Gas Pumps Get TV Programming And Advertising

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Given that there's not usually a whole lot of eye candy at the gas station as, say, there is on the sidewalks of New York during a hot summer day, the launch of Gas Station TV, currently testing in Dallas, sounds like a really great idea. After all, for the 3-5 minutes it takes to pump your tank full of gas, there's not a whole lot to do other than watch the numbers roll on the pump or marvel at just how far over the belt line the stomach of the guy in the car next to you hangs as he waddles back from the convenient mart with yet another bag of twinkies and a 64 once bottle of sugar and chemicals.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 7-06    
Topic: Good, Point of Purchase, Television



Wonderbra Campaign Reverses Perspective of Wearing Push Up Bra

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Now here's a different approach to bra advertising. Rather than show a hot model with miles of cleavage bursting forth, change the perspective and show the reaction of the people when presented with what a bra can do for a woman...and to the people around her. That's exactly what Wonderbra has done in this campaign that illustrates what it is like to be a woman wearing a Wonderbra. Or, for that matter, what it must be like to a sexy woman wearing just about anything. It's almost creepy.

Oddly, the campaign, without intending to do so, illustrates to those of us who can't keep our eyes off an attractive woman that being stared at just might not be all it's cracked up to be. Men, take note. On the other hand, women, if you're going to hoist your boobs up and out for all to see, expect to get what you see in these ads and don't complain about it.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Magazine



Old Navy Chick Wants You to Check Her Out

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AdJab doesn't like it and thinks it's annoying but we'd be happy to follow the advice in this new Old Navy commercial in which we are urged to "check it out." After all the model, behind whom, other plaid-clad dancers appear is definitely worth checking out. I guess all the dancers have to appear from behind because that's where her check it out assets reside. There's certainly no assets up front. Oh wait, she has a face. And she's really pretty. OK, fine, we'll check her out all over. But, we not sure we're going to kick it with the return of the whole 80's preppy plaid thing.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Good



'Snakes On A Plne' Get Bono-Like Spoof Treatment

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AdFreak points to yet another homage to the buzz-o-meter busting Snakes on a Plane in which DC Luigi portrays U2's Bono and sings, "Someone Tell Sam Jackson He's My Bro." Funny, funny and more funny.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Spoofs



Scion Animation Campaign Makes Debut

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ATTIK SF and LA have, today, launched an in-cinema and broadcast animation-fest for their client, Scion. There are three :30's in the campaign, xA Shadow, xB Swarm and tC Shark. Each was directed by ATTIK Creative Director Simon Needham with animation help from Shilo Design, Stardust Studios and Blind. It's something we wouldn't mind watching prior to a movie.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Snickers Hip Hop Heroes Defend Old School

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We're not a teen and we're not going to try to pretend we know who will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap are because, well, we're already only almost sorta hip and we don't want to slide over into the tragically un-hip column. So we're just going to tell you that Atmosphere BBDO has created teen-focused Instantdef.com, a video series site for Snickers in which pits old school hip hop against new (or bad?) hip hop.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Trends and Culture



Site Tests Lung Capacity, Outcome Other Than Expected

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Appearing to be some sort of lung capacity test for cancer prevention, an officious sounding woman instructs visitors to Lungster how to conduct an online lung capacity test using a microphone or headset. The test calls for the visitor to blow as hard as they can into their microphone or headset to determine lung capacity. But, midway through the test, visitors are interrupted and told, well, just take the test yourself to find out. It's worth it.

The site was created by McCann Norway.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange, Viral



New Holland Tractor Campaign Gets Farmer Hip

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Now if you don't know a farmer, as we do, you simply won't understand this new ad campaign for New Holland farm equipment. But, that won't matter because New Holland doesn't care about you. The yonly car about people with "farmer tans." The campaign was created by Colle+McVoy. See the other three ads here, here>/a> and here.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Bob Garfield Hates New BMW Campaign, We Have to Like It

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Bob Garfield hates the new BMW campaign from GSD&M which, of course, means we have to like it. Bob thinks GSD&M's use of the bureaucracy-kills-ideas concept with images of old, retro boardroom dudes portrayed as pompous fools without a good idea left in their bones reflected against BMW's refreshingly idea-centric, independent approach is really, really bad. He goes on to explain how that concept is old are tired and how it mirrors a creative process he claims had something to do with killing what could have been a good concept. All potentially true.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Opinion, Television



Country Folk Need Stuff Too

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Contrary to popular belief in the ad industry, everyone does not live in the city. In fact, there's a lot more people living in the flyover states than on the coasts. All those people need stuff and they need a place to buy it. OK, they do have a few stores on the coasts but you get the point. Anyway, Tractor Supply Company is the place to get all your country needs and, while we think we've seen these before, Carmichael Lynch along with Bent Image Lab have created a new campaign to let people now about it. The spots are great. See one of them here. See the rest here.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Television










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