To help spread the word about celebrity blog portal ChatWithAStar.com, a "Blogmobile" will travel throughout New York City today including Bryant Park, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Columbus Circle, etc. allowing fans to stop in and blog with their favorite celebs or pro-athlete on their way to work, during lunch or on the way home.
For the Blogmobile's launch, several New York Mets will be on hand to launch the Blogmobile, including pitcher Billy Wagner (a partner in the Chat With A Star venture), First-baseman Carlos Delgado, Shortstop Jose Reyes, Center-fielder Carlos Beltran, pitcher Tom Glavine, Manager Omar Minaya, as will Boxer Gerry Cooney, The Amazing Kreskin, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Julia Styles, Venessa Minnillo, Carolina Bermudez, Mocean Worker, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and supermodel Beverly Johnson.
Just when our tolerance level was reached for prolix :30's that are :29 longer than they need to be, this Polident commercial ends in sudden brilliance. OK, maybe not brilliance but crystal clear finality.
Have you ever wondered how different, or strange for that matter, your life would be if everything you said was the opposite of what you meant? BBDO has explored that scenario in a new Cingular commercial in which a Mom does her best to convince her daughter she really, really needs that new Cingular phone. Right up there with the T-mobile's speed talking cheerleader, it seems mobile phone company ads are, indeed, getting better and perhaps finally leaving behind the stupid Dad ads made famous by Verizon. See the rest of Advertising Age's TV Spots of the Week here.
Now here's a spot junk food poster child McDonald's hopes doesn't get too many GRPs. Advertising for Peanuts has a commercial for the American Obesity Task Force which is witty, hilarious, stupid, weird and informative all at the same time. If the spot works, we might have to stop using that McDonald's fat kid because there won't be anymore obesity to write about.
One tipster wonders if the timing is a might bit too coincidental between the announcement of Bruce Willis' return in Die Hard IV with the release of Die Hard by the band Guyz Nite. We do too. The song and the accompanying video take us though the trilogy with energetic choruses like "We're gonna die, die, die, die hard" and the classic "yippee kayay motherfucker." It's hilarious. And we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if, in the process of making this video, a few dollar fell out of 20th Century Fox's pocket and into the pockets of Guyz Nite band members. Great marketing, 20th Century.
This commercial from the International Committee of the Red Cross (not the American Red Cross) highlights issue of wartime prisoners and how the treatment of those prisoners at places like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay fuel hatred
Attempting to capture the "real life gaming experience of the new Xbox 360, Sydney agency Lava Communications created a commercial centered around the world's largest water balloon fight on Cooge beach in Sydney for a commercial. It looks like the shoot was a lot of fun and, yes, it does end with the proverbial "people forming letters" skycam shot. Still, we like it.
It isn't usually expected that a restaurant be so honest in its ad campaign as to admit the product it serves kills animals but that's exactly what part of this Chipotle campaign does in a humorous manner. The campaign tag, "Honest Ingredients," ha s double meaning. It refers to Chipotle's goal of serving only meat that is "naturally and humanely raised and free of added growth hormones and antibiotics." It also refers to the company's progress towards these goals as reported in the print advertising, which states that given current availability and market pricing, "all Chipotle pork, about one-half of Chipotle chicken, and about one-third of Chipotle beef meet these standards." Check out all the creative here.
You can even create your own billboard copy at this site which has nothing to do with the company other than to have some fun with the ads.
We all know Yankee fans are a rabid bunch but Avis, who is 'The Official Car of the New York Yankees" is even more rabid. They're not just corporate sponsors. They're fans. Two spots created by McCann New York and produced by Reginaldo make that points in a quirky but clear manner.
Conjuring up that proverbial image of the 60's and all that hippy-dippy flower power stuff, The Glue Network has launched The Bridge, a fundraising project which builds a virtual bridge across the globe to help those in need. For each virtual mile a person adds, the sites sponsors (Adobe and Quicksilver among other) will donate money to a cause of your choice. The work was created by JUXT Interactive.