied to purchasing (red) clothing modeled in the ads, (less) ads feature naked models with headings like (red)icu(less), meaning(less) and point(less). The website lists multiple charities where people can donate without having to purchase a heart-warming hoodie.
This isn't the first spoof on Gap's (red) but we dig the way it makes the point. While we see the benefit of turning philanthropy into its own sort of brand in a consumer culture, we can't shake the feeling there's a conflict of interest in blurring the lines between purchase and social responsibility.