Former AgencySpy Writer Aims to Improve Ad Biz With Fifth Column

1968-paris-student-uprising-01.jpg

The original writer of AgencySpy, SuperSpy, has launched Fifth Column, which aims to improve the advertising business by soliciting comments for improvement which will then be sent to the agencies they apply to and, ultimately published for public consumption.

On Advertising Fifth column, formerly anonymous blogger SuperSpy now refers to herself as Sabrina Duncan which, if you do a Google search doesn't help much since all you get are endless listing of Kate Jackson's Charlie's Angel character, Sabrina Duncan.

more »

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Opinion, Weblogs



Mentos Continues Kiss Fetish With Kiss Fight

mentos_kiss_fight.jpg

Unless you''re into rough play or S&M, fighting and kissing usually don't go together. Unless, of course, the fighting and kissing take place during Mentos' Kiss Fight. So if you're bored, like to repeatedly press your keyboard's arrow keys or just didn't get it on they way you thought you would with that hottie of your dreams this weekend, have a go at Kiss Fight and get your kissing needs met.

It's a little less sick than Mentos' earlier effort, Kiss Cam. But not much.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-08    
Topic: Games, Good



Dude, Children Are Serious Athletes!

ICG_girl.jpg

Playing against the somewhat limiting squeaky clean image the International Children's Games has, Grey SF came up with a campiagn that makes kids look at bit more...hmm...Dennis Rodman. Cuz, well, who wants to see a perfect Limited Too kid with Hannah Montana sneakers when you can see kids with tattoos, soccer ball heads and ears pierced with golf clubs?

Grey Creative Director said, "Once people heard about the idea, help came from all over. World-renowned photographer Jill Greenberg joined the team. Then the free media poured in with billboards, wildpostings, bus shelters, and posters. But best of all, the kids ate it up. So much so, we offered free haircuts and henna tattoos to any kid who wanted one, turning hundreds of kids into walking billboards."

Nothing wrong with a bit of kid-powered viral marketing. See the other two ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good



Comcast Retires Slowskys In Favor of Turbine Rabbit Thingy

comcast_rabbit.jpg

Created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and directed by Biscuit's Noam Murro, Comcast has ditched the Slowsky turrtles in favor of some hyped up, freaked out, genetically fucked with rabbit with jet turbines strapped on its back driven by an over-caffeinated kook all to,...ya know...illustrate how fast Comcast internet is. I like.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Girl Does Battle With Mangy Mane. Bikini Zone Saves Day

bikini_wax_crotch.jpg

So it's Friday which means thoughts begin to turn away from work to some of the more pleasurably social aspects of life like...oh...watching a hot girl in a blue bikini fight with her bush until she's able to tame it with Bikini Zone. Yes, it's sunny. It's time to go to the beach so that means it's time to get looking good down there.

Helping in that area is Studio 8 which just created a parody-style Japanese commercial for the product line which takes us through various battles the girl wages against her untamed mane.

Hmm. Suddenly, I have an urge to go to the beach.

by Steve Hall    Jun-13-08    
Topic: Good, Racy, Strange, Video



Galaxy92 Decries Modern Dogmas ... Well, Except for the Ones it Made Last Year

NIPTUCKISM.jpg

Greek station Galaxy 92 made a resonant impression on us in 2007 with "DOGMA," a print campaign where dictators proclaim the merits of music.

But that was then. Galaxy's gone 180 on our asses. "Stop Modern Dogmas," its current ads demand -- in little red buttons! -- over images of brassy, but vapid, constructs of modern worship:

o Celebritism
o Nip Tuckism (at left)

Slogan: "All music. No dogma." No word on how Galaxy92 feels about the ones it invented last year. I imagine they're exempt from scorn -- or else they did very, very poorly amongst the public.

"Stop Modern Dogmas" was put together by Lowe, Athens, the creators of "DOGMA."

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Good, Magazine, Poster, Radio



Theatre Ticket Site Brings Broadway to You!

airport-musical.jpg

Did you ever watch the musical episode of Buffy? The one where people randomly leap into choreographed song-and-dance, betraying all their innermost thoughts and secrets, before bursting into flames?

This is kind of like that. Except there aren't any random combustion deaths, and bystanders are offered 50 percent off theatre tickets at LastMinute.com.

more »

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-08    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Promotions



Kids' Ambitions Reflect the World Their Parents Made

wee-greenpeace-boy.jpg

In "School," a Greenpeace ad by DDB/Paris, a teacher poses this question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Her students' responses are laced with guilt-inducing grownup undercurrents: climate worries, health concerns and capitalist gusto conceived in ecological exploitation. Fascinating.

more »

by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-08    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Good, Television



The Tour de France Needs a Champion: YOU

take-back.jpg

Take Back the Tour -- not to be confused with Take Back the Night, though it wishes to be taken just as seriously -- is a movement that aims to "champion [Tour de France] riders who compete clean, while giving a platform ... to [their] passionate fan base."

More to the point, it reminds bike junkies that VERSUS (the sponsor!) is "the exclusive cable television home of the Tour de France."

"Show me another sport that's as tough, as demanding and as epic in its grandeur, grit and beauty than the Tour de France, but it's a competition that has seemingly lost its way over the past few years," said SVP Bill Bergofin of Marketing and Promotions for VERSUS. "[This] campaign ... will provoke a dialogue ... which will hopefully help to restore the Tour to its glory."

more »

by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Events, Good, Online



Obama Watch Gets Candidate's Attention

obama_watches.jpg

Jack Goldenberg tells the story of how he and Kevin Glennon turned a custom-made Obama for President watch into what could become a fairly sizable viral campaign for the candidate.

"Most people think of viral marketing is something they've seen on YouTube or a similar site. But in reality, a viral is any communication that causes one person to be so affected by "experiencing" the viral that they communicate it to another.

more »

by Steve Hall    Jun-11-08    
Topic: Good, Political, Viral










Featured FREE Resource: