Kansas Radio Station Offers $20,000 For Listener-Created Commercial

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Kansas City radio station The Rock is holding a competition in which it has asked its listeners to created and submit a TV commercial for the radio station. The winner, who will walk away with $20,000, will be announced April 21. So far, the station has received hundreds of submissions. While some will call this a coup for consumer-generated media, others might tend to conclude there's a reason us right and left coasters live where we do.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Good, Radio



Allstate Says It Will Cost $400 Billion to Rebuild San Francisco

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Copyranter points out an Alstate ad that appeared in tuesday's Wall Street Journal that showed a snow globe version of San Fransico with a $400 billion price tag attached to it. Apparently, while that seems low, that's the price to rebuild San Francisco after an earthquake of 1906 proportions. The headline reads, "If San Francisco had the same size quake as in 1906, it could cost $400 billion to rebuild." Whille Allstate may want San Francisco residents to feel as though they are in good hands, that's not exactly the most comforting method to do so. Although it certainly gets one thinking about just how much insurance one should have when living on a fault line.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-18-06    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Good, Newspaper



Microsoft Certification Makes Prison Sentence Irrelevant

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We've all been interviewed by brainless buffoons. We've all had to divulge hidden secrets during interviews. We've never, though, watched such a great combination of the two in the name of promoting Microsoft's Office Certification program. This, courtesy of the agency with the wacky name: Wexley School for Girls.

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



Gatorade Spot Brings Life to Building Top

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Shot atop a 54 story building in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dieste Harmel & Partners has created a CGI-filled spot for Gatorade that has a football team doing its thing while the voiceover intones, "When you give everything to win, you give life to the field." And, indeed, life is given. View the spot here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



VW Jetta Turns Table On Drunk Driving Ads

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OK. We're not going to say the C word or the P word or the R word. We're going to say the H word. Homage. Yes. With these two new spots for the new VW Jetta, Crispin Porter + Bogusky is paying homage, as pointed out by Advertising/Design Goodness, to Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's Counter Attack don't drink and drive ads. Instead of the doom and gloom of drunk driving, CP + B is focusing on the Jetta's safety features and how they can protect you in similar situations. Of course, this doesn't mean everyone can now drink and drive nor feel safe from drunk drivers. We like. A lot.

by Steve Hall    Apr-17-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Software Security Company Uses Game to Promote Offering

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In its continuing effort to make B to B high tech advertising less boring, Hanft Raboy & Partners has created another very un-high tech advertising-like promotion for its client Fortify Software. They've created a game called IT Defender during which the player (the guy in charge of network security) has to Pac-man his way around the office long enough to make it until 5PM before the boss catches him and drags him into a time-wasting meeting that causes various security breaches to occur. As one whose done a ton of high tech advertising, we can easily say, this rises above most.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



Strawberry Frog Wants Everyone to be A Very Successful Brand Manager

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Strawberry Frog wants all brand managers to be very successful brand managers and has launched VerySuccessfulBrandManger.com to help. The site's got everything from fashion tips to travel tips (forget yachts, it's luxury submarines, baby) to health tips (sleeping with subordinates is a very good thing, indeed) to wealth tips (it's all about choosing the right third world country to buy) to lifestyle tips (forget office interns, get a golf intern to drive your golf cart) to advice from Sir Monty Montague (when choosing between a welthy princess and a supermodel, Montague offer sage advice, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Take the hand of the one who is worth more and save the second for the bush, if you understand what I mean.")

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by Steve Hall    Apr-15-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online, Promotions



Schweppes Gets Sophisticated With 'Fruit Flavors'

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Duval Guillaume has created a new set of commercials in Scandinavia for Schweppes which sophistication and politeness to new levels. One one commercial, a bar fight becomes a gentlemanly exchange and a football team become wise beyond their stereotype. The campaign, which will run in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland, works to position the new Schweppes Fruit Flavors as a grown up fruit drink. You can see two of the spot here and here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Creamers Get Milky Viral Treatment

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As Adverblog ever so appropriately says, "To promote milk you can either say it's healthy and good for your bones, or you can go viral." Friesche Vlag creamers chose to go viral and you can just imagine where it ended up.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Good, Viral



Knorr Introduces New &%$@ing Dinners

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We wonder how many times the voice over talent, the producer and the agency staffers cracked up while recording the voiceover for this Knorr Entree commercial called "Bad Word." I mean how many times can you casually saying "fucking" amidst deliciously droll ad copy before you're on the floor laughing. Anyway, this commercial for Knorr promotes the company's new insta-dinners and closes with, "They're unlike any fucking dinner you've ever tried." Of course, they didn't actually say "fucking" in the commercial. Oh, fuck it, just go give it a watch. The ad was created by DDB Canada

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good










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