'Truth' Campaign Back In Business With Fact-Based Scare Tactics

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The American Legacy Foundation, fresh out of its legal battles with the tobacco industry and in partnership with Arnold Worldwide, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, has launched a new campaign entitled Infect Truth. The campaign consists of TV spots - airing on MTV, Comedy Central, G4 Tech TV, BET and others - and print as well as a host of digital elements including "Infections" in the form of screensavers, video, desktop themes, games and stickers all filled with juicy facts such as cigarettes containing sodium hydroxide, the same ingredient found in hair removal products. An email widget also allows people to send message written in back hair.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-23-06    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Games, Good, Online, Television



MacBook Purchase Financed With Laptop Cover Ads

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In yet another version of the eBay forehead/pregnant belly advertising thing, the very cute Leah Culver is asking for donations to retire her six year old G3 iMac and buy new MacBook Pro. In return, she promises to etch the names/brands of those who donate onto her new laptop for all to see in the San Francisco area for as long as the new computer lasts. She's already raised $2,687.44 which would appear to be enough to buy the MacBook but she's still selling adspace. Leah, tell us when you sell out, buy the computer and design the laptop cover. We'd love to see it. (Photo by Tantek)

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-06    
Topic: Good, Social, Strange, Trends and Culture



Memorials Offered to Victims of Roadside Killers

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Here's a seriously strange commercial that's part of Chicago's Healthy Streets campaign, an effort that aims to "redesign streets around the needs of people rather than motor vehicles alone." Last we checked, roads were for cars but, then again, in America, we tend to blur definitions to satisfy as many people as possible without offending anyone. PC tirade aside, this commercial, in a refreshingly un-PC like manner promotes Bob's Fuller Roadside Memorials, a company that delivers memorials to accident scenes so the person who killed someone can honor their victim. It's done so seriously that, at first, you think it's real until you realize you were an idiot to think so in the first place.

We're told some in Chicago are up in arms over the crass approach this commercial takes but we applaud it for it's in-your-face originality and departure from the standard lecture approach most "drive safe" campaigns take.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Airforce Says 'Do Something Amazing'

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GSD&M, working with Zugara along with WINDOWSEAT Pictures, has launched a website for the US Airforce that, through the use of training video footage, aims to demonstrate a typical day in the life of Airforce personnel. Called Do Something Amazing, it's hard hitting and enjoyable to watch. We especially like the navigational sound effects.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Good, Online



Presidents And Mermaids Rock For Windows Live Expo

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That agency with the strange name - Wexley School for Girls - has come up with an interesting promotion for Microsoft's Windows Live Expo.Through a partnership with the band Presidents of the USA and MercyCorps, the program will also raise money for various global communities. The Presidents have created a new video based on their new song, "Zero Friction," with the help of Windows Live Expo. Every item featured in the video will be available on Live Expo for sale. All proceeds from the sales will benefit MercyCorps. Neat.

Random note. The mermaids in the middle of the video and pictured here work at Wexley School for Girls. Kinda makes us want to work there too.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Magazine's Culture Mixing Campaign Urges Kindness

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Sort of like Warren Beatty who, facing racial tension in the movie Bulworth said, "If we all fucked each other, we'd eventually end up the same color," this campaign for Belgian weekly teen magazine HUMO presents a culture mash-up to deliver the message that culture mixing makes everyone nicer. As CoolzOr comments, the poster portion of this campaign didn't last long as teens an college kids "borrowed" them for the bedroom and dorm room walls. The campaign appeared in HUMO magazine itself and as wild postings next to posters for candidates running in an election that occurred earlier this month. Belgian agency Mortierbrigage created the campaign. Three other posters can be seen here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Magazine, Outdoor, Poster, Trends and Culture



Jeep's 'New Species' Continues to Infect

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Like a plague rolling across the land, the Jeep Wrangler campaign with its "new species" keeps invading more and more media space including storescapes, billboards and bug cases featuring miniature versions of the Jeep in bug form. This campaign's certainly got legs. OK, that was bad, Really bad. See more bugs here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Poster



Nike Represents Motion With Solid Objects

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Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam has done some nice work for Nike in its Team Nike ACG Fall campaign. The agencies blog explains the thinking behind the campaign made up of motion converted to solid objects representing that motion, writing, "The idea was to capture the fleeting beauty of their performance and turn it into something solid." You can see other ads in the campaign here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine



IKEA Transforms Kitchen in Thirty Seconds

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For IKEA Portugal, TBWA has created a commercial which captures the transformation of a kitchen from dowdy to chic illustrating how items from IKEA can take the bland out and add in some color. We like it.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Dr. Fardel 'Won't Rest Until Male Cramps Are Cured'

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Looks like it's a good month for men and their menstrual issues. Catch Up Lady points us to Men with Cramps, a site about male cramping which has "directly or indirectly influenced all the most important events in our history." Sufferers are invited to participate in a study with the MacInnes and Porritt Institute which houses the illustrious Dr. Fardel. One participant confides that male cramps "Is like a tiny man playing a triangle in my stomach."

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Spoofs, Strange







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