HBO's 'Big Love' Gets Wedding Cake Love


To promote HBO's upcoming series, Big Love, a drama starring Bill Paxton which centers on polygamy, HBO online agency Deep Focus sends along a unique, in-house promotion HBO is doing that places little signs promoting the show atop wedding cakes in display windows of bakeries. Pretty nifty if you ask us. See a close up image here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-06    
Topic: Cable, Good, Outdoor, Specialty

Price is Perception in New VW Jetta Commercial


Advertising for Peanuts points to this beautiful commercial created by DDB London for the new VW Jetta in which not a word is spoken but the message is clearly delivered, even if in a misunderstood manner.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good

American Legacy Foundation Does In-Location Marketing


Taking advantage of this generation's mad text messaging, LocaModa has launched technology that takes all that social blather and slaps it up on a screen for all to see. Of course, LocaMode describes it more verbosely calling it the world's first in-location blogging platform for what it calls "The Web Outside" which enables in-location messaging, social networking and blogging along with entertainment applications for use in out of home networks cafes, bars, clubs and other public places. This technology, StreetMessenger, coupled with something called Wifiti (cute) which LocaModa lovingly refers to as "wireless graffiti," takes all this communal socialization and displays in on a large flat panel display at the location and also onto the web for others to vicariously experience whatever's going on at the location.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-06    
Topic: Events, Good, Mobile/Wireless, Trends and Culture, Weblogs

Levi's 'Denim Monsters' Come to Life


Back in June 2005, we wrote about a Levi's promotion which placed "Denim Monster" artistic structures in San Francisco's Union Square. At the time, they were, apparently, static structures that didn't move. Now, it seems, a video has surfaced showing these "Denim Monsters" now move about causing double-takes as the creature walks down the sidewalk. We don't know if this is a recent development ot not but we like it a lot.

by Steve Hall    Feb-10-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Strange

Old Spice 'Mix Your Own Video' Makes Her Hot


Old Spice has created a site called When She's Hot that lets visitors mix their own video using supplied images, clips, beats and scratches. Of course, Old Spice being a men's product, the video clips are filled with shots of a well-bootied woman shaking her ass in slo-mo as well as a "director's cut" that's got all the ubiquitous "too hot for TV" boob shots, butt grabs and gyrating "do me" hip thrusts.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-06    
Topic: Consumer Created, Good, Online

Agency Valentine Card Wallows in Cassette Mix Tape Nostalgia


For those of you from the cassette tape days, you might find this Valentine's Day card from Exopolis a little bit of fun. Back in the day, kids placed their cassette tape recorders next to their clock radios to record their favorite songs while playing DJ making cheesy mix tapes for their friends. Exopolis has taken that practice digital providing a cassette tape juke box of sorts with classics like Hall & Oates' Kiss on my List and our fave, The Divynls' I Touch Myself.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online

Agent Provocateur Debuts 'Tied Up at the Office'


Perhaps living up to the notion the trailer's better than the actual movie or, perhaps, we've just been teased so much by the trailer we've detached ourselves from the intended effect, the full length version of Mike Figgis' film for Agent Provocateur, released today, seems to fall short - just an extended version of the trailer. That said, if you haven't seen it yet, find a private, secluded spot and be prepared to be very aroused. The film features two women, shot in a tantalizing black and white noir style (well, we call it that but we don't speak "movie review" very well), having a sultry, sexual encounter in the basement of a lingerie store. Suffice to say, there's lots of soft sexual whimpers, moaning, sexy lingerie, nudity, sliding of fingers over erogenous zones, longing stares and trench coated women as the camera lustfully slobbers over the women quick cut-style. Sadly, there's no real climax.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Viral

Latex, S&M And Humor Combine to Deliver 'Don't Litter' Message


You've simply got to love British humor. An ad like this would never be created nor run in the States because groups from the right, the left, the center, PETA and any other of the hundreds of humorless, anti-everything groups would launch whiny, self-serving protests which the media would voraciously eat up to sell a few papers. American political correctness aside, here's a convincing message laced with latex and wit convincing Britains not to litter.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange

Pomegranate Juice Poster Delivers Powerful 'Cheat Death' Message


Here's an ad that gets right to the point. Our man with an eye for the cool, Bucky Turco snapped this shot of of a poster in New York for POM pomegranate juice which, apparently due to its plethora of antioxidants, helps one "Cheat Death" as the headline and visual so succinctly says.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Poster

Visa Bows New Tagline During Olympic Opening Ceremony


Retiring its 20 year old "It's everywhere you want to be," Visa will introduce a new TBWA/Chiat/Day LA-created tagline, "Life Takes Visa," during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Interestingly, the tagline was created a few years ago by Visa's previous agency BBDO New York and was in some Latin America ads created by Leo Burnett.

Unlike Intel's new but meaningless "Leap Ahead" tagline, Visa's tagline nicely connotes you can get just about everything you need in life with a Visa card. That is, everything that costs money. A piece of plastic isn't going to help solve your marital woes but hey, we can only ask so much from a piece of plastic.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Television

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